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Associate Professors of Sociology

1 - 2 permanent positions are available at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography for an Associate Professor (SKO 1011) in the subject area of Sociology. In accordance with the University’s regulations, an associate professor may subsequently apply for promotion to full professor.

The successful candidates must be able to contribute to the teaching of Sociology as a discipline and to teach sociological theory and/or method, advise and contribute to examinations at all programme levels. Candidates are expected to initiate, lead and carry out research within the field of Sociology and to acquire external funding for new research projects. The main areas of research in the Department are: Global challenges, Migration and integration, Cultural and political participation, The Nordic model, Family and the life course, Social inequality, Working life, and Marginalisation. Candidates for the position should have research experience and teaching qualifications that are compatible with this research profile. Questions regarding the scope of the thematic areas may be addressed to the Head of the Department/Research.

Requirements, desired qualifications and personal skills

The successful candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • A PhD in Sociology or equivalent
  • Strong documented research competence and interests within Sociology that are compatible with the Department’s core research profile
  • An ability to take active part in teaching, academic leadership and administration
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

The following qualifications will be given particular weight in the assessment process:

  • Research and international publications in acknowledged publication channels. In the assessment of publications, originality, quality and scope will be emphasized
  • Future research potential
  • Ability to acquire external funding
  • The ability to further strengthen one or more of the Department’s research areas
  • Collaborative skills and the ability to initiate joint research projects as well as an ability to build national and international networks
  • Communication skills, interpersonal skills and public outreach skills

The Department's overall needs will be part of the considerations made in the hiring process. Applicants who do not have basic pedagogical competencies must acquire such within the first two years of employment. The working language and primary language of instruction is Norwegian, though some courses are given in English. If a candidate selected for the position does not speak Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, he or she will be required to learn the language within two years.

How to apply

The application must include:

  • application letter. The letter should include a short description of the applicant’s academic profile, how the applicant sees his or her academic orientation fitting in with the core areas of the Department’s research and how the applicant wishes to contribute to the development of research and teaching in Sociology.
  • CV (complete list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, project acquisition and coordination experience, and other qualifying activities).
  • a complete list of publications
  • PhD Diploma
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

A selection committee will invite a limited number of candidates (“short list”) to submit a portfolio of up to seven publications from the last ten years (a doctoral dissertation or a monograph will count as three publications) that are particularly relevant for the position. Academic texts shall therefore not be enclosed with the application.

In the evaluation of the qualified candidates the full range of these criteria will be explicitly addressed and assessed.

Interviews will be part of the appointment process, along with a trial lecture.






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