Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology

Job description

A permanent position as Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology is available at the Clinical Section of the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo.

The successful candidate is expected to initiate and lead research, supervise PhD-candidates, participate in teaching, examination work and assessment at all levels, and to carry out administrative duties in accordance with the needs of the Department of Psychology.

The appointee must be able to lead and initiate research, supervise doctoral degree students, participate in teaching and examination work at all levels, and undertake administrative tasks, in accordance with applicable provisions. 

The candidate will teach in the fields of adult psychopathology, psychological and diagnostic assessment of mental disorders, and treatment of severe mental disorders including psychosis. The candidate will also provide clinical supervision in the psykosepraktikum and conduct research related to the psykosepraktikum.

Teaching-related work accounts for 47% of the position, while 6% is calculated for administrative tasks.  

More about the position

The position is part of the Department’s goal of bolstering clinical research focused on severe psychopathology and especially the treatment of affective and non-affective psychosis. Applicants should have a research portfolio that fits in with and complements this research area

Applicants will be assessed according to documented research activity and teaching competence within the described field. Emphasis will be given to scientific production of high quality.

Residence in the greater Oslo area is required.

Qualification requirements and assessment criteria

  • Associate Professor: PhD or equivalent academic qualifications in clinical psychology. Applicants who are qualified for full professorship may apply for promotion once they have taken up their position.
  • Authorized as a Psychologist in Norway, have substantial clinical experience with the assessment and treatment of patients with psychosis.
  • Specialization in clinical adult psychology granted from the Norwegian Psychological Association.
  • Fluent in Norwegian/Scandinavian language since teaching and in-vivo clinical supervision will be part of the obligations from hiring. Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language at the time of appointment are given a deadline of two years to learn Norwegian. 
  • Able to work collegially with demonstrated contribution to high quality teaching, research, and scholarship.
  • Possess an innovative, active, and strong research profile with potential for carrying out research on an international level.
  • Research competence particularly related to a transdiagnostic and recovery-oriented perspective of psychotic disorders would be preferred due to a relative lack of this in the group.
  • Primary emphasis will be given to publications in internationally acknowledged publication channels and to the candidate’s future research potential. In the assessment of publications, originality, quality, and scope will be emphasized.
  • Pedagogical skills and formal basic pedagogical competence. Applicants that cannot document such competence at the time of employment must acquire this within the first two years after their appointment.
  • Teaching abilities are an important factor in the evaluation of candidates. Relevant pedagogical and other experience should be well documented in a teaching portfolio that addresses students’ learning, development over time, a research attitude to teaching and learning, and a collegial attitude and practice.
  • Documentation of qualifications in dissemination, management and administration will count positively. 

Personal skills

The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

  • Innovative with ability to contribute and thrive in an active and dedicated research and teaching environment
  • High motivation, work capacity and strong dedication to the subject matter
  • Good communication skills
  • Good collaborative and relational skills
  • Flexibility
  • Positive attitudes and behavior

Qualified applicants will be ranked on the following criteria

  • Research and development work within the field
  • Relevant professional practice
  • Experience from teaching and supervision at Bachelor’s and Master’s level from the university and college sector
  • Experience with administration
  • Pedagogical qualifications from college, university or equivalent
  • Publications from the last five years will be emphasized
  • Experience with international research networks and projects with external funding
  • Good ability to communicate and collaborate with students and colleagues
  • Personal qualities that can contribute positively to the work environment

We offer

  • Salary from kr. 689 100 to kr. 839 900 per annum depending on competencies, in the position of Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
  • The Associate Professor will have the opportunity to apply for promotion to a position as Professor at a later date

Career development at PSI

The Department of Psychology wants to facilitate future career opportunities for PhD students, postdocs and associate professors at the Department. We follow UiO’s personnel policy, which requires the individual leader to actively follow up his or her employees, among other things by ensuring the individual’s opportunity for development at work.

UiOs competance development offer

Diversity and gender equality

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

The Department of Psychology shall work actively for equality, ensure equal opportunities and rights, and prevent discrimination.

Gender equality initiativ at UiO

Gender equality initiatives at the Department of Psychology 

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (complete list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, project acquisition and coordination experience, and other qualifying activities)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Academic works (up to 10 publications)
  • PhD Diploma/documents proving clinical experience/qualifications
  • Educational portfolio of 3-6 pages documenting educational competence and experience, including a reflection note in which your own practice and learning vision is anchored in the SoTL criteria (focus on student learning, development over time, a research approach and a collegial attitude and practice)
  • Description of qualifications in dissemination, management and administration
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

Application with attachments must be submitted via our online recruitment system. Please note that all documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

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, possibly along with a trial lecture.

Contact information

Professor Ole André Solbakken, Head of Section, phone number: +47 22845180, e-mail:

Gunnar Andre Malmin, Head of Administration, e-mail:

Dordi Stavik, HR officer, email: for questions regarding the electronic application

Formal regulations

Please see the Rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships at the University of Oslo, the Guide for Applicants and Members of the Assessment Committee and Rules for practicing the requirement for basic pedagogical competence at the University of Oslo.

Pursuant to section 25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

The University of Oslo has a transfer agreement with all employees that is intended to secure the rights to all research results etc.

The successful candidate who at the time of appointment cannot document basic teaching qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two-year period.

The successful candidate must demonstrate mastery of both English and one of the Scandinavian languages as working languages.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

At least 1 qualified applicant of the underrepresented gender must be invited to an interview when applying for an Associate Professor position, cf. Action plan for equality, diversity and inclusion at the Department of Psychology 2022-2025.If there are no qualified applicants of the underrepresented gender, consideration must be given to advertising the position again, cf. Action plan for equality, diversity and inclusion at the Department of Psychology 2022-2025.

The Department of Psychology is one of seven units of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and has 75 permanent and 70 temporary members of scientific staff. Degrees are offered at bachelor and master level, plus a clinical training programme, and the PhD programme has 140 students.