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3 Associate Professor Position in Social Anthropology – Oslo, Norway 2022

Norway, University of Oslo, UiO

The University of Oslo invites applications for a position as Associate Professor in Social Anthropology to be based at the Department of Social Anthropology, the candidates are expected to contribute to the long-term development of the research and teaching community at the Department, Norway – Jan 2022

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General Info

Position: Associate Professor
No. of Positions: 3
Research Field:
Joining Date: Aug 01, 2022
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: 615,800 NOK/Year

Department of Social Anthropology
University of Oslo

Oslo, Norway

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Qualification Details

For Associate Professor:

  • PhD or equivalent academic qualifications in Social Anthropology
  • Outstanding research qualifications within Social Anthropology
  • Ability to contribute to a high standard of collegiality in the Department
  • Passion for teaching and the ability to inspire students
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in a Scandinavian language and English
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

The following additional qualifications will all be given weight in the assessment:

  • Regional-ethnographic competence that will expand or broaden the Department’s existing regional-ethnographic competence
  • Documented experience in acquisition of external funding

We are looking for colleagues who will complement the department’s research and teaching. The assessment of the applicants is based on scientific merits, teaching, research leadership, administrative experience and personal qualities. The applicants’ academic research and international publications over the past three to five years will be given particular weight. Additional time may be allowed for leave relating to childbirth or adoption.

A good match between the candidate’s profile and the Department’s research activities and teaching portfolio is a main selection criterion, along with the quality of previous work within publications, dissemination to a wider public and teaching. Special emphasis will be put on the potential for future research. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The successful candidates are expected to contribute to the long-term development of the research and teaching community at the Department.

The Department wishes to recruit candidates with excellent research qualifications within Social Anthropology. The applicants should contribute to and/or complement one or more of the Department's core research areas, and contribute in shaping the Department research profile for the future. The successful candidates are expected to strengthen the research area she/he relates to, and to contribute to shaping and strengthening research and teaching activities at the Department

High quality teaching is essential to the Department, and the applicant will be expected to teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in Norwegian (Scandinavian) and in English. We particularly welcome applicants who wish to contribute to the Department’s continuous work on developing new teaching and examination methods.

More information about research strategies and areas, as well as study programmes and courses, can be found on the Department's website.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research and teaching interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • A complete list of publications (if not included in CV)

Selected candidates will be asked to submit

  • 3 pieces of academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered
  • List of reference persons: 3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)
  • Educational portfolio of 3-6 pages documenting educational competence and experience, including a reflection note in which your own practice and teaching vision is anchored in the SoTL criteria (focus on student learning, development over time, a research approach and a collegial attitude and practice)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system Jobbnorge, please follow the link “send application”. International applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

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

About the Department

The Department of Social Anthropology was founded in 1964 and is today a highly ranked anthropology department. Our researchers study society and culture through extensive, ethnographic fieldwork. The Department of Social Anthropology educates students at bachelor's-, master's and ph. d.-level.

About the Employer:


  • Salary from NOK kr 615 800 to kr 752 800. depending on competencies, in the position of Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • Academically stimulating working environment
  • Funds for research, travel, conference participation and dissemination, books and equipment
  • Pedagocial- and Norwegian language courses as part of the work obligations
  • Favourable pension benefits
  • Attractive employee benefits and family friendly working hours
  • Support from the International Staff Mobility Office (ISMO)
  • Double earning of seniority (the right to apply for research leave) for women for the first three years of employment (not applicable for those who qualify for professorship within three years)

Formal Regulations

Please refer to 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.

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 an appointee lacks sufficient skills in a Scandinavian language, the appointee is required within a two-year period to obtain this skill.

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 University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition and to recruit people with an immigrant background. Women are encouraged to apply.

In addition, the University of Oslo aims for its employees to reflect the diversity of the population to the greatest degree possible. We therefore encourage qualified applicants with disabilities or gaps in their CV to apply for the position. The University of Oslo will adapt the workplace to suit employees with disabilities. Applicants who indicate that they have disabilities or gaps in their CV are made aware that this information may be used for statistical purposes.

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Contact details

Head of Department Rune Flikke (

Head of Administration Katrine Blindheimsvik (

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