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Associate Professor, Lecturer in Sport science, Sport psychology – NiH, Norway, 2022


Associate professor/lecturer in football (soccer) at the Department of Sport and Social Sciences at The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NiH), Norway, 2022

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General Info

Position: Associate Professor/Lecturer
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Permanent
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Sport and Social Sciences

Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH), Norway


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Qualification Details

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to, and eventually lead, the ongoing development of our educational programme in coach education and development in football. This also includes supervision of students at BA and MA levels (preferably also PhD levels). Practical coaching and coach education experience at different levels are required. The candidate is required to hold a minimum UEFA B coaching license, preferably UEFA A. Experience from study administration and study programme development of studies at all levels, including experience with digital platforms, is desirable. Practical coaching and coach education experience may be emphasized over formal research competence.

The candidate is required to hold a Master’s degree in sport science and/or sports coaching for the lecturer position. The candidate is required to hold a PhD degree in sport science, sport psychology and/or sports coaching for applying for the Associate Professor position. Published research focused on football from different discplinary perspectives is required, such as (but not limited to): Match and performance analysis, sport coaching, sport psychology, pedagogy and/or motor learning and skill adaptation. Experience with applying for, and obtaining, external funding for research projects is desirable.

Formal university pedagogical competence is normally required. Employees without formal university pedagogical competence are given the opportunity to approve a course within two years of joining.

The candidate is required to master Norwegian and/or other Scandinavian languages orally and in writing (or learn Norwegian equivalent to level B2 on the «Norwegian test» during the first 2 years of residency), and have strong oral and written English skills.

Selection criteria

When ranking competent applicants, emphasis will be placed on:

  • Quality, relevance and scope of coaching and coach education experience in football, including holding a UEFA coaching license
  • Quality, relevance and scope of teaching and supervising students in practical and lecture-based courses in higher education
  • Quality, relevance and scope of published scientific work focused on football
  • Quality, relevance and scope of other research and developmental work related to football. Special emphasis is placed on research of more recent date.
  • Documented experience in supervising BA and MA students (as well as PhD students for the Associate professor position)
  • Documented ability to obtain external funding for research projects
  • Other documented qualifications that are relevant to the position, such as popular science communication and public dissemination of sport science knowledge
  • Personal suitability and good collaboration skills

Quality and relevance of the candidate’s work count more than range and magnitude, which in some cases can mean that a candidate who fulfils the requirements for a Lecturer positon could be rated higher than a candidate who fulfils the requirements for an Associate Professor position.

Relevant candidates will be called for an interview, where they also may be asked to give a trial lecture and/or a practical teaching session at the football field.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Historically, football at NIH has been an important area of both research and education. In the 1980-1990s, former faculty member Egil “Drillo” Olsen pioneered what later became modern match analysis research methods in professional football. Since then, the department has continued to develop and promote evidence-based education and research in football. The department has its own research and development group focused on team invasion games, a modern lab for match and performance analysis, and close research collaborations with leading national and international football clubs and FAs.

The department is responsible for a 3-year 180 ECTS bachelor and 2-year 120 ECTS master in sport coaching and psychology, and have educated generations of Norwegian football coaches. To this date, graduates hold influential positions at the Norwegian FA, and top-level as well as grassroots clubs.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Applicants will be evaluated by an expert committee. Short-listed applicants will be called for interview(s) and a trial lecture.

The electronic application must contain:

  • Cover letter, including motivation for applying, focusing on the areas of research mentioned in the announcement text
  • Complete CV summarizing education, positions held, teaching and research experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities
  • If applicable, a complete list of scientific publications with information about where they have been published, the impact factor and the number of citations. The list should include up to 10 publications (pdf.files to be submitted) that the applicant believes to be most important, along with a statement indicating their relevance to the announced position.
  • Documentation of other activities which the applicant considers relevant to the position and wants to be considered in the assessment. Copies of diplomas, transcripts and certificates
  • Contact information for 2-3 referees

All documentation to be considered is to be uploaded as attachments to the application. Complete documentation in electronic form must be submitted by the closing date for the application.

About the Department/Section/Group

The Department of Sport and Social Sciences is a broadly focused academic group that conducts research, development, and teaching in several subjects: The Sociology of Sport, Sport Philosophy, History of Sport, Sport Psychology, Sport Coaching, Sport Management and Sport for Development. We have a well-equipped laboratory for match and performance analysis and a modern sport psychology laboratory. Our staff puts much emphasis on the interplay between the teaching, research, and practical application.

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Note or Other details

After the application period has expired a list of applicants will be published. Note that, in special cases, information about applicants to a position may be made public even though the applicant has requested that their application should be processed confidentially. Applicants requesting an exemption from publication of their details must explain their reasons for doing so in their application. It is up to NIH to determine whether the request shall be approved or not. If it is not approved, the applicant will be notified so that they can withdraw the application.

We offer

  • Salary in the position of Associate Professor (Position code SKO 1011) NOK 665 700-752 800, depending on competencies/Salary in the position of Lecturer (Position code SKO 1009) NOK 543 300-650 300, depending on competencies.
  • A research and education institution at the highest international level and with excellent facilities
  • Creative and collegial working environment
  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund

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