NIH Norwegian School of Sports Sciences Norway

Professor/Associate Professor in Sport and Psychology at NIH, Norway, May, 2022,


There is a vacancy for a permanent position as Professor/Associate professor of sports psychology at the Department of Sport and Social Sciences at Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway, May 2022.

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General Info

Position: Professor/Associate Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Permanent
Salary: Professor: NOK 715 900-919 700; Associate Professor: NOK 665 700-752 800

Department of Sport and Social Psychology

Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH), Norway


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Qualification Details

We are looking for a colleague who can both contribute in the areas we already have good expertise, but who also has internationally recognized research from associated areas in sport psychology. This can be research that is clearly focused on sports, but with different types of focus such as (but not limited to): motivation and stress in sports, cognitive and perceptual factors in sports, team processes and communication in sports, or applied sport psychology.

We are looking for an ambitious Professor/Associate professor who has an active, international network and who has experience with applying for, and obtaining, external funding for research projects. It is an advantage if the applicant has been, and is close to the active sport setting. Experience in conducting study program development and administration of studies at all levels (BA, MA, PhD), preferably on digital platforms, is desirable.

Documented strong qualifications within quantitative and/or qualitative methods are required.

The person hired is expected to participate in teaching and supervision at the bachelor-, master- and PhD-level and must be able to document teaching and supervision experience in sport psychology. The new employee is expected to be able to take on the role as program manager for the bachelor program in the coaching role and sports psychology, as well as course responsibility in sports psychology at master’s level. The new employee is expected to also be responsible for our internship units, therefore contact and experience with the sports sector will be an advantage.

The person hired must have a good command of Norwegian/Scandinavian language orally and in writing (or be willing to acquire such proficiency within 2 years after appointment) and have strong oral and written English skills. A doctorate and published research in the field of sport psychology are required. 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.

Selection criteria

When ranking competent applicants, emphasis will be placed on:

  • Quality, relevance and scope of scientific work on sports psychological topics. Quality and relevance count more than scope, which also means that in some cases a candidate with Associate Professor competency could be rated higher than a candidate with a Professor competency. In the assessment, special emphasis is placed on research of more recent date.
  • Quality, relevance and scope of other research and developmental work in sports and sports psychology
  • Quality, relevance and scope of practical teaching, coaching or counselling experience in sports and sport psychology Broad experience in supervising master's and PhD students
  • Documented ability to obtain external funding for research projects
  • Other documented qualifications that are relevant to the position, such as ability to conduct popular science and public dissemination
  • Personal suitability and good collaboration skills

Relevant candidates will be invited for an interview with a subsequent trial lecture. The candidate who, overall, best meets the selection criteria, will be offered the position.

Responsibilities/Job Description

There is a vacancy for a permanent position as Professor/Associate professor of sports psychology at the Department of Sport and Social Sciences (IIS). IIS consists of a broadly focused academic professional group that conducts research, development work and teaching ball games, sports psychology, philosophy, history, sociology, the coaching role, sports management and sports, culture and development cooperation. The sports psychology group at NIH has for a long time been one of the leading research groups internationally in key fields within sports such as motivation, stress and mastery, and perception in football. We study both children and youth groups, as well as top athletes and coaches, and are in close contact with the field of practice. IIS has a modern ball game analysis lab, as well as a new sports psychology laboratory where we have projects in close collaboration with Olympiatoppen.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: Professor: SKO 1013; Associate Professor: SKO 1011

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 a description of research plans for a 5-year period, 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
  • 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

The Department of Sport and Social Sciences

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, Coaching, Sport Management and Sport for Development. We have a well-equipped laboratory for team/ball sport analysis and a modern sport psychology laboratory. Our staff puts much emphasis on the interplay between the teaching, research, and practical application.

About the Employer:


  • Salary in the position of Professor (Position code SKO 1013) NOK 715 900-919 700, depending on competencies/Salary in the position of Associate Professor (Position code SKO 1011) NOK 665 700-752 800, depending on competencies. Depending on qualifications and seniority, higher salary may be considered.
  • 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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Contact details

Head of Department: Professor Lone Friis Thing: E-mail: [email protected] Phone: +47 23 26 24 01

HR Senior Adviser: Nisma Mælum: E-mail: [email protected] Phone: +47 23 26 20 55

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