Associate Professor in Public Policy/Public Administration University of Oslo, Faculty of Social Sciences Norway

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.


The Department of Political Science is a part of the Faculty of Social Sciences and conducts research, teaching and dissemination. The Department currently has 33 permanent academic staff members, 16 research fellows conducting PhDs, nine assistant professors (postdoctoral fellows) and ten administrative employees. About 1100 students are currently enrolled in Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD study programmes in political science, as well as the interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree programmes in International Studies and Public Administration and Leadership, and the Master’s degree programme in Peace and Conflict Studies. The department is the host of C-REX Center for Research on Extremism.


Associate Professor in Public Policy/Public Administration


About the position


1 -2 permanent positions as Associate Professor in Public Policy/Public Administration are available at The Department of Political Science, University of Oslo. In a position as an Associate Professor, time is equally divided between research and teaching. The person(s) appointed is expected to be present and take part in the Department’s daily activities. She/he must be prepared to undertake teaching duties at all levels (bachelor, master and PhD) and take part in the teaching of research methods. The person(s) appointed will be expected to perform administrative and other tasks in accordance with university regulations. 
Associate Professors may apply for personal promotion to full professorship once they have started in their position (for regulations see:




Applicants must hold a relevant PhD degree and have a track record of excellent international publications. Applicants are evaluated on academic qualifications. In addition to research excellence, we will also take into consideration the applicants’ experience with teaching, administrative duties, research leadership and project acquisition, as well as their personal suitability for the position. In the evaluation of research qualifications, recent publications, as well as the potential for future research of high quality, will be emphasized. The persons we hire must be able to contribute to the Department's long-term academic development.


Applicants that cannot document basic pedagogical competence at the time of their employment must acquire such within the first two years of appointment.


Teaching is carried out in both Norwegian and English. In the event that the person(s) appointed do not speak Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, he/she will be expected to be able to teach in Norwegian within three years of employment.




Applications must contain information about education, previous positions, teaching experience, academic, professional and pedagogical activity, as well as administrative experience.


Applications should be submitted electronically with the following:

  • Letter of application
  • CV
  • A complete list of publications


Note! Publications should not be submitted with the application; the most promising candidates will be invited to submit their publications, as well as their educational certificates and diplomas, later in the process.


About the procedure


The application deadline is 4 December. The applications will first be perused by an application committee with the aim of providing the appointed assessors with a short, substantiated proposal as to which applicants have the most potential and should proceed in the selection process, however without providing any form of ranking. In January/February, following the application committee’s report, the evaluation committee will invite between five and ten of the most promising applicants to submit a comprehensive application together with a selection of academic publications. The evaluation committee will rank order at least the three best qualified applicants. The ranked candidates will then be invited to an interview and will be asked to do a trial lecture. References will be contacted. The hiring process is expected to be completed by June 2018.


In accordance with the University of Oslo's equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity. The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women in academic positions. Women are encouraged to apply.


We offer

  • salary according to "SKO 1011 førsteamanuensis" NOK 517 700 - 722 400 per year, depending on level of competence
  • a pleasant and stimulating working environment
  • a good pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • a position at an inclusive workplace enterprise
  • excellent welfare schemes


Reference is otherwise made to rules regarding the procedures for appointment of persons to positions as professors and associate professors at the University of Oslo:


The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.
According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova) §25 information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even though the applicant has requested non disclosure.



  • Ass. Head of Department Jostein Askim
    Telephone: +47 22855169
  • Head of Department Anne Julie Semb
    Telephone: +47 22856125
  • Questions regarding the electronic application form: HR Consultant Mette Frydendal

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