Associate Professor of Social Anthropology University of Oslo, Department of Social Anthropology 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.


Since its establishment in 1964, the Department of Social Anthropology has been a leading international Department as well as an exponent for the Norwegian anthropological tradition. The Department is one of the largest university environments for social anthropology in Europe, and the largest in the Nordic countries. Approximately 400 students are currently enrolled in the Department, including the doctoral programme with approximately 30 students.


Associate Professor of Social Anthropology


The Department of Social Anthropology invites applications to 1-2 permanent positions of Associate Professor (SKO 1011) in Social Anthropology.


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


Job description


The Department wishes to recruit a candidate with excellent teaching and research qualifications within Social Anthropology. The applicant should contribute to and/or complement one or more of the Department's core research areas. The successful candidate is expected to strengthen the research area she/he relates to, and to contribute to and participate in research activities at the Department.


The applicants’ academic research and international publications over the past three to five years will be given particular weight, as well as the potential for future research.


High quality teaching is essential to the Department, and the applicant will be expected to teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 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.


Qualification requirements

  • PhD or equivalent academic qualifications in Social Anthropology
  • Outstanding research qualifications within Social Anthropology
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position
  • Documented pedagogical skills (See How to document your pedagogical skills for examples).
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Ability to contribute to a high standard of collegiality in the Department
  • Passion for teaching and the ability to inspire students
  • Good communication skills, also to a wider public audience


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
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in a Scandinavian language, in order to be able to participate actively in all the functions the position entails, including administrative tasks.


We offer

  • salary NOK 517 700 – 722 400 per annum depending on qualifications
  • 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 opportunity to apply for promotion to full professorship at a later stage


How to apply


The application must include:

  • cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research and teaching interest)
  • CV (complete list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, and other qualifying activities)
  • a complete list of publications
  • PhD Diploma
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)
  • Student evaluations or other proof of teaching excellence, if available.


The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).


A selection committee will invite a limited number of candidates (“short list”) to submit up to 5 publications/academic works that the applicant wishes to have considered in the assessment process. Academic texts shall therefore not be enclosed with the application.


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


Formal regulations

  • Please see the rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships and Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence.
  • 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.
  • According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.
  • The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.
  • The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds. We especially invite women to apply.


Deadline: 15 February 2018


Contact persons:

  • Head of Department Knut Gunnar Nustad
  • Head of Office Nina Rundgren

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