Associate Professor/Assistant Professor in Law
University of Stavanger Department of Social Studies

Associate Professor/Assistant Professor in Law




About the position


The University of Stavanger invites applicants for position as Associate Professor in Law. The position is vacant from September 2019.


The subject area for the position is welfare law with special emphasis on child welfare law.


As Associate Professor, you will mainly teach and guide students at the bachelor, master and possibly doctoral level within the welfare law theme, research and disseminate research results within relevant research areas at the department. It is also expected that you contribute to the development of cooperation with the working life and field of practice.


The development of varied and digital learning methods in teaching, innovation, value creation based on results from research, and academic/artistic development work, will be included in the position.


The general job description for teaching and research staff gives a more detailed account of relevant duties.


If applicants do not meet the requirements for employment as Associate Professor, it will be considered to make employment in a teaching position as Assistant Professor.

Academic community


The position is organizationally affiliated with the Department of Social Studies. The institute has a broadly composed professional environment. The profession education for child welfare educators and social workers are a large part of the department's activities. Professional education is an integrated / holistic education with contributions from various disciplines, and the master programs are based on this multidisciplinary. This mean that the person who will be employed shall take care of subject and subject responsibility, academic administrative work and teaching tasks in collaboration with other professionals.


The person who will be employed should be able to teach within the legal courses in both a three-year Bachelor's degree program for child welfare educators and a three-year Bachelor's degree program for social work (social worker), as well as in various integrated master's courses and on other educations.


The tasks will be teaching, supervision, professional development, research and examination work related to the subject area.

Qualification requirements


For employment as Associate Professor, you must have a PhD or equivalent competence in legal subjects.


For employment as Associate Professor (førstelektor), you must be able to document extensive research and development work that in quality and scope corresponds to the workload and level of a doctoral thesis. Special emphasis is placed on teaching or other educational activities.


For employment as Assistent Professor you must have a master's degree in law and a minimum of two years relevant practice.


Furthermore, you should have special knowledge within welfare law and administrative law, and desirable to have experience from labor law. Applicants with specialization in child welfare law are preferred, but applicants with specialization within the welfare law otherwise or nearby areas may also be relevant candidates.




Teaching experience is emphasized. You must be able to document pedagogical and didactic skills relating to higher education, or complete a university pedagogy course within a period of two years of the appointment start date. The course will be provided by the university.


Great emphasis will be placed on ensuring that you have good working skills, are flexible and have the will and ability to work interdisciplinary.


The working and teaching language is Norwegian and English. You have to master Norwegian or another Scandinavian language very well on accession, and then be able to teach, guide, evaluate, etc. on all three levels (bachelor, master and first degree PhD). The person employed must also be able to provide teaching and guidance in English.

The following attributes are also desirable


    ability to inspire colleagues with regard to research, artistic and educational development

    ability to initiate, obtain external funding for, lead and carry out major research and development projects

    research results published in recognized Norwegian and international publications, and references indicating progression in research and publications

    a reflective and conscientious attitude towards your own teaching and supervision

    ability to involve and engage students in teaching where the course's objectives, content and assessment situations are closely interlinked

    experience and/or interest in the development of varied learning methods and digital tools in teaching

    experience of partnerships with businessesexperience with relevant international research networks and the ability to build and nurture networks -regionally, nationally and internationally

    experience with innovation and the commercialization of research

    ability to manage a heavy workload, inquisitiveness, and motivation to develop new knowledge in collaboration with others

    good teamwork and communication skills, and ability to contribute to a constructive working environment


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We offer


    varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation

    an ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure.

    colleague-based guidance programme during your first year of teaching at UiS, NyTi.

    salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, 17.510, Associate Professor, code 1011/1198, NOK 586.500 – 682.200 gross per year or Assistant Professor, code 1009, NOK 555.100 - 619.300 gross per year. A higher salary may be considered in special cases. automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits. favourable membership terms at a gym and at the company sports club

    employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors

    Hjem-jobb-hjem, discounted public transport to and from work as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced

    relocation programme in event of moving to Norway, including support and language courses for spouses


General information


An expert committee will assess your application. In the expert assessment, emphasis will be placed on submitted scientific works/documented artistic activity and documented teaching competence. The committee will also assess your experience with popularization/dissemination activities, university politics and administration, and any other documented qualifications relevant to the position.


If you do not satisfy key parts of the qualification requirements, you may have your application rejected before applications are submitted to the expert committee for assessment.


Based on the expert committee's statement, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview and a teaching demonstration before any recommendations are made.


It is a prerequisite that the appointee has a residence, which enables him or her to be present at/available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.


The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of opinion between the texts, the Norwegian text shall be decisive.

Contact information


More information on the position can be obtained from Head of Department Einar Engebretsen, tel: +47 51 834241, e-mail:


Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR-adviser Kirsten Sikveland, tel: +47 51833701, e-mail:



Apply for the position online via the “Apply for the position” link on this page. Here you can submit your application and CV with relevant education and experience.


The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application in separate files:


    relevant certificates and references.

    complete list of scientific work and artistic activity.

    up to 10 works which document your teaching and educational competence; see Guidelines for the Assessment of Teaching Skills.

    up to 10 scientific works which are pivotal to your research output, including your PhD thesis

    documentation of other relevant activities concerning the position requirements


The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload. Information and documentation to be taken into account in the assessment must be submitted within the application dealine. Contact details for three references must be provided in the application or upon request.


Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants - see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act.


UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in JobbNorge.

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UiS - challenge the well-known and explore the unknown


The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 1,700 employees. It is located in the third largest urban region in Norway, with a dynamic labor market and exciting cultural and leisure activities. We are the only Norwegian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university has high ambitions. We will be a driving force in the development of knowledge in the region, and an international research university with an emphasis on innovation. Together with our staff and students, we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.


The Department of Social Studies, as part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, offers bachelor programs within Child Welfare and Social Work, as well as three Master's programmes: a two-year Master's programme in Social Work and Social Pedagogy, and two international master's programmes: Nordic master in Social Work and Welfare og Social Work with Families and Children.


The Department aims to contribute to high-quality social science development, both in welfare management and in social work with vulnerable children, young people and their families.There are currently 66 employees and 830 students at the department.

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