Job description

A permanent position is available at the Department of Education for an Associate Professor in Workplace or Organizational Learning.  We are seeking applicants whose research interests and academic merits relate to research in workplace learning, professional knowledge development or organizational learning. We welcome candidates with a background in educational- or other relevant social sciences such as organizational sociology or organizational psychology, who are motivated to conduct research and contribute with research-based knowledge to the shifting demands of learning and knowledge development in work organizations. Research themes of relevance for the position include: Digitalization and its implications for learning, knowledge development and work organization; Learning and knowledge development during organizational change or innovation processes; Learning and knowledge development in the context of interprofessional or client-oriented work and Learning throughout working life. 

Experience from participating in collaborative research projects will be an advantage. In our assessment of applicants we will also emphasize experience and competency in different research designs and methodologies. In addition to the scientific merits, work experience from HRM-processes or organizational development will be considered a strength. 
Experience from teaching and supervision in related courses or study programmes will be an advantage.  

The position includes educational responsibilities within workplace learning. The Department of Education offers a master-level specialization track focusing on knowledge development and learning in working life, as well as specialization track in the bachelor programme that qualifies for admission to the master programme (see links to KULA and KAT in Norwegian). The successful candidate is expected to take on teaching and supervision tasks and to contribute to the collective development of these educational programmes. It is desirable that he/she participates in one of the research groups in the Department, such as HEDWORK.
The position involves 47 % teaching, 47 % research, and 6 % administrative tasks.

Job description

  • Contribution to the development of research and study programs in workplace/organisational learning 
  • Contribution to one of the faculty’s research groups Participation in national and international research networks 
  • Participation in planning, teaching, coaching and supervision in the bachelor- and master-level courses related to learning and knowledge development in work organisations 
  • Research dissemination 
  • External fund raising 
  • Administrative tasks 

Qualification requirements

  • Doctoral degree in education or another relevant social science discipline
  • Documented research competence within workplace or organisational learning
  • Documented basic university pedagogical competence. Applicants who do not have documented basic university pedagogical competence must acquire this within two years from appointment. 
  • Documentation of qualifications in dissemination, management and administration will count positively. 
  • Good communication skills both written and oral in English and Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language) are a prerequisite for performing all the tasks associated with the position.
  • Personal suitability and motivation 

In the ranking of applicants, the whole range of qualifications will be considered and assessed, including communication skills and personal suitability for the position. 

We offer

  • Salary NOK 636 700 to NOK 728 100 annually depending on qualifications in position as Associate Professor (position code 1011) 
  • 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 

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter 
  • CV 
  • Complete list of publications
  • Educational portfolio of 3-6 pages documenting educational competence and experience, including a reflection note in which your own practice and learning vision is anchored in the SoTL criteria (focus on student learning, development over time, a research approach and a collegial attitude and practice. For guidance, see this page)
  • Description of qualifications in dissemination, management and administration
  • Diplomas and references
  • Applicants for position as associate professor are requested to submit up to 10 academic works with a brief account of their scientific significance and, in case of co-authorship, a description of the applicants’ contribution to each publication
  • References (list of 2-3 persons with name, title, email and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language. 

Interviews and trial lecture will form part of the appoi

Interviews will form part of the appointment process. The entire breadth of qualifications will be assessed in ranking competent applicants.

Formal regulations

Please refer to the Rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships at the University of Oslo, the Guide for Applicants and Members of the Assessment Committee and Rules for practicing the requirement for basic pedagogical competence at the University of Oslo.

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.

Pursuant to section 25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

The University of Oslo has a transfer agreement with all employees that is intended to secure the rights to all research results etc.

The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition and to recruit people with an immigrant background. Women are encouraged to apply.

In addition, the University of Oslo aims for its employees to reflect the diversity of the population to the greatest degree possible. We therefore encourage qualified applicants with disabilities or gaps in their CV to apply for the position. The University of Oslo will adapt the workplace to suit employees with disabilities. Applicants who indicate that they have disabilities or gaps in their CV are made aware that this information may be used for statistical purposes.


Professor Monika Bærøe Nerland

Head of Department Professor Tone Kvernbekk

About the University of Oslo

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 Education was established in 1938 and is one of three departments at The Faculty of Educational Sciences which also has a permanent center.

The research is based on traditions from both the social and the human sciences, and the department thus accommodates great breadth in topics and perspectives. The department employs approximately 100 people; 49 scientific staff, 35 doctoral and post-doctoral students, and 20 administrative/technical staff. The number of students is approximately 900.

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