Job description

Two Associate Professor positions in Political Science are available at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo.

This is a permanent position and we expect that the successful candidates will contribute to the long-term academic development and research culture of the department. 

Associate professors divide their time equally between research and teaching. The successful candidates will offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Political Science. They will also contribute to the teaching of research methods at all levels.

The persons appointed will also carry out administrative tasks in accordance with university regulations.

Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.


Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must document research excellence, including a PhD in a relevant field and a record of publications in refereed international journals or with highly-respected book publishers. When evaluating research excellence, recent publications, as well as a clear and viable strategy for future top-quality research, will be given greatest weight.
  • It is essential that applicants can demonstrate a strong record of teaching commensurable with their experience.
  • Prior experience leading research projects, as well as a track record of national and international collaborations, will be taken into account.  
  • Personal suitability for the position will also be assessed. 

We offer

  • Salary NOK 650 300 to NOK 776 900 per annum depending on qualifications
  • Budget for travel and research assistance (currently NOK 45 000 per year). Staff can apply for additional research support from the department and faculty
  • An academically stimulating and international working environment
  • A friendly and inclusive workplace
  • An excellent pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Fund
  • A good work-life balance and access to Norway’s excellent public services and welfare schemes, including generous parental leave provisions and affordable and accessible childcare
  • Associate Professors may apply for full Professorship once they have taken up their position Competence promotion for academic staff – For employees – University of Oslo (
  • Female academic staff can take part in the Career development scheme for female associate professors

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation and a summary of scientific work and research interests; max. 2 pages).
  • CV (complete list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience, project acquisition and coordination experience, and other qualifying activities)
  • Complete list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio, preferably including information from student evaluations
  • List of reference persons: 2 or 3 references (name, relationship to candidate, e-mail, and phone number)

Applicants should use the cover letter to account for how their work relates to the Department’s research and teaching profile and how they plan to contribute to the Department’s long-term academic development.

All documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Formal regulations

Candidates who cannot document basic teaching qualifications at the time of appointment 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 is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, the appointee will be expected to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate in all functions that the position may involve within two years.

Please see the rules for the appointments to professorships and associate professorships. See section 9 for the list of qualifications considered by the evaluation committee.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova), information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has a policy for intellectual property rights for researchers at the University of Oslo

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people from underrepresented minorities.


Head of Department, Professor Bjørn Erik Rasch

Deputy Head of Department, Associate Professor Elin Lerum Boasson

For questions regarding the applicationprocess, HR-adviser Rebecca Hynes

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 in a broad range of academic disciplines. UiO has shaped society for over 200 years. As a leading European university, it promotes independent, pioneering and long-term research and offers outstanding education. 

The Department of Political Science is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. It is the largest political science department in Norway and covers all subfields of the discipline: international politics, public policy and administration, comparative politics, political theory and research methods. The department offers a vibrant academic environment with a good mix of permanent staff, postdoctoral and PhD fellows. Around 1,400 students are currently enrolled at BA, MA and PhD level. The department runs two large political science programmes at BA and MA level. In addition, the department hosts interdisciplinary study programmes in International Studies, Public Administration and Leadership, and Peace and Conflict Studies. The department has several research groups, including Comparative Institutions and Regimes, Policy, Bureaucracy and Organisation, and Political Data Science. The Department also hosts the interdisciplinary Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX).

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