At the Department of Design, there is a vacancy for a permanent position as professor (100%) in Visual Communication. The position is available from 1st April 2023.

Work responsibilities / research area:

We are looking for applicants who master a wide range of expressions, have an interest in different media, and are able to place visual communication in a historical, social, and communicative context. We will put emphasis on a comprehensive understanding and good ability to reflect on the subject area and design issues.

The ideal candidate has teaching and supervision experience at BA, MA, and Ph.D level, and with some, or more of the following areas: Editorial design, visual identity, design activism and critical /discursive design.

Experience with social mobilization processes and design in public spaces will be considered relevant. Candidates must be conceptually oriented and have solid knowledge of relevant design methods. We are looking for a candidate who is aware of the field’s broad relevance to visual culture in a changing and market-driven society.

Work tasks:

  • Teaching and supervision
  • Responsibility for learning/teaching in the specialist field
  • Artistic research, project development, external funding and project leadership
  • Main supervisor for PhD, MA and BA students
  • Recruitment of PhD, MA and BA students
  • Presentation/Dissemination of results
  • Organisation and facilitation of these work tasks
  • Administrative and other management duties

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Extensive artistic activities at the highest-level conforming to international standards and relevant breadth and specialization at the highest level of the subject or discipline
  • Educational competence is a requirement for the position, please visit this page for criteria and documentation requirements

The University of Bergen emphasizes educational qualifications for appointment to scientific positions.

Emphasis will also be placed on the following:

  • Good team-working skills, with the emphasis on dialogue and inclusive professional communication
  • Organizational skills and experience

The teaching language is Scandinavian or English. The successful applicant must be able to teach in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within two years of being appointed.

The applicants’ academic competence will be assessed by an expert committee. The best qualified applicants will be called in for interview and trial lecture by an internal interview team.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Salary at pay grade 80 – 82 (code 1013) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 839 900 – 888 200 before taxes. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well qualified applicant
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits.

Your application must include:

  • CV
  • Diplomas, references
  • Material documenting artistic research and artistic practice
  • Documentation of educational experience and qualifications: Please fill out this form

The applicant must clearly show how his or her qualifications relate to the position’s requirements and priorities. It is important that the applicant clarifies his/her thoughts and explains his/her views about this academic field’s position and opportunities.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at JobbNorge.

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: : Head of department Mona Larsen, tlf.: 905 00 972,     e-post:

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible.  People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The appointment shall be based on the recommendation of an academic committee and an independent assessment by the appointing body, including interviews and possible testing of teaching qualifications.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times. Reference is made to the general University regulations that stipulate that, as part of the normal duties of the position and within his/her academic field, the successful applicant may also be required to teach, supervise and carry out examination related tasks outside the organisational unit to which the position belongs.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

About The University of Bergen

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad. 

There are three departments at Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design. Read more about the faculty and departments. 

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