Associate professor in quantitative social science

Oslo Metropolitan University
December 31, 2023
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Centre for the Study of Professions (SPS)

Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway's third largest university with almost 22,000 students and over 2,500 employees. We have campuses in central Oslo and at Romerike. OsloMet educates students and conducts research that contributes to the sustainability of the Norwegian welfare state and the metropolitan region.

SPS develops the study of professions as a multidisciplinary field of research, comprising research from a wide range of disciplines. SPS aims to be a leading centre for research and graduate study within the study of professions in the Nordic countries.

There is a vacancy for a permanent position at the Centre for the Study of Professions for an associate professor in social sciences who will play a key role in further developing quantitatively oriented research at the centre.

The centre currently has four research groups:

  • Professional Careers and Labour Markets
  • Expertise, Ethics and Public Policy
  • Professional Knowledge and Qualification
  • Professional Practice and Interaction
  • The first of these groups is predominantly engaged in quantitatively oriented research using register data. The other groups are also increasingly using quantitative methods.

    The Centre for the Study of Professions is a leading research environment in the study of professions and is, among other things, responsible for a PhD programme in the study of professions. The centre's theoretical and methodological approach is characterised by diversity. The person appointed will work in an interdisciplinary environment with researchers and research fellows with backgrounds in sociology, pedagogy, history, philosophy, political science, social anthropology, health sciences, economics and psychology. We have also developed several quantitative databases, including register data from Statistics Norway.

    We are looking for an ambitious candidate who will strengthen our research and teaching and contribute to developing national and international research projects of high quality. The person appointed is expected to have a very high level of expertise in quantitative research methods and be able to teach and provide supervision at PhD level in the field. We also require expertise in one or more of the centre's established areas of research.

    Read more about the Centre for the Study of Professions.

    Read more about our research groups.

    Your responsibilities will be to
  • prepare and lead research projects at a high international level
  • organize competence development in quantitative methods at the centre, including PhD courses
  • supervise research fellows
  • disseminate research to stakeholders and the wider public
  • participate in teaching activities
  • further develop the work on the centre's register databases
  • actively participate in the centre's interdisciplinary research environment
  • take part in administrative offices and tasks
  • contribute to the strategic development of the Centre for the Study of Professions
  • Qualification requirements
  • a PhD degree or corresponding qualification in relevant disciplines, e.g. sociology, political science, economics or psychology
  • expertise at a very high level in quantitative research methods, including experience with teaching and supervision
  • publications of relevance to the study of professions or one of the centre's research areas
  • academic and educational dissemination skills, the ability to supervise PhD students
  • project acquisition skills and the ability to develop and lead research projects
  • the ability to cooperate and build communities and networks
  • Applicants must document relevant educational competence in accordance with OsloMet's Guidelines for assessment of educational competence.

    Good oral and written presentation skills in English are required. Applicants who do not have adequate proficiency in a Scandinavian language upon appointment must acquire Norwegian skills corresponding to at least level B2 within three years of commencement. Courses are offered at OsloMet.

    General criteria for appointment to teaching and research positions are set out in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts.

    Applicants who are qualified for a full professorship can be promoted after a formal review process once they have taken up their position.

    In the assessment and ranking of qualified applicants, emphasis will be

    placed on

  • scientific production, with particular emphasis on publications from the past six years (not including authorised leaves of absence). Greater emphasis will be placed on quality and relevance than on the number of publications.
  • interest in and capacity for interdisciplinary collaboration
  • ability for and experience with establishing and leading externally funded projects
  • potential for future research and for contributing to the centre's development
  • experience with teaching and supervision, preferably at master's and PhD level
  • good teaching skills
  • personal suitability and motivation for the position
  • Personal qualities required for the position
  • the ability to facilitate interdisciplinary and innovative research
  • initiative and flexibility
  • good cooperation skills
  • the ability to motivate and inspire students and colleagues
  • the ability to lead and work independently
  • OsloMet conducts testing of pedagogical qualifications in connection with interviews.

    It is important for OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have had periods where you have not been in employment, education or training.

    We offer
  • interesting work at Norway's third biggest and most urban university
  • ample room for research as part of the position and participation in a robust interdisciplinary research environment
  • membership in an active research group and joint academic seminars
  • loan and pension arrangements with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • beneficial welfare arrangements and a wide range of sports and cultural activities
  • free Norwegian language classes to employees and their partners/spouses
  • attractive premises in downtown Oslo with a wide range of cultural activities
  • The position is remunerated in accordance with the Basic Collective Agreement for state employees and OsloMet's salary policy for position code 1011. Førsteamanuensis (NOK 615 700-745 000 per year). A higher salary may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants.

    Application process

    Applications that meet the requirements listed in this advertisement will be assessed by an expert committee. Please upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for applications:

  • an application letter, which should include an explanation of how your research and other experiences are relevant for the position
  • a CV and all pages of certificates/diplomas. You may also add letters of recommendation/references if you wish.
  • a complete list of publications
  • up to 6 scholarly works (preferably also with a summary overview)
  • a teaching portfolio including a profiling document, cf. Guidelines – educational competence
  • Applicants who cannot document competencies within teaching in higher education have to develop this within two years from taking up the position. OsloMet offers courses in teaching and learning in higher education which covers this requirement.

    If you are invited for an interview, at least two references must be provided.

    We only process applications submitted through our electronic recruitment system, and all documents must be uploaded for your application to be processed. The documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be authorised, and you must present originals if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document checks in order to give candidates a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

    Before the application papers are forwarded to the expert committee, all applications will be reviewed. Those that are incomplete or do not meet the formal qualification requirements will not be forwarded for assessment.

    The employment will be carried out in accordance with the principles of the Norwegian Public Service Act (, and legislation that regulates the export of knowledge, technology, and services.

    OsloMet has signed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and committed the institution to following its principles in hiring processes.

    Other information

    If you would like more information about the position, feel free to contact:

  • Centre director Beate Elvebakk: tel. (+47) 417 84 106, [email protected]
  • Professor Håvard Helland: tel. (+47) 67 23 53 58, [email protected]
  • If you wish to apply for the position, please do so electronically by clicking the apply button.

    Deadline for applications: 31 December 2023

    OsloMet is a Charter & Code certified institution by the EU Commisson holding the right to use the logo HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R). OsloMet is a member of the EURAXESS network supporting a positive work environment for researchers in motion.

    OsloMet has signed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). DORA recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.

    Type of employment Permanent position

    Contract type Full time First day of employment 2024 Salary NOK 615 700-745 000 per year Number of positions 1 Full-time equivalent 100% City Oslo County Oslo Country Norway Reference number 23/06715 Contact

  • Beate Elvebakk, 41784106
  • Håvard Helland, 67235358
  • Published 09.Nov.2023 Last application date 31.Dec.2023 11:59 PM CET

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