Associate Professor in the Study of Religions

University of Bergen
October 01, 2023
Offerd Salary:Salary Scale (currently NOK 692.400 – 745.000
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Associate Professor in the Study of Religions UiB - Knowledge that shapes society

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Associate professor

The Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion (AHKR) at the University of Bergen invites applications for a permanent position as Associate Professor in the Study of Religions.

The Study of Religions at the University of Bergen is a secular and research- intensive unit with expertise on a broad range of religious traditions from across the world, past and present. We study a vast variety of topics by drawing on different kinds of source materials, methods, and theoretical perspectives. Research is carried out in combination with teaching on bachelor, master and PhD level. Currently there are ten permanent positions in the Study of Religions at AHKR.

Qualification requirements and work tasks

The successful applicant must have relevant research competence in the study of religions corresponding to the level of a Norwegian PhD.

The applicant must have research competence in religion and aesthetics and/or religion and media. These fields are interpreted broadly, with a focus on perspectives in the study of religions. The applicant must be able to teach and supervise in all our study programs, including courses of didactics and practice for teacher students. The applicant must be able to teach and supervise about both historical developments and contemporary situations, about gender perspectives and different kinds of diversity, and about methods and theories in the study of religions. Relevant linguistic competence for the fields of research is another requirement. In assessing applications, publications within the last five years will carry the most weight. Experience in attracting external funding will also be given emphasis.

The position has teaching, research, outreach, and administrative components. The applicant must be able to teach and supervise students at all levels and contribute teaching to a broad range of courses. In addition, it is expected that the applicants will be able to develop courses within the field(s) of religion and aesthetics and/or religion and media, and collaborate with researchers from other disciplines at AHKR and other departments at the University of Bergen.

The successful applicant will have the right and the duty to conduct research within their specialty and will be assigned some academic administrative work. Personal aptitude will be of great importance. Emphasis will be placed on the ability to work collaboratively, on the applicant's research in progress, and on the potential to strengthen the department's academic profile over the coming years.

Basic teaching training and experience in the supervision of students at the university level is a requirement for the position as associate professor. This implies completed formal pedagogical training, as well as basic skills in planning, implementation, evaluation and development of teaching and supervision. Relevant courses in combination with actual teaching experience could replace a university pedagogy program.

Should the successful applicant not have such competence at the time of appointment, they will be required to document such training within two years of the date of appointment.

Pedagogical training must be documented in a teaching portfolio which should include a documented overview of practical experience and competence, as well as a brief reflection statement. The statement should primarily describe the applicant's teaching philosophy and an evaluation of their own teaching in relation to their knowledge of students' learning at a higher education level. For further information on how to document pedagogical training, please click here.

Norwegian will normally be the language of administration and teaching. The successful applicant will be required to teach in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within three years of being appointed. The university provides suitable courses for learning Norwegian.

The successful candidate will be expected to relocate to Bergen, to work and participate in the day-to-day operations of the department and to conform to the regulations that apply to the position.

We can offer:
  • Salary in accordance with pay grade 70-74 (code 1011) on the State Salary Scale (currently NOK 692.400 – 745.000 gross p.a.). From the gross wage a 2 % law-enforced membership in the State Pension Fund (Statens Pensjonskasse) is deducted. Further increase in salary will depend on seniority. Higher initial placement may be considered for particularly well-qualified candidates.
  • A thriving and professionally stimulating working environment.
  • Attractive research conditions, including 46 per cent research time.
  • Excellent career opportunities, including the opportunity to apply for personal promotion to full professor at a later stage.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Your application must include:

    Applications should be sent electronically via the link “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”/”SØK STILLINGEN”.

    The application must include:

    1. Cover letter 2. CV 3. Scanned versions of original or certified copies of all academic diplomas and transcripts 4. Teaching portfolio and reflection statement (more information here) 5. Information about and documentation of administrative experience and earlier work 6. A complete list of publications (may be attached) 7. Up to five publications (which may include dissertations, other monographs or articles) to be included in the assessment. 8. Name and contact information of three reference persons. One of these should preferably be the applicant's current or previous superior.

    The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. The documents may be in Word or pdf-format.

    The expert committee may in special cases ask for additional documentation.

    Publications that are not available electronically may be submitted in three (3) copies by mail to the Department at this address:

    University of Bergen, AHKR, PO Box 7805, N-5020 Bergen, Norway.

    Nominated candidates will be invited to an interview and asked to give a lecture.

    General information:

    Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Department, Professor Teemu Ryymin, by e-mail [email protected] or tel. +47 55 58 38 79, the Academic Coordinators of the Study of Religions, Professor Bjørn Ola Tafjord, by e-mail [email protected] or tel. +47 55 58 22 93, or Associate Professor Christian Hervik Bull, by e-mail [email protected] or tel. +47 55 58 31 56.

    The public sector shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Candidates with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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

    Questions about the online application procedure may be sent by email to the Faculty of Humanities: [email protected].

    For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

    Guide for application, 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 four departments and two centres at Faculty of Humanities. Read more about the faculty and departments.


    1st October 2023


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