Associate Professor of Human geography (position code 1011)
One (1) permanent position is available at the Department of Sociology and
Human Geography for an Associate Professor in Human Geography, with particular
competence in the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in social
science research. Applicants who are qualified for full professorship can be
promoted after a formal review process once they have taken up their position.
The department is ranked among the premierw academic research institutions in
human geography in Norway, conducting top international research while
offering high quality education for students.
The department seeks a potential scientific leader with clear research
visions, educational and administrative skills and the ability to establish
and lead research projects. The successful candidate has a strong research
profile and track record of publications in acknowledged publication channels
and is expected to strengthen both research and education in human geography
at the department.
More about the position
The main areas of Human Geographic research in the department are: climate
change adaptation and transformations, development and politics, economic and
labour geography and urban studies and planning. The successful candidate
should be able to contribute to the further strengthening and development of
one or more of these areas and of the research community as a whole at the
department. The department is particularly interested in recruiting candidates
with the ability to develop the Department's research and teaching in the
field of Geographical Information Systems as applied in social science
Applicants must have research experience and teaching qualifications that are
compatible with this research profile. The successful candidate will be
required to teach, supervise and contribute to examinations at all levels of
the study programmes. The position also involves administrative and other
duties in accordance with applicable rules.
Applicants who do not have basic pedagogical competencies must acquire such
within the first two years of employment.
The working language and primary language of instruction at the bachelor level
is Norwegian, while the master and PhD programs are taught in English. GIS
courses are at present taught in English at both the bachelor's and master's
levels. Good oral and written skills in English are required.
If the successful candidate does not speak Norwegian or another Scandinavian
language, he or she will be required to acquire sufficient knowledge of a
Scandinavian language within two years to be able to participate actively in
all the functions the position entails, including administrative tasks.
Pursuant to applicable regulations, the applicants will be evaluated based on
their documented academic qualifications as well as qualifications in
teaching, management and administration. The department's overall needs will
be part of the considerations made in the hiring process:
Applicants must have a PhD degree in human geography or equivalent, and a
demonstrated ability to contribute to the continued development of human
geography as a discipline at the department through research activities,
publications and education.
Emphasis will be placed on research and international publications the
last five years as well as the applicants' future research potential. In
the assessment of publications, originality, quality and scope will be
Teaching abilities are an important assessment criteria, particularly but
not limited to, the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Relevant pedagogical and other experience should be well documented in a
teaching portfolio that addresses students' learning, development over
time, a research attitude to teaching and learning, and a collegial
attitude and practice. Qualifications for teaching in human geographical
theory are welcome.
A proven ability to succeed in competitive, international arenas is an
advantage (e.g. stipends, grants, publications, prizes).
In the evaluation of qualified applicants the full range of these criteria
will be explicitly addressed and assessed.Interviews will be part of the
appointment process, along with a trial lecture.
Salary NOK 650 300 – 825 900 per annum depending on qualifications in
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:
An application letter. The letter should include a short description of
the applicant's academic profile, how the applicant sees his or her
academic orientation fitting in with or expanding the core areas of the
department's research and how the applicant wishes to contribute to the
development of research and teaching in human geography.
CV (complete list of education, positions, pedagogical experience,
administrative experience, project acquisition and coordination
experience, and other qualifying activities).
A complete list of publications
The application with attachments must be submitted in our electronic
recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Please note
that all documents must be in English (or a Scandinavian language).
A selection committee will invite shortlisted applicants to submit a portfolio
of up to seven publications from the last five years (a doctoral dissertation
or a monograph will count as three publications) that are particularly
relevant for the position. Academic texts should therefore not be submitted at
the time of application.
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.
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.
ALTERNATIVELY: If there are no qualified applicants for a permanent position,
the appointing authority may consider appointment to a temporary lower
position for up to three years, cf. Section 6-5 of the University and
University College Act.
The University of Oslo has a transfer agreement with all employees that is
intended to secure the rights to all research results etc.
Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel
policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. We also want to
have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life
experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who
If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or
immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these
groups to an interview.
Vice Head of Department, Professor Jemima García-Godos
Head of Administration, Inger-Lise Schwab
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 Sociology and Human Geography is Norway's leading
department for both Sociology and Human Geography. The Department offers four
Bachelor's and three Master's programmes. Research, teaching and dissemination
activities within both fields are of the highest level. The Department is
renowned both for the breadth of topics and methodologies employed and for its
highly qualified researchers. Gender balance among the academic staff is an
important distinguishing feature. The Department has 35 permanent academic
staff, nearly 40 doctoral and post doctoral research fellows and 12
administrative staff members. There are approximately 80 PhD. candidates and
1500 students enrolled in the Department.
1st November 2021
University of Oslo
Fulltime (1 jobs) Fulltime (%)
Place of service
Institutt for sosiologi og samfunnsgeografi