Faculty of Health Sciences , Department of Behavioural Sciences

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is one of Norway’s largest universities, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city center and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.


The Faculty of Health Sciences consists of five departments and offers study programmes on all levels, including PhD. The faculty has about 6000 students and nearly 600 members of staff.

Department of Behavioural Sciences har approximately 750 students and 60 employees. The department is represented at all three campus; Kjeller, Pilestredet and Sandvika.

Would you like to lead an education and research environment in the field of behavioural sciences?

There is a fixed-term vacancy for the position of head of the Department of Behavioural Sciences at the Faculty of Health Sciences from 1 August 2019. The head of department will be appointed for a fixed term of four years, with the possibility of applying for a further two terms – 12 years in total.

The head of the department has the academic and administrative responsibility for education, research, development work and dissemination. The head of department is also a driving force for cooperation with the field of practice and takes active part in the faculty's internationalisation efforts. The responsibilities include managing the department's programme coordinators in addition to overseeing the finances and results, and the position reports to the dean. The head of department is part of the dean’s management team who actively work to ensure that the faculty contributes to OsloMet’s efforts to be a university that ‘delivers knowledge that can solve society’s challenges.

Main duties of the position

  • play an active part in the department's activities and managing and developing the department in line with OsloMet’s research and teaching strategies
  • develop research activity in the department and be a driving force in the work to ensure that education is based on research and academic development work
  • active cooperation, both internally at the university and with society at large and the labour market at the regional, national and international level
  • stimulate and help staff to obtain external research funding
  • contribute to the dean's management group and the strategic work at faculty level, among other things, to obtain synergies across departments and academic disciplines
  • work to maintain a good, integrated and diverse learning and working environment for students and staff

For further details about responsibilities and tasks, see the job description here.

Qualification requirements 

  • relevant higher education, preferably at associate professor/professor level
  • relevant master’s degree or equivalent
  • management experience with verifiable results
  • experience and good understanding of personnel management and financial management
  • knowledge of the department’s academic fields
  • good oral and written communication skills in a Scandinavian language and English

Applicants whose first language is not one of the Scandinavian languages, must document both oral and written language skills.

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

  • documented results from research management and education management
  • experience of teaching, research and development work related to the department’s academic Fields
  • the ability to practise strategic management in a clear and purposeful manner the ability to network and establish trust internally and externally, and contribute to developing the reputation of the institution
  • a motivational and inclusive management style characterised by collaboration, participation and dialogue
  • a good contributor to interdisciplinary cooperation
  • the ability to work in an independent and result-oriented manner
  • the ability to adapt and implement change work 

Emphasis is also placed on the following:

  • personal suitability
  • motivation for the position and enthusiasm for the academic fields
  • skills that complement the rest of the management team at faculty level

It is important to 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.

We can offer you

  • an exciting work opportunity at Norway’s third biggest university
  • the opportunity to influence the teaching in the department
  • inspiring and strong academic environments
  • participation in the management development programme
  • loan and pension arrangements with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good welfare arrangements 

You must upload references and all pages of certificates/diplomas. The documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be government authorised. Originals must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet checks documents in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

Other information

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for state employees, 1475 head of department. The salary is NOK 754,900–893,900 per year. A higher salary may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants. 

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

  • Dean Gro Jamtvedt, tel. (+47) 67 23 60 09 / (+47) 975 18 144, gro.jamtvedt@oslomet.no
  • Faculty Director Kristin Nordseth, tel. (+47) 67 23 61 59 / (+47) 952 28 721, kristin.nordseth@oslomet.no

If you wish to apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the button at the bottom of the advertisement.


Final date for applications:     1 February 2019

Ref.:           18/12960

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Type of employment Fixed-term post (4 years)
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Pilestredet
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 18/12960
  • Gro Jamtvedt, dekan, 67 23 60 09 / 9751 81 44
  • Kristin Nordseth, fakultetsdirektør, 67 23 61 59 / 952 28 721
Published 18.Dec.2018
Last application date 01.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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