Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus

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.


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

Research and Teaching

There is an available permanent position at the Centre for the Study of Professions (SPS) as Associate Professor in Education Research. You will help strengthen our research on qualifying for professions and quality of education in higher education. You will be central to teaching and development aimed at the employees at OsloMet. Your work will be part of the University’s emphasis on having research underpin teaching and qualification in line with our position as an educator of professions.

The Centre is a leading research and researcher-training environment for the study of professions, and we are, amongst other things, responsible for a PhD in the Study of Professions. The Centre is also responsible for the Postgraduate Certificate Teaching in Professional Education.

We study the knowledgebase of professions and ethical dilemmas facing professions, recruitment to education of professions, the significance of education as a qualifier and identity shaping arena, career and labour marked trajectories, the role of professions in shaping politics and implementation, and how someone in a profession uses their judgement and makes decisions, often with a large degree of discretion.

You will be working in a cross-disciplinary environment together with researchers and PhD candidates with a background from sociology, pedagogy, history, philosophy, political science, social anthropology, health, economy, psychology, and more.

Theoretically and methodologically, the Centre is diverse. We have also built up several quantitative databases, and use register data from Statistics Norway.

You will be associated with two of the research groups at the Centre: Professional knowledge, qualifying for professions and coping with the tasks of professional life (PKK) and Studies of the teaching profession, teacher education and education policy (TEPEE).

Presently there are about 50 persons affiliated with the Centre.

Your main duties in the position

  • education research, including research on qualifying for professions
  • teaching and development aimed at the employees at OsloMet within areas such as the Postgraduate Certificate Teaching in Professional Education (UHPED) and the Teaching Excellence Framework
  • advance the studies of professions

We are looking for applicants who have

  • a PhD degree in a relevant field
  • relevant research on the education system, teaching and qualifying for professions
  • extensive experience from teaching at multiple levels, as well as supervision

When reviewing the applications we will pay particular attention to the

  • quality and quantity of research over the past five years
  • skills and experience with teaching and dissemination
  • ability to lead, and the actual experience with, research and development projects
  • knowledge of the education of professions and the qualification to professions
  • international network and your environment building qualities
  • proficiency in written and spoken Norwegian and English

When relevant, Norwegian language classes will be offered to comply with the requirements of the position.
The university will test pedagogical skills in connection with the interview.

General criteria for appointment are stipulated in Regulations relating to Appointment and Promotion to Teaching and Research Positions (Forskrift om ansettelse og opprykk i undervisnings- og forskerstillinger), see details in Norwegian

We are looking for applicants who have

  • a responsible and reliable approach to work
  • a collegial attitude
  • an intellectual orientation towards, and ability to work in, a cross-disciplinary environment
  • a strong interest in research

It is important for OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active efforts to further develop as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required.

Expert evaluation

An expert committee will assess applicants. You must upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for applications:

  • CV, references and all pages of certificates/diplomas. The certificates/diplomas must include ECTS grades (A–F). Foreign diplomas must be translated into English by the degree-conferring institution. Education taken abroad should preferably be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and a confirmed copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
  • a list of your academic production
  • up to 10 academic documents including your PhD dissertation

Documents must be in English and Scandinavian languages only. Original documents and valid passport must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact andjo@oslomet.no

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

We can offer you

  • an exciting job opportunity at Norway’s third largest and most urban university
  • opportunity to be a part of a dynamic professional environment and unique academic network
  • membership in an active research group and academic seminars where you will receive feedback on articles etc.
  • a work environment where we see and encourage each other
  • beneficial pension arrangements with the Norwegian State Pension Fund
  • good employee welfare arrangements
  • free Norwegian language classes to employees and their partners
  • relocation support, cultural courses and on boarding services
  • working location in downtown Oslo with multiple cultural offers

OsloMet’s International Career Site gives information on living and working in Oslo.

Other information

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

Centre Director, Oddgeir Osland, +47 67 23 53 26, oddos@oslomet.no
Professor Anton Havnes, +47 67 23 53 67, anton@oslomet.no

The position is remunerated in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, 1011 Associate Professor, with a salary range between NOK 524.200-682.200 (annual). For particularly well qualified applicants we may consider a higher salary. By law, 2% of the salary will be deducted and sent to the State Pension Fund

If you wish to apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.
Deadline for applications: 31 January 2019

Ref.:                            18/12214

OsloMet has implemented the Charter & Code and been certified by the EU Commission with HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) and is part of the EU network for mobility of Researchers Euraxess.


Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment By appointment
Salary 524 200 - 682 200
Number of positions 1
Working hours 37,5 timer/uke
City Pilestredet
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 18/12214
  • Oddgeir Osland, +47 67 23 53 26
  • Anton Havnes, +47 67 23 53 67
Published 19.Dec.2018
Last application date 31.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET

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