Faculty of Education and International Studies, Department of Early Childhood Education

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 Education and International Studies (LUI) has approximately 550 employees and 7000 students and is located in Oslo and Akershus. The Faculty is comprised of four departments as well as the National Centre of Multicultural Education (NAFO).

The Faculty educates tomorrow’s teachers from kindergarten through upper secondary school, in close cooperation with the field of practical training. The Faculty offers a PhD in Education. In addition, the Faculty offers development studies and studies in sign language and interpreting. Diversity is a core value for the Faculty and its activities. The Faculty’s research and development focuses on practical training and is both profession-oriented and internationally oriented.

The Department of Early Childhood Education has several strong research communities that contribute to research-based knowledge with relevance for the challenges faced by society in the field of early childhood education. The Department’s study programmes are developed in close cooperation with the field of practical training, and through research and innovation projects. The Department offers several bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree in early childhood education, as well as continuing and further education.

There are vacancies for 1 – 2 permanent full-time position(s) as Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis or førstelektor) at the Department of Early Childhood Education at the Faculty of Education and International Studies from the 1st of August 2020.

The Department of Early Childhood Education has approximately 2000 students and 115 academic staff members, and is located in Pilestredet in the centre of Oslo. The Department offers a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Care, a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education Studies, and various continuing education courses. The Department collaborates extensively with kindergartens and other institutions relevant to our work.

The Department of Early Childhood Education seeks to strengthen the research, education and externally financed projects regarding children’s outdoor play and learning in urban areas, characterized by diversity.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • teaching and supervision at Bachelor's, Master’s and PhD level and continuing and further education programmes and externally financed projects
  • have contact with the field of practice and cooperate with the bachelor student’s placement periods
  • contributing to the continued development of the academic community and the department’s study programmes
  • carry out your own research and development, focusing on issues regarding the profession.
  • academic-administrative tasks
  • active contribution to the development of a high-quality education
  • active contribution to the development of the department, and OsloMet in general
  • disseminating research results to academic communities, and to society in general
  • participate in the development of major new research projects and applications for external funding together with colleagues at OsloMet and beyond
  • participate in research collaboration with national and international partners

 

Qualification requirements:

  • To be appointed to a position of Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis), a candidate must hold a doctorate degree such as a PhD degree in Sports Sciences, Physical Education, Pedagogy within sports and physical activity, outdoor play and learning or the equivalent. For details on the requirements for a doctorate degree in Norway, see https://www.nokut.no/en/foreign-education/nokuts-criteria-for-general-recognition-of-foreign-higher-education/
  • To be appointed to a position of Associate Professor (førstelektor), a candidate must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent degree in Sports Sciences, Physical Education, Pedagogy within sports and physical activity or outdoor play and learning. In addition, documentation of research and development work corresponding in quality and scope to that required for a doctorate degree in Norway is required (see above).
  • If there are no qualified applicants, we may consider an appointment to a temporary position as an Assistant Professor(universitetslektor), on the condition that the appointee qualifies for a permanent position within three years, (according to act: UH-loven § 6-5). To be appointed to a position of Assistant Professor in Physical Education one must hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) from a university within sports and physical activity or outdoor play and learning or the equivalent.
  • The applicant must document good oral and written presentation skills in a Scandinavian language and English. Applicants who do not have adequate proficiency in a Scandinavian language, must acquire Norwegian skills corresponding to at least level B2 within three years of commencement.
  • The applicant must document relevant educational theory and practice for higher education. Applicants who are unable to document basic teaching qualifications on appointment, must acquire these qualifications within two years. OsloMet offers a course on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (UHPED), in English together with the University of Oslo, that meets this requirement.

In the assessment and ranking of qualified applicants, the following will be emphasised:

  • research and development work of relevance to the position, with particular attention to publications from the past six years
  • experience with research networks and externally funded projects
  • potential for project acquisition
  • knowledge of and/or experience with the field of Early Childhood Education and Care or the field of Early Childhood Teacher Training
  • teaching experience at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels
  • experience with supervision at various levels
  • teaching skills
  • good digital skills
  • good communication skills and the ability to collaborate with students and colleagues
  • personal qualities that can contribute positively to the working environment 

General criteria for appointments to academic positions are covered by the Regulations for appointment and promotion to academic posts.

OsloMet evaluates teaching qualifications in conjunction 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. If there are periods where you have not been in work, under education or in training, you are also welcome to apply. 

Expert assessment

Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. By the application deadline, please upload the following documents together with your application:

  • CV, references and all pages of your certificates/diplomas
  • A list of scientific publications
  • Up to 10 scientific publications, including your PhD thesis 

You must upload all the documents in order for your application to be processed.  The documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be 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. 

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact: Ingrid Andvin Tsolakis – iats@oslomet.no 

We offer

  • interesting tasks at Norway’s third largest and most urban university
  • participation in research groups
  • opportunities for academic development in a professional research environment
  • a creative and inspiring academic environment
  • interaction with a diverse student group
  • loan and pension arrangements through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • beneficial welfare schemes and a wide range of sports and cultural offers
  • 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 

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

The position is remunerated in accordance with the Norwegian State salary scale. The annual salary range for Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis, position code 1011 or førstelektor, position code 1198) is NOK 524 200 – NOK 658 300. The annual salary range for Assistant Professor (universitetslektor, position code 1009) is NOK 456 400 – NOK 594 400. Higher salaries may be considered for particularly qualified applicants. A contribution of 2% to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the salary. 

Other information

For further information about the position, feel free to contact:

  • Head of Department, Helene Lund, email: helelu@oslomet.no, mobile: +47 93485608
  • Head of Programme, Ulrika Oterholm, email: ulrikao@oslomet.no, mobile: +47 95939668 

If you wish to apply for the position, please do so via our application portal.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1st of August 2020.
Salary NOK 524200 - 658 300
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 19/09441
Contact
  • Helene Lund, email: helelu@oslomet.no, mobile: +47 93485608
  • Ulrika Oterholm, email: ulrikao@oslomet.no, mobile: +47 95939668 
Published 15.Oct.2019
Last application date 27.Nov.2019 11:59 PM CET

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