Senter for profesjonsstudier (SPS)

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.

The Centre for the Study of Professions has a vacancy for a two-year postdoc position on a philosophical project on teachers’ knowledge base.

The postdoc will be working on the project “Renewed perspectives on research use in Education” (REPOSE), financed by the Research Council of Norway. The project will start in August 2020. It is a cross-disciplinary project that will employ a range of methods to study different aspects of the use of research in the education sector and develop new understandings about this. The postdoc will work on the WP2 of the project, titled “Philosophical foundations of teachers’ professional knowledge and agency”. This WP, led by professor Steinar Bøyum at the Centre for the Study of Professions, aims at a theoretical clarification of the philosophical underpinnings of teachers' professional knowledge and agency, in order to better understand to what extent it can and should be informed by research evidence. The following research questions will be addressed: What are the implications of later epistemological developments for professional knowledge and agency, and in particular for the place of research evidence within teachers’ knowledge base?

You must design a project for the postdoc period which relates to the above description. The project description of REPOSE can be emailed on request to Steinar Bøyum,

The postdoc will participate in the research groups Studies of the teacher profession, teacher education and education policy (TEPEE)  and Professional Knowledge, Qualifying for Professions and Coping with the Tasks of Professional Life (PKK), both located at the Centre for the Study of Professions.

The Centre for the Study of Professions 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. We study the knowledge base 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 professionals use 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. Presently there are about 50 persons affiliated with the Centre. You can read more about us online.

Tasks and responsibilities:

• Conduct own research (the postdoc project)
• Participate in research collaboration with national and international partners
• Active contribution to the academic community at the Centre
• Active contribution to the development of the Centre, and OsloMet in general
• Disseminating research results to academic communities, and to society in general

Qualification requirements:

• a PhD degree in philosophy or a philosophically oriented PhD in another relevant discipline
• a project proposal for a postdoc-project that contribute to REPOSE, complete with a progress plan
• capacity for independent academic work, for example proven by publications in renowned international journals
• proficiency in written and spoken English

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

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 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
As the first step in the evaluation process, a Selection Committee will review all applications and rank them. Shortlisted applicants will be reviewed by a panel of experts. Following the expert panel’s assessment, the most highly ranked candidates will be invited to an interview.

By the application deadline, please upload the following documents together with your application:
• 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 outside Norway should preferably be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and a confirmed copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
• the project proposal (2-3 pages incl. research questions, progress plan and literature list, font 12, 1½ space 3 cm. margins)
• a list of your academic production
• up to 5 academic documents including your PhD dissertation (in English or Scandinavian languages only)
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

We offer:
• An exciting job opportunity at Norway’s third largest and most urban university
• Participation in a dynamic professional environment and unique academic community
• Membership in an active research group and academic seminars where you will receive feedback on articles etc.
• Opportunities for academic development in a professional research environment
• 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
• 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 Basic Collective Agreement for the Civil Service and OsloMets salary policy, 1352 Post doc, with a salary range between NOK 532 300 - 691 400 (annual). A higher salary may be considered for particularly well qualified applicants.

Other information

For more information about the position, feel free to contact:
• Professor Steinar Bøyum, +47 ‭55 58 25 51‬,‬
• Acting Centre Director, Professor Silje B. Fekjær, +47 67 23 50 88,

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

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment August 2020
Salary 532 300 - 691 400
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 20/00331
  • Steinar Bøyum, ‭55 58 25 51
  • Silje Bringsrud Fekjær, 67 23 50 88
Published 25.Feb.2020
Last application date 31.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET

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