Faculty of Education and International Studies, Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher 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 Primary and Secondary Teacher Education (GFU) has strong research communities within the field of school subjects, educational science, and digital competence, and educates teachers for the Norwegian school system in close cooperation with the field of practical training. The Department offers studies on bachelor and master level, and contributes to the general development of skills for school employees through continuing and further education.

Do you want to be our new colleague and participate in educating the teachers of tomorrow?

The Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education at the Faculty of Education and International Studies has a vacancy for a Professor in Educational Theory from 01.08.20.

The Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education is in the middle of a challenging process of implementing five-year master’s degree programmes for primary and secondary teachers and developing school development projects. We are looking for capable and committed colleagues to help us to achieve our ambitions.

Tasks and responsibilities:

• Being a driving force in the development of major research projects and applications for external funding together with colleagues in the academic community
• Initiating and further developing research collaborations with national and international partners
• Carrying out own research and development work
• Teaching and supervision at bachelor’s and master’s levels, possibly also the Ph.D.-level, and continuing further education
• Contributing to building the faculty’s expertise in initial education and/or educational supervision
• Further developing initial education and/or educational supervision as a subject and field of research in educational theory and practice
• Disseminating research both to academic communities and to society in general
• Following up students in practical training
• Liaising with schools and school owners
• Actively contributing to the development of the department and OsloMet as a whole
• Performing academic-administrative tasks

Qualification requirements:

• Professor qualifications in educational theory and practice, ideally with a thesis and a list of publications in initial education and/or educational supervision
• Experience with research networks and managing externally funded projects
• Experience with academic management
• The applicant must document relevant educational theory and practice for higher education.
• Proficiency in oral and written English. Applicants that does not have necessary competence in a Scandinavian language must within three years after appointment have reach knowledge in Norwegian as level B2.

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

When assessing and ranking the qualified applicants, emphasis will be placed on:

• Research and development work of relevance to the position, including initial education and/or educational supervision in primary and secondary education. Emphasis will be placed on scientific works published during the last six years.
• Experience with research networks and externally funded projects
• Potensial for project acquisition
• Good knowledge of the Norwegian school system
• Documented relevant educational competence
• Teaching skills
• Good digital skills
• Strong ability to communicate and cooperate with students and colleagues
• Personal qualities that will make a positive contribution to the working environment

Personal qualities necessary for the position:

• Able to motivate and inspire students
• Capable of creating cooperative relationships
• Collectively oriented with a focus on development and quality
• Capable of handling a high, varied workload

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 have been periods when 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. Please upload the following documents together with your application by the application deadline:
• CV, references and all pages of your certificates/diplomas
• A list of scientific publications
• Up to ten 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 authorized. 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 a lack of applicants or any other reasons make it impossible to hire in the position of Professor, it may be relevant to hire in a temporary position as Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis/førstelektor) on the condition that the appointee qualifies for a permanent position within three years.

We offer:

  • An exciting job opportunity at Norway’s third largest university
  • Participation in research groups
  • Opportunities for academic development in a professional research environment
  • Participation in a dynamic professional environment and unique academic community
  • 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
  • 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 as Professor, position code 1013. The salary is from NOK 704 900,- to 906 000,- per year. A higher salary may be considered for particularly well qualified applicants.

Other information:

For more information about the position, feel free to contact:
Head of Studies, Janne Herseth, +47 67 23 70 85
Head of Section, Emilia Andersson-Bakken, +47 67 23 75 86
Head of Section, Cecilie Dalland, +47 67 23 75 77

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

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 19/12381
  • Janne Herseth, 67237085
  • Emilia Andersson-Bakken, 67237586
  • Cecilie Dalland, 67237577
Published 24.Mar.2020
Last application date 17.Apr.2020 11:59 PM CET

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