Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Department of Computer Science

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 Technology, Art and Design (TKD) offers higher education and research and development (R&D) activities within technical subjects, arts and design. The Faculty has approximately 3.000 students and 280 staff members and is situated at Pilestredet Campus in downtown Oslo and at Kjeller Campus in Akershus.

The Department of Computer Science offers three bachelor’s degree programmes, a master’s degree programme, and is part of a cross-departmental PhD program. Academic staff at the department are pursuing research in a wide range of areas including computer science, the natural sciences, and innovation and management. Both students and researchers are also involved in an increasing number of interdisciplinary initiatives across the university.

There are currently several research groups at the Computer Science Department. More information about the Department of Computer Science and the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design can be found here.

The Department of Computer Science has a vacancy for a new position as Head of Academic Group (50 % position), with an additional position as a 50 % position as Associate Professor. The management position is a fixed-term position for 4 years, with possibility for extension. The maximum amount of consecutive years in a Head of Academic Group position is 12. After the end of the fixed-term management position, the Associate Professor position will be extended to a 100 % permanent position.

We are looking for a candidate with talent and passion for higher education, research and innovation. Candidates will be expected to have conducted research in one or more of the following fields: Computer Science, Informatics, Information Systems, Psychology, Neuroscience, Digital Transformation, Innovation or closely related fields. The research should be reflected in relevant academic publications. In addition, we are looking for candidates who have a passion for leading and developing individuals and teams.

Candidates will be expected to actively strengthen and strategically shape the academic and research work at the department and the university's research community in general, including interdisciplinary work across departments at the Faculty for Technology, Arts Design and with other faculties and research centres at OsloMet.


Tasks and responsibilities as Head of Group:

  • Personnel management for the academic group Innovation, Digital Transformation and Sustainability.
  • Joint leadership responsibility for the department in collaboration with the other group leaders and the Head of Department.
  • Coordinating research and innovation activities with the research group leaders and the research administration.
  • Actively contributing to the development of high-quality education.
  • Actively contributing to the development of the Department and the rest of OsloMet.
  • The Head of the Innovation, Digital Transformation and Sustainability Group is part of the management team at the Department of Computer Science and is expected to represent the group and the department both within and outside of OsloMet.


Tasks and responsibilities as Associate Professor:

  • Initiating and conducting research within a field relevant to the Department’s profile.
  • Communicating and disseminating research results both in academic settings and for the general public.
  • Planning, developing and delivering courses at PhD, Master and Bachelor level, and courses within the realm of lifelong learning education, including teaching, supervision, and assessment.
  • Performing administrative tasks related to educational, research and innovation activities. 


Qualifications requirements:

  • PhD in Computer Science, Informatics, Information Systems, Psychology, Neuroscience, Digital Transformation, Innovation or closely related fields
  • Management experience, preferably from higher education contexts
  • Documented research work and publications within an academic field relevant to the Department’s profile
  • Experience with research networks, and project management involving external funding
  • Experience from international research collaboration
  • Experience with:
    • o quality development in own teaching and supervision over time
    • o experience with supervision
    • o participation in the development of educational quality in professional communities
  • 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) that meets this requirement.
  • Proficiency in oral and written English and Norwegian or one Scandinavian language is required.


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


When evaluating the applications, we will emphasize:

  • Motivational and inclusive leadership skills
  • Personal skills relevant for a good working environment
  • Ability to communicate and cooperate with students and colleagues
  • Pedagogical skills and teaching experience
  • The applicant’s understanding of the fields of Innovation, Digital Transformation and Sustainability
  • The applicant's academic profile evaluated against the teaching needs of the department


The following will be an advantage:


Emphasis is also placed on the following skills, competence and experience: 

  • A passion for teaching and mentoring at all levels, and an ability to motivate and inspire students.
  • An interest in building educational programmes of high quality, a keenness to develop teaching and supervision skills, and an interest in digital and innovative educational techniques and practices. 
  • Excellent cooperation and communication skills.
  • Good public-speaking skills and experience speaking to non-academic audiences.
  • Inquisitiveness, and a keenness to develop as an academic leader.
  • Experience from collaborating with industry.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences in an international collegium with varied backgrounds and working cultures.
  • Flexibility and the ability to adapt teaching and research to the needs of OsloMet and the department.
  • Experience and interest in developing interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • The ability to build communities and networks, research projects, and to demonstrate fresh thinking and innovation.
  • An interest in developing synergies between academic fields and industry, and in creating value for the life-long learning market.


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 endeavors 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. Women are strongly encouraged 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 (including teaching and supervision experience and the name and contact information of at least three references)
  • Full list of publications
  • Copies of certificates/diplomas (including formal education in pedagogics, if applicable)
  • Up to ten full-text scientific articles, submitted together with a table of contents and a short introduction highlighting the relevance of the article to the profile of the position and a detailed description of the contribution to the article by the applicant
  • A text (up to 2 pages) outlining your relevant pedagogical experience and plans for pedagogical activity and development in the position (“teaching statement”) and the pedagogical stance of the applicant.
  • A text (up to 2 pages) outlining your relevant research and plans for research activity in the position (“research statement”). This overview should include an overview of existing projects and research collaborators.
  • Other relevant documentation


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 you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact HR Adviser Hilde Tverseth: hilde.tverseth@oslomet.no


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
  • The opportunity to be part of the development of a young and ambitious university with an entrepreneurial culture
  • Academic development as part of a group of committed colleagues
  • Participation in research groups
  • Opportunities for academic development in a professional research 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


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 Head of studies 1473. The salary is NOK 679 000-765 100 per year, and job code 1011 Associate Professor. The salary is NOK 532 300 – 691 400 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: 


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


Deadline for applications:     27.04.2020

Ref. no:                              20/02960

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Salary NOK 532 300 - 765 100
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 20/02960
  • Laurence Habib, +47 67 23 86 57
Published 25.Mar.2020
Last application date 22.May.2020 11:59 PM CET

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