The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Centre for Educational Measurement at the University of Oslo (CEMO) provides a stimulating research environment by bringing internationally renowned substantive and methodological experts together. Research at CEMO combines basic research and applications of advanced measurement techniques to solve core educational problems. CEMO also contributes to the development of measurement competence through teaching and outreach. The centre is part of a broad international network and manages several externally funded research grants.

Associate Professor/Professor in the subject area of Educational Assessment and Measurement

1-2 permanent positions as professor (SKO 1013) or associate professor (SKO 1011) in Educational Assessment and Measurement are open at the Centre for Educational Measurement (CEMO

Job description

The positions are connected to a research strand at CEMO that carries out basic quantitative methodological research, in particular with respect to national and international large-scale assessments of achievement. The successful candidates are expected to initiate and lead research, supervise PhD candidates, participate in teaching and in exam setting and assessment at all levels, and to carry out administrative duties in accordance with the needs of CEMO. Each of the positions will be equipped with a PhD position.

CEMO is primarily a research unit but will offer its own Master program in Assessment and Evaluation in the near future. Each position includes therefore teaching obligations. The centre comprises about 25 employees from 10 countries, thus providing ample opportunities to develop joint research projects. For more information about CEMO and its profile see or contact CEMO director professor Sigrid Blömeke (

Qualification requirements

  • PhD in education/psychology/social sciences with a methods-related thesis or PhD in quantitative methods/psychometrics/statistics
  • Strong publication record, in particular with methods-related publications
  • Success with external funding
  • Plans for high-quality research within several of the areas outlined above
  • Experience with supervision of PhD candidates
  • Documented pedagogical skills
  • Interest in and experience with teaching educational measurement and/or quantitative methods/psychometrics/statistics
  • An international network within educational assessment and measurement
  • Personal suitability and willingness to collaborate with other team members at CEMO

In the evaluation of the qualified candidates the full range of these criteria will be assessed. Emphasis will be given to high quality in terms of success with external funding, publications in international peer-reviewed journals and successful PhD supervision. For an appointment as professor (SKO 1013), a more extensive production is required than for an appointment as associate professor (SKO 1011), and the research must reflect an independent profile including the ability to address new issues. Covering several of the four research areas outlined above is an advantage as well as a relation to the field of education. However, applicants with a background in latent variable modelling from other fields are also welcome.

Particularly welcome are applications from candidates with strong research records and particular interests in one or several of the following areas:


  • Item-response theory and other latent variable models (preferably within the field of education)
  • Linking and equating of different data sources (e.g., large-scale assessments and national registers)
  • Methods for multilevel and structural equation modelling (e.g.,of context effects on achievement)

We offer

  • salary NOK  667 300- 880 000 per annum depending on qualifications in a Professor position or salary NOK  573 700 - 671 600 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as Associate Professor
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
  • the opportunity to apply for promotion to full professorship at a later stage in case of an employment as Associate Professor

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter including a brief outline of the motivation for the application
  • 2-3 page description of research and teaching interest
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, research experience incl. external funding, teaching experience and other qualifying activities, such as experience with supervision)
  • PhD Diploma
  • A list of publications

Short-listed applicants will be asked to submit up to 10 papers or other types of research work. They will also be interviewed. For the final ranking, top candidates will be asked to present their work at CEMO. The rank-ordering of applicants will take into account the total need for research areas outlined above and the range of positions needed at CEMO.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Please note that all documents should be in English.


Formal regulations
The successful candidate who at the time of appointment cannot document basic teaching qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two-year period.

The successful candidate must demonstrate mastery of both English and one of the Scandinavian languages as working languages. If an appointee is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, the appointee will be expected within a two-year period to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

Please see the rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships and Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Deadline: August 7, 2017 

Contact persons:

CEMO Director Sigrid Blömeke (

Senior Advicer Anne-Catherine Lehre (

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