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 department of Special Needs Education is one of the three departments at UiO's Faculty of Education. The department has today approximately 25 permanent employees that work with research, 14 temporary research fellows and postdoctoral fellows, in addition to 12 administrative employees. The department has approximately 800 students distributed between bachelor- and master’s degree studies in Special Needs Education, master’s degree studies in Special Needs Education, as well as PhD-studies.

Associate Professor/Professor in the subject area of Behavioral Learning Disorders

A permanent position as Professor (SKO 1013)/ Associate professor (SKO 1011) in the subject area of behavioral learning disorders is available at the Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo.

Job description

The subject area of Behavioral learning disorders covers severe interactional and behavioral problems in young children (e.g. kindergarteners), and school children is an area of research given priority in the department.Topics around behavioral learning disorders are taught at both the bachelor and master level, and the department has a dedicated master program in Behavioral Learning Disorders.The Department of Special Needs Education aims to strengthen research and teaching on Behavioral Learning Disabilities by recruiting researchers who can collaborate to further develop this research area within the Department.

  • Behavioral learning disorders
  • Bullying and violent behavior in schools and society
  • Drug abuse and crime related problems
  • Disruptive behavior in schools

Job description

  • Promote the development of the subject area through research, publication of academic work nationally and internationally, and participation in national and international networks.
  • Active participation in relevant research groups at the Faculty is required.
  • Participate in the planning of study programs, teaching, supervision and examinations as well as related tasks at all levels from Bachelor’s to PhD level.
  • Research dissemination targeted at both professionals and the general public.
  • Administrative tasks in accordance with the applicable provisions.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants with background in psychology, special needs education, or education are preferred.
  • The applicant must be able to document research competence linked to the advertised subject area.The minimum competence requirement for the position of associate professor is a PhD in the relevant subject area or equivalent academic qualifications in special needs education, education, psychology, or related areas.
  • For appointment as a professor, a more extensive production of academic publications is required than for an associate professor. The research must be of high quality and demonstrate academic breadth and depth, and also reflect an independent research profile and show the applicant’s ability to address novel issues. Ongoing research activity is a prerequisite for appointment as a professor.
  • Basic teaching competence. Professorial appointments require experience in teaching and academic supervision at all levels, including the PhD level.
  • Personal suitability and motivation.

In the ranking of competent applicants, the whole range of qualifications will be considered, including the applicant’s ability to communicate. Emphasis will also be placed on the applicant’s experience and ability to attract research funding from external sources.

We offer

  • salary NOK 542 900 – 609 700 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • salary NOK 617 800  – 720 000 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Professor ( position code 1013)
  • 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
  • position in an inclusive working life enterprise (IA agreement)

How to apply

The application must include:

  • cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (complete list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, project acquisition and coordination experience, and other qualifying activities)
  • a complete list of publications
  • academic works (i.e. up to 10 publications)
  • PhD Diploma
  • documentation of other relevant qualifications that the applicants wish to be taken into account in the assessment.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. The application must be written in English.

In the evaluation of the qualified candidates the full range of these criteria will be explicitly addressed and assessed.

Interviews will be used in the appointment process, and applicants may also be required to give a trial lecture.

Appointment procedures, regulations on the requirements for basic teaching competence and a guide for applicants can be found on the following web page.


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 15

Contact persons:

Professor Liv Duesund, +47 22858072

Associate Professor Geir Nyborg, +47 22859182

Senior Executive Officer Tone Elstad, +47 22844758

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    Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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