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Associate Professor, Global Health

The Centre for Development and The Environment (SUM) is advertising a permanent position as Associate Professor.

SUM is an international research institution at the University of Oslo, which promotes scholarly work on the challenges and dilemmas posed by sustainable development. SUMs research is characterised by an interdisciplinary approach to central themes in the development and environment debate.

SUM’s current research is anchored in five thematic research areas:

  • Poverty and Development
  • Energy and Consumption
  • Culture, Ethics and Sustainability
  • Global Governance for Sustainable Development
  • Global Health Politics and Culture

SUM is primarily a research institution, but also conduct PhD courses and offers an International Master in Development, Environment and Cultural Change. The Centre has the status of Research School, which specializes in educating scholars interested in interdisciplinary perspectives on development and the environment.

SUM seeks a candidate with relevant competence related to critical social science research on the social, cultural and political factors shaping people’s health, health systems, health policy and governance.
Candidates with documented experience relating to medical anthropology, development studies or political science, and are engaging with public health research and practice, are encouraged to apply. The person appointed should have a good publication record, documented experience from project management, teaching, and supervision and be able to undertake administrative duties in accordance to current provisions.
Experience with organising and obtaining financing for interdisciplinary research groups will be emphasised, as well as active participation in international academic forums and the ability to cooperate with institutions abroad.

Qualifications and Personal Skills:

We seek a highly motivated and competent candidate who is willing and able to participate actively in the research community at the Centre, including teaching and dissemination of research results.

  • Relevant candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree or equivalent academic qualifications. 
  • Applicants, who at the time of appointment cannot provide documentary evidence of basic teaching competence and Norwegian language skills, must acquire such competence in the course of a period of two years. 
  • Applicants must have a good working proficiency in English.

In the ranking of competent applicants, the whole range of qualifications will be considered, and assessed in relation to the stated requirements. Hiring procedures are regulated in Rules for appointing Professors and Associate Professors, which are available at the University's website.

We offer:

  • Salary: NOK 623 900 - 704 800 per year, depending on qualifications 
  • A positive and challenging working environment
  • Favourable pension arrangement
  • Attractive welfare arrangements


Applications must include:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation and research interests) 
  • Curriculum Vitae, describing educational background, prior positions, academic, professional and pedagogical activites and administrative experience
  • Complete list of academic publications (publications are not to be sent with the application)
  • Plans for future research and how this research will fit with the Centre's research profile
  • Description of basic pedagogical competence and lecturing experience

The applicant’s academic works are not to be submitted with the application. All applications will be reviewed by an assessment committee. The most promising applicants will subsequently be asked to submit selected academic works (maximum 10) that the applicant wishes to have considered in the assessment process, as well as documentation of other relevant qualifications.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova), information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even when an applicant has requested non-disclosure.

If no applicant is deemed competent, an appointment of limited duration to qualify for the post may be proposed.

As a general rule an interview will be used in the appointment process, and it may be appropriate to require trial lectures.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees aiming to secure rights to research results:

For further information, please contact:

Centre Director Sidsel Roalkvam: 

For questions about the recruitment system, please contact HR Officer Gudrun Cecilie E. Helland:

Deadline: 01. November 2017

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