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Associate Professor in Nordic Medieval Art

 A vacancy as Associate professor (SKO 1011) in Nordic Medieval art is available at the Department of Archaeology, Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo.

The Museum of Cultural History houses an exceptional and prominent collection of medieval ecclesiastic art, which is internationally renowned. We seek a candidate with extensive experience in the field of medieval art and imagery, who can further our knowledge of the Museum’s collection and unlock its potential for new research. We are looking for a candidate who can put church art into a wider context of European cultural history, and contextualize it as an integrated part of medieval material culture and society. The successful applicant is expected to collaborate with other research environments at the Museum, and contribute to the development of research projects that are in accordance with the strategies of the Museum of Cultural History.

The Museum of Cultural History promotes research of high quality and innovation, in close interaction with public outreach and the management of culture and cultural heritage. The Museum’s prioritized research strategies are: Heritage, Innovation and Troubled Landscapes (

The Department of Archaeology manages Norway’s largest collection of Nordic antiquities, medieval art and runic inscriptions. In accordance with the Cultural Heritage Act the Department is also responsible for the management of cultural monuments and rock art in ten counties in southeastern Norway. With a current staff of 60 archaeologists, the Department has an expertise that covers most archaeological periods and subject matters, and has a particularly strong focus on the Mesolithic period and the Viking Age/Middle Ages. The successful candidate is expected to work closely with all the other departments at the Museum.

The position is twofold, where 50 % is allocated to research and 50 % is allocated to museum work (administrative tasks included). Aside from research obligations, the position will offer a variety of tasks connected to the documentation and management of the museum collections, work with exhibitions, consultancy and dissemination.

Job description

  • Research and project development
  • Management of collections, executive work included
  • Academic responsibility for exhibition projects
  • Outreach, consultancy and relay information to researchers and the general public
  • Supervising and teaching
  • Work with databases

Qualification requirements

  • PhD with a specialization within archaeology, art history or other relevant subject
  • Experience within medieval church art in Northern Europe
  • International publication profile and international networks
  • Good communication skills, written and oral, in English and Norwegian, or another Scandinavian language. If an appointee is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, he/she will be expected within a two-year period to learn Norwegian.
  • Documented teaching experience acquired through pedagogical education or experience in teaching and supervision. Applicants who at the time of appointment cannot document basic teaching qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two-year period.

The following qualifications will be emphasized in the assessment of the applicants:

  • Integrated approach to research and museum work
  • Motivated for project work and research collaboration
  • Experience from collaborative research and project acquisition
  • Experience from museum work, herein management of collections, exhibitions and dissemination
  • Interdisciplinary approach and experience from interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Collaborative skills

The basis for assessment is the applicant’s scientific qualifications, and other academic qualifications, which may contribute to releasing the research potential of the collections. Similarly, the applicant’s potential to contribute to the long-term development of the research environment at the museum will be accentuated, as well as collaborative skills and personal suitability.

Emphasis will be placed on works published within the last 5 years. Originality and innovative thinking will be preferred to quantity.

Selection procedure

As the first step in the evaluation process, a Selection Committee will assess all applications and invite the most qualified applicants to submit a selection of academic works, for expert assessment.

Applicants who are invited to submit academic works are asked to select five works (which should not exceed 500 pages in total), which they consider to be most relevant for the position. The most highly ranked candidates will be invited to an interview and a trial lecture.

See Rules for appointments to Associate Professorships and Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence.

We offer

  • A nice and professionally stimulating working environment
  • Salary level 537 700,- to 650 200 NOK per year, depending on qualifications
  • Pension agreement with Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Attractive welfare benefits
  • Training during work hours

Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application form via

  • Application letter describing qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of published and unpublished works
  • Outline of plans for research projects
  • Copies of certificates and diplomas

Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language, either in original version or in translation.

The application must describe academic qualifications and achievements (education, previous positions, scientific, academic and pedagogical practice, museum experience, plus experience from administrative work). In co-authored works the applicant’s own contribution must be specified.

The application must include a draft research proposal, showing how the candidate will seek to utilize the Museum’s church art collections in an interdisciplinary research project. The draft must not exceed 5 pages, references excluded.

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

According to the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out of entry in the public application list.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

Contact information:

For questions about the vacancy:

Section Manager Lene Melheim, tel. +47 22841957, e-mail:

For questions about the recruitment process:

HR Officer Anita Marie Hansen, tel. +47 22859567, e-mail:

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