University of Bergen

Institutt for sammenliknende politikk

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Associate Professor at the Department of Comparative Politics

The Department of Comparative Politics, the University of Bergen, is currently advertising a permanent position as Associate Professor. 


The Department of Comparative Politics offers an exciting place for research and education on political institutions, organizations, processes and behaviour at local, national and international levels. The Department offers bachelor's and master’s programmes in comparative politics, as well as a bachelor's programme in European studies. The staff participates actively in national and international cross-disciplinary research. Research at the department is organized in three research groups: Challenges in Advanced Democracies; Democracy and Development; and Citizens, Opinion and Representation. The Digital Social Science Core Facility (DIGSSCORE) is an infrastructure for advanced social science data collection and multi-disciplinary research at the University of Bergen and is a part of the Department of Comparative Politics.



We seek a candidate who will strengthen and expand the current research and teaching portfolio at the Department of Comparative Politics. The candidate should have an excellent record of research and collaboration and be committed to teaching and supervision.


  • Applicants must hold a PhD in comparative politics or political science.
  • The evaluation of the applicant’s publications will focus on research published within the last five years. The applicant’s record of and plan for future research projects will also be emphasized.
  • Further emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s teaching portfolio and especially ability to teach programme courses at the bachelor’s level. Basic pedagogical training is a requirement. The successful applicant will be offered training if this requirement is not met prior to employment.
  • The teaching language is one of the Scandinavian languages or English. The successful applicant will be required to be able to teach in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within two years of being appointed.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.

Applicants are advised to familiarize themselves with the teaching and research profile at the Department.


An expert committee will perform a review of the applicants. Based on the expert committee’s report, top ranked candidates will then be invited to Bergen for an interview and will be asked to hold a trial teaching session or a trial lecture on a given topic.


The successful candidate is expected to live and work in Bergen and participate in common activities at the Department.



We offer:

  • An innovative and stimulating international work environment. 
  • A full range university with first-rate administrative and technical support. 
  • Salary at pay grade 65 - 70 (code 1011/Pay range 24). This currently amounts to an annual salary NOK 568 600 – 623 500, before taxes. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well qualified applicant. 
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. 
  • Good sports facilities and welfare benefits.
  • The city of Bergen - a welcoming and well-connected European city with a unique mix of vibrant cultural life and extraordinary nature. 


The application must include:

  • Cover-letter
  • CV 
  • A two-page summary of planned research activities and initiatives
  • Complete list of publications
  • Five publications primarily from the last five years to be considered in the assessment (co-authored publications must be accompanied by declarations of co-authorship)
  • A two-page summary of relevant teaching experience and identification of courses the applicant can teach
  • Teaching portfolio
  • Diplomas (certified copies)
  • Documentation of pedagogical qualifications 
  • Two references with names and contact details

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded electronically at the recruitment portal The application must include all information to be taken into consideration in the assessment of the academic qualifications.


The closing date is January 28, 2018


The application has to be marked with: Reference 17/15071


General information:


For further information about the position, please contact the Head of Department:

Dr. Jan Oskar Engene,, phone: (+47) 5558 2895.


Practical questions about the application process should be directed to senior officer – HR: Even Michal Endresen, , phone: (+47) 5558 9059


The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.


We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules in the Personnel Regulations for Academic Positions pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.


The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.


Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.


The appointment shall be based on the expert committee’s report on the scholarly works and on an independent assessment based on the interview and the trial lecture or teaching session.


The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times. Reference is made to the general University regulations that stipulate that, as part of the normal duties of the position and within his/her academic field, the successful applicant may also be required to teach, supervise and carry out examination related tasks outside the organizational unit to which the position belongs.

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