University of Bergen

Department of Foreign Languages

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 in American Literature and Culture

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Bergen (Norway) invites applications for a permanent position as Associate Professor in American Literature and Culture at the Department of Foreign Languages. The starting date for the position is 1 January 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.


The Department of Foreign Languages (IF) employs an academic staff of more than fifty , twelve administrative staff members, four postdocs and around twenty Ph.D. candidates. The Department offers programs in Arabic, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, German, and Spanish Language and Latin America studies. The English program is the largest of the programs, and currently has 14 permanent staff members: six in literature, five in linguistics, and three in teacher education. The program offers teaching on all levels in the three disciplines, and also includes a teacher education program.


The Department and the Faculty of Humanities host several research groups (research-groups) and have formal agreements of exchange and collaboration with countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, North and Latin America, as well as collaboration with other Norwegian universities and university colleges.


Teaching and research responsibilities

The responsibilities of an Associate Professor in American Literature and Culture include research, supervision, teaching, course development, and student assessment on all levels, as well as administrative duties related to the program and the Department.


The successful candidate must be able to teach a broad range of courses in literature and culture at undergraduate and graduate levels, including survey courses in American literature and culture, more specialized and advanced courses on BA and MA level, and supervision on all levels, including PhD. The position also includes teaching and supervision in the teacher education disciplines.


The successful candidate is expected to participate in the continued development of the research environment, and should be able to document competency in project leadership, coordination of research activities and strategic research planning. The successful applicant is expected to maintain and develop research collaboration between the English program at the University of Bergen and other relevant national and international research communities.


One may apply for promotion to full professor after a competency assessment based on scholarly merit according to the guidelines from The Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions.


While the language of instruction is English, the appointee is expected to master Norwegian or another Scandinavian language to such a degree as to be able to perform administrative duties within two years of appointment. The University offers courses in Norwegian for foreign employees.



To be considered for the position, the candidate must hold a Norwegian doctoral degree or equivalent in the advertised field. Teaching and supervision experience on undergraduate and graduate levels in American literature and culture is a requirement, and experience from teacher education disciplines is an advantage. The appointee must be able to document pedagogical training related to higher education. If this requirement is not met prior to employment, the successful applicant will be offered a course to acquire the necessary teaching skills.



In the evaluation of the applications weight will be given to:


  • The quality and relevance of the applicant’s research and publishing record relative to career stage

  • Background relevant to the position’s profile described above

  • Pedagogical competence

  • Record of grants, awards or research projects


Applicants for the position will be evaluated and ranked by an expert committee, with the most emphasis placed on research. The best qualified candidates for the position will be invited to an interview and asked to give a trial lecture.


The selection process includes an assessment of the candidate’s personal suitability for the position.


Additional requirements

All employees must generally, and irrespective of academic specialization, take on a shared responsibility for the development of subjects and course offerings. All employees must also be willing to take on administrative tasks. As part of their regular work duties employees may be required to teach, supervise or carry out exam-related work within their field of competence outside of the Department to which the position is connected. The appointee is expected to establish residence in order to be able to participate in the work of the department on a daily basis.



The application must be sent electronically within the deadline by using the link “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”.


The application must include:


  • CV including a complete list of academic publications

  • Diplomas and transcripts verifying completion of the degrees (scanned versions of originals or certified copies of all Higher Education diplomas)

  • Information and documentation of pedagogical qualifications

  • Information of administrative experience and other relevant qualifications

  • Up to three academic works

  • The names of 3 references, with contact information


If necessary, the committee may ask for additional documentation.


The application and all appendices must be uploaded at Jobbnorge by the deadline, either as a Word- or a pdf-file.


NB: Please note that applicants will be evaluated based on the information available on Jobbnorge after the closing deadline for applications. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all information is uploaded by the deadline.


For questions regarding the online application process, please contact


We offer

  • Salary at pay grade 60 (code 1011/ pay range 24) on the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 517.300 before taxes. Further salary advancement will depend on seniority. A higher salary may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants.

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

  • Employment in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)

  • Good welfare benefits


Contact information

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting the coordinator of English literature, Laura S. Miles, email, phone + 47 55 58 22 88 or head of Department Åse Johnsen, email, phone +47 55 58 22 90.


General information

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


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.


For further information about the recruitment process, click here .


Application deadline: 30 May 2018

Reference no: 18/4435

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