University of Bergen

Institutt for informasjons- og medievitenskap

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 Information Science

There is a vacancy for a permanent associate professor position in information science at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies.

The Department of Information Science and Media Studies ( was established in 2004 by merging the former Department of Information Science and Department of Media Studies. The staff counts about 80 people, including 30 permanent faculty members and approximately 20 PhD and postdoc positions. The Department offers separate Bachelor- and Master-programs in both information science and media studies, as wells as programs in Film and TV-production, Journalism and media- and interaction design located in the recently established media cluster Media City Bergen. The department is affiliated with Finance Innovation, a finance technology cluster located in Bergen.

The information science research at the department is organized in three research groups: Interaction Research Group, Semantic and Social Information Systems, and Logic, information and interaction. The Department aims to strengthen research and teaching in artificial intelligence and machine learning and is currently recruiting new faculty members in these areas.

Work tasks/research field:

For this position we are looking for candidates within the areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). All perspectives and approaches to AI and ML are relevant. We encourage applicants to relate to on-going research at The Department in these areas, such as interaction in multi-agent systems, machine ethics, semantic technologies, recommender systems, big data analysis, natural language processing, or forms of reasoning (analogy, Bayesian, logic). The successful candidate will teach at all levels at the information science program, and is expected to contribute in developing our courses in particular in the area of artificial intelligence, machine learning and semantic technologies. The position is affiliated with the Finance Innovation cluster and person employed is expected to contribute to the research and innovation activities in the cluster.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must have a doctoral degree in information science or equivalent.
  • Applicants ought to display an ability to publish research at a high international level beyond their PhD dissertation.
  • The evaluation of the applicant’s scientific work will focus primarily on research published the last five years.
  • The applicants must be willing and able to teach compulsory courses at both the undergraduate and the graduate level.
  • Personal aptitude will be of great importance. Cooperative skills, as well as future plans for research, and ambitions when it comes to teaching will be of added value.
  • Basic pedagogical training is a requirement for the position. The successful applicant will be offered training if this requirement is not met prior to employment.

The teaching language will normally be Norwegian. The successful applicant will be required to teach in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within two years of being appointed.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 65 - 70 (code 1011/ Pay range 24) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 568 600 – 623 500 before taxes.
  • Further increase in salary will depend on seniority. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well qualified applicant.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund and good welfare benefits.
  • The city of Bergen – a welcoming and well-connected European city with a unique mix of vibrant life and extraordinary nature.

Your application must include:

  • A cover-letter showing motivation for applying og gives a summary of planned research activities and initiatives
  • CV
  • Five publications to be considered in the assessment, with information about where this work was published. The evaluation of the applicant’s scientific work will focus primarily on research published the last five years.
  • Complete list of publications
  • Declarations of co-authorships
  • Teachingportfolio
  • Certifies copies of diplomas and certificates
  • The contact details of two references

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

The closing date is August 18, 2018

The application has to be marked with: Reference 18/5773

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Head of Department, professor Leif Ove Larsen, phone 55 58 41 16, e-mail:

Practical questions about the application process should be directed to senior executive officer Bodil Hægland, e-mail: or phone +47 55 58 90 53.

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 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.

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