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 Japanese language

At the Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen (Norway), there is a vacant permanent position as Associate Professor in Japanese language, subject to funding. The position is funded by the Nippon Foundation, and must be approved by The Nippon Foundation and the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The starting date for the position is 1 August 2019.


The Department of Foreign Languages (IF) offers programs in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish Language and Latin America studies. The academic staff at the Department work within this range of programs and conduct their research and teaching in the following disciplines: literature, language/linguistics, civilization/history and teacher education. The Department currently employs more than fifty academic staff, eleven administrative staff members, four postdocs, around twenty PhD candidates and also others in shorter temporary positions.


The Japanese program currently has one professor, one associate professor in addition to the announced position, and also one PhD fellow. All positons are within the field of language/linguistics. There are courses offered at bachelor level but the intention is to develop master’s studies as well.


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

Teaching and research responsibilities for the announced position are within Japanese language/linguistics. The responsibilities 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 Japanese language/linguistics at all levels from beginner’s to master’s level.


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


The holder of the position is expected to establish residence in such a way as to be able to participate in the work of the department on a daily basis, and to comply with the rules and regulations applicable to the position.


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.



  • To be considered for the position, the candidate must hold a Norwegian doctoral degree or equivalent in the advertised field.

  • Teaching and supervision experience at university level is a requirement, and experience from the teaching of students who do not have Japanese as their mother tongue will be valued.

  • The successful candidate must be able to work independently, in a well-organized manner, and also have good cooperating skills.

  • 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.

  • An excellent command of spoken and written Japanese is required.


Applicants must have published research results at a high international level within the subject area. Research from the last five years will be emphasized in the evaluation. The applicants should have concrete research plans and the application should include a short overview of research interests.


The language of instruction is Norwegian and Japanese and 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.


We offer  

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment

  • Salary at pay grade 64 (code 1011/ pay range 24) on the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 565.100 before taxes. A higher salary may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants..

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

  • Employment in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)

  • Good welfare benefits

How to apply: 

The application must be sent electronically by using the link "APPLY FOR THIS JOB".  

The application must include:


  • CV

  • Scanned versions of originals or certified copies of all Higher Education diplomas

  • Information on and documentation of pedagogical achievements and qualifications

  • Information on and documentation of administrative experience and other relevant qualifications

  • Complete list of academic publications

  • Up to five academic works

  • Names of 3 references, with contact information


The application and all appendices (with certified translations to English or a Scandinavian language) must be uploaded at Jobbnorge by the deadline. Appendices must be either Word- or pdf-files.


If necessary, the expert committee may ask for additional documentation.


General information

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting Professor Harry Solvang, email , phone + 47 55 58 31 96 or Head of Department Åse Johnsen, email, phone +47 55 58 22 90.


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. 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.


The best qualified candidates for the position will be invited to an interview and asked to give a trial lecture.


For further information about the recruitment process, click  here.

Questions regarding the online application process may be sent to


Application deadline: 30 November 2018

Reference no: 18/11822


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