University of Bergen

Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion

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.

Førsteamanuensis i religionsvitenskap

The Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion invites applications for a permanent position as associate professor in the Study of Religions with special responsibility for an online master programme in Religious Minorities.


The Study of Religions represents the historical and systematic study of religions as cultural phenomena. The perspective is cross-cultural and comparative. The department offers teaching and research on a wide range of religions, with teaching and supervision offered at bachelor, master and doctoral level. There are currently 9 permanent academic positions in the Study of Religions at the department.


Qualification requirements

The successful applicant must have relevant research competence on the level of a Norwegian PhD within the Study of Religions. In the evaluation of the candidates, solid and broad qualifications in the Study of Religions will be considered an asset. In the evaluation, publications from the latest five years will be emphasized.


This position is mainly tied to a fully online master’s programme on religious minorities to be established by the University of Bergen. The successful applicant will function as coordinator for this programme. This entails administrative duties, teaching and supervision. In the first phase, the successful applicant will be in charge of preparing the set-up of the new programme. In addition to relevant research background, the successful applicant should have a strong record on teaching and supervision and be qualified to deal with digital environments.


Personal aptitude will be of great importance. Emphasis will be put on the ability to work collaboratively, and on the applicant's research in progress and potential to strengthen the department’s academic profile over the coming years. Experience in attracting external funding will also be given emphasis.


Basic pedagogical training is a requirement for the position. The successful applicant will be offered appropriate training if this requirement is not met at the time of appointment.


Norwegian will normally be the language of administration and teaching. The successful applicant will be required to teach in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within two years of being appointed. The university provides suitable courses for learning Norwegian.


The successful applicant will be expected to relocate to Bergen, to work and participate in the running of the department on a daily basis and to conform to the regulations that apply to the position.


We can offer

  • Salary will be paid in accordance with pay level 64 (code 1011/frame 24) on the government salary scale (currently NOK 565.100 gross p.a.). From the gross wage a 2 % law-enforced membership in the State Pension Fund (Statens Pensjonskasse) is deducted. Further increase in salary will depend on seniority. Higher initial placement may be considered for a particularly well-qualified applicant.

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)

  • Good welfare benefits


Contact information

Further information about the position and a presentation of the new master programme can be obtained from the Head of Department, Professor Jan Heiret, by e-mail, or telephone + 47 55 58 97 62, or from the co-ordinator of the Study of Religions programme, Professor Håkan Rydving, by e-mail, or telephone +47 55 58 24 47.


How to apply for the job

Applications should be sent electronically via the link “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”/”SØK STILLINGEN”.

The application must include:


1. Cover letter including a motivational statement relating to this particular position.


2. CV


3. Scanned versions of original or certified copies of all academic diplomas and transcripts


4. Information about and documentation of pedagogical experience and qualifications with a special emphasis on teaching philosophy, innovative ideas, and digital teaching

5. Information about and documentation of administrative experience and earlier work with a special emphasis of experience with setting-up and administrating study programs


6. A complete list of publications (may be attached)


7. Up to five publications (which may include dissertations, other monographs or articles) to be included in the assessment.


8. Name and contact information of three referees


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


The documents may be in Word or pdf-format. Publications that are not available electronically may be submitted in three - 3 - copies by mail to the Department at this address:

University of Bergen, AHKR, PO Box 7805, N-5020 Bergen, Norway.


Nominated candidates will be invited to an interview and asked to give a lecture.

Questions about the online application procedure may be sent by email to the Faculty of Humanities:


Additional information

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore an aim. Candidates with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Women are encouraged to apply. If several applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas will 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.


For further information about the recruitment process, click here.


Application deadline: 24 January 2019

Reference no: 18/14342


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