The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.


The Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo has 57 employees and about 350 students in total. The Faculty conducts research in the areas of Biblical Studies, Church History, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology, Diaconal Studies and Interreligious Studies, with courses including the Vocational program in Theology as well as a series of other programs and modules in Religious Studies. The successful candidate is expected to teach and supervise within all study programs from bachelor- to PhD-level.

Professor/Associate Professor in Systematic Theology – Philosophy of Religion

At the Faculty up to two 100 % positions are vacant as Professor/Associate Professor in Theology, with particular responsibilities within research, teaching and supervision in the area of Systematic Theology. The position announced here is primarily directed towards the Philosophy of Religion. The other position is directed towards Dogmatics. See announcement for the position in Dogmatics.


The University of Oslo is one of Europe’s leading Universities, and the academic tradition of Theology at the University aims to reflect excellence in research in both Theology and Religious Studies. Both positions are therefore expected to contribute to the further development of the Faculty of Theology as an internationally prominent Institution.

Job description and qualification requirements

  • Research qualifications at doctoral level (PhD or the equivalent) in theology

  • Documented pedagogical skills/teaching competence related to systematic theology – Philosophy of Religion.

  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English and a Scandinavian language. 

The area of Systematic Theology involves the interpretation of the Christian faith and worldview in a contemporary perspective, with particular attention to the distinctiveness, relevance and normativity of the Christian tradition. This includes the ability to conduct constructive academic analyses of ways in which the Christian faith and worldview may be made relevant within the contemporary epistemic universe in the face of current cultural and social challenges. In this hermeneutical work, emphasis will be given to the grounding of Systematic Theology both in the historical disciplines of Theology and in general life experiences. Both positions require candidates to master interdisciplinary work in theory as well as method.

For the position in the Philosophy of Religion, expertise within the theological and philosophical treatment of questions relating to religious interpretations of reality is required, with particular weight on the Christian tradition. At the Faculty of Theology, the interests of the Philosophy of Religion have been increasingly marked by the new cultural turn and a greater attention towards current religious pluralism. Expertise in ways in which current social and cultural contexts and new academic paradigms challenge reflection on Christian and other religious life interpretations is expected.

For the position in Dogmatic see the other announcement.

Both positions will be associated with the Academic Unit for Contemporary Theology and Religious Studies. The group has 30 members, including both permanent and temporary staff. Active participation in international research networks and good co-operative skills are vital. It is expected that the successful candidates will contribute to the further development of the faculty’s research profile and establish new research projects. Experience in applying for external research funding is desirable. Applicants should be able to document the development of teaching provisions and study environments.

We offer

  • Salary level Associate Professor in a span from 503 800 to 598 200 NOK per year, depending on qualifications

  • Salary level Professor in a span from 617 800 to 907 900 NOK per year, depending on qualifications

  • a professionally stimulating working environment

  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

  • the opportunity to apply for promotion to full professorship at a later stage only pertains to employment as Associate Professor

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)

  • CV (complete list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, project acquisition and coordination experience, and other qualifying activities)

  • A complete list of publications

  • PhD Diploma

  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number. Do not include recommendation letters.)


    The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).


    A selection committee will invite a limited number of candidates (“short list”) to submit a portfolio of academic work (i.e. up to 10 publications) that are particularly relevant for the position. Academic texts shall therefore not be enclosed with the application.

    In the evaluation of the qualified candidates the full range of these criteria will be explicitly addressed and assessed.

    Standard procedure at The University of Oslo is to use interviews and a trial lecture as part of the appointment process.


    In keeping with pertinent regulations, assessment of applicants will be based primarily on submitted academic work. Applicants will also be sorted on the basis of documented activity within research dissemination and development, pedagogical qualifications, experience of supervision, administrative qualifications and other activity relevant to the positions.

Formal regulations
The successful candidate who at the time of appointment cannot document basic teaching qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications within a three-year period.

The successful candidate must demonstrate mastery of both English and one of the Scandinavian languages as working languages. If an appointee is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, the appointee will be expected within a two-year period to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.


Please see the rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships and Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results and intellectual property.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Deadline: August 1, 2017.

Contact information:

Dean Aud Valborg Tønnessen

Telephone +47 22850339, e-mail:


For questions about the recruitment process:

HR Officer Rigmor Smith-Gahrsen

Telephone +47 22850311, e-mail:

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