One (1) permanent position is available at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography for an Associate Professor in Human Geography, with particular competence in the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in social science research. Applicants who are qualified for full professorship can be promoted after a formal review process once they have taken up their position.

The department is ranked among the premier academic research institutions in human geography in Norway, conducting top international research while offering high quality education for students.

The department seeks a potential scientific leader with clear research visions, educational and administrative skills and the ability to establish and lead research projects. The successful candidate has a strong research profile and track record of publications in acknowledged publication channels and is expected to strengthen both research and education in human geography at the department.

More about the position

The main areas of Human Geographic research in the department are: climate change adaptation and transformations, development and politics, economic and labour geography and urban studies and planning. The successful candidate should be able to contribute to the further strengthening and development of one or more of these areas and of the research community as a whole at the department. The department is particularly interested in recruiting candidates with the ability to develop the Department’s research and teaching in the field of Geographical Information Systems as applied in social science research.

Applicants must have research experience and teaching qualifications that are compatible with this research profile. The successful candidate will be required to teach, supervise and contribute to examinations at all levels of the study programmes. The position also involves administrative and other duties in accordance with applicable rules.

Applicants who do not have basic pedagogical competencies must acquire such within the first two years of employment.

The working language and primary language of instruction at the bachelor level is Norwegian, while the master and PhD programs are taught in English. GIS courses are at present taught in English at both the bachelor’s and master’s levels. Good oral and written skills in English are required.

If the successful candidate does not speak Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, he or she will be required to acquire sufficient knowledge of a Scandinavian language within two years to be able to participate actively in all the functions the position entails, including administrative tasks.Foto: Colourbox

Qualification requirements

Pursuant to applicable regulations, the applicants will be evaluated based on their documented academic qualifications as well as qualifications in teaching, management and administration. The department’s overall needs will be part of the considerations made in the hiring process:

  • Applicants must have a PhD degree in human geography or equivalent, and a demonstrated ability to contribute to the continued development of human geography as a discipline at the department through research activities, publications and education.
  • Emphasis will be placed on research and international publications the last five years as well as the applicants’ future research potential. In the assessment of publications, originality, quality and scope will be emphasised.
  • Teaching abilities are an important assessment criteria, particularly but not limited to, the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Relevant pedagogical and other experience should be well documented in a teaching portfolio that addresses students’ learning, development over time, a research attitude to teaching and learning, and a collegial attitude and practice. Qualifications for teaching in human geographical theory are welcome.
  • Educational portfolio of 3-6 pages documenting educational competence and experience, including a reflection note in which your own practice and learning vision is anchored in the SoTL criteria (focus on student learning, development over time, a research approach and a collegial attitude and practice).  
  • A proven ability to succeed in competitive, international arenas is an advantage (e.g. stipends, grants, publications, prizes).

In the evaluation of qualified applicants the full range of these criteria will be explicitly addressed and assessed.Interviews will be part of the appointment process, along with a trial lecture.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 650 300 – 825 900 per annum depending on qualifications in position as
    Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • 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

How to apply

The application must include:

  • An application letter. The letter should include a short description of the applicant’s academic profile, how the applicant sees his or her academic orientation fitting in with or expanding the core areas of the department’s research and how the applicant wishes to contribute to the development of research and teaching in human geography.
  • 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

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

A selection committee will invite shortlisted applicants to submit a portfolio of up to seven publications from the last five years (a doctoral dissertation or a monograph will count as three publications) that are particularly relevant for the position. Academic texts should therefore not be submitted at the time of application.

Formal regulations

Please refer to the Rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships at the University of Oslo, the Guide for Applicants and Members of the Assessment Committee and Rules for practicing the requirement for basic pedagogical competence at the University of Oslo.

Pursuant to section 25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

ALTERNATIVELY: If there are no qualified applicants for a permanent position, the appointing authority may consider appointment to a temporary lower position for up to three years, cf. Section 6-5 of the University and University College Act.

The University of Oslo has a transfer agreement with all employees that is intended to secure the rights to all research results etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this. 

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.


Vice Head of Department, Professor Jemima García-Godos

Head of Administration, Inger-Lise Schwab

About the University of Oslo

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 Department of Sociology and Human Geography is Norway’s leading department for both Sociology and Human Geography. The Department offers four Bachelor’s and three Master’s programmes. Research, teaching and dissemination activities within both fields are of the highest level. The Department is renowned both for the breadth of topics and methodologies employed and for its highly qualified researchers. Gender balance among the academic staff is an important distinguishing feature. The Department has 35 permanent academic staff, nearly 40 doctoral and post doctoral research fellows and 12 administrative staff members. There are approximately 80 PhD. candidates and 1500 students enrolled in the Department.

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