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Job opportunity - Associate Professor in Development Studies (University of Agder)

The University of Agder invites applications for one full-time, permanent position as Associate Professor in Development studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Global Development and Planning, located in Kristiansand, Norway.

Description of the position

The department is seeking to expand its teaching and research staff with a permanent position in the field of development. The department has a good research environment and offers two bachelor’s programmes; one in Development Studies, the other in Planning and Communication. It also offers a master’s programme in Global Development and Planning, with two different specialisations, as well as a PhD programme. Applicants should hold a PhD from a Norwegian or accredited foreign university within the field of development studies, but adjoining fields may also be of interest. We are looking for applicants with solid competence in important development topics such as globalisation, social inequality, development aid and religion, gender and health. We are looking for someone who can draw lines between micro and macro approaches to the field of development. A broad experience from practical field work in the Global South is required.

International publishing, good international networks and experience from international cooperation will be emphasised. The appointed candidate must be able to contribute to the long-term development of the Department’s research and have experience from achieving external funding. In addition, documented experience from teaching is emphasised. Since the position involves teaching at the department’s bachelor- and master’s programmes in development studies, it is strongly desired that the applicant masters Norwegian or another Scandinavian language both orally and written. Experience from supervision of students and development of new academic courses is a prerequisite, and experience with coordination of study programmes is preferable.

Qualifications and terms

Applicants should hold a PhD from a Norwegian or accredited foreign university. A comprehensive assessment of the applicants’ scientific qualifications forms the basis of appointment. Information about the appointment criteria for a position as Associate Professor can be found in the “Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts”, available for download at

Emphasis will also be given to the applicants’ teaching qualifications, teamwork skills and personal suitability for the position. Applicants who lack formal teacher training qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications, or complete UiA’s Foundation Course in Education for University Lectures within a period of two years.

In the ranking of eligible applicants, emphasis will be given to the suitability of each applicant’s field of specialization in relation to meeting the needs of the Department and complementing the academic staff. Fluency in written and oral English is a prerequisite. Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews and a demonstration of their teaching competency, usually in the form of a trial lecture. With the applicant’s permission, UIA will also conduct a reference check before appointment.

Applicants who do not speak Norwegian or another Scandinavian language are expected to acquire the necessary proficiency to lecture in Norwegian. The University of Agder offers Norwegian language courses to international employees with little or no knowledge of Norwegian and facilitates participation in such courses. Permanently employed staff is expected to acquire good command of oral and written Norwegian within a period of two years. This is to be documented by passing the Bergen test with a score of 450 points.

We offer

  • A variety of responsibilities in a large, exciting and influential organization
  • A position with opportunities for personal development in a diverse environment
  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • Flexible working hours enabling sound work-life balance

The position is remunerated within the State salary scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1011 Associate professor, NOK 537.700-673.800 gross per year. In the case of particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society in its work force, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position, irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.

Women are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the public service. Organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointment Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.


Applicants must submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job”. The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment with the online application:

  • Copies of diplomas and certificates
  • List of scientific publications
  • Scientific publications (no more than ten)

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. Without complete documentation we cannot, unfortunately, include you in the assessment process.

Closing date: 7 May 2018.

For further information please contact the Head of Department Hanne Haaland, phone (+47) 38 14 23 62, e-mail:

In accordance with §25 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of the applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.