Oslo (N): Associate professor

University: Associate professor in work and organizational psychology

The Faculty of Social Sciences
The Department of Psychology

Section for Method, Work, Cultural, and Social Psychology (MAKS)

Associate professor in work and organizational psychology

Job description

The Department of Psychology announces a position as Associate Professor in Work and Organizational Psychology at the Section for Methodology, Work-, Cultural-, and Social Psychology (MAKS). The appointee will contribute to teaching, and supervision activities in the bachelor, master and clinical training programs and to research in work and organizational psychology. The position requires competence in research and teaching in work and organizational psychology.

As an associate professor at the Department of Psychology, you will be part of an active research environment with the goal of further developing this field of research. You have good collaboration skills and aim to create a good performance environment within the research field. You are involved in teaching and its planning and in ensuring teaching quality in the courses. You are approachable for the students and provide academic guidance during the study programs. It is expected that you participate in administrative tasks related to program coordination, courses, examination work, meetings and committee work. In accordance with the university’s appointment regulations, applicants who are qualified for full professorship may subsequently apply for promotion once they have taken up their position.

The research of the work and organizational psychology group includes, in addition to core topics in the field, psychology of technology and human factors and human resource management. Research areas of the group are organisational climate, organizational and leadership development, psychological contracts, work-life balance, team processes, work engagement, knowledge implementation, user-centered design as well as sustainability. The appointee should strengthen or complement these areas.

The Section for Methodology, Work-, Cultural-, and Social Psychology (MAKS) covers basic and applied research and teaching for the Bachelor, Master, clinical training program and PhD programs in methods, work and organizational, social, culture and community psychology. The section’s work and organizational psychology unit includes four permanent academic staff and several Ph.D. fellows.

More about the position

Possibilities for professional development will be facilitated. The appointment may be subject to changes in responsibilities and work tasks that the employer must decide.

Qualification requirements

  • PhD or equivalent qualification in work and organizational psychology or a related discipline.
  • A strong research profile in work and organizational psychology and a track record of publications in acknowledged publication channels. In the assessment of publications, research outputs in recent years as well as originality, quality, open research practice, scope, and interdisciplinary engagement will be emphasized.
  • Plans to conduct high-quality research at UiO with internal and external collaborators.
  • Pedagogical skills and formal basic pedagogical competence. Applicants who cannot document such competence at the time of employment must acquire this within the first two years subsequent to their appointment.
  • Plans to actively participate in education, dissemination and administration at all levels as well as contributing to the further development of teaching in work and organizational psychology.
  • Teaching experience in the area of work and organizational psychology.
  • Applicants must speak and write English fluently.
  • Applicants must be able to work both independently and to cooperate with others, and be highly motivated.

Preferable qualifications

  • Diversity in teaching experiences (forms and levels) would be a great advantage.
  • Plans and ambitions for conducting high quality teaching activities would be a great advantage.
  • Experience in supervising students at the bachelor, master or PhD level would be a great advantage.
  • Having acquired research funding would be an advantage.
  • Documented ability to lead and collaborate in large-scale research projects will be an advantage.
  • Competence in a Scandinavian language would be an advantage. Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language are expected to learn sufficient Norwegian within two years to be able to actively participate in all functions of this position.

Qualified applicants will be ranked on the following criteria

  • Research and development work within the field.
  • Relevant professional practice.
  • Experience from teaching and supervision at Bachelor's and Master's level from the university and college sector.
  • Experience with administration.
  • Pedagogical qualifications from college, university or equivalent.
  • Publications from the last five years will be emphasized.
  • Experience with international research networks and projects with external funding.
  • Good ability to communicate and collaborate with students and colleagues.
  • Personal qualities that can contribute positively to the work environment.

We offer

  • An academically-stimulating working environment. The position will offer the opportunity to further develop high-quality teaching and research competences.
  • Salary NOK 689 100 - 814 900 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Associate professor (position code 1011).
  • Favorable pension agreement
  • Social welfare benefits

Career development at PSI

The Department of Psychology wants to facilitate future career opportunities for PhD students, postdocs and associate professors at the Department. We follow UiO's personnel policy, which requires the individual leader to actively follow up his or her employees, among other things by ensuring the individual's opportunity for development at work.

Diversity and gender equality


Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

The Department of Psychology shall work actively for equality, ensure equal opportunities and rights, and prevent discrimination.

Gender equality initiativ at UiO
Career development for female associate professors http://www.uio.no/english/for-employees/competence/gender-equality/career-female-associate-professors/index.html

Gender equality initiatives at the Department of Psychology
Action plan for gender equality, diversity and inclusion at the Department of Psychology 2022-2025 https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sv.uio.no%2Fpsi%2Fom%2Fstrategi%2Flikestilling-mangfold-integrering%2Fhandlingsplan-psi---vedtatt-16.08.22.docx&wdOrigin=BROWSELINK

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter explaining the motivation for applying and fit to the position. The letter should include a short description of the applicant’s academic profile, how the applicant views their academic interests in relation to the core areas of Work and Organizational Psychology and how the applicant wishes to contribute to the development of teaching in Work and Organizational Psychology at the department.
  • A research statement explaining current and future research interests (1-2 pages).
  • A teaching portfolio (max. 8 pages).
  • CV (complete list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and coordination experience, research record, scientific knowledge dissemination and other qualifying activities).
  • A complete list of scientific publications.
  • Scientific work - published or unpublished - that you would like to be taken into account during evaluation (up to five works).
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only).
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, email and phone number).

Application with attachments must be submitted via our online recruitment system. Please note that all documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Interviews and trial lecture will form part of the appointment process. The entire breadth of qualifications will be assessed in ranking competent applicants.

International applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system and to apply for NOKUT's general recognition of higher education. All documents should be in a Scandinavian language or English.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.

The evaluation of the applicants will be based on their educational background, research record, teaching experience, pedagogical qualifications, work experience in the field of work and organizational psychology, experience with management and administration, personal suitability, and motivation. Achievements will be weighed against career stage and adjusted for parental leaves.

Contact information

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.

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.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

At least 1 qualified applicant of the underrepresented gender must be invited to an interview when applying for an Associate Professor position, cf. Action plan for equality, diversity and inclusion at the Department of Psychology 2022-2025.

If there are no qualified applicants of the underrepresented gender, consideration must be given to advertising the position again, cf. Action plan for equality, diversity and inclusion at the Department of Psychology 2022-2025.

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 Psychology is one of seven units of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and has 75 permanent and 70 temporary members of scientific staff. Degrees are offered at bachelor and master level, plus a clinical training programme, and the PhD programme has 140 students.

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