Associate Professor (Associate) of Science Education (science education) University in Oslo, Department of Teacher Education and School Research Norway

Department of Teacher Education and School Research


Associate Professor (Associate) of Science Education (science education)


A permanent full-time position as Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis) (SKO 1011) of Science Education (naturfagdidaktikk) is vacant at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research (ILS).


The position will be linked to the teacher education programs at ILS (full-time and part-time undergraduate teacher training program (PPU) and PPU in the graduate teacher training program (LeP) and in Teach First Norway), to the master level in LeP, and to the PhD program. Expertise in the field of teaching Chemistry as School Subject is especially needed. Expertise in the fields of Teaching Physics, Biology and Geology as School Subjects is relevant as well. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the department’s research through participation in one of the research groups; Large-scale Educational Assessment (LEA), Teacher Professionalism and Educational Change: Practices, Purposes, Policies (TEPEC), Curriculum Studies, Leadership and Educational Governance (CLEG) and Studies of Instruction across Subjects and Competences (SISCO), or to other faculty research groups. Contribution to the efforts of ProTed - Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education is expected as well.


Job description:

  • Contribute to research groups with the aim of publishing in national and international journals and developing networks
  • Participate in planning, teaching and supervision in Science Education (naturfagdidaktikk) in teacher education programs, in master courses in LeP and in the PhD program
  • Contribute to the development of the field of Science Education
  • Contribute to the efforts of ProTed, Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education
  • Administrative tasks in accordance with the applicable provisions



  • The applicant must be able to document research competence linked to the advertised subject area. The minimum competence requirement for the position of associate professor is a PhD in the field of Science Education.
  • Scientific publications and expertise in the field of Science Education
  • Basic teaching competence
  • Experience from the Norwegian or Scandinavian education sector (schools grade 8-13, teacher training for grade 8-13)
  • Advanced spoken and written proficiency in Norwegian (alternatively Swedish or Danish) and English
  • Personal suitability and motivation 


The criteria that will be considered are the applicant’s academic, professional, pedagogical and subject teaching (didactic) qualifications, leadership and administration qualifications, and personal qualifications including proficiency in Norwegian (alternatively Swedish or Danish) and English. Familiarity with the Norwegian or Scandinavian educational systems is essential, and formal teaching competence is required.


In the ranking of competent applicants, the whole range of qualifications will be considered, including the applicant’s ability to communicate and personal suitability. Emphasis will also be placed on the applicant’s experience and ability to attract research funding from external sources.


Appointment procedures, regulations on the requirements for formal teaching competence and a guide for applicants can be found on the following web page


Interviews will be used in the appointment process, and applicants may also be required to give a trial lecture.


The application must be submitted electronically via the University of Oslo’s recruitment system Easycruit and must include a description of educational background, prior positions, academic, professional and pedagogical activities and administrative experience. We also request that applicants attach a complete list of their academic works, preferably in PDF format. The application must be made in a Scandinavian Language or English.


In addition to the electronic application, applicants are requested to submit up to 10 academic works and documentation of other relevant qualifications that they wish to be taken into account in the assessment. Academic work and other documentation should be sent electronically, preferably in PDF-format.


We offer

  • Pay Grade 65 to 72 (NOK 560 700 to 640 700 per year depending on qualifications)
  • A positive and stimulating working environment
  • Generous pension arrangements in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Position in an inclusive working life enterprise (IA agreement)
  • Attractive welfare arrangements


Other information


The University of Oslo also aims to recruit more individuals with an immigrant background for academic positions. Candidates with an immigrant background are encouraged to apply.


The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for all employees for the purpose of securing intellectual property rights to research results etc.


Pursuant to section 25, paragraph 2 of the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even though the applicants have requested non-disclosure.


  • Region:

  • Oslo

  • Job type:

  • Permanent

  • Working hours:

  • Full-time

  • Working days:

  • Day

  • Application deadline:

  • 13.March 2017

  • Location:

  • Oslo

  • Reference number:

  • 2017/2409

  • Company homepage:



  • Contacts:

  • Head of Administration Astrid Waaler Kaas 

    Telephone: +47 22855018

  • Head of Department, Professor Rita Hvistendahl 

    Telephone: +47 22844030

  • Higher Executive Officer Ingjerd Mathisen 

    Telephone: +47 22858130

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