Professor of Climate/Environmental History
University of Oslo, Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History

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 archaeology, conservation and history (IAKH) is comprised of three disciplines which in different ways study the past. The department has internationally oriented archaeologists, the only conservation program in Norway and the biggest group of historians in Scandinavia. The department has close to 100 employees, including non-permanent research fellows. The study programs span archaeology from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages, object and paintings conservation, and history from Antiquity to the present age.


Professor of Climate/Environmental History


A position as Professor of Climate/Environmental History (SKO 1013) is available at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo.


The holder of the position will be responsible for developing the field of climate/environmental history within the Department. The successful candidate is also expected to initiate and lead research, supervise PhD candidates, participate in teaching and in exam setting and assessment at all levels, and to carry out administrative duties in accordance with the needs of the Department.



  • Academic qualifications equivalent to two doctoral degrees, with ongoing research being carried out in both.
  • The scientific production should be of a high quality and demonstrate both thematic and chronological breadth and depth within the field of climate/environmental history.
  • The scientific production should reflect an independent research profile, an ability to discuss new issues, and preferably a cross-disciplinary approach.
  • Documented pedagogical skills, (either a teaching course certificate or based on teaching experience), see How to document your pedagogical skills
  • Qualifications in communication and public outreach and qualifications in leadership and administration, beyond the normal performance of duties in two of these areas.
  • Documented potential for project acquisition
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.


The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

  • Academic qualifications and academic production in climate/environmental history, with emphasis on works published within the last 5 years. Breadth, depth, originality and innovative thinking will be weighted more heavily than quantity. Cross-disciplinary approaches will be appreciated.
  • International peer-reviewed publications.
  • Experience with the acquisition and leadership of research projects.
  • Potential to contribute to the long-term development of the academic and research environment at the Department.
  • Pedagogical qualifications and disposition to inspire students.
  • Interest and ability in leadership and administration.
  • Ability to create and contribute to a positive environment for collaboration.
  • Experience with and ability to build international networks.
  • Skills within popular dissemination, public outreach and innovation.


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


Academic quality, development potential and breadth will be prioritized in this order. The selected candidates are expected to contribute to the objective in the University of Oslo's strategic plan to 'strengthen its international position as a leading research-intensive university through a close interaction across research, education, communication and innovation'.


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


We offer

  • Salary level 680 200 - 857 700 NOK per year, depending on qualifications
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Pension agreement with Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Attractive welfare benefits




Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application form, preferably in pdf format:

  • Application letter describing qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of published and unpublished works


Applicants are required to describe and document the entire range of qualifications and criteria described in the announcement of the post with concrete examples.


Please note that all documents must be submitted in English or one of the Scandinavian languages, either in the original or in translation.


Selection procedure


As the first step in the evaluation process, a Selection Committee will assess all applications and invite the most qualified applicants to submit a portfolio of educational certificates and academic works (up to 10 publications, which should not exceed 1000 pages in total) for expert assessment. Applicants who are invited to submit academic works are asked to select three works, published within the last five years, to be considered as most relevant for the position. In longer publications (monographs), applicants should specify the relevant pages. Applicants are further asked to submit a description of one or more research projects considered relevant for the Department. Applicants are also asked to submit a portfolio that documents other qualifications (public outreach, teaching and supervision, and any experience with leadership and administration).


Finally, the most highly ranked candidates will be invited to an interview and a trial lecture.


Within his/her normal duties and in accordance with his/her academic competence, the person appointed may also be asked to work outside his/her Department. The appointment is made under the condition that the employer may change the subject area and assigned tasks according to the needs of the Department.


See also Rules for appointments to Professorships.


According to the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out of entry in the public application list.


The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.


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


Application deadline: 1. June 2017



Professor Tor Egil Førland (Head of Department)

Hanne Katinka Solhaug (Head of Administration)

Tonje Olsen (HR Officer)

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