Associate Professor in Scandinavian Linguistics with emphasis on Norwegian as a Second Language University of Oslo, Faculty of Humanities Norway

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 Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies (ILN) is one of seven departments at The Faculty of Humanities (HF). The department conducts research, teaching and dissemination in general linguistics, multilingualism, medieval studies (including Norse philology and Celtic), Nordic literature (including dissemination of literature and Ibsen-studies), Nordic language (including Norwegian as a second language), and rhetoric and verbal communication.

Associate Professor in Scandinavian Linguistics with emphasis on Norwegian as a Second Language

A position of Associate Professor of Scandinavian Linguistics with emphasis on Norwegian as a Second Language is available at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies (ILN), University of Oslo.


ILN is one of seven departments at the Faculty of Humanities (HF). The department faculty does research, teaching, and outreach within areas compromising general linguistics, multilingualism, medieval studies (Old Norse philology and Celtic studies), Scandinavian literature (including literature mediation and Ibsen studies), Scandinavian linguistics (including Norwegian as a second language), and rhetoric studies.


Scandinavian Linguistics at ILN includes the area Norwegian as a Second Language (NOAS). Candidates need to demonstrate experience in research and teaching within both areas, but experience in NOAS will be given more weight. Since many of our students are in the Teacher Education Program at the University of Oslo, this job announcement is directed in particular towards candidates with competence and experience relevant to the Teacher Education Program.


The successful candidate is 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. More specifically, the successful candidate is expected to teach and advise students in Norwegian as a Second Language and Scandinavian Linguistics, and to express themselves and give feedback in both Nynorsk and Bokmål. Candidates must therefore be highly competent in the Norwegian language, i.e. be able to use Norwegian both orally and in writing (Nynorsk and Bokmål) well enough to participate fully in all functions included in the position, and this includes the teacher education. The successful candidate should demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and competence to improve the quality of the teacher education at the Department by improving the collaboration among the school subjects at HF and the collaboration between these subjects and the Department of Teacher Education and School Research. The successful candidate should preferably contribute to the improvement of the quality of the education and by doing research relevant to the school, such that students at the Teacher Education Program in Scandinavian Studies are able to graduate with sufficient knowledge of the field and awareness of the relevance of the field for school.


Qualification requirements

  • PhD or equivalent academic qualifications with a specialization in Norwegian as a Second Language, Scandinavian Linguistics, or an equivalent subject.
  • Research competence and teaching experience in Norwegian as a Second Language, Scandinavian Linguistics, or in a similar discipline.
  • Highly competent, orally and in writing, in both Nynorsk and Bokmål.
  • Documented pedagogical skills (either a teaching course certificate or based on teaching experience), see How to document your pedagogical skills
  • 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 Norwegian as a Second Language, but also Scandinavian Linguistics, or something equivalent, oriented towards Norwegian, with emphasis on works published within the last 5 years. Originality and innovative thinking will be weighted more heavily than quantity
  • Ability to demonstrate how one’s own research and competence are relevant to teacher education the school system
  • International peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience with 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


We offer

  • salary NOK 517 000 – 600 200 per annum depending on qualifications
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • pension agreement with Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • attractive welfare benefits
  • the opportunity to apply for promotion to full professorship at a later stage


How to apply


The application must include:

  • cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • 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 delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).


A Selection committee will invite a limited number of candidates (“short list”) to submit a portfolio of academic work (i.e. up to 10 publications) that are particularly relevant for the position. Academic texts shall therefore not be enclosed with the application.


In the evaluation of the qualified candidates 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.


Formal regulations

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.


Please see the rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorshipsand Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence.


According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.


The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.


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


Deadline: 3 December 2017


Contact persons:
Head of Administration Jan Halvor Undlien 
tlf: +47 22 85 67 47

Head of Department Piotr Garbacz 
tlf: +47 22 85 76 34

For questions regarding how to apply:

HR-officer Tonje Olsen

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