Associate Professor in runology and the early history of the Scandinavian languages 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 runology and the early history of the Scandinavian languages


A position of Associate Professor (SKO 1011) in runology and the early history of the Scandinavian languages is available at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies (ILN), University of Oslo.


The two areas of runology and the early history of the Scandinavian languages at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies comprise the study of runes and runic inscriptions and the language in the period from circa 100 AD until the reformation in the Scandinavian countries. The position will include teaching and research within both areas. One of the goals of this position is to strengthen the collaboration between the research groups in Old Norse Philology and Scandinavian Linguistics.


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.


Qualification requirements

  • PhD or equivalent academic qualifications with a specialization in an area relevant for this position
  • Documented academic competence in runology and the early history of the Scandinavian languages
  • Highly competent both orally and in writing, in the Norwegian language
  • 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
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English eventuelt and a Scandinavian language


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

  • Academic qualifications and academic production in runology and the early history of the Scandinavian languages, with emphasis on works published within the last 5 years. Originality and innovative thinking will be weighted more heavily than quantity
  • 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


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’.


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
  • certificated and diplomas
  • up to 10 academic works (total number of pages should be no more than 500) for assessment. Including three works (published within the last five years) which are particularly relevant for the position. In larger monographs you may specify the relevant pages. For works with several authors, please include a contribution statement.
  • description of one or more research projects which may be relevant for the Department
  • a portfolio documenting your qualifications in the following areas: public outreach, teaching and supervision, leadership and administration
  • list of all documents attached to the application


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). If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before uploading.


Information and documentation, to be taken into account in the assessment, must be submitted prior to expiry of the deadline for receipt of applications.


The applications will be assessed by an expert committee. In the expert assessment, emphasis will be placed on submitted scientific works and documented teaching skills. Furthermore, your experience in dissemination activities to scientific community, academics, and general public, as well as in university politics and administration, and any other documented qualifications and activities, relevant to the position, will be included in the assessment.


Based on the expert committee's assessment, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview and to give 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.


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.


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 Desember 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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