University lecturer in Persian language
University of Oslo, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages

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 Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (abbreviated IKOS from its Norwegian name) is one of the seven departments at the Faculty of Humanities. The Department has a broad competency in the study of religion and culture and in language based area studies of South Asia, East Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. The Department has several study programmes at both BA and MA levels. Among the Department's 110 employees about 40 are PhD and Postdoctoral Fellows.

University lecturer in Persian language


A position of university lecturer (SKO 1009) in Persian language is available at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo.


The main teaching responsibilities of the university lecturer will be within Persian language. The person employed must have experience with teaching at Bachelor level, preferably also at Master’s level. She/he will teach Persian courses at BA level and will be responsible for examinations. Teaching includes practical language (grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary etc.), as well as exercises and testing. Preparation of course materials and glossaries is also part of the duties.


The vacancy is a teaching position, with 75 % teaching and dissemination work, 19 % academic development work, and 6 % administration.  The teaching will normally be at bachelor level. Within the normal duties and academic competence, the person appointed may also be directed to work outside his/her department. The appointment is made on condition that changes to the subject area and tasks may be determined by the employer.



  • Master’s degree or equivalent academic qualifications with a specialization in Persian language
  • Applicants should be a native speaker of Persian or have near native competence in Persian
  • Applicants should be able to teach in a Scandinavian language or in English
  • pedagogical qualifications and practice, mainly from universities or higher education institutions, see How to document your pedagogical skills


In the evaluation of the applicants, emphasis will be placed on:

  • experience in producing text books, compilations and lecture notes or experience in internet based teaching/flexible learning
  • good teamwork skills and experience
  • professional competency and publication in the field
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position


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.


Courses are mainly taught in Norwegian. 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

  • Annual salary level as university lecturer NOK 451 300 – 537 700 (depending on level of expertise)
  • Annual salary level as senior lecturer NOK 517 700 – 600 200 (requires a PhD or equivalent)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Pension agreement with Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Attractive welfare benefits
  • The possibility to apply for promotion to senior lecturer and docent at a later stage


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

  • letter of application describing qualifications
  • Publications
  • list of publications, if applicable


Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.


Diplomas, certificates and other documentation will be requested later.


An interview and a trial lecture will be part of the assessment process.


See also Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts.


Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the 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: January 8th, 2018



Head of Department Bjørn Olav Development

Head of Studies Siren Leirvåg

HR-Officer Steffen Remvik

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