Associate Professor in Media Studies Associated with the Project Screen Cultures University of Oslo, Department of Media and Communication Norway

Associate Professor in Media Studies Associated with the Project Screen Cultures


Job description

A permanent position as Associate Professor (SKO 1011) in Media Studies is available at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo.


The position is associated with the project Screen Cultures for the first 5 years (2019-2023).


Media Studies is defined here as the interdisciplinary study of the modern media, their form and content, institutions and use, their political, social, cultural and aesthetic contexts, using approaches from the Humanities and the Social Sciences.

Screen Cultures is an interdisciplinary, teaching-driven project centered around an international MA program starting autumn 2019. Read the full project description here.


The applicants must document expertise relevant to one or more of the five following teaching and research areas as defined in the project description; Screen histories, Screen aesthetics, Screen theories, Screen technologies, and/or Screen politics. The successful candidate will be responsible for one of the teaching and research clusters, initiating, planning and conducting individual and collaborative teaching and research within this. The applicant must document significant teaching experience and be prepared to take the initiative to develop applications for external funding. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out PhD and MA supervision and administrative duties in accordance with the needs of the Department of Media and Communication.


Starting date: 1 August 2019


Qualification requirements

  • PhD or equivalent academic qualifications within Media Studies or other relevant disciplines
  • 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 (see also "Formal regulations" for more information on language qualifications)


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

  • Academic qualifications and teaching experience within areas relevant to the Screen Cultures project
  • Originality and innovative thinking will be weighted more heavily than quantity
  • Pedagogical qualifications, documented teaching results and disposition to inspire students
  • International peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience with writing proposals and obtaining external funding to research projects
  • Potential to contribute to the long-term development of the academic and research environment at the department
  • 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.


We offer

  • Salary NOK 517 700 – 600 200 per annum depending on qualifications
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Membership in the 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:

  • Application letter summarizing motivation, qualifications and academic expertize
  • A proposal (3-5 pages) including both how the teaching can or should be developed pedagogically and how the research can or should be developed theoretically and/or methodologically 
  • Curriculum Vitae (list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, project acquisition and coordination experience, and other relevant qualifications)
  • A detailed teaching portfolio
  • Complete list of published and unpublished works


Please note that all documents must be in English (or a Scandinavian language), either in the original or in translation.


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


The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”.


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 500 pages in total) for expert assessment. Academic texts shall therefore not be enclosed with the application. Please note that all the submitted academic works must be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Applicants who are invited to submit academic works are asked to select three works, published within the last 5 years, to be considered as most relevant for the position. In longer publications (monographs), applicants should specify the relevant pages. 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 for an interview and 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 should 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.


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.


Please see the rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships and 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 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.


Contact information

Questions about the position: project leader of Screen Cultures, Jon Inge Faldalen

Questions about the application process: Vita Kvedaraite


About the University of Oslo

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 Media and Communication's (IMK) main purpose is to conduct research, education and dissemination on the modern media, their importance for society and for people. IMK has approximately


60 employees, including 10-12 doctoral candidates. Some 1,100 students are sitting for exams here every year. The department offers a one-year study program on the Bachelor's level and a Bachelor's degree in Media Studies and Master's degrees in Media Studies, Nordic Media and Journalism. IMK is a multidisciplinary department, based on the academic traditions of the humanities and social sciences. The IMK is ranked as one of the top 50 media and communication departments in the world (QS Ratings).



University of Oslo




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Department of Media and Communication, UiO, Oslo

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