Faculty of Education and International Studies

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is one of Norway’s largest universities, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city center and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.


The Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI) has approximately 550 employees and 7000 students and is located in Oslo and Akershus. The Faculty is comprised of four departments as well as the National Centre of Multicultural Education (NAFO).

The Faculty educates tomorrow’s teachers from kindergarten through upper secondary school, in close cooperation with the field of practical training. The Faculty offers a PhD in Education. In addition, the Faculty offers development studies and studies in sign language and interpreting. Diversity is a core value for the Faculty and its activities. The Faculty’s research and development focuses on practical training and is both profession-oriented and internationally oriented.

The Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education (GFU) has strong research communities within the field of school subjects, educational science, and digital competence, and educates teachers for the Norwegian school system in close cooperation with the field of practical training. The Department offers studies on bachelor and master level, and contributes to the general development of skills for school employees through continuing and further education.

The Faculty of Education and International Studies is in search of a new staff member. For more information about the faculty, read here. The Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education, GFU, is advertising a permanent position as professor in the didactics of natural science. The time of appointment will be set after agreement with head of studies.

The Department consists of approximately 2 400 students and around 140 faculty members. The department offers several education programs at the bachelor’s and master’s level, as well as a significant number of further education programmes. GFU currently offers two master programmes, one in ICT-supported development and the other in School Oriented Educational Science. Responsibilities include both teaching and research and development. GFU will experience dynamic development in the near future with the introduction of a new five-year primary and lower secondary teacher education program, beginning in 2017.

Main duties of the position

The successful applicant will primarily teach at the bachelor and master’s levels, with possible teaching in the Faculty’s Ph. D. programme, Educational Sciences for Teacher Training. The master’s program in School Oriented Educational Science is organised such that students specialise in a school related subject. The successful applicant will be employed in the section of Natural Sciences, which teaches natural sciences within teacher education programmes. Furthermore, the successful applicant will also be expected to lead a research group, to inspire research and development in the department and to initiate new and innovative projects. Applying for external funding is a part of the position, as are administrative tasks related to teaching and research and development.

We are looking for applicants who have

  • Professor-level qualifications in natural science education with a specialisation in one of the following fields: physics, chemistry, biology or geological science
  • Insight into and knowledge about teacher education within the natural sciences
  • Knowledge about primary and lower secondary education and teacher education in Norway
  • Good oral and written skills in a Scandinavian language and English
  • Ability to lead academic processes, the development of study programs and research and development tasks
  • Experience with teaching and research and development in teacher education
  • Experience in supervising master students and/or Ph.D.- fellows
  • Experience with academic management
  • International experience and participation in multinational projects
  • Good ICT competence
  • Wide professional experience is an advantage

If the Scandinavian languagecompetence is not adequate, it must be achieved within reasonable time to execute the main duties for the position.

Documented pedagogical competence and experience is desirable. Candidates who have no relevant qualifications in pedagogy at the time of appointment must commit themselves to complete the program for basic pedagogical competence (15 ECTS credits) at OsloMet within two years.

The university will test pedagogical skills in connection with a personal interview.

General criteria for appointment of a position as Professor are stipulated in Regulations relating to Appointment and Promotion to Teaching and Research Positions (Forskrift om ansettelse og opprykk i undervisnings- og forskerstillinger), § 1-2.

Desired Skills

  • Ability to motivate academic colleagues and students
  • Ability to cooperate, motivate, and develop interpersonal relations
  • Ability to administer and complete planned Projects

It is important for OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active efforts to further develop as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required.

Expert evaluation

An expert committee will assess applicants. You must upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for applications:

  • CV, references and all pages of certificates/diplomas. The certificates/diplomas must include ECTS grades (A–F). Foreign diplomas must be translated into English by the degree-conferring institution. Education taken abroad should preferably be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and a confirmed copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
  • A list of scholarly works, including publication details
  • Up to 10 scholarly works, with a table of contents

You must upload all of these documents. Original documents and valid passport must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

We can offer

  • A dynamic and diverse workplace
  • Interesting and challenging leadership tasks in an active and diverse academic environment
  • Specific time allotment for research and development relevant to the profession
  • Benevicial pension arrangements with the Norwegian States Pension Fund, Statens pensjonskasse, SPK
  • Good employee welfare arrangements
  • Free Norwegian language classes to employees and their partners
  • Relocation support, cultural courses and on-boarding services

 OsloMet’s International Career Site gives information on living and working in Oslo.

Other information

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, job title professor and position code 1013/1532. Salary NOK from 686 900,- to 882 900,-. A higher salary may be considered for particularly well qualified candidates. Law deducts 2 % of the salary to the State Pension Fund.

We make use of an electronic recruitment system. If you wish to apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.

OsloMet has implemented the Charter & Code and been certified by the EU Commission with HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) and is part of the EU network for mobility of Researchers Euraxess.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Will be set after agreement with head of studies
Salary NOK from 686 900,- to 882 900,-
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 18/05022
  • Birger Brevik, Head of Studies, e-post: bbrevik@oslomet.no
  • Hilde Harnæs, Head of Department, e-post: hildehar@oslomet.no
  • Katarina Pajchel, section leader natural science, e-post: kapaj@oslomet.no
Published 12.Jun.2018
Last application date 19.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CET

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