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Assistant Professor (Postdoctoral Fellow) in Political Science – University of Oslo

About the position
Applications are invited from excellent candidates from all parts of political science, including public policy and administration, comparative politics, political theory and international relations. The appointment is for a fixed, non-tenured term of 4 years. The appointee will have a 25% teaching requirement. Successful applicants must therefore be prepared to teach Bachelor’s and Master’s level courses within the Department’s course portfolio as well as tutor Master’s students. The Department organizes teaching into five sections: public policy and administration, comparative politics, political theory, international relations, and research methods.

Applicants must formulate a research proposal that lays out a promising research agenda that can be fulfilled in the course of four years.

A comprehensive assessment of the applicant’s scientific qualifications forms the basis of appointment. Successful applicants must document that they have handed in their PhD thesis for final and formal evaluation before the application deadline, and must have achieved a PhD degree in political science or a closely related discipline before taking up the post. In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the candidate’s publication record and quality of the research proposal. Emphasis will be given to the applicants’  documented teaching skills and formal qualifications, teamwork skills and personal suitability for the position.

Postdoctoral fellows who are appointed for a period of four years are expected to acquire basic pedagogical competency in the course of their fellowship period within the duty component of 25 %.

The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Applications should be written in English and submitted electronically with the following:

  • Letter of application
  • CV including a complete list of publications
  • A research proposal -planned research for four years, if you take up the position. The proposal should clarify the research theme, main research questions, how the research contributes to the existing literature, theoretical approach, methodology, and publication plans (maximum 3.000 words incl. references; do not use footnotes or appendixes)
  • Upload a copy of (what you consider to be) your best publication to date (one publication only!), preferably a single-authored article published in an international political science journal. If a co-authored work is uploaded instead, the applicant’s individual contribution must be clarified and confirmed by co-authors.

Other publications should not be submitted with the initial application. The 10-15 most promising candidates will be invited to submit more publications along with educational certificates and diplomas and any letters of reference about four weeks after the initial application date.

Three to six short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview and may be asked to do a trial lecture.

We expect the whole evaluation process, from the application date to an offer is made, to take 12-16 weeks, depending on the number of applications.

Please note
Applicants, who at the time of appointment cannot provide documentary evidence of basic formal teaching competence, must acquire such competence within two years by completing a mandatory pedagogical course provided by UiO.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for all employees for the purpose of securing intellectual property rights to research results, etc.

Pursuant to section 25, of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be disclosed to the public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

As a state institution, we have a personnel policy goal of a balanced age and gender composition of our staff and to recruit persons with an ethnic minority background.

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Formal regulations
Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution.
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 etc.

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

Contact information
Title: Head of Department Anne Julie Semb
Title: Ass. Head of Department Jostein Askim

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 Political Science is a part of the Faculty of Social Sciences and conducts research, teaching and dissemination. The Department currently has 33 permanent academic staff members, 13 research fellows conducting PhDs, six assistant professors (postdoctoral fellows) and ten administrative employees. About 1100 students are currently enrolled in Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD study programmes in political science, as well as the interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree programmes in International Studies and Public Administration and Leadership, and the Master’s degree programme in Peace and Conflict Studies. The department is the host of C-REX Center for Research on Extremism.

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