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[Commlist] Open position at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway (campus Tromsø): Professor/Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Methods
Wed Jan 22 12:02:14 GMT 2020
Professor/Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Methods
One position as Associate professor/professor in Interdisciplinary
Methodologies and Methods at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences
and Education: Centre for Peace Studies (CPS), Centre for women’s and
gender research (SKK), and Centre for Sami Studies (SESAM). The main
focus of the position is social science methodologies and, predominantly
qualitative, methods, that apply to multi- and interdisciplinary
research and post-graduate studies on gender, indigenous, and peace and
Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education (HSL) has seven
departments and four centres. The one position will serve the following
three units at the faculty:
The Centre for Peace Studies (CPS) is concerned with interdisciplinary
and novel theoretical and empirical understandings of peace and conflict
dynamics. Currently, the Centre has altogether eight faculty members of
various affiliations, including the director, and three administrative
staff members. CPS is involved in various research projects as well as a
number of institutional partnerships. Furthermore, CPS frequently
engages in outreach activities in collaboration with relevant
institutions and civil society organizations. The English-taught and
interdisciplinary two-year Master’s programme in Peace and Conflict
Transformation (MPCT) was launched in 2002. MPCT recruits students from
all over the world, fostering cross-cultural competencies. Every fall
semester, the programme admits up to 29 students.
The Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKK) is a designated unit
for evocation and strengthening of multidisciplinary gender research and
gender perspectives at the University. While located within the Faculty
of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, SKK works with all units
at UiT. Promoting gender awareness and gender perspectives in all
disciplines, SKK develops and offers seminars and courses at all levels
in collaboration with various departments across faculties at the
University; PhD courses as part of the Norwegian research school in
Gender Research; and a one year course in gender and gender equality.
Currently, the Centre has eight faculty members of various affiliations,
including the director.
The aim of Centre for Sami Studies (SESAM) is to strengthen
multidisciplinary research in Sami and indigenous issues at the
University. Furthermore, the Centre’s activities shall contribute to the
strengthening of Sami languages in an academic context as well as to the
development of collaboration with Sami educational and research
institutions. The Centre also assists the leadership of the University
and the faculty in Sami and indigenous issues. SESAM is responsible for
two international master programmes: a two-year full-time Master’s
Programme in Indigenous Studies (MIS) and the joint Master’s programme
Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI)
with a three years duration, and flexible, partly online study.
Currently, the Centre has altogether ten faculty members of various
affiliations, including the director, and four administrative staff members.
The position’s work areas and field of research
The successful candidate will be affiliated with, and shall serve all
three units; in research, supervision and teaching.
In terms of teaching, the candidate is expected to have a special
responsibility for interdisciplinary methods and methodologies. The
teaching must take into account the different points of departure of a
body of international students with a wide variety of cultural and, more
specifically, academic backgrounds regarding knowledge in methods of
social sciences. The teaching should therefore provide analytical tools
for handling different methods and methodological approaches.
Furthermore, the candidate is expected to engage in and propose research
projects that may bridge the agendas of the units. Research on practical
use of qualitative as well as mixed methods and comparative research,
and methodological reflections on topics of gender research i.e.
intersectionality (class, age, ethnicity etc.) and post-colonial
perspectives, peace and conflict dynamics, ethics, power dimensions,
indigenous methodologies (e.g. culturally responsive and participatory
research) and decolonization, are areas of interest.
Further information about the position and UiT is available by contacting
CPS Director: Marcela Douglas:
email: (marcela.douglas /at/ uit.no)
SKK Director: Hege Kristin Andreassen
email: (hege.k.andreassen /at/ uit.no)
SESAM Director: Torjer Andreas Olsen
email: (Torjer.olsen /at/ uit.no)
Norwegian doctoral degree in a relevant subject area of social
sciences or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognised as
equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in a relevant subject area of
Competence at a corresponding level documented by academic work of
the same scope and quality.
Relevant work experience and documented teaching and supervision
competence – preferably from international programs. Genuine interest in
working with students at all levels.
Formal and solid competence within the field of social science
methods and methodologies, and with interdisciplinary oriented
theoretical and (qualitative) methodological approaches.
A good scientific publication record through (preferably
international) peer-reviewed publication channels.
Proficiency in English. The applicants must be fully proficient in
English, both written and spoken. Proficiency in Norwegian is also
required, but the successful candidate may be appointed in proviso of
the acquisition of this qualification within a period of three years.
Furthermore, the assessment of applicants will value:
Experience with digital teaching and research methods
Prior engagement and competence in quality research through the
formulation of relevant research questions, as well as through
engagement in interdisciplinary oriented theoretical and methodological
The evaluation committee may also consider other decisive factors in
their ranking of candidates, like the scientific quality and research
competence as evident in the submitted works, and experience from
international cooperation, dissemination, popularization and
contribution to previous successful project funding.
CPS/SKK/SESAM are looking for candidates with great academic potential
who are academically progressive and interdisciplinary oriented. The
successful candidate should be theoretically strong and methodologically
skilled, preferably in qualitative but also in mixed methods. Most
importantly, the applicant must be interdisciplinary oriented and
academically flexible in terms of both research and teaching.
Furthermore, the successful candidate must be someone who sincerely
engages with Master’s and Doctoral students through lectures, seminars
and supervision, and who is interested in contributing to the
development of CPS/Kvinnforsk/Sesam as academic entities and as
The position is shared among three different units. Good teamwork skills
will be an important asset. The evaluation committee will assess the
candidates’ overall skills as well as personal suitability.
It is expected that the successful candidate will participate in
research group collaboration and professional networks nationally and
internationally, as well as in disseminating research to a wider public.
It is expected that the successful candidate/position holder is willing
to develop grant applications (RCN/EU).
The appointed Associate Professor/Professor must have her/his daily
workplace at the UiT Campus Tromsø.
You must be fluent in English, and should have a good command of
Norwegian or a Scandinavian language. If relevant: you must be willing
to learn Norwegian within minimum two years.
Qualification requirements for the position as Professor:
Academic level conforming to established international or national
standards for position of Professor in the subject area concerned
Documented teaching competence
To be awarded a professorship, you must document substantially more
extensive research of high quality than that required to be awarded a
doctorate degree. You must document academic activity at a high level
over the previous six years, and that this points forwards towards
continued activity at professorial level.
When national standards for assessment have been drawn up by the
National Conference of Faculties: In addition UiT assess applicants
according to national guidelines for assessment of professorial
competence, decided by the National Faculty Meeting of (subject area).
You can find the guidelines here.
Qualification requirements for the position as Associate Professor:
Norwegian doctoral degree in subject area concerned or a
corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognised as equivalent to a
Norwegian doctoral degree
Documented teaching competence
At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the
research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with
the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment
You must have acquired basic skills in planning, conducting, evaluating
and developing teaching and guidance. All applicants must document their
Applicants who have completed education or courses designed to
provide teaching competence for teaching at universities and colleges,
equivalent to a minimum of 200 hours, must attach diploma and curriculum
for the completed course.
Other applicants shall describe, assess and document their
competence as a teacher and supervisor. Practice as a teacher and
supervisor in higher education is required, often combined with relevant
courses and seminars. The skills must be documented in the form of a
teaching portfolio. Experience with teaching and supervision in higher
education corresponding to two years in a full-time position of is
required. For dosent and professor positions, experience with teaching
and supervision in higher education corresponding to three years in a
full-time position of is required.
For professor positions UiT also require:
Quality development in own teaching and guidance over time
Extensive experience with supervision preferably at the master /
Participation in the development of educational quality in
Applicants for professor positions must document that the additional
criteria are met through:
Description and reflection on your work with developing teaching
and supervision. This should be documented with examples that show
development over time, as well as a justification for and reflection on
process and results.
Description of experience with supervision at the master's and
doctoral level. In addition to describing the scope of the guidance, you
should also summarize the guidance experience and point out possible
Description of and reflection on your own leadership, participation
and role in the development of teaching quality in your academic community
For professor positions, the teaching competence can be developed and
documented through a combination of courses and teaching portfolio.
If the teaching competence can be acquired within two years after
employment, applicants will be assessed, but not ranked, based on
teaching competence. Those who do not meet the requirements at the time
of appointment will be required to meet the requirements within two
years. UiT offers courses in educational competence to employees. For a
position as professor, the additional requirements for a professorial
teaching competence must be met, but can be appointed with the same
reservations as mentioned when it comes to documented basic competence.
If there are no fully qualified applicants for the position, an interim
appointment to qualify scientifically and/or in consideration of
teaching qualifications, may be made for a period of three years.
Application for permanent employment with a new assessment shall be
applied for within the three year-period. The appointment will become
permanent if you are found to be suitably qualified before the
three-year period elapses.
Your application must include:
Diplomas and transcripts
References and certificates
Documented teaching competence
A list of your academic production
Description of your academic production, stating which works you
consider most important
Academic works, up to ten. The doctoral thesis is regarded as one work.
The documentation have to be in English or a Scandinavian language. We
only accept applications sent via www.jobbnorge.no.
R&D sabbatical conditions which are considered some of the best in
Good welfare arrangements for employees
Good arrangements for pension, insurance and loans in the Norwegian
Public Service Pension Fund
The allocation of working hours is flexible and allocated on a
case-by-case basis. In general, professors (and dosent)/associate
professors will spend an equal amount of time on teaching and research
and development work, førstelektor (associate professor) will spend up
to 50 % of their time on research and 50 % for teaching. As a norm, the
time resources spent on administrative duties constitutes 5 % for
The successful candidate must be willing to get involved in the ongoing
development of their department and the university as a whole.
The remuneration for Professor is in accordance with the State salary
scale code 1013. The remuneration for Associate Professor is in
accordance with the State salary scale code 1011. A compulsory
contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be
The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and
guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for
A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage
qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional
capacity or cultural background. UiT and will emphasize making the
necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with
reduced functional ability
More information about moving to Norway and working at UiT:
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.
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