The University of Agder has more than 1200 employees and 12000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.
We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.
The University of Agder invites applications for a full-time permanent position as professor or associate professor in social work or child welfare at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology and Social Work, located in Kristiansand, Norway.
At the Faculty of Social Sciences, there are approximately 75 employees and 1,500 students. The Faculty has four departments: Department of Political Science and Management, Department of Global Development and Planning, Department of Information Systems and Department of Sociology and Social Work.
Description of the position
To qualify for the position, the applicant should have a PhD, preferably in social work or in an area that is relevant to child welfare or social work. Applicants who do not hold a PhD in social work, can be eligible for the position if they can document education in child welfare or social work at BA or MA level, or document practical or research experience within child welfare or social work. The successful applicant is expected to actively contribute to strengthening the research at the department, particularly in areas that are relevant to child welfare and/or social work.
The department offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work and is currently developing an equivalent study programme in child welfare. The successful applicant will be connected to both of these study programmes and is expected to teach at both bachelor’s and master’s level. The candidate is also expected to contribute to a long-term development of the research at the department, and to generate external research funding.
Qualifications and terms
A comprehensive assessment of the applicant’s scientific qualifications forms the basis of appointment. Information about the appointment criteria for a position as Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor can be found in the “Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts”, available for download at
Emphasis will also be given to the applicants’ teaching qualifications, teamwork skills and
personal suitability for the position. Applicants who lack formal teacher training qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications, or complete UiA’s Foundation Course in Education for University Lectures within two years.
In the assessment of applicants, emphasis will be given to collaborative skills, personal suitability and scientific qualifications, including the applicant’s interest in and competency to develop education and research in child welfare and/or social work. Practical work experience from child welfare or social work is considered an asset. In the ranking of eligible applicants, emphasis will be given to the suitability of each applicant’s field of specialisation in relation to meeting the needs of the Department and complementing the academic staff.
The teaching language is predominantly Norwegian, but some teaching in English will also be required. Applicants who do not speak Norwegian or another Scandinavian language are expected to acquire the necessary proficiency to lecture in Norwegian. The University of Agder offers Norwegian language courses to international employees with little or no knowledge of Norwegian and facilitates participation in such courses. Permanently employed staff are expected to acquire good command of oral and written Norwegian within a period of two years. This is to be documented by passing the Bergen test with a score of 450 points.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interviews and a demonstration of their teaching competency, usually in the form of a trial lecture. With the applicant’s permission, UIA will also conduct a reference check before the appointment.
If there are no applicants to the position who are qualified for permanent employment, an interim appointment may be made under Section 6-5 (1) of the Act Relating to Universities and Colleges if the applicant concerned would be able to acquire the necessary qualifications during the period of employment. The period of employment will be stipulated by the appointing authority, and may not exceed three years. Applicants are asked to state in their applications whether they also wish to apply for an interim appointment.
The position is remunerated within the State salary scale, salary plan 17.510, professor, code 1013, salary grades NOK 686.900 – 815.800, , code 1011, salary grades 537.700 – 673.800.In the case of particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.
The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society in its workforce, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position, irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.
The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the Civil Service. Organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. The appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointment Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.
Applicants must submit their application and CV online. Please click on the link “Apply for this job”.
The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment with the online application:
The applicants are entirely responsible for submitting complete documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. Without complete documentation we cannot, unfortunately, include the applicant in the assessment process.
Closing date: 15 February 2018.
For further information, please contact Ann Christin Nilsen (Head of Department), phone (+47) 38 1415 32, e-mail email@example.com
In accordance with §25 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of the applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.
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