Associate Professor in Cultural and Community Psychology University of Oslo Department of Psychology Netherlands

Associate Professor in Cultural and Community Psychology




Job description

A permanent position as Associate Professor (SKO 1011) in Cultural and Community Psychology is available at The Department of Psychology. Cultural psychology concerns the study of how the human mind and culture constitute each other, and hence, how human behavior is embedded in, and shapes, socio-cultural environments, attitudes and behavior. Community psychology concerns the relationship between individuals and their communities and societies, focusing on social, cultural, political, environmental and international influences, and salient societal issues.


The position requires an innovative, active and strong research profile with excellent documented potential for performing high quality research. Topics of relevance involve the study of psychological phenomena related to globalization and migration, identity, intercultural relations, prejudice and discrimination, language and discourses, well-being, social inequality, political attitudes including the study of protest and extremism, power and ideology, therapeutic cultures and environmental issues. The applicant should have research expertise in one, or preferably, several of these topics. Advanced and diverse research competency using qualitative methods and/or mixed methods, preferably documented through publications, will be a clear strength.


In the assessment of publications, originality, quality, scope, and impact will be emphasized. Documented ability to collaborate in and lead international research projects, and efforts to apply for research grants will be taken into consideration during the appointment process.


The candidate is expected to initiate and publish research at the department. The cultural and community psychology unit includes four permanent academic positions in addition to PhD-students and postdoctoral research fellows, thus providing ample opportunities to develop joint research projects. The candidate will also be expected to teach and supervise at all levels (bachelor, master, professional, and PhD) in Cultural and Community psychology and take part in the teaching and supervision of qualitative research methods. Hence, pedagogical experience within both fields is an advantage. The position also involves administrative and other duties in accordance with university regulations.


Qualification requirements

The successful candidate must have the following requirements:


Ph.D. or equivalent qualification in psychology.

An innovative, active and strong research profile with excellent documented potential for performing high quality research. Applicants who have had statutory care leaves should document that.

Strong qualitative methodological skills as documented through published work.

Pedagogical skills and an ability to take active part in teaching and administrative work as well as contributing to the further development of teaching in Cultural and Community psychology and qualitative research methods. The candidate appointed must have acquired basic pedagogical competence. Applicants that cannot document such competence at the time of their employment must acquire this within the first two years subsequent to their appointment.

In accordance with University of Oslo’s internationalization strategy, international collaborations and networks, and documented research mobility are a strength.

The working language and primary language of instruction is a Scandinavian language, while some courses are given in English. Excellent oral and written presentation skills in English are required.

We offer

Salary NOK 631 700 – 754 900 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Associate professor (position code 1011)

A professionally working environment

Attractive welfare benefits

A generous pension agreement

The opportunity to apply for promotion to full professorship at a later stage

Questions regarding the position may be addressed to the Head of Section (see below).


How to apply

The application must include:


Application letter. The letter should include a 1-3 page description of the applicant’s academic profile, how the applicant views his/her academic interests in relation to the core areas of this position and the research group, and how the applicant wishes to contribute to the development of research and teaching in Cultural and Community psychology at the department in the long and short term.

CV (complete list of education, positions, research experiences, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, and other qualifying activities).

A complete list of scientific publications

Copies of educational certificates.

A list of public communication of research (e.g., in newspapers, television, online)

List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, email and phone number).

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).


A selection committee will invite a limited number of candidates (“short list”) to submit a portfolio of academic work (i.e. up to 10 publications) that are particularly relevant for the position. Academic texts shall therefore not be enclosed with the application.


In the evaluation of the qualified candidates the full range of these criteria will be explicitly addressed and assessed.


Interviews will be part of the appointment process potentially along with 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 must 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.


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 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

Head of Section: Knut Inge Fostervold, phone number + 47-22845057, kifostervold



Head of Administration: Birgitte Bøgh-Olsen, phone number + 47-22845104,


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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 Psychology is one of seven units of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and has 75 permanent and 70 temporary members of scientific staff. Degrees are offered at bachelor and master level, plus a clinical training programme, and the PhD programme has 140 students.


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25th June 2019


University of Oslo




Full time





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Department of Psychology

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