Associate Professor in Philosophy in Oslo

Associate Professor in Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas seeks to appoint an Associate Professor of Philosophy specializing in areas that fall within theoretical philosophy. The department covers a wide a range of areas, within both theoretical and practical philosophy, and emphasizes both systematic and historical philosophical research. The department also hosts a Norwegian Centre of Excellence, the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature. The department recognizes a need to augment its research and teaching resources in philosophy of science broadly understood (but with an emphasis on biology, psychology, linguistics, or the social sciences) and in the history of philosophy of science. However, applications are invited from any area of theoretical philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language.

The holder of the position is expected to initiate and lead research , to supervise PhD candidates, to participate in teaching and in exam setting and evaluation at all levels, and to carry out administrative duties in accordance with the needs of the Department.


PhD or equivalent academic qualifications documented by scientific production
International peer-reviewed publications.
Pedagogical skills and qualifications in leadership and administration
Personal suitability and motivation for the position

The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

Academic qualifications and academic production, with emphasis on works published within the last 5 years. Research competence in theoretical philosophy; a capacity for original and innovative work will be preferred over quantitative productivity. An applicant’s scientific achievement record will be in considered in relation to career stage
Potential to contribute to the long-term development of the academic and researchenvironment at the department
Pedagogical qualifications and disposition to inspire students; in addition to the programs in philosophy, the department provides courses to the larger university community, and seeks to provide enthusiastic and dedicated teaching at all levels.
Interest, ability and experience in management and administration; active and constructive participation in the running and development of the unit and the institution is expected.
Collaborative skills and willingness to initiate joint projects; the department strongly values the ability to build and maintain research networks and the ability to initiate, and obtain funding for, joint research projects, including projects crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Experience with collaboration across established academic environments and ability tobuild international networks
Communication and public outreach skills

In the assessment of the qualified candidates all criteria listed above will be explicitly addressed and assessed. Academic quality, development potential and scope will be prioritized in this order. Formally documented knowledge of one or more other ancient languages is considered as an asset.

Applicants who at the time of appointment cannot document basic teaching qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two year period. The teaching language is normally Norwegian. On the appointment of a candidate who is not fluent in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, the appointee will be expected within reasonable time to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

We offer

Salary level 57-64 (468100 - 532 700 NOK per year, depending on qualifications)
The possibility to apply for promotion to full professorship at a later stage
A professionally stimulating working environment
Pension agreement with Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
Attractive welfare benefits


Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application form, preferably in pdf format:

Application letter describing qualifications
Curriculum Vitae
List of published and unpublished works
Description of one or more research projects which may be relevant for the Department
Proposed topics for MA theses

Applicants are asked to describe and exemplify the entire range of qualifications and criteria mentioned in the announcement of the post.

Selection procedure

As first step a Selection Panel will invite a limited set of candidates to submit a portfolio of educational certificates and academic works (up to 10 publications, which should not exceed 500 pages in total) for further assessment. Applicants who are invited to submit academic works are asked to select three works, published within the last five years, to be considered as more relevant for the position. In larger volumes (monographs), applicants may specify the relevant pages. Applicants are also asked to document other qualifications (public outreach, teaching and supervision, leadership and administration). A Selection Board will then assess the selected works and submit its report containing a list of the shortlisted applicants.

Finally, an interview and a trial lecture will be part of the assessment process.

Within his/her normal duties, and in accordance with his/her academic competence, the person appointed may also be asked to work outside his/her department. The appointment is subject to changes to the subject area and tasks that may be determined by the employer.

See also Rules for appointments to Associate Professorships.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

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

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentlighetsloven) § 25, Chapter 2, information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.


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5 April, 2013


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Head of Department, professor Camilla Serck-Hanssen
Telephone: +47 22844452
HR-officer Mira Kramarova
Telephone: +47 22 85 42 90