Fakultet for lærerutdanning og internasjonale studier (LUI), Institutt for internasjonale studier og tolkeutdanning (IST)

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is one of Norway’s largest universities, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city center and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.


The Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI) has approximately 550 employees and 7000 students and is located in Oslo and Akershus. The Faculty is comprised of four departments as well as the National Centre of Multicultural Education (NAFO).

The Faculty educates tomorrow’s teachers from kindergarten through upper secondary school, in close cooperation with the field of practical training. The Faculty offers a PhD in Education. In addition, the Faculty offers development studies and studies in sign language and interpreting. Diversity is a core value for the Faculty and its activities. The Faculty’s research and development focuses on practical training and is both profession-oriented and internationally oriented.

The Department of International Studies and Interpreting (IST) has leading research communities in the fields of diversity, interpreting, global development and international education, and its activities are characterised by extensive international cooperation. The Department offers bachelor’s degrees in development studies, interpreting and sign language, as well as a master’s degree in international education and development. The Department also offers a number of programmes for continuing education in diversity studies. .

Department of International Studies and Interpreting at OsloMet invites applicants for a permanent position as Professor in the field of international education and development in the Global South. The position will play a significant role in teaching and research activities for the department and you must have achieved a high level of expertise in the field; particularly regarding education perspectives from the Global South.

Teaching and supervision will primarily be connected to the Master’s programme in International Education and Development. This Master’s Programme was established 20 years ago and has a critical perspective on education and development in the Global South. The Master’s programme recruits students from all over the world, and all teaching is conducted in English. The curriculum has recently undergone revision, and now includes both a specialization in international education and in development. The main focus of the Master’s programme is on education in the Global South

The professor will play a key role in the development and implementation of the revised Master’s programme. You are also expected to have a central role in promoting cooperation across sections of the department, both in terms of research and teaching. 45% of the workload in the position is allocated to research activities. This includes writing of academic articles/books, applying for research funding as well as guiding and supporting colleagues in their research. An important task will be to recruit Master’s and PhD students in the department’s research work.  

Click here to read more about the Master’s Programme and here to read more about the research at the faculty. 

The department has ambitions to strengthen its position as a leading academic environment in diversity studies, intercultural communication, international education and global development across disciplines at the university. The new professor is expected to play a central role in this work. 

 Main duties

  • Teaching and student supervision, mainly at the Master’s level, but also at PhD or bachelor level.
  • Research activities in education in the Global South, including publications in high ranking academic journals.
  • Initiate applications for external research funding.
  • Contribute to international cooperation on all levels.
  • Participate in public debates on international education and development.
  • Administrative work related to the academic activity.


The applicants must have the following qualifications:

  • A PhD degree and comprehensive research experience in the field of international education and development in the Global South. To be a successful applicant you must have in-depth knowledge of in critical education discourses related to the Global South.
  • Experience from international research activities in the field of education in the Global South.
  • Profound knowledge of research methods, particularly qualitative and participatory methods.
  • Pedagogical competence, teaching and supervising experience from Master and, preferably, PhD level.
  • Excellent proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

General criteria for a position as Professor are stipulated in Regulations relating to Appointment and Promotion to Teaching and Research Positions. Proficiency in Norwegian is required within the first three years of the employment contract. If needed, Norwegian language classes will be offered to comply with the requirements of the position. Candidates who lack formal qualifications in practical pedagogy at the time of appointment must commit themselves to complete OsloMet’s course in basic pedagogical competence (15 ECTS credits) within two years.

The university will test pedagogical skills in connection with the formal interview, by asking the candidate to present a trial lecture on a pre-set subject.

Desired additional skills 

We are looking for applicants who also have:

  • In-depth knowledge and competence in one or more of the following areas: critical education discourses related to the Global South, indigenous knowledges and nonhegemonic epistemologies, education and conflict, educational leadership, HIV/AIDS and education, sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the international human rights system.
  • Research leadership experience
  • Digital competence
  • Excellent cooperation skills
  • Ability to motivate, inspire and engage students and colleagues
  • Flexible and independent

It is important for OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active efforts to further develop as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. We encourage applicants from the Global South.

Expert evaluation
An expert committee will assess applicants. The following documents must be submitted electronically with your application before the final application deadline:

  • CV, references and all pages of certificates/diplomas. The certificates/diplomas must include ECTS grades (A–F). Foreign diplomas must be translated into English by the degree-conferring institution. Education taken outside of Norway should preferably be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and a confirmed copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
  • Up to 10 academic publications including your PhD dissertation and a list of your publications.

Original documents and valid passport must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. 

We offer

  • An exciting job opportunity at Norway’s third largest university.
  • Opportunity to be a part of a dynamic professional environment and unique academic network.
  • An ambitious department with highly motivated and competent staff and an inspiring and interdisciplinary academic and social environment.
  • Beneficial employee welfare arrangements.
  • OsloMet provides Norwegian language classes to employees and their partners free of charge.
  • Working location in downtown Oslo.

OsloMet’s International Career Site gives information on living and working in Oslo. If you would like more information about the positon, feel free to contact one of the following:

Associate Professor Kristin Skinstad van der Kooij, Tel.no. +47 46935484
E-mail: Kristin.Van-Der-Kooij@oslomet.no

Head of department Gunn Bjørnsen, Tel.no. +47 90090962
E-mail: Gunn.Bjornsen@oslomet.no

This position’s salary level is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, job title Professor and positon code 1013. Salary NOK 696 500 – 882 500 annually, before tax. A higher salary may be considered for particularly well qualified applicants. By law 2% of the salary is deducted and applied towards the State Pension Fund.    

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Pilestredet 42
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 18/02436
Published 04.May.2018
Last application date 12.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CET

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