Associate Professor of International Education and Development Studies

Associate Professor of International Education and Development Studies

Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, 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 centre 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.

There is a vacant, permanent full-time position as Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis) of International Education and Development Studies at the Department of International Studies and Interpreting at the Faculty of Education and International Studies from 1 January 2022.

We invite applicants for this position whose academic research and teaching experience involves consideration of international (formal / informal / popular) education from a global development perspective. In particular, this work must include a focus on the Global South, and on Global North/South dynamics. Applicants must have documented research experience from regions and specific countries within the Global South.

The successful applicant will demonstrate a readiness to teach into the Master’s in International Education and Development programme, including supervision of Master’s theses; and into the Bachelor programme in International Development Studies. Applicants must have a good understanding of, and commitment to, the cross-disciplinary nature of the fields of international education and development studies, and to working effectively with colleagues from these fields of study.

The Department of International Studies and Interpreting, in which the position is located, is a leading academic environment for the study of the phenomena of global development, and of international education in relation to global development.


  • teach and supervise (physically and digitally) at the bachelor’s, master’s, and possibly PhD levels.
  • initiate and carry out academic research within international development studies
  • initiate and participate in the development of major international research projects and applications for external funding in collaboration with colleagues
  • seek out and actively collaborate with national and international research partners
  • contribute to the further development of the academic community and the department’s study programmes
  • disseminate research results to the international academic community and society in general
  • contribute to the development of high-quality education
  • carry out academic administrative tasks

Required qualifications:

To be appointed to a position of Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis), a candidate must hold a doctorate degree such as a Ph.D. degree in the field of International Education, or in the field of Development Studies with a documented research focus on education in the Global South.

  • The applicant must be able to document relevant qualifications in university pedagogics. Applicants who are unable to document basic teaching qualifications upon appointment, must acquire these qualifications within two years. Oslo Metropolitan University offers a course on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (UHPED) that meets this requirement.
  • Proficiency in oral and written English is required.
  • Applicants who do not have adequate proficiency in a Scandinavian language must acquire Norwegian skills corresponding to at least level B2 within three years after starting in the position.

In the assessment and ranking og qualified applicants, emphasis will be placed on:

  • research and development work of relevance to the position.
  • Emphasis will be placed on publications from the past six years.
  • research in the field of international education with a global development perspective
  • research experience from within the Global South
  • experience with research networks and externally funded projects.
  • potential for project acquisition
  • experience with teaching and supervision at the bachelor’s and master’s levels
  • teaching skills at university level, in both physical and online settings.
  • digital proficiency, including experience with student-active digital learning tools
  • the ability to communicate and collaborate with students and colleagues
  • personal qualities that can contribute positively to the working environment
  • good oral and written presentation skills in a Scandinavian language and English
  • applicants whose first language is not one of the Scandinavian languages, must document both oral and written language skills

General criteria for appointments to academic posts are found in the Regulations for appointment and promotion to academic posts.

Oslo Metropolitan University tests teaching qualifications through trial lectures held in connection with interviews.

Oslo Metropolitan University strives to ensure that our employees reflect the diversity of the population of the region. Applicants from the Global South are welcome. We work continuously to further develop Oslo Metropolitan University as an inclusive workplace, and to adapt the workplace if required. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, also those who have experienced periods without work, education or training.

Application process:

The following documents must be uploaded before the application deadline:

  • application letter
  • CV
  • all pages of certificates and diplomas
  • complete list of publications
  • up to ten scholarly works and an overview of them, including your Ph.D. dissertation if relevant
  • two references with contact information

The documents must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Translations must be certified, and originals must be presented in connection with interviews. Oslo Metropolitan University checks documents in order to ensure a proper evaluation of all candidates and ensure fair competition. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. All applications will be reviewed by the faculty before the application papers are forwarded to the expert committee. Applications from applicants who are not qualified, will not be forwarded for assessment.

We offer: 

  • an exciting job opportunity at Norway’s third largest university
  • participation in a dynamic and diverse academic community
  • opportunities for professional development
  • time for profession-oriented research and development
  • participation in research groups
  • loan and pension arrangements with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Norwegian language classes for employees (free of charge)

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

Further information:

For further information about the position, please contact:

Head of programme, Professor Tom Griffiths,

Head of department, Hilde Arntsen,

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for state employees and OsloMet’s salary policy:

The annual salary range for Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis, position code 1011) is NOK 535 200,- NOK 694 000,- per year.  A higher salary may be considered for particularly qualified applicants. A contribution of 2% to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the salary.

To apply for the position, please apply electronically.

OsloMet is a Charter & Code certified institution by the EU Commisson holding the right to use the logo HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R). OsloMet is a member of the EURAXESS network supporting a positive work environment for researchers in motion. OsloMet has signed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). DORA recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.  

Type of employment:

Permanent position

Contract type:Full time

First day of employment:01.01.2022

Salary: NOK 535 200,- to NOK 694 000,-

Number of positions:1

Working hours:100 %

City: Oslo

County: Norway

Contact: Hilde Arntsen,
Tom Griffiths,


Apply by

  • 7 September 2021

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