University of Oslo / Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies

Associate Professor of Multilingualism with an emphasis on Psycholinguistics

Job description

A permanent position as Associate Professor (SKO 1011) of Multilingualism with an emphasis on Psycholinguistics is available at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo. Further information about the Department can be found on its homepage:

The Department seeks to recruit an Associate Professor with excellent research, teaching, and supervision qualifications who will contribute to interdisciplinary research and teaching on multilingualism at the Department. A special emphasis will be given to documented research experience in multilingualism with a specialization in psycholinguistics (see below Qualification requirements, for more detail).

The successful candidate will also become a member of, and receive additional support from the Department’s Center of Excellence, MultiLing, through the end of the Center period in 2023. More information about MultiLing is available on the Center’s homepage:

The candidate will take an active role in strengthening research and teaching in multilingualism and psycholinguistics at the Department both during and after the formal end of MultiLing as a Research Council of Norway financed Center of Excellence.

MultiLing has established a Socio-Cognitive Research Laboratory with equipment for linguistic and (socio)phonetic experiments: Along with the Lab Manager and other members of the Department, the successful candidate will take an active role in shaping and strengthening the research and teaching activity of the Lab.

The successful candidate is expected to initiate and lead research, supervise MA and PhD candidates, participate in teaching and in exam setting and assessment at all levels, and carry out administrative duties in accordance with the needs of the Department.  The candidate is also expected to strengthen the relevant research areas addressed at the Department’s Center of Excellence, MultiLing, to contribute to and participate in the various activities organized by the Center and the Department, such as workshops, seminars, and conferences, and to be an active member of the MultiLing team and the Department.

Qualification requirements

  • A PhD or equivalent in linguistics or in a discipline related to MultiLing’s work (The dissertation must have been submitted prior to the application deadline.)
  • Research experience in multilingualism, with a specialization in psycholinguistics, including neurolinguistics, clinical linguistics, bilingual/multilingual first language acquisition, second language acquisition, language processing, speech and language impairments, and/ or language attrition
  • Documented pedagogical and supervision skills See how to document your pedagogical skills
  • Experience and willingness to take part in academic leadership and administration
  • Documented potential for project acquisition through external funding
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

In the assessment of qualified applicants the following will be given special consideration:

  •  Academic qualifications and academic production in multilingualism with an emphasis on psycholinguistics, and a main focus on works published within the last 5 years. Originality and innovative thinking will be weighted more heavily than quantity
  • Documented experience with clinical linguistics, language acquisition or language disorders
  • Laboratory experience, particularly with EEG and eye-tracking
  • International peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience with interdisciplinary research projects
  • Potential to contribute to the long-term development of the academic and research environment at the Department, including contributing to developing and running the department’s  international MA program in Multilingualism
  •  Pedagogical qualifications, documented results from teaching and supervision, and ability to inspire students
  •  Interest and ability in leadership and administration
  •  Ability to create and contribute to a positive environment for collaboration
  • Experience with, and ability to build, international networks
  • Skills within popular dissemination, public outreach and innovation
  • Knowledge of a Scandinavian language is an advantage, but not a requirement for obtaining the position; however, the successful candidate is expected to acquire Norwegian within two years (see Formal regulations below). 

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

Academic quality, development potential and breadth will be prioritised in this order. The selected candidates are expected to contribute to the objective in the University of Oslo’s strategic plan to “strengthen its international position as a leading research-intensive university through a close interaction across research, education, communication and innovation”.

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How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter (statement of motivation, summarising scientific work and research interest)
  • Curriculum Vitae (list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, project acquisition and coordination experience, and other relevant qualifications)
  • Complete list of published and unpublished works

Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language), either in the original or in translation.

Applicants are required to describe and document the entire range of qualifications and criteria described in the announcement of the post with concrete examples.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”.

Selection procedure

As the first step in the evaluation process, a Selection Committee will assess all applications and invite the most qualified applicants to submit a portfolio of educational certificates and academic works (up to 10 publications, which should not exceed 500 pages in total) for expert assessment. Academic texts shall therefore not be enclosed with the application. Applicants who are invited to submit academic works are asked to select three works, published within the last 5 years, to be considered as most relevant for the position. In longer publications (monographs), applicants should specify the relevant pages. Applicants are further asked to submit a description of one or more research projects considered relevant for the Department. Applicants are also asked to submit a portfolio that documents other qualifications (public outreach, teaching and supervision, and experience with leadership and administration).

Finally, the most highly ranked candidates will be invited for an interview and a trial lecture.

Formal regulations

Please see the rules for appointments to Associate Professorships.

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. Please see the rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence.

The successful candidate should demonstrate mastery of both English and one of the Scandinavian languages as working languages. If an appointee is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, s/he is expected to reach proficiency equivalent to level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) within two years, and to be able to actively participate in all functions the position may involve, including teaching, in three years. The Faculty of Humanities will aid and facilitate the appointee in reaching said proficiency.

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 made under the condition that the employer may change the subject area and assigned tasks according to the needs of the Department. 

According to the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

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

Contact information

For questions about the position:

Professor and Center Director, MultiLing Elizabeth Lanza

Professor Unn Røyneland

For questions on how to apply: HR Advisor Tonje Olsen

University of Oslo Faculty of Social Sciences, Center for Research on Extremism: the Extreme Right, Hate Crime and Political Violence

Postdoctoral Fellow on the Extreme Right, Hate Crime and Political Violence

Job description

Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) seeks to recruit two excellent candidates in the Social Sciences, Humanities or Law doing high quality research on far right politics and right-wing violence. The successful applicants will work full time as a Postdoctoral Fellow (Assistant Professor). The appointment is for a fixed, non-tenured term of 3 years, with a possibility to extend the position to four years with teaching obligations. The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

C-REX studies both ideological and behavioral aspects right-wing extremism. C-REX three main objectives are: (1) developing cutting edge empirical and theoretical knowledge on right-wing extremism, violence and hate crime in Norway, Europe and beyond; (2) serving as an international hub on multi-disciplinary research on right-wing extremism and (3) disseminating research-based knowledge to stakeholders, policy makers, the public, civil society organization, schools, and media

More specifically, the center concentrates on the following areas of research: (1) ideology and identity, (2) violence and hate crimes, (3) gender in extremism, (4) parties and movements, and (5) analyses of prevention and intervention. While the center concentrates on Europe, it also carries out research on right-wing extremism beyond Europe. C-REX has developed a unique database on right-wing violence and terrorism and the center is currently also developing other databases related to protest events, so-called (extremist) ‘formers’ and primary sources.  

The Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) is a cross-disciplinary center for the study of the extreme right, hate crime and political violence. The center was established in 2016 and is a joint collaboration with six of the leading Norwegian institutions and three of the leading international universities on extremism research. It is led by C-REX is led by professor Tore Bjørgo and researcher Anders Ravik Jupskås.

Qualification requirements

A comprehensive assessment of the applicant’s scientific qualifications forms the basis of appointment.

Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree (PhD) in Social Sciences, Humanities, Law or related disciplines before taking up the post. For applicants who have yet to receive their PhD degree, the Doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation before the application deadline (December 1, 2020). Such applicants should note the date of submission of their PhD in the cover letter. Appointment is dependent on the public defense of the doctoral thesis being approved.

Candidates with a record of high-quality publication, especially in leading peer-reviewed international journal and/or leading publisher, will be prioritized. However, the length of the applicant’s research career (discounted for parental leave, etc.) will be taken into account when considering the number of such publications: The intention is to recruit the person that has the best prospects for contributing to the project’s research outputs by publishing research of the highest quality over the coming 3-year period. 

The candidate should, in the cover letter (maximum 2 pages), briefly explain how his/her research profile and agenda will contribute to the overall goals of C-REX. Applicants are free to formulate a project within the field of far-right politics and/or right-wing violence, but they must relate their project to one or several of the center’s research profile presented above (see also the center’s website for more information). Applicants must formulate a project description that lays out a promising research project that can be fulfilled in the course of three years.

Candidates with prior research experience on one or more of the topics covered by C-REX will have an advantage.

Other desired qualifications and experiences include experiences with previous systematic data collection efforts, extensive academic and non-academic networks, strong administrative and organizational skills, very good command of English, and dissemination skills. Finally, personal suitability for the position will be taken into consideration.

See also the regulations regarding the terms of employment for Postdoctoral Fellow positions and Guidelines concerning appointment to postdoctoral and research posts at the University of Oslo.

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Applications should be submitted electronically with the following: 

  • Letter of application
  • CV
  • A complete list of publications
  • A  research proposal. The proposal should clarify the research theme, main research questions, how the research contributes to the existing literature, theoretical approach, methodology, and a publication plan (maximum 3.000 words (!) verything included).

Note! Publications should not be submitted with the application; the most promising candidates will be invited to submit their publications, as well as their educational certificates and diplomas, later in the process.

Short-listed candidates for the job will be invited to an interview and may be asked to do a trial lecture.

(Questions regarding the electronic application form should be sent to personnel officer Sylvi Anita Varsi Øien, [email protected], telephone +47 22856907)

Please note

Applicants, who at the time of appointment cannot provide documentary evidence of basic formal teaching competence, must acquire such competence within two years by completing a mandatory pedagogical course provided by UiO.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for all employees for the purpose of securing intellectual property rights to research results, etc.

Pursuant to section 25, of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be disclosed to the public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

As a state institution, we have a personnel policy goal of a balanced age and gender composition of our staff and to recruit persons with an ethnic minority background.

Contact information

Director Tore Bjørgo, [email protected], telephone: +47 22 84 58 50

Deputy director Anders Ravik Jupskås, [email protected], telephone: +47 22 85 76 42