Professor in history

Nord University Bod? in Norway

Deadline April 17, 2017
Date Posted March 10, 2017
Type Post-doc
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Nord University offers education at bachelor, master and doctoral levels. Each year, new students are admitted to more than 180 study programmes within both professional and theoretical fields. Nord University has approximately 1,200 employees and 12,000 students at study locations in Vesterålen, Bodø, Mo i Rana, Sandnessjøen, Nesna, Namsos, Steinkjer, Levanger and Stjørdal. Through contact with local communities and broad networks within business and industry, Nord University aims to contribute to meeting regional, national and global challenges. 

Faculty of Social Sciences
The Faculty of Social Sciences (FSV) is one of five faculties at Nord University. The faculty has about 2800 students divided between 4
master degree and 15 bachelor degree courses and, in addition, several single year and in-depth courses.

Professor in history

The Faculty of Social Sciences seeks to appoint a professor in modern and contemporary history, notably 20th century, someone who has a strong record of research especially within the fields of international relations (political, economic, social and/or cultural) and/or global history.

About the Faculty of Social Sciences
The faculty has around 140 employees, including doctoral candidates and administrative posts. The faculty is organised in four groups: 1. Welfare and social relations, 2. History, culture and media, 3. Leadership and Innovation, 4. International Relations, northern areas
and the environment.

Research undertaken by the research group for history is related to town and regional History, the history of fisheries and coastal society, economic history, intellectual history, media history, great power politics, legal history, Roman political history and Sami history. The temporal span is from Antiquity to the present day. Among the other research groups are those focusing on the welfare state services and users, leadership, management and innovation in the public sector, and climate, environment and resource management. The Northern area perspective is often prevalent.

About the post
Over the last few years, the research group for history has been involved with several larger writing projects, including the history of Nordland County, the history of Norwegian fisheries and coastal societies and the history of Bodø city. A generation change is underway among the staff.

The successful applicant will replace previous employees and in part develop new fields. We seek to strengthen both research and teaching, and are therefore looking for applicants with relevant national and international connections, motivated to help build a strong, relevant and productive research environment at Nord University. The successful applicant will partake in the faculty’s history teaching programs at both lower and higher grades. The place of work will be Mørkved Campus in Bodø.

Qualification requirements
The successful applicant will be qualified as professor in history in conformity with international and/ or national standards. Research
competence and teaching experience will be emphasized, while experience in research leadership and administration, as well as personal characteristics are also be taken into account. In the consideration of research competence, recent publications and potential for future research at a high academic level within the field will be given merit. The successful applicant must be able to contribute to the long-term academic development of the faculty.

Basic education in university teaching is required. A successful applicant who is not able to document this competence will be required to
achieve it within a two-year period. A successful applicant must be able to teach in Norwegian or a Scandinavian language within two years of their appointment.

Remuneration and conditions of employment
The position is tenured and full time. Professors are remunerated according to the State Regulative lpl. 17.510, professor code 1013. Salary level by agreement. Statutory contributions to the National Pension Fund are deducted from the salary.

Appointees are required to conform to the laws, agreements and instructions that at any time pertain to the position. Areas of responsibility and work tasks may be subject to change as a consequence of future reorganization.

The staffing of state institutions shall as far as possible reflect the diversity of the population. Norwegians with an immigrant background
are encouraged to apply. The university practices moderate gender quotas in conformity with locally adapted agreements under the State General Agreement. Women are encouraged to apply.

For further information and questions about the position, contact:
Dean Hanne Thommesen, telephone +47 48 27 10 59 , e-mail:
Professor Kjetil Jakobsen, telephone +47 75 51 73 69 , e-mail:

The application
The application must include information regarding education, previous appointments, teaching experience, academic administrative experience and academic and pedagogic publications or other activities.

Applications must be sent no later than 17th April 2017, and must include:

  • A letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A complete list of publications

Note! Publications shall not be attached to the application. Selected candidates will be invited to send up to ten of their publications
together with diplomas at a later stage, and then electronically as PDF-files.

All documents that applicants wish to be taken into consideration must be uploaded as attachments to the application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to send complete documentation electronically within the deadline for the application.

The application procedure
Applications will be reviewed by two committees, one internal and one external. The internal committee will prepare a short, reasoned report identifying the five to seven that they judge to be the most suitable, without giving any indication of rank. Among other matters the question of whether the applicant would be willing to move to Bodø will be raised. Applicants who are so willing will, other qualifications being equal, be given priority.

The five to seven chosen candidates will be asked to return a more thorough application and a selection of academic publications. The external committee will rank at least the two best qualified candidates. Ranked candidate will be invited to give a trial lecture and to an interview. For further details, refer to the procedure for appointment of professors and assistant professors at North University.

Once the application date has passed, an official list of candidates will be prepared. Information on candidates may be published even though candidates may wish for their names to be withheld. Candidates who nonetheless request confidentiality must give reasons for this in their application. In this case, applicants will be informed before publication of the list of applicants.

Application deadline: 17th April 2017

How To Apply

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