Associate Professor in modern Arabic language and culture At Oslo University. Norway


A permanent (tenure) position of Associate Professor in modern Arabic language and culture is available at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo.

The holder of the position is expected to initiate and lead research, to supervise PhD  and MA candidates, to participate in teaching, exam setting and evaluation  at all levels, and to carry out administrative duties in accordance with the needs of the Department.  The successful candidate will play a central role in further development of high-quality research and teaching in Middle East Studies at the Department in collaboration with colleagues, and is expected to take active part in the activities at the Department´s Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies.


  • PhD or equivalent academic qualifications with a specialization in Arabic sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, discourse analysis, translation studies, or related fields of research
  • Advanced level of linguistic competence in Arabic and English
  • Pedagogical skills and a willingness to take active part in academic leadership and administration, see How to document your pedagogical skills
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

The following qualifications will be taken into account in the assessment of the applicants:

  •  Academic qualifications and academic production with a focus primarily on modern Arabic language and culture; with an emphasis on works published within the last 5 years. Originality and innovative thinking are preferred to quantity
  •  International peer-reviewed publications
  •  Potential to contribute to the long-term development of the academic and research environment at the department
  •  Positive results in external fund raising
  •  Pedagogical qualifications and ability to inspire students
  •  Interest, ability and/or experience in management and administration
  •  Collaborative skills and willingness to initiate joint projects
  •  Experience with collaboration across established academic disciplines, and ability to build international networks
  •  Communication and public outreach skills

In the assessment of the qualified candidates all criteria listed above will be explicitly addressed and assessed. The quality of published academic work, development potential and breadth of intellectual/academic interest will be prioritized in this order.

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 at the bachelor level, while the Master studies programme option in Middle East Studies is conducted in English. On the appointment of a candidate who is not fluent in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, the appointee will be expected within two years to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

We offer

  • salary level 60-68 (NOK 510 100 – 591 400, depending on level of expertise)
  • 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
  • the possibility for sabbatical


Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application form, 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 (areas in which you feel qualified to supervise 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

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). An Evaluation Committee will then assess the selected works and submit its report containing a list of the shortlisted applicants.

Finally, an interview and a public 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 (Offentleglova) § 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.

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Permanent
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 4 April 2016
  • Expected Start Date:
  • 2017
  • Location:
  • Oslo
  • Reference number:
  • 2015/12749

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