Professor/Associate Professor in Work Life Research

The University of Agder has more than 1200 employees and 12000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

Professor/Associate Professor in Work Life Research

The School of Business and Law at the University of Agder invites applications for one to two permanent 100% position(s) as Professor/ Associate Professor in working life, linked to the Department of Work Life and Innovation, Campus Grimstad. The starting date is to be negotiated with the faculty.

The School of Business and Law at the University of Agder has had a steady increase in student enrolment over the past years, offering degrees at all levels in economics and management, as well as a separate bachelor’s programme in law studies. Research capacity and quality have improved over recent years in line with the School of Business and Law’s aspiration to produce research of high international quality, facilitated by active research groups. A good learning environment, attentiveness to students, and collaboration with the local business community, are hallmarks of The School of Business and Law.

The School of Business and Law at the University of Agder is organized in four departments where the Department of Work Life and Innovation is located at Campus Grimstad. Here, the Business School offers a bachelor’s degree in business administration with HR as a specialization, and programmes at the master’s level in Innovation and Knowledge Development, as well as Industrial Economics and Technology Management. The Department of Work Life and Innovation is an interdisciplinary environment with researchers from a number of social science disciplines who work in different research traditions, including action research, evaluation research, and empirical research. The politics and future of work, how work is changing in the face of globalization and digitalization, and the importance and meaning of work in society, and for innovation and a sustainable future, are research interests within the department.

Description of the position

At the University of Agder’s School of Business and Law there is one to two permanent, full time position(s) as Professor/Associate Professor/Lecturer in work life research. The School of Business and Law wishes to strengthen the Department’s competence regarding the transformation of working life, hereunder the future organization of work associated with technological advancements.

Qualifications and terms

The School of Business and Law is seeking candidates who will contribute to the quality and development of our degree programmes, as well as to the development of good research teams, increased interaction with business, increased external research funding, and the development of our education programmes. In terms of teaching, those who are appointed will be part of a joint staff responsible for the School of Business and Law total education needs.

The appointed candidates must hold a PhD or equivalent in the field of study. She/he must also be able to demonstrate extensive research experience at a high level, as well as ongoing research within her/his field. Collaborative skills and personal qualifications are emphasised.

Documented relevant practical-pedagogical competence based on education or teaching experience is required. Applicants who, upon appointment, cannot document basic competence in pedagogy will be given the opportunity to participate in a course in university pedagogy offered at the University.

The person appointed must be fluent both in English and in a Scandinavian language, mastering both languages in writing and orally. The University of Agder offers Norwegian language courses to international employees with little or no knowledge of Norwegian and facilitates participation in such courses. Permanently employed staff is expected to acquire good command of oral and written Norwegian within a period of two years. This is to be documented by passing the Bergen test with a score of 450 points.

Information about the appointment criteria for a position as Professor/Associate Professor/Lecturer can be found in the “Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts”.

Relevant candidates will be invited for interview and a trial lecture. References will also be obtained after further agreement with the applicant. In the ranking of applicants, emphasis will be placed on the applicants’ expertise, experience and specialisation in relation to the needs of the department.

We offer

  • varied work tasks in a large and dynamic organization which plays an important societal role
  • a position with opportunities to develop in a diverse environment
  • modern sites with access to good employment benefits

The salary is paid according to the state wage regulations, salary plan 17,510, code 1013 professor, NOK 650.200 – 815.800 gross per year, code 1532 lecturer, NOK 650.200 – 815.80 gross per year, code 1011 associate professor, NOK 537.700 – 673.800 gross per year. For highly qualified applicants, higher pay can be considered. A 2 % compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

The state labour force should mirror society’s diversity. For the University of Agder it is therefore a goal to work for a more balanced composition of their employees. We therefore encourage all qualified individuals to apply regardless of cultural background, gender, age or functional ability.

The University of Agder has since 2015 aimed at increasing the proportion of female professors through the Balance Project (part of the NFR Balance Programme). This is done through various measures, including recruitment and facilitation for professor assessment. Women are therefore encouraged to apply in accordance with the University’s Balance Project.

The person appointed will have rights and duties in accordance with the regulations that apply to the position, and changes in organisation and tasks must be assumed. Appointment is made by the Admissions Committee for teaching and research positions at the University of Agder.


The application and necessary information about education and experience must be sent electronically, using the link «Apply for this job».

The following documentation must be uploaded together with the online application:

  • diplomas
  • list of references and contact information for these
  • CV with complete overview of scientific publications and other relevant activities
  • scientific works (up to 15)
  • list of ongoing research including work in progress
  • a summary of up to three pages of research interests and ongoing research
  • a summary of a page about teaching philosophy and approach
  • list of memberships and roles in academic and professional organizations and/or publications
  • an overview of previously taught topics, as well as evaluations of topics taught in recent times

The applicant is responsible for providing complete documentation digitally within the application deadline. Documentation must be in English. Please note that we will not evaluate applicants who lack significant attachments to the application.

Closing date: 11.12.17

Further information on the position may be obtained from the Head of Department, Gøril Hannås, tel. +47 37 23 34 25 / +47 906 21 293, e-mail or HR-adviser Anna Cecilie Eye Færavaag tel. +47 38 14 24 14, e-mail

According to section 25, second paragraph of the Publication Act, applicants may request not to be listed on the public search list. However, the University may decide to publish the name of the applicant. Applicants will be notified in advance of any publication.

In the event of differences in interpretation between this English text and the original Norwegian application text, the Norwegian text shall be used

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