Associate professor / assistant professor (temporary position) in health promotion, UiB, Norway

Study in:Norway
Deadline: 24 Nov 2017

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Associate professor/assistant professor (temporary position) in health promotion

There is a vacancy for a temporary associate professor or assistant professor of health promotion at the Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology, from 1 January 2018 up to one year.

The Faculty of Psychology offers professional study programmes for psychologists, is responsible for university tuition in pedagogy for the UiB’s own staff, contributes to the pedagogical content of teacher training and offers academic degrees within a wide range of studies: child welfare, health promotion work, pedagogics, special education, psychology, work and organisational psychology, and speech and language therapy. The faculty’s main areas of research focus are connected with health, education, development-related research and basic research in its broadest sense.


The Department of Health Promotion and Development, which was established at UiB in 1988, became a separate department in 2010 and its work includes research into the areas of health promotion, child protection, and gender and development. It is a multidisciplinary department and spans health and social science research, from both a local and a global perspective, and works closely with researchers from other faculties and universities in Norway and internationally.



The successful applicant will work at the Department of Health Promotion and Development, and their duties will primarily consist of teaching and supervising students on the Global Development Theory and Practice master’s programme. The teaching language is English.


Qualifications and personal qualities

  • At the time of applying, the successful applicant must have presented their doctoral thesis in the multidisciplinary subject of health promotion or one of the more closely related disciplines (such as, psychology, sociology, political science, social science, and health sciences) or the equivalent in order to be considered for the post of associate professor. Proficiency in quantitative methods and statistics is necessary. If none of the applicants have such a background, it may be relevant to appoint someone as an assistant professor. In these circumstances, applicants must hold a master’s in health promotion, or one of the more closely related disciplines.
  • Experience from project work, problem-based learning (PBL) and supervising papers at master’s degree level are desirable.
  • Previous experience of using registry data and/or global and from global and development-related research will be an advantage.
  • Basic teaching training will be an advantage.
  • Weight will be given to the required personal qualities.

We can offer


  • A good, professionally challenging working environment.
  • Associate professor: salary at pay grade 60-68 (code 1011/LR24, alternatively 4-8) according to the state salary scale, depending on seniority and qualifications. This is equivalent to a gross annual salary of NOK 512,300-600,200. For particularly well-qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered.
  • Assistant professor: salary at pay grade 50-58 (code 1009/LR25, alternatively 4-8) according to the state salary scale, depending on seniority and qualifications. This is equivalent to a gross annual salary of NOK 432,300-499,600. For particularly well-qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Employment in an inclusive workplace (under the IA scheme).
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:


  • CV
  • Diplomas and transcripts
  • Relevant certificates and written references
  • Complete list of publications
  • List with appendices documenting your teaching qualifications
  • List of academic work that you believe should be taken into consideration in the assessment of your application, including information about where this work was published
  • Academic work that you believe should be considered in the assessment of your application (maximum 10)

Please note that applications, along with the information and attachments linked to the application in JobbNorge, will be evaluated after the closing date for applications. Attachments must be in English or a Scandinavian language, and any translations must be certified. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all the necessary information has been submitted by the closing date for applications.


It is particularly important that each of the attachments that should be considered in the assessment is uploaded in full as an attachment to the application (as per the last point above).


Closing date for applications: 24.11.2017

Mark the application: 17/12399

General information

Additional information about the position may be obtained from:

Head of Department Elisabeth Fosse


Tel.: + 47 55 58 27 58


Haldis Haukanes, professor and head of the GLODE study programme


Tel.: + 47 55 58 92 59


The appointment process may include an interview and trial lecture. The successful candidate must follow the guidelines that apply to the position at all times. The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Our personnel policy is designed to achieve an age and gender balance among our employees. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.


The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. Applicants will be notified if such a request is declined.


Further information about the appointment process can be found here.







The Department of Health Promotion and Development,  was established as a department in 2010 and is part of the Faculty of Psychology. The department carries out research and provides a study programme within health promotion, child welfare, and global development, specialising in health promotion and gender in global development for the latter. The department enjoys a close collaboration with researchers from other faculties and is a leading international academic institution within health promotion research.


The successful applicant must demonstrate knowledge of public health and health promotion work and quantitative methods.  Health promotion is an interdisciplinary field where the primary focus is on the social and individual conditions which promote good health in the population. The most important social determinants for health are economic, environmental, political, social and cultural conditions, while individual-oriented determinants are associated with motivation, skills and behaviour conditions. Research in health promotion work builds on the principle of ethical values and population participation in order to develop health promotion policies and practices. If the applicant has any previous experience of health promotion research, this will be weighted.


Health promotion is a field with a great international spread, and the HEMIL Centre has a wide international contact network within research and tuition. It is desirable that the successful candidate will contribute to such networks.

The department has three research groups:


BLI (child welfare, equality and social inclusion) was established in 2013 and is an interdisciplinary research group. BLI contributes to scientific knowledge of the thematic area of child welfare, gender equality and inclusion, both through its own research and in collaboration with other national and international research environments. One overarching objective is to highlight socio-cultural living conditions and room for manoeuvre as well as processes of inclusion and exclusion in different social groups. The group particularly focuses on Norwegian and Nordic contexts.

The Social Influence Processes on Adolescent Health (SIPA) research group is a multidisciplinary research group that over the past twenty-five years has developed competence in applying and developing theories and methods of social and developmental psychology in the research area of child and adolescent health. The SIPA group’s mission is to develop new knowledge about how social processes influence the development of subjective health and health behaviours among adolescents.


The Multicultural Venues in Health, Gender and Social Justice (MC-Venues) research group focuses on development-related cross-cultural research, research on the development and health of vulnerable groups in the Global South, gender development, and international health policy.  The group includes perspectives from different disciplines and different thematic interests but has a common focus on challenges related to exchange of knowledge and discourses across cultural boundaries.


Given the position’s profile, the successful applicant will be expected to become part of the MC-Venues research group. However, it is possible to have secondary affiliations to other research groups at the Faculty of Psychology.

The department has three two-year master’s programmes that qualify students for research, teaching and practice:  Master’s in Health Promotion, Master’s in Child Protection and Master’s in Global Development Theory and Practice. The latter programme is in English and offers specialisations in Health Promotion and Gender in Global Development. The successful candidate will primarily be connected to the Global Development Theory and Practice programme, but they may also need to teach in the other master’s programmes at the Department of Health Promotion and Development,.  Please refer to the general regulations at the University, which stipulate that, as part of the normal duties of the position and within their academic field, the successful applicant may also be required to teach, supervise and carry out examination-related tasks outside the organisational unit to which the position belongs.

The University Board stresses that teaching qualifications must be afforded genuine weight when recruiting for middle and senior academic posts. Applicants must document their teaching qualifications. This can be done by submitting:

  • proof of completed teaching training
  • evaluation reports from the applicant’s teaching
  • overview of the scope and level of teaching
  • overview of post-graduate and doctoral candidate supervision and results
  • student awards received
  • own teaching publications
  • own teaching compendiums and teaching materials
  • reports showing participation in projects related to the development of teaching, such as alternative teaching methods, supervision or learning environments

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