Associate Professor-Department of Informatics.

Oslo, (NO)
Tuesday, 10 December 2019
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 31 December 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

A temporary position as associate professor is available at the Department of Informatics.  

Starting as soon as possible, and ending on 31 December 2021.

Description of the research group

The position will be affiliated with the research group for Analytical Solutions and Reasoning (ASR). The core research themes of ASR are applied logic, semantic technology, data integration, formal models and analysis, with applications within Big Data related to the oil and gas domain and the health domain. In accordance with this, the group’s course portfolio comprises courses within formal logic and logical methods, semantic technologies, and databases.

To strengthen the Data Science profile of the Department as well as of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, the group has cooperated with researchers at the Department of Mathematics on establishing a study programme in Data Science. ASR is a key participant in the Sirius Centre for Research-based Innovation on Scalable Data Access funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN), and also participates in a number of research projects funded by RCN, the European Commission, and others.

Description of the position

The successful applicant is expected to partake in and contribute to ASR’s research activities, with a particular focus on database theory and logic. The applicant is expected to strengthen the group's database teaching with a special responsibility for the course IN3020/IN4020 – Database Systems. 

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has the ambition to be a leading research faculty. The candidate will be selected in line with this ambition and is expected to have strong academic qualifications.

The applicant must hold a

  • doctorate degree within an area of expertise that is relevant to the position, and
  • must have achieved qualifications pertinent to the level of associate professor in informatics.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English   

Since the position is assigned obligations related to the database courses, it is required that the applicant can document knowledge within databases and database theory of an extent and profundity that justifies the applicant's abilities to contribute professionally to the teaching and development of the database and data science portfolio. Moreover, the Faculty has ambitions to provide teaching closely connected to research. Applicants are asked to document their experience and qualifications in teaching and education and the development of academic courses.

The applicant must be proficient in English.

The basis for assessment will be the scholarly production of the applicant, other qualifications, pedagogical or educational, the applicant’s qualifications within leadership and administration as well as the general personal suitability. In ranking the competent applicants, the full range of qualifications will be considered and explicitly assessed.

We offer salary NOK 640 200 – 741 300 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Associate professor (position code 1011)  a professionally stimulating working environment attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

Formal regulations

Please see the rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships and Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the appliant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure


The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

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

How to apply

The application must include:

  • An application letter describing how the applicant meets the requirements of the position
  • A research plan (2-4 pages) describing the applicant’s scientific ambitions for the near future, including plans for funding proposals
  • Detailed CV (including complete list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, project acquisition and coordination experience, funding and awards, and other qualifying activities)
  • Copies of educational certificates, PhD diploma, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of all scientific production with bibliographic references and academic merits and awards (if not included in the CV) Full text of up to 5 selected publications the applicant wishes to include in the evaluation
  • Documentation of teaching and supervising Master and PhD students
  • Documentation of other competence of relevance for the position such as teaching experience, publications in the popular press, capabilities of fund raising, etc.
  • List of 3 reference persons (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

In the evaluation of the qualified candidates the full range of these criteria will be explicitly addressed and assessed.Interviews will be part of the appointment process, eventuelt: along with a trial lecture.

Contact information Professor Martin Giese, email:, tel. +47 22852737

For technical questions about the recruitment system, HR Adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen, email:, tel. +47 22 85 42 72

About the University of Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society. 

The Department of Informatics (IFI) is one of nine departments belonging to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. IFI is Norway’s largest university department for general education and research in Computer Science and related topics.

The Department has more than 1600 students on bachelor level, 600 master students, and over 240 PhDs and postdocs. The overall staff of the Department is close to 370 employees, about 280 of these in full time positions. The full time tenured academic staff is 75, mostly Full/Associate Professors