Professor of Health Sciences

Oslo (NO)
16 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
15 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Professor of Health Sciences within ageing, health of the elderly, geriatric care and service development

The Faculty of Health Sciences in Oslo offers a 100 % position as Professor of Health Sciences within ageing, health of the elderly, geriatric care and service development from August 1 2017.

The professorship is affiliated with the Master’s Degree Programme «Health- and Social Care with the Elderly» at the Faculty of Health Sciences in Oslo. The Master’s Degree Programme is part of a larger academic environment and collaborates across faculties at VID Specialized University. The Faculty of Health Sciences in Oslo has 800 students. The faculty has campuses in Bergen and Sandnes and holds an impressive portfolio with a great potential for further development, coordination and collaboration.

The Faculty of Health Sciences in Oslo offers a full-time Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Nursing and four interdisciplinary specialization programmes within the disciplines of mental healthcare, addiction problems, psychosocial work with children and youth and vitality training.

The PhD Programme in Diakonia, Values and Professional Practice is located at the Diakonhjemmet Campus.

The position’s objective

The aim of the professorship is to enhance the academic environment and strengthen the collaboration between the various faculties of the Master’s Degree Programmes at the University. Another aim is to strengthen research and systematic knowledge development in collaboration with Diakonhjemmet Hospital, Health Services to the Elderly, the nursing home «Sagenehjemmet» and «Omsorg+» which is affiliated with «Diakonhjemmet Hage», and other national and international partners.

Responsibilities and duties are described in the detailed description of the position.

Requirements and skills profile

Applications are welcome from candidates with professorial competence, primarily within the health sciences. Special emphasis is placed on:

  • Expertise within the disciplines of ageing, health, geriatric care, service development together with collaborative inter-professional abilities. 
  • Research activities and publishing in the last 10 years
  • Experience with the initiation and management of research- and development projects
  • Experience from national and international research- and development projects

The University is looking for someone with academic and personal abilities to participate in the further development of ageing, health, geriatric care, service development and inter-professional collaboration as a discipline and field of research. Primarily, we are looking for someone with academic experience and pedagogical skills within the major parts of the discipline (active ageing, gerontology and geriatric care with specialization in service development and inter-professional collaboration) and who is motivated to further develop the Master’s Degree Programme and participate in teaching at all levels.

Please refer to the general criteria for professor appointments FOR 2006-02-09 nr.129 and FOR 2015-08-17 nr.963 Regulations for employment and promotion in teaching- and research positions.

The person appointed has rights and obligations in accordance with current provisions for academic positions and he/she must expect changes regarding organisation and duties.

We offer:

  • Opportunities of academic development with highly qualified and committed colleagues
  • An educational institution with high ambitions, based on Christian values
  • An IW-Registered University (Inclusive Workplace)
  • Membership in the State Pension Plan with beneficial loan- and pension terms
  • A salary determined in accordance with the main agreement between the Enterprise Federation of Norway (VIRKE) and the Employees Union, code 1017 Professor, according to seniority and qualifications

Diversity characterises a good working environment. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of gender, functional abilities and cultural background. The person appointed must be loyal to the   basic values of VID Specialized University.

Foreign applicants are asked to apply for NOKUT’s general recognition of higher education (
The position involves teaching at the faculty’s Bachelor’s- and Master’s Degree Programmes, and the applicant is strongly advised to have a good command of both spoken and written Norwegian or another Scandinavian language in addition to English. Fixed employment requires the mastering of Norwegian within two years, which must be documented by passing «The Bergen Test» with at least 450 points.
The applications will be assessed by an Expert Committee.

How to apply:

The University processes applications digitally. We kindly ask applicants to register their application and CV by clicking on the «Apply for the position»-link to the right. The following documents must be attached to the digital application:

  • Application
  • CV with a comprehensive outline of education, practice, all academic qualifications, pedagogical qualifications, science communication activities, management experience etc.
  • Certificates and referrals.
  • Academic publications (up to 15) that the applicant wishes to have taken into consideration.
  • Three references

Incomplete applications will normally not be processed.

Please note that all relevant documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language. In order for an application to be assessed, relevant attachments must be uploaded with the CV/application. Applications will be submitted to the Expert Committee. If you want to submit any books, please contact the HR-section, Att. Kristina Sætran, Tel.+4722451941 or

Applicants who are asked to attend an interview, must be able to present authorised copies of certificates and referrals.

Application deadline April 15 2017

For further information, please contact:

  • Vice Dean Liv Thorhild Undheim, tel +47 22451930 / 47022799, e-mail:
  • Director of studies Hege Bøen, tel +47 22963727, e-mail: