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Associate Professor in Design of Information Systems Permanent Job

1 month ago Computer sciences Oslo   15 views
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The profile of the Design group is interdisciplinary research on participatory design and the interaction between people and various digital technologies.

Knowledge about the effects of digital technologies on individual users and society constitutes the basis for developing alternative designs. The research includes empirical studies of use and design practices as well as experimenting with various technologies exploring new interaction mechanisms, forms and functions of digital artefacts and systems. The research in the group includes theoretical, methodological and practical contributions.

A major research area for the Design group is how digitalization affects public services (e.g., health care, social security). The research includes empirical studies of use practices as well as analyses of technical aspects of automated services, hence we are looking for a researcher with fieldwork experience combined with technical competence. The candidate is expected to participate in the ongoing research in the Design group as well as initiate and lead new research in this area. We are looking for a researcher who can contribute to a continuation as well as a renewal of the Design group’s research program.


The Design group is recognized for good and effective teaching, and we therefore emphasize the applicants’ teaching experience and competence for this position. Our teaching is research-based, and we involve students in our research projects. Most of the teaching is project-based, involving supervision of student projects and Master theses until completion. The Design group teaches a large part of the study program “Design, Use, Interaction” (courses at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level) and supervises a large number of Master students. The group wants to strengthen the teaching capacity for the broad basic courses in the Master's programme that build on both technical and social science competence (e.g., qualitative research methods, participatory design).

The candidate is expected to contribute to the Design group’s teaching responsibilities and our continuous work of improving and renewing the curriculum. We are therefore looking for a new colleague who likes to teach and who has experience from university teaching in such broad topics.
Additional competencies that would be appreciated are experience from supervising PhD candidates, writing funding proposals, and research collaboration with external user organizations, such as industry or the public sector.

We offer

  • salary NOK 631 700 – 731 600 per year 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
  • the opportunity to apply for promotion to full professorship at a later stage only pertains to employment as Associate Professor
  • Requirements and Qualifications

The Associate Professor position consists of 50% research and 50% teaching, including a small administrative component. Candidates with relevant experience from both research and teaching will be prioritized.
The successful applicant needs to have the following qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree within Human Computer Interaction, Participatory Design or related interdisciplinary research areas.
  • A technical informatics background
  • Expertise in qualitative research methods
  • A theoretical interest that is compatible with the Design group’s emphasis on critical thinking and participatory design.
  • Practical competence in research and teaching is required. Technical competence for analysis and design of new interaction mechanisms is preferable.
  • Teaching experience from project-based courses and supervising student projects in courses and Masters theses is required. Responsibility for planning and doing the teaching is strongly preferred.
  • Non-Norwegian-speaking applicants have to commit to learning Norwegian within two years of their appointment to the position. The University of Oslo offers free language classes for faculty. Fluency in both written and spoken English is a prerequisite.

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • Detailed CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications). The applicant’s competence profile should be stated clearly and must be documented.
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A list of all scientific production with bibliographic references
  • Up to 10 selected scientific publications the applicant wishes to include in the evaluation
  • Documentation, in the form of a teaching portfolio, of teaching experience and teaching education.

If relevant: Documentation, in the form of a project or design portfolio, of design and development activities.

  • Documentation of other competences of relevance for the position, such as popular talks, publications in the popular press, fund raising, etc.
  • A research position paper (1-4 pages) describing the applicant’s vision and ambitions for the nearest future
  • Documentation of teaching and supervising Master and PhD students
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to applicant, e-mail and telephone 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).

As a part of the employment process, the department can invite short-listed candidates for an interview and/or a trial lecture on a topic related to the Design of Information Systems.
Applicants will be evaluated by an international committee and rated according to qualifications.

Contact information

Questions regarding this announcement should be directed to professor Tone Bratteteig [email protected]
+47 2285 2427 / 91713867

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Officer Helene Jansen, [email protected], +47 22857196

Organization Description
The University of Oslo is a leading European university and Norway's largest. UiO is home to outstanding research and offers a great variety in study options.