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Apply by: 2021-07-31

Associate Professor in International Relations

Published 2021-05-17

About the position
The Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Faculty of Landscape and Society, has a vacancy for an Associate Professorship in International Relations.

We are seeking an International Relations scholar with a demonstrated capacity for theoretically advanced and empirically grounded research together with exemplary teaching skills to join us at Noragric. The position will strengthen Noragric’s research and education in International Relations and contribute to academic development at the intersection of International Relations with the fields of Environment and Development Studies. The successful candidate is required to teach in International Relations at the Bachelors and Masters level, support the administration of educational programs, and to supervise students across Noragric’s study programmes.

In addition, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing new research projects and securing external funding.

The successful candidate is expected to be regularly present at the Department.

The Department’s Master of Science programme in International Relations is the only one in Norway. It is complemented at Noragric by four other degree programmes: a Bachelor of Science in International Environment and Development Studies, a Master of Science in International Environment Studies, a Master of Science in Global Development Studies, and a Doctor of Philosophy programme in International Environment and Development Studies.

Main tasks
  • Initiate and perform high quality education and research
  • Develop, teach, and administer courses in International Relations (including core courses on IR theory) at the interface with Environment and Development Studies
  • Supervise Bachelors, Masters, and PhD theses
  • Initiate, acquire and conduct research projects with external funding (for example from the Norwegian Research Council, and/or European Research Council)
  • Publish research and participate in academic conferences
  • Contribute to administrative duties at the department and faculty
  • Collaborate with others within the department, faculty and university
  • Develop or participate in national and international networks
Required qualifications:
  • Doctoral degree in International Relations, Political Science, Development Studies, or other disciplines related to International Relations
  • Demonstrated ability to teach, supervise and conduct research in International Relations from a critical perspective
  • Demonstrated ability to work across disciplines, and specifically to engage perspectives, themes and topics from Development and Environment Studies
  • Experience in securing and/or working as part of externally funded research projects, eg funded from EU and the Norwegian Research Council
  • Demonstrated record of excellent academic publications
  • Connections to professional networks nationally and internationally
  • Excellence in written and spoken English
Desirable qualifications:
  • Competence in engagements with security and conflict/post-conflict scholarship
  • Motivation to work in interdisciplinary teams and on the themes of the Department’s research clusters
  • Good collaboration and communication skills
  • Research experience from the Global South
  • Ability to motivate and engage students and colleagues
  • Experience with popular research dissemination and communication
  • Willingness to lead and contribute to the Department’s academic programmes and to contribute to performing common tasks and duties
  • Willingness to contribute to fulfilling the Department’s and the Faculty’s strategic priorities
  • Excellence in written and spoken Norwegian
Personal suitability will be given weight.

The administrative language at universities in Norway is Norwegian. It is therefore an advantage to have good written and spoken knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. If a successful candidate is not fluent in a Scandinavian language at the time of the appointment, they will be expected to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve within three years of their appointment.

If the person appointed does not have formal competence in pedagogics, s/he is obliged to complete a course in university pedagogics within two years following the appointment.

Remuneration and further information
The position is placed in the government pay scale at code 1011, Associate Professor, wage framework 24, salary grade 65-77 (NOK 586 500 – 744 600, depending on qualifications

For further information, please contact Head of Department Lars Kåre Grimsby. E-mail: lars.grimsby@nmbu.no; phone +47 91358726

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you do not have an existing account) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 31.07.2021

Applicants must submit:
  • A cover letter summarizing their skills and qualifications and stating their motivation with regards to the position.
  • A complete CV.
  • A research and educational statement (max. 2 pages) summarizing past research and indicating plans for the next five years. The statement should include possible funding sources for the specified future research.
  • Copies of up to five publications selected by the applicant as most relevant to the position. For multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s role of the work is suggested.
  • A teaching portfolio, documenting their educational competence. Please see the specifications set out in NMBU's guide for applicants and members of the expert committee for documentation and assessment of educational competence for a position as associate professor.
  • Full names and contact information for three references.
Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

About the Faculty of Landscape and Society
The Faculty of Landscape and Society is home to some of Norway's foremost academic environments within international environment and development studies, public health science, landscape architecture, landscape engineering, urban and regional planning, property development and property law. The Faculty has 1300 students and 180 employees divided into five departments and a Faculty administration. It offers popular, forward-focused Bachelor, Master’s and PhD programmes. The Faculty is interdisciplinary and works with sustainable social development, both nationally and internationally.

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
NMBU has a particular responsibility for research and education that secures the basis for the life of future generations. Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we deliver knowledge for life. NMBU has 1,800 employees of which about 250 phd scholarships and 6,000 students. The university is divided into seven faculties.

NMBU believes that a good working environment is characterised by diversity.

We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, functional ability, cultural background or whether you have been outside the labour market for a period. If necessary, workplace adaptations will be made for persons with disabilities. More information about NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no.