Associate Professor in the History of the Middle East and Muslim Africa

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Associate professor
The Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion at the University of Bergen invites applications for a permanent position as associate professor in the history of the Middle East and Muslim Africa.

The discipline of History deals with human society through the ages. The historians at the department carry out research and teaching at all levels, from undergraduate to graduate and post-graduate, including history didactics for students in the teacher education program. The department covers a wide range of fields in both research and teaching, and offers courses on all historical periods, from antiquity until the present, from the local to the global, and in a variety of areas, such as economic, social, cultural, and political history. There are currently 23 permanent academic positions in History in the department.

Many disciplines at the University of Bergen make significant contributions to Middle Eastern studies. The history of the Middle East and Islam in general, and Muslim Africa in particular, play important roles in the department, both in research and teaching. In recent years, Islamic organization and Islamic law, textual traditions and ritual practice have been important topics of study. The historians in the department wish to ensure that both modern and pre-modern history will be covered in research and teaching. Teaching at the undergraduate level consists of survey and specialized courses and advising on bachelors’ theses. The master’s program consists mainly of seminars.

Qualification requirements and work tasks
The successful applicant must have research competence in history on the level of a Norwegian PhD. The research expertise of the applicant may lie within all or parts of the specified geographical area. In assessing applications, publications within the last five years will carry the most weight. Experience in attracting external funding will also be given emphasis. Applicants who can document competence in Arabic or another of the region’s languages will have an advantage.

The position has teaching, research, outreach, and administrative components. The applicant must be able to teach and supervise students at all levels in the history of the Middle East, from the rise of Islam to the present day.

The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to UiB’s teacher training program, including supervision of practice.

The successful applicant will have the right and the duty to conduct research within their specialty and will be assigned some academic administrative work.

Basic teaching training and experience in the supervision of students at university level is a requirement for the position as associate professor. This implies completed formal pedagogical training, as well as basic skills in planning, implementation, evaluation and development of teaching and supervision. Relevant courses in combination with actual teaching experience could replace a university pedagogy program. Should the successful applicant not have such competence at the time of appointment, they will be required to document such training within two years of the date of appointment.

Pedagogical training must be documented in a pedagogical portfolio which should include a documented overview of practical experience and competence, as well as a brief reflection statement. The statement should primarily describe the applicant’s teaching philosophy and an evaluation of their own teaching in relation to their knowledge of students’ learning at a higher education level. For further information on how to document pedagogical training, please click here.

Personal aptitude will be of great importance. Emphasis will be placed on the ability to work collaboratively, on the applicant’s research in progress, as well as on the potential to strengthen the department’s academic profile over the coming years.

Norwegian will normally be the language of administration and teaching. The successful applicant will be required to teach in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within three years of being appointed. The university provides suitable courses for learning Norwegian.

The successful candidate will be expected to relocate to Bergen, to work and participate in the day-to-day operations of the department and to conform to the regulations that apply to the position.

We can offer:
Salary in accordance with pay grade 68 (code 1011/frame 24) on the State Salary Scale (currently NOK 625.700 gross p.a.). Further increase in salary will depend on seniority. Higher initial placement may be considered for a particularly well-qualified applicant.
A good and professionally stimulating working environment
Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)
Good welfare benefits
How to apply for the job:
Applications should be sent electronically via “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”/”SØK STILLINGEN”.

The application must include:

1. Cover letter
2. CV
3. Scanned versions of original or certified copies of all academic diplomas and transcripts
4. Pedagogical portfolio and reflection statement (more information here)
5. Information about and documentation of administrative experience and earlier work
6. A complete list of publications (may be attached)
7. Up to five publications (which may include dissertations, other monographs or articles) to be included in the assessment.
8. Name and contact information of three reference persons. One of these should preferably be the applicant’s current or previous superior.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. The documents may be in Word or pdf-format.

The expert committee can in special cases ask for additional documentation.

Publications that are not available electronically may be submitted in three – 3 – copies by mail to the Department at this address:

University of Bergen, AHKR, PO Box 7805, N-5020 Bergen, Norway.

Nominated candidates will be invited to an interview and asked to give a lecture.

General information:
Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Department, Professor Teemu Ryymin, by e-mail [email protected] or tel. +47 55 58 38 79, or the coordinator of the History Program, Professor Yngve Flo, by e-mail [email protected] or tel. +47 55 58 38 95.

The state workforce shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Candidates with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Questions about the online application procedure may be sent by email to the Faculty of Humanities: [email protected]

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. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

Guide for application, click here
UiB-ID: 2022/5753

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12th June 2022
Employer: University of Bergen
Municipality: Bergen
Scope: Fulltime
Duration: Permanent

Place of service: Bergen, Norway