Associate Professor in Information Systems University of Agder, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Information Systems Norway

The University of Agder has more than 1200 employees and 12000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.


We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.


Associate Professor in Information Systems


The University of Agder invites applications for up to 3 full-time, permanent positions as Associate Professor in Information Systems at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Information Systems, located in Kristiansand, Norway. The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.


The Department of information systems at UiA is one of Norway´s largest academic information systems groups. We offer a bachelor’s programme, a master’s programme and a PhD specialization in Information Systems. In addition, the department is co-responsible for an executive master in management, an executive master in health informatics and is currently developing an MBA specialization in digitalization.


The main research areas in the department are digitalization, e-health and crisis informatics. More information on the focus of our Centre for eHealth can be found here: Information about our Centre for integrated emergency management can be found here: initiative on digitalization is currently being developed. More information on this initiative will be given upon request.


The department values are openness, collaboration and quality. New colleagues are expected to contribute to maintaining and developing a collegial and collaborative environment where the success of the individual benefits the department – and vice versa.


Description of the position


We seek productive researchers that can contribute to the department´s ambition of being among the top international research milieus in our priority areas. Candidates are expected to contribute with research on our prioritized areas - including developing grant proposals and attracting externally funded projects. Candidates are also expected to contribute to the department´s existing teaching portfolio as well as taking part in developing this further. The department has extensive collaboration with practice and new candidates are expected to take part in such collaboration.


In addition to teaching- and scientific qualifications, emphasis will be given to the applicants’ teamwork skills and personal suitability for the position. Applicants who lack formal teacher training qualifications or extensive teaching experience will be required to obtain such qualifications, and should complete UiA’s Foundation Course in Education for University Lecturers within a period of two years.


The candidate is expected to contribute to further development of the teaching methods in the department.


Qualifications and terms


In order to qualify for this position, the candidate must hold a PhD in Information Systems, Computer Science or other relevant fields. Strong emphasis will be put on teaching capabilities and candidates need to document competence and experience in relevant areas. We are specifically looking for candidates who can contribute to develop executive courses and programmes in our priority areas digitalization, health informatics and integrated emergency management.


Information about the appointment criteria for a position as Associate Professor can be found in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts.


Personal suitability will be emphasized. In the ranking of eligible applicants, emphasis will be given to the suitability of each applicant’s field of specialization in relation to meeting the needs of the Department and complementing the academic staff. In the interest of gender balance, women will be preferred when qualifications are equal. Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews and for a demonstration of their teaching competence, usually in the form of a trial lecture. With the applicant’s permission, UIA will also conduct a reference check before appointment.


Language is particularly important when teaching executive courses and we are looking for 1-2 candidates who are fluent in a Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Swedish or Danish). Applicants who do not speak Norwegian or another Scandinavian language are expected to acquire the necessary proficiency to lecture in Norwegian. The University of Agder offers Norwegian language courses to international employees with little or no knowledge of Norwegian and facilitates participation in such courses. Permanently employed staff are expected to acquire good command of oral and written Norwegian within a period of two years. This is to be documented by passing the Bergen test with a minimum score of 450 points.


We offer:

  • A variety of responsibilities in a large, exciting and influential organization
  • A position with opportunities for personal development in a diverse environment
  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • Flexible working hours enabling sound work-life balance


The position is remunerated according to the State salary scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1011 Associate Professor NOK 537.300 – 673.400 gross per year. In case of particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.


The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position(s), irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.


Women are strongly encouraged to apply for the position.


The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the public service. Organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.




Applicants must submit their application form and CV online. Please click on the link “Apply for this job”


The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment with the online application:

  • CV
  • Diplomas and references
  • List of publications
  • Scientific works (no more than 10 – 15)
  • Possible other attachments


The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. Without complete documentation we cannot, unfortunately, include you in the assessment process.


Closing date: 15 August 2017.


For further information please contact Head of Department, Professor Leif Skiftenes Flak, phone (+47) 38 14 16 14, e-mail or Professor Bjørn Erik Munkvold, phone (+47) 38 14 17 72, e-mail Professor Flak will attend The European Conference of Information Systems 2017 in Guimarães, Portugal. Interested candidates are encouraged to schedule an informal meeting during the conference.


In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act §25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.


In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.

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