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Professor/Associate Professor of Russian literature/culture

University of Troms - Troms, Norway

Professor/Førsteamanuensis (Associate Professor) of Russian literature/culture at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, Department of Culture and Literature

Application deadline: 26.6.2012
The following reference number must be quoted in your application: 2010/3737

The University of Troms, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, has a position vacant as Professor/Associate Professor of Russian literature/culture. The position is attached to the Department of Culture and Literature.

Please see official announcement and application information at this website: http://www.jobbnorge.no/job.aspx?jobid=83318

Further information about the position is available by contacting AssociateProfessor Yngvar Steinholt, e-mail: yngvar.steinholt@uit.no, or Head of Department Cathrine Theodorsen, tel. +47 77 64 55 89, e-mail: cathrine.theodorsen@uit.no

Application documents (see below) shall be sent to:

The University of Troms
Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education
N-9037 Troms

In addition, the application must be submitted electronically via the application form available at this page.

The position is attached to the Department of Culture and Literature. The department comprises a total of about 40 positions. The department conducts research, teaching and outreach activities in the subjects of General Literature, Ancient Language and Culture, English, Finnish, French, Nordic, Russian, Saami, German, Art History and Documentation Science with library studies.

Russian literature plays a fundamental role for the understanding of Russian culture, language, history and society. The academic staff in Russian literature/culture at UiT wish to uphold a complete study in Russian literature through a close cooperation with studies in language and political science.Courses in literature are supposed to serve as a satisfactory foundation for specializing within Russian literature and at the same time support language-studies as well as the understanding of Russian culture and society, history and the present, in a broader perspective.

The academic staff in Russian literature/culture have responsibility for teaching Russian literature/culture within the Bachelor program in Language and Literature, the Master program in Russian Literature, the Bachelor program in Language and Economics and also within the multidisciplinary Bachelor- and Master program in Russian Studies.

The person appointed to the position must take part in the compulsory teaching of Russian literature/culture at all levels (bachelor, master and PhD), andapplicants should document broad scientific qualifications within these fields.

Qualification requirements:

The general requirement for appointment as a professor is an academic levelconforming to established international or national standards within Russian literature/culture. In order to be awarded a professorship, applicants shall be able to document substantially more extensive research of high quality thanthat required to attain a doctorate degree.

For appointment as førsteamanuesis (Associate Professor), the applicant requires:

• Norwegian doctoral degree in the subject area concerned or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognised as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree
• competence at a corresponding level documented by academic work of the same scope and quality

Further, applicants must be able to document teaching qualifications in theform of university-level teaching seminars, other teaching education or through having developed a teaching portfolio. Alternatively, after carrying out anassessment of the applicant’s practical teaching skills, the committee may determine that this may be regarded as of equal value to formal teaching qualifications. For further information about requirements for teaching qualifications, refer to the website about teacher training courses.

Emphasis shall be attached to personal suitability.

Applicants who do not speak Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, must be willing to learn Norwegian within a period of approximately three years from the date of commencement.

Working conditions:

At the University of Troms the allocation of working hours shall be flexible and allocated on a case by case basis.

As a general principle, a Professor/førsteamanuesis (Associate Professor) shall spend an equal amount of time on teaching and research and development work, after time spent on other duties has been deducted. As a norm the time resources spent on administrative duties constitutes 5 % for academic staff in this category of position.

Moreover, applicants shall refer to the Retningslinjer for fordeling av arbeidstid for ansatte i undervisnings- og forskerstillinger (Guidelines for allocation of working hours in teaching and research positions).

Employees in permanent positions as Professor and førsteamanuensis (Associate Professor) have the right to apply for a paid sabbatical (research and development), cf. Retningslinjene for fordeling av FoU-termin (Guidelines for the allocation of R&D sabbatical).

The successful applicant must be willing to engage himself/herself in the ongoing development of his/her discipline and the university as a whole.

The remuneration for Professors is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1013.The remuneration for a førsteamanuensis (Associate Professor) is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1011. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee’s mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants’ qualifications based on the written material presented by the applicants, and the detailed description drawn up for the position.

The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position. A trial lecture may also be held.

In the event that there are no suitably qualified applicants for the position, an interim appointment for a period of no more than three years may be made, cf. Section 5 no. 1 of the regulations appurtenant to the Civil Service Act and Section 6-5; subsection 1 of the Act relating to universities and university colleges. A permanent appointment shall be made upon application before thethree-year period elapses based on a new assessment. The appointment will become permanent in the event that the applicant is found to be suitably qualified.

In the event of an interim appointment on the basis of lacking teaching qualifications, the applicant must document teaching qualifications throughdeveloping a teaching portfolio before the three-year period elapses. The appointment will become permanent in the event that the applicant is found to be suitably qualified.

The University of Troms wishes to increase the proportion of females in senior research positions. In the event that two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.


The application must be submitted electronically via the application form available at this page.

In addition, by the application deadline, four (4) copies of the following shall be sent directly to:

The University of Troms
Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education
N-9037 Troms

Letter of application
• CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
• Certified copies of diplomas and references
• form for documentation of teaching qualifications
• list of works and description of these (see below)

The list of works shall contain the following information:

• author(s), the work’s title
• for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
• for publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages

The applicant may submit up to 10 works that are central to his/her production. The applicant’s doctoral thesis is regarded in this context as one work. The works must be submitted in three (3) copies arranged as three (3) complete sets. In addition, applicants may submit one copy of his/her additional listed works.

In addition, the applicant shall provide a description of his/her scientific production stating which works he/she considers the most important and shall therefore be the main emphasis of the assessment. A brief description of the other listed works shall also be included to demonstrate depth of production. These descriptions shall be an attachment to the application.

The works are to be sent, by the closing date for applications, directly to:

The University of Troms
Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education
N-9037 Troms

Applicants shall also refer to “Supplementary regulations for appointment and promotion to teaching and research positions at the University of Troms and “Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts”.

Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.

The University of Troms has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and therefore encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age,gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.

The University of Troms is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will therefore emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal DataAct). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.

Posted on May 15, 2012.