Vacant Position: Associate Professor of Religion in Modern China

Deadline: 11th Apr 2012

The University of Oslo invites applications for a position as Associate Professor of Religion in Modern China, with application deadline 11 April, 2012. Salary level NOK 455,900 – 509,100 per year.

For further information, please contact:
Head of Administration Ragnhild Rebne, telephone: +47 22 85 59 26
Head of Department/Professor Arne Bugge Amundsen, telephone: +47 22 85 76 29

Further Information

University of Oslo, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages
Associate Professor in Religion in Modern China
A position of Associate Professor in Religion in Modern China is available at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages from 1 January 2013.
The holder of this position will teach courses relevant to the study of religion in Modern China at BA and MA levels. The holder of this position will participate in exams at all levels, and supervise research students.
The holder of the position is expected to initiate and lead research and carry out administrative duties in accordance with the needs of the Department.  
The successful candidate will play a central role in further development of high-quality research and teaching in religion in Modern China at the Department in collaboration with colleagues.


The minimum requirement for the position of Associate Professor is a PhD degree, other corresponding doctoral degree or equivalent academic qualifications documented by academic production.
Pedagogical skills and qualification in leadership and administration
Personal suitability and motivation for the post
Documented international peer-reviewed publications
Sufficient knowledge of spoken and written Chinese language to be able to use it in research.
 The assessment of the applicants will focus on:
Academic competence and academic works in disciplines that employ historical and/or synchronic perspectives on the study of religion in Modern China, with emphasis on works published within the last 5 years. Originality and innovative thinking are preferred to quantity.  
Potential to contribute to a long term development of the academic and research environment at the department
Pedagogic qualifications and disposition to inspire students
Interest, ability and experience in management and administration
Collaborative skills and willingness to initiate joint projects
Experience with collaboration across established academic environments and ability to build international networks
Communication and public outreach skills
Familiarity with theoretical approaches to the study of religion and ability to teach courses at the relevant study programs at the Department.
Positive results in external fund raising
Documented international peer-reviewed publications
A selection committee will assess and explicitly consider the applicant?s whole range of qualifications. They will be assesed and prioritized in the following order: quality, development and scope
Applicants who at the time of appointment can not document basic pedagogical skills will be required to obtain such skills within a two year period.
The teaching language is Norwegian. On the appointment of a candidate who is not fluent in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, the appointee will be expected within reasonable time to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

We offer

Salary level 57-63 (455 900- 509 100 NOK per year, depending on level of expertise)
A professionally stimulating working environment
Pension agreement with Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
Attractive welfare benefits


Applicants must submit the following attachments to the electronic application, preferably in pdf format:

  • Application letter specifying qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of published and unpublished works
  • An outline of one or more relevant research projects:  

The Department aims to strengthen its research profile in area studies through the study of religion, culture, language and history. Applicants are required to outline one or several research projects and show how these tie on to existing research and scholarly interests at the Department. The outline should also include themes for possible MA and PhD theses and for study courses that reflect the research interests of applicants. please visit our homepage: http// for information about research and teaching at the Department.

As a general rule an interview and a trial lecture will be part of the assessment process.

An application committee will invite a limited set of candidates to submit a portfolio of educational certificates and academic works (up to 10 publications, which should not exceed 500 pages in total) for further assessment. Applicants who are invited to submit academic works are asked to select three works, published within the last five years, to be concidered as more relevant for the position. The Selection Board will focus on these selected works. In larger volumes (monographs), the applicant may specify the relevant pages. The applicant is also asked to submit a portfolio documenting the applicant?s other qualifications (public outreach, teaching and supervision, leadership and administration).

Within his/her normal duties, and in accordance with his/her academic competence, the person appointed may also be directed to work outside his/her department. The appointment is made with the reservation of changes to the subject area and tasks that may be determined by the employer.
See also Rules for appointments to Associate Professorships.
The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.
The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.
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Head of Administration Ragnhild Rebne
Telephone: +47 22 85 59 26
Head of Department/Professor Arne Bugge Amundsen
Telephone: +47 22 85 76 29

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