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Melina Duarte

If you get motivated to become a philosopher in Norway, here is a couple of vacant positions at the Department of Philosophy in Tromsø:

Postdoc: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/204763/postdoctoral-research-fellow-in-philosophy?fbclid=IwAR3Bup6DZDB1Cdx6DQr2wQTrP1sgkycrWz_OUO7yIEEoLthJeQGH-MRmlis

PhDs: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/206159/phd-fellow-in-philosophy


Thanks so much Melina for this insightful write-up. One thing I have always wondered about is the meaning of 'associate professor' and 'senior lecturer' for Scandinavian jobs. These sometimes seem like they are entry-level permanent positions that could be taken by e.g. postdocs. But in the Anglophone world my experience is that titles like these would typically not be available to those who don't already have a tenure-track-style job, and would usually follow by promotion from something like 'assistant professor' or 'lecturer'. Any chance you'd shed some light on this? Thanks yet again for all the information here.

Melina Duarte

Hi Anna, thanks for your comment! This is indeed very confusing. I will try to unpack it here to the best of my abilities. First, there is no tenure-track positions in Norwegian academia, i.e. academics are not hired temporarily with the planned possibility of getting a permanent job. This, however, happens sometimes because labor laws are strong in Norway. Temporary employees working for more than three years in the same position acquire the right to remain in that position, but universities are well trained to avoid this kind of hiring. Thus, there is only temporary and permanent positions in Norway. For moving from a temporary to a permanent position, one has then to apply for a new job. Second, the only formal requirement for an associate professorship is a PhD degree. In the past, PhD degree was not required for a senior lecturer (experience and publications would count as equivalent to a PhD degree), but this is no longer the case. Both associate professor and senior lecturer can be employed either temporarily or permanently--all depends on the work contract which is tied to the job announcement. Senior lecturer positions have a higher percentage of teaching (70% teaching, 30% research and teaching development) and associate professor, a higher percentage of research (50% teaching, 50% research).
Hope it helps! Let me know if you have more questions! Best, Melina

Melina Duarte

Hi Anna, I came back to finalize the answer to your question. Normally, you won’t find job advertisements for temporary associate professor or for a senior lecturer positions, but temporarily employed lecturers can get a promotion and obtain these titles while still remaining a temporary employee.

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