The Department of Comparative Politics is a research-intensive department offering an exciting place for research and education on political institutions, organizations, processes, and behavior at local, national, and international levels. The Department offers bachelor's and master’s programmes in comparative politics, as well as a bachelor's programme in European studies. Research at the department is organized in research groups, and around research projects.

Work tasks/research field:

Associate professors divide their time equally between research and teaching. University of Bergen seeks a candidate who will strengthen and expand the current research and teaching portfolio at the department, as well as conduct administrative tasks and taking part in committee work. The candidate should have an excellent record of research and collaboration and be committed to teaching and supervision at all levels in the Department's study programmes.

University of Bergen invites candidates from a range of disciplines related to Arctic politics broadly understood, including comparative politics, international relations, political theory, Nordic polar policy, and indigenous governance. With this position, the department seeks to strengthen its already strong research and teaching activities on the Arctic/high north. The University of Bergen is among the world’s top-cited universities in the study of the Arctic. The department is home to the research group Indigenous Peoples and Governance in the Arctic, and offers several Arctic-themed B.A.-level courses and M.A.-level seminars. The department is also the site of the new Arctic-related European Research Council project “Contested frontiers of settler states.”

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a PhD in comparative politics, political science, political theory, international relations, or a related discipline.
  • The assessment and ranking will take into account the time span over which the results have been achieved and place most emphasis on recently achieved results. The committee will take any parental leaves into account. The applicant’s plan for future research projects will also be emphasized.
  • Further emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s teaching portfolio. The successful applicant must be willing and able to teach compulsory courses at both graduate and undergraduate level at the department.
  • Experience in initiating, managing, and operating externally funded research projects is desirable.
  • Personal aptitude and cooperative skills will be of great importance.

Applicants are advised to familiarize themselves with the teaching and research profile at the department.

The successful candidate is expected to live and work in Bergen and participate in common activities at the department. Any successful applicant must be able to teach in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within three years. The University of Bergen offers Norwegian language courses.

For more information and to apply, go to: Associate Professor with Arctic focus, Department of Comparative Politics (256657) | University of Bergen (

For questions:

Head of Department

Leiv Marsteintredet


Practical questions about the application process should be directed to:

HR advisor,

Gudrun Horvei