Applying for a Job at OsloMet

Job openings at OsloMet are announced on our Job openings web page. You will also find OsloMet job openings at EURAXESS, LinkedIn, Facebook and Academic Positions. 

You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your application. If selected, you will be contacted by phone or e-mail for an interview.

The Recruitment Process

  • 1. What a Job Application Should Include

    The job announcements have a set of requirements on how to apply. Please follow these instructions carefully. Incomplete applications will not be processed. 

    In general, job applications should include:

    • an application letter that explains why you are interested in the job and why you want to work at OsloMet
    • your main qualifications and how these are relevant to the position you are applying for

    An updated CV listing your experiences in chronological order starting with the most recent workplace or education. Make sure to include your 

    • contact information
    • certificates
    • languages
    • IT skills

    In Norway, in contrast to many other countries, it is also common to state your age, your marital status and whether you have children. Employment laws provide protection from discrimination on these grounds and employers consider it useful information.

    References

    References are an important checkpoint in the recruitment process. You should expect to provide contact information for your references shortly after an interview. You should include a minimum of two to three references, preferably current or former managers or close colleagues. Make sure to notify your references that you are applying for a new job and that they can expect a phone call. 

    Uploaded documents and publications

    Include all documentation of your degrees, any certificates or licenses of significance for the job, reference letters and publications with document attachments or links. In Norway, contrary to many countries, it is common to have a letter of recommendation from all your major employers. This can be in the form of a regular letter or as a recommendation on LinkedIn.

    Please note that you may be asked to present these documents in their original form if you should be chosen for an interview. These documents will be controlled in order to ensure fair and equal competition. 

  • 2. Recognition of Foreign Education

    NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) is the government agency for verification of foreign education in Norway. Your education will be evaluated against the Norwegian degree structure, i.e. whether it corresponds to a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD. 

    Read about how to obtain recognition of foreign higher education from NOKUT (nokut.no).

    Some professions are regulated by law, which means that the authorities have set down specific, legal requirements concerning the minimum qualifications necessary to practise the profession or use certain professional titles. If you wish to work in one of these professions, you must obtain recognition/authorisation of your professional qualifications. Check if your profession is regulated on NOKUT’s list of regulated professions (nokut.no).

  • 3. Applying for an Academic Position

    Language skills

    English skills

    Proficiency in oral and written English is required. 

    Non-Scandinavian candidates must document their English skills. The following tests can be used as documentation:

    • TOEFL
      • Minimum score: 600 (paper-based test) 92 (Internet-based test) 
    • IELTS
      • Minimum score: 6,5 with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
    • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
      • Minimum score: Grade B or A

    Norwegian/Scandinavian language

    If the position requires you to teach in Norwegian, you are expected to acquire a working command of Norwegian corresponding to at least level B2 within three years of appointment.

    Educational theory and practice for higher education

    Applicants must document relevant educational theory and practice for higher education.

    Applicants who have no relevant qualifications in pedagogy at the time of appointment must commit themselves to complete OsloMet’s programme for basic pedagogical competence (15 ECTS credits) within two years.

    Expert Committee for positions involving research and teaching

    Please note that if you are applying for a job that involves research and teaching, an Expert Committee is involved in evaluating your application and documentation.

    The process takes a minimum of three months. You will be expected to give a presentation or hold a trial lecture. Candidates selected for an interview will be notified shortly after the Expert Committee’s review is completed. 

  • 4. The Interview

    Face-to-face interviews are the most commonly used form of interview. However, Skype interviews are also quite common. In addition to academic qualification, personal qualifications will be taken into consideration.

    Depending on the level of the position, the interview process usually includes a first and a second interview. The interviews include personality and ability testing, cases, presentations and holding trial lectures.

    In addition to the manager, a member of the academic staff, a representative from the Human Resources department and sometimes the person you will be replacing may take part in the interview. A union representative might also be present to make sure that the recruitment process follows the correct procedures.

    For further tips and advice for job seekers, visit NAV – The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (nav.no).