Vacancy: Professor in sport physiology to Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (apply before Sept. 10 2013)


The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS) is a specialized university with a national responsibility to provide higher education, scientific research and dissemination of knowledge in specialist areas of Sport Sciences and Physical Education. NSSS was established in 1968 and has today approximately 220 staff members and 1.500 students. A wide range of national and international R&D activities are currently in progress in a number of sports and human movement fields. For more information on NSSS, visit

fysiologiforskningProfessor in sport physiology

There is a vacant position as professor in sport physiology at the Department of Physical Performance, The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.

The discipline

The department’s core focus in both education and research is “Physical performance, determining factors and effect of physical training”. Physical performance refers to the individual’s physical ability to perform in sports as well as in everyday life. The focus of our research is various societal groups, from professional athletes to patients with clearly reduced performance levels. The research will help the understanding of the basis for the performance, and the effect of physical training on technique, mobility, endurance, speed and muscular strength. The department’s principal sports are skiing, swimming, orienteering, and track and field.

Specialist tasks and areas of responsibility

The professorship includes responsibility for strengthening the research in our specialist fields. The applicant is therefore required to have fundamental and extensive knowledge and experience from their own research, in one or more of these areas. The successful applicant will also be required to prepare a teaching program in their specialist area for the bachelor’s and master’s programs in sport biology, as well as supervise students at bachelor’s master’s and PhD level.

Competence requirement

PhD level qualification and extensive research experience at a high international level in sport physiology is required. Research and teaching experience in sport-related training science, biomechanics and biochemistry will be acknowledged. Applicants must be able to document teaching and supervisory experience at a higher education level.

Selection criteria

In rating competent applicants, the following will be emphasized:

  • Quality, relevance and scope of scientific work
  • Documented knowledge of research methods in sport physiology, biomechanics and/or biochemistry
  • Relevance and scope of teaching and supervisory experience
  • Other documented qualifications relevant to the position, for example, public communication skills and the ability to communicate popular science
  • Documented specialist involvement in research into physical performance and effects of physical training
  • Experience from international collaborative projects
  • Management experience
  • Personal suitability

Working conditions

Salary and other terms of employment are offered according to the Norwegian State pay salary, employment code 1013 professor. The appointment will be made according to the terms that apply to civil servants. We have an obligatory membership of the State Pension Fund.

The workplace will be the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.

If the applicant is not native Norwegian speaking, it is required within two years to demonstrate Norwegian language skills to the same standard as the level 3 Course, Norwegian as a second language, at the University of Oslo.

Other information

Applicants should expect to be invited for an interview and trial lecture.

The state workforce should as closely as possible reflect the diversity of the population. The aim is therefore to achieve a balance in age and gender and to recruit persons from ethnic minority groups. Women and individuals from ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply. If two applicants appear to be equally well qualified, the sex that is clearly under-represented will be favored.

Applications will be handled according to the relevant regulations as defined in the Norwegian Open Files Act.


For questions or further information regarding the position contact:

  • Head of Department,  Professor Jostein Hallén, Department of Physical Performance, e-mail:, tel. +47 23 26 23 14. mobil +47 97 03 94 33

The application

You may apply for the position on our website at the latest 10 September 2013.

In addition to the electronic registered through our website, the applicant must submit within the time limit four copies of:

  • Motivation letter of the candidate
  • Complete Curriculum Vitae (including career description, research projects and grantmanship, copies of diplomas, certificates and other attachments that are relevant to the position)
  • Contacts of at least 3 reference persons (may be contacted during the selection process)
  • List of published work (with indication of impact factor and/or citation index, where possible)
  • Copies of recent publications (not more than 15)

This should be numbered and sorted into four piles.

Application with attachments sent to the following address: Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, HR and Finance Department, PO Box 4014 Ullevål Stadion, 0806 Oslo, Norway.

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