Applying for a position at USN?

Applying for a position

We have prepared some useful information about our recruitment process.


To apply for a position at USN, please use our electronic application form where you enter your:

  • contact information
  • your skills
  • your education
  • your experience

and upload your CV, cover letter and publications.

If selected, you will be contacted by phone or e-mail for an interview. All vacancies are published online with minimum two weeks application period and you are expected to apply within the deadline. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your application.

As described in USN’s Personnel Regulations, and as an institution which endorses the EU’s Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, we practice an open, transparent and merit – based recruitment process.

Please see our complete list of vacancies.

The recruitment process

What is to be included in your job application?

Recognition of foreign education

NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) is the government agency for verification of foreign education in Norway.

When applying for a position at a Norwegian university 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.

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 the NOKUT list of regulated professions.

Expert Committee for positions involving research and teaching

Please note that if you are applying for a position that involves research and teaching, an expert committee is involved in evaluating your application and documentation. The process takes a minimum of 3 months. In addition, expect to give a presentation or hold a trial lecture. Candidates are selected for interview shortly after the expert committee review is completed. 

The job interview

At USN job interviews is the most commonly used selection method when recruiting new employees.

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

In addition to the manager, a member of the staff, a representative from the unions and in most interviews a representative from the human resources department may take part in the interview.