HR strategy for researchers

The University of Oslo is an active supporter of the European Research Area’s (ERA) initiative to strengthen researcher’s working conditions. Since 2009, the University has worked with implementing and developing the principles set in the Charter and Code ( through the HR strategy for researchers (HRS4R) ( The further development of researcher careers and working conditions is one of the key aims of the University’s Strategy2030.

The European Charter for Researchers is a set of general principles and requirements which specifies the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers as well as of employers of researchers.

The aim of the Charter is to ensure that the relationship between researchers and employers or funders is conducive to successful performance in generating, transferring, sharing and disseminating knowledge and technological development, and to the career development of researchers.

The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers consists of a set of general principles and requirements that should be followed by employers when appointing or recruiting researchers. These principles and requirements emphasise values such as transparency of the recruitment process and equal treatment of all applicants, in particular with regard to the development of an attractive, open labour market for researchers.

The Charter contains 40 principles divided between four areas. The University's strategy and the four areas of the HR strategy are followed up through annual plans at university and faculty level. Below you can read more about implemented policies and measures in each area.

Keep updated on the work done at UiO by reading the latest HRS4R report (pdf).

The University of Oslo has received the HR Excellence in Research ( award as an approval of its follow-up of the Charter & Code.


Ulrik Pein, Senior Adviser, Department of Personnel Support

Irene Sandlie, Director of Personnel, Department of Personnel Support