Join the University of Oslo

Ways to join us

The most common way to join UiO is to apply for a vacant position as a PhD, postdoc or professor.

Working at UiO

When working at UiO, you will enjoy competitive employment conditions and have access to excellent research support. Work life in Norway is known for gender equality and work-life balance.

UiO – Norway's leading university

Photo: UiO/Anders Lien

The University of Oslo (UiO) was established in 1811 as Norway’s first university and is Norway’s highest ranked institution of education and research. We have ambitious goals for increasing our contribution to academic developments internationally, and addressing societal challenges of our time.

The University of Oslo is a research-intensive university within a broad range of scientific fields. We look upon our breadth as a key strategic strength. UiO offers research-based education and attracts highly qualified students from all over the world. Students at UiO learn from Norway’s leading researchers.

Many of the 21st century’s global challenges associated with areas such as climate, energy, health, poverty and violation of human rights observe neither disciplinary boundaries nor geographic borders. UiO aims to make significant contributions to the knowledge base that is needed in order to address the major global challenges of today.

Oslo – The Knowledge Capital of Norway


Oslo is, in a word, compact. Even if Oslo is Europe's fastest growing capital, we do have a lot of room. Not only physical space for growth, but room for new ideas, for innovation, for entrepreneurship – and for offering almost 5.000 live performances in a year. Being small, we also have short distances – from urban centres to quiet forests, from ski slopes to the waterfront, from the place you work to the place you live. In our informal, egalitarian society other distances are short as well – from people to power and from words to action.

Oslo is one of the regions in Europe with highest R&D expenditure pr. capita and the population is among the highest educated in the world. A good work-life balance is an integral part of the culture, and Oslo offers excellent kindergartens and schools, also international ones.

The University of Oslo is an integrated and important part of the City of Oslo. There is close collaboration between the University and the City and a common goal in developing Oslo as an even stronger centre for research, education and innovation.