I am Neuroscience PhD, a humanist, skeptic, feminist, avid reader, science enthusiast, woolly-liberal über-nerd, and, as of October 2015, father to the Lykketroll.

I moved from England to Norway in January 2012 and live in Lørenskog with my wife, the Lykketroll, and our two aging rescue cats, Socrates and Schrödinger. 

I am on paternity leave from the 4th of July to the 18th of November. 

The job I am on leave from is as an  Associate Professor and Head of Studies at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. My background is in child neurodevelopment (my PhD looked into the relationship between fatty acids like omega-3 and cognitive development in young children) but I now work on a hodge-podge of things roughly within the field of Universal Design of ICT 50% of the time, the other 50% of my time I am Head of the 'General' Studies (Allmenn in Norwegian) Unit, which is comprised of around 24 academics within a range of fields, including mathematics, physics, Norwegian, and technology and leadership.

In between working and doing the usual dad things,  I like hiking and running in the beautiful Norwegian outdoors, cooking and playing video games. 

If I believed in souls I would say that mine was born in Norway. 

I plan to sleep when I'm dead.

The Moose needs writers!

Just before the summer I wrote about the revival of The Moose, the University of Oslo's first English-only magazine, and it looks like the ball is finally starting to roll!

It’s being re-launched on November 1st as an online-only magazine, with three main sections, Science, Culture, and Opinion, and a new motto: “Be interesting”.

Whilst I will continue/start in earnest as editor of the Science section, under the stewardship of the new Chief Editor, Indigo Trigg-Hauger, with former Chief Editor taking a hands-on roll behind the scenes, the re-launch means we have of exciting opportunities for budding writers and editors on our team.

Although writing for The Moose is unpaid, it’s an excellent way for budding writers and artists to improve their writing and journalistic skills, express their creativity, meet new people and reach a huge audience with their ideas. You don’t need to be an experienced writer or have been involved with a magazine, journal, or newspaper before; passion, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn and develop are the only requirements.

Here’s a list of the positions we’re looking to fill:

Culture section editor:

This position will include recruiting writers, keeping in touch with your writers, attending a weekly staff meeting, and editing articles. We want someone who is interested in many aspects of culture, including music, art, student life, etc.

Opinion section editor:

The position will include seeking out writers, keeping in touch with your writers, attending a weekly staff meeting, and editing articles. We want someone who is follows current events and is invested in having many different opinions in The Moose.

Writer:

Being a writer is a very flexible position. You are not obligated to write for every edition of The Moose, and you can write for more than one section. However, you should be able to stick to deadlines, be very open to editing, and have enthusiasm for writing.

Photographer:

Being a photographer is also very flexible. You will be paired with a writer on an article, and you will collaborate on photos for the story. You can take photos for various sections if you want.

Illustrator:

Being an illustrator is similar to a photographer position. You will be paired with a writer on an article, and will collaborate on what kind of illustration best represents their story. You can work in more than one section as well.

If you’re interested in any of the positions, please send a cover letter and a sample of your writing or artwork to info@themoose.no by Wednesday the 11th of September.

There will also be a meet & greet at Villa Eika on Wednesday the 4th of September at 16:00 where you’ll have the chance to chat with the team and learn more about The Moose.

You can also follow The Moose on twitter (@TheMooseNO) and keep an eye on the Facebook page, a place where writers and readers meet to share ideas for articles.

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