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Associate Professor in Marine Ecology, Algal biology – Uni of Oslo, Norway, 2022


The Department of Biosciences seeks an active researcher with a strong publication record for a position as Associate Professor within the field of Marine Ecology, at University of Oslo (UiO), Norway – 2022

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General Info

Position: Associate Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Permanent
Salary: 650 300 to 776 900 NOK/Year

Department of Biosciences (IBV)

University of Oslo (UiO), Norway


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Qualification Details

  • To qualify, the applicant must hold a relevant PhD degree and demonstrate a highly productive research period.
  • Scientific qualifications will play a major role in the evaluation, and the emphasis will be on the scientific output from the last five years. Legitimate career breaks e.g. due to parental leave or illness will be taken into account.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to attract extramural research funding.
  • The person appointed should be able to carry out research-based teaching in Marine Ecology at the BSc, MSc and PhD levels including a wide range of topics such as basic organism biology, marine floristics and faunistics, marine biodiversity and ecology, and algal biology, and to supervise MSc and PhD students. Pedagogical qualifications and teaching, as well as supervision experience at all levels, will be an important factor in the evaluation process and should be well documented in a teaching portfolio. The applicant should describe her/his qualifications in view of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) framework which includes:
    • Focus on student learning
    • A clear development over time
    • A researching approach
    • A collegial attitude and practice
  • The successful candidate who cannot document sufficient teaching qualifications at the time of appointment (minimum formal requirement is a 200-hour pedagogical program) will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two-year period from hiring.
  • The successful applicant must be fluent in English and, if cannot demonstrate fluency in a Scandinavian language, the appointee will be required to learn sufficient Norwegian within a two-year period to be able to participate in all functions the position may involve.

Personal skills

  • Ability to create and contribute to a well-functioning, inclusive and productive research environment
  • Networking skills, ability to collaborate and conduct scientific leadership
  • Ability to cooperate and communicate well with other members of staff

Responsibilities/Job Description

The ideal candidate should address fundamental questions related to marine primary production, with activities centred on topics such as marine ecology, physiology, biodiversity, food web interactions, biogeochemistry, chemical ecology, biotechnology or molecular ecology. The candidate should have solid background and skills in phytoplankton biology and use modern approaches from molecular biology, imaging, experiments, spectrometry, statistics and/or remote sensing. The candidate must work on marine primary production with a research profile focused on at least one of the following topics:

  • Ecophysiology of primary producers
  • Biodiversity of marine primary producers
  • Ecological interactions and marine food webs
  • Chemical ecology or biophysical interactions
  • Trait based phytoplankton ecology
  • Biogeochemistry and process studies
  • Marine biotechnology
  • Marine genomics

The research should have relevance for achieving the Sustainability goals of the United Nations (UN).

The proposed research should strengthen and synergize with the ongoing research activities at the Department, and candidates are encouraged to contact current faculty members to explore these possibilities.

Research at the Department bridges field studies, experiments, and models from cellular to global scales.

Applicants must document credentials, in a relevant field, to qualify for an Associate Professor position. The successful applicant must be able to teach at all levels and to supervise Bachelor,  Master and PhD students. The candidate must accept administrative tasks.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Applicants must upload the following 3 PDF files before the application deadline:

  • 1.    Application letter (1 page)
  • 2.    Research plan (up to 5 pages), describing immediate plans and a long-term vision, as well as explaining how the proposed research could strengthen or synergize with the ongoing research at the department
  • 3.    Portfolio organized in the following order:
    • a.           Curriculum Vitae CV (up to 3 pages)
    • b.           List of all scientific publications
    • c.           A selected list of 3 to 5 key publications the applicant wishes to include in the evaluation, describing the contribution of the candidate, their significance and impact, as well as the relevance of selected papers for this position.
    • d.           Teaching portfolio: Documentation of teaching qualifications, experience, ambition and philosophy (up to 3 pages),  including a reflection note in which your own practice and learning vision is anchored in the SoTL criteria (focus on student learning, development over time, a research approach and a collegial attitude and practice)
    • e.           Summary of past and current external funding
    • f.            Other qualifications, including administrative experience, that the applicant considers relevant for this position
    • g.           Contact details of 3 referees (name, affiliation, relation to the candidate, e-mail and phone number)

Application with attachments must be submitted via our online recruitment system. Please note that all documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

About the Department/Section/Group

Department of Biosciences (IBV) is one of nine Departments at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Research in the Department is organized in five sections covering topics within biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, cell biology, genetics, aquatic biology, toxicology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Education across these topics is offered to around 300 bachelor, 250 master, and 120 PhD students.

With 52 permanent Professors/Associate Professors, and with post-docs, researchers, technical, and administrative personnel, the Department has a total staff of 340 from more than 30 different countries. The Department aims to maintain high international standards within both research and teaching. IBV and UiO have excellent core facilities including a marine research station and marine research vessels, the Norwegian sequencing centre (NSC), a plant growth facility the Norwegian molecular imaging consortium and proteomics facility with technical staff serving all teams. In addition, there is an in situ imaging platform (CPICS), an algal culture collection (NORCCA), a stable isotope lab (CLIPT), as well as Centres for bioinformatics, Biogeochemistry in the anthropocene and data-driven Science (dScience).

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We offer

  • Salary from kr 650 300 to kr 776 900 depending on competencies, in the position of Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • A professionally stimulating work environment.
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities.
  • The opportunity to apply for promotion to full professorship at a later stage.

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Contact details

Alexander Eiler (Section for Aquatic Biology and Toxicology), phone: +47 46501671 or +46 70 2115291, email: [email protected]

Kjetill S. Jakobsen (Section for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis), phone: +47 228 54602, e-mail: [email protected]

Arne Klungland (Head of Department), phone: +47 47840305, e-mail: [email protected]

For questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR adviser Nina Holtan, phone: +47 22854424, e-mail: [email protected]

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