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Associate Professor or Professor in Plant Evolutionary Genomics – Oslo, Norway


The University of Oslo invites applications for an Associate Professor or Professor in Plant Evolutionary Genomics position is expected to develop our research in plant evolutionary genomics, past and present, with a focus on Nordic biodiversity, at The Natural History Museum (NHM), Norway – Dec 2021

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General Info

Position: Associate Professor/ Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: July 01, 2022
Contract Period: Permanent Position
Salary: 637,900 NOK/Year

The Natural History Museum (NHM)
University of Oslo
University of Oslo, UiO

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Qualification Details

Qualification requirements

NHM seeks to employ a plant evolutionary biologist with a strong independent research program that can take advantage of our extensive collections of Nordic plant biodiversity, including digitized collections, DNA bank and genomic resources. NHM seeks a candidate who is at the international research front in the study of Nordic plant biodiversity, including the role of glacial refugia in postglacial dispersal and colonization of Scandinavia, the contribution of different processes to shaping contemporary biodiversity, the drivers of change to current biodiversity and management of future scenarios in a changing climate. The candidate must have a strong interest in generating and using museum collections in their research. There is a special need to strengthen the research activity within Nordic vascular plants, and it is the intention that the candidate will be assigned the scientific curatorial responsibility for this collection. The person hired is expected to initiate collaborative projects in their special field with colleagues both inside and outside the museum and to contribute actively to the process of developing a Center of Excellence (Norwegian Centres of Excellence scheme (

Required qualifications

The successful applicant must have:

  •  A PhD or an equivalent doctoral degree in biology
  • A research profile with relevant experience in plant evolutionary genomics
  • Knowledge of Nordic vascular plant diversity, including in research and teaching
  • A relevant and strong publication record, and with a clear vision for developing an independent museum-based research program.
  • An upward academic trajectory and strong potential to execute competitive research projects at a high international level.
  • Ability to create an attractive research environment and perform research that inspires synergistic interactions with current research at the museum.
  • Focus on using plant genomics to study fundamental questions in biology, rather than applying or developing methods for monitoring purposes.
  • Experience with bioinformatic analyses of high-throughput sequence data, statistical analyses and visualization of such results
  • A track record of acquiring extramural research funding
  • Excellent English language skills (written and spoken)

Desirable qualifications

The successful applicant should have:

  •  Teaching and supervision skills of master’s and PhD students
  •  Leadership experience from research groups or projects
  •  Command of a Scandinavian language

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Personal qualities

  •  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

The successful candidate should have an international profile with respect to the above criteria. The candidate for this position will be selected based on excellence and fit with the section’s research profile. Emphasis will be placed on both scientific and educational competence. For more information see also the general rules of employment in these position categories: Rules for appointment to Professor and Associate Professor positions at UiO - University of Oslo

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Natural History Museum is recruiting an Associate Professor/Professor in Plant Evolutionary Genomics. The position is expected to develop our research in plant evolutionary genomics, past and present, with a focus on Nordic biodiversity. The appointment is a fulltime, permanent position with an earliest starting date of 1 July 2022. NHM's strategic plan for 2020-2030 "Forstå naturens mangfold" aims to raise the quality of research and to strengthen the integration of the scientific collections in research and educational activities. A concrete ambition is that the research will be further developed to qualify for a center of excellence (SFF) by 2025. Digital resources derived from museum collections – including in-silico genomic data, scanned images of vouchers, and digitized associated metadata, are opening new venues for collections-based research aiding to address society’s need for science-based information to understand and mitigate the effects of climate change on biodiversity.

NHM has a collaboration agreement with the Department of Biological Sciences about teaching and supervision of students at the bachelor and master’s level, and with the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences for supervision of doctoral candidates. NHM also hosts an international research school in biosystematics (ForBio). The successful candidate is expected to participate in teaching at all levels and be a capable and enthusiastic supervisor of master’s and PhD students. Up to 50% of the working time will be devoted to curating collections (main activity), teaching and supervision of students, outreach and administrative tasks at NHM. Lectures and tuition are given in Norwegian and English. Foreign language speakers are expected to be able to teach in a Scandinavian language within two years after being hired.

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Documents Required

The application must include:

  • A cover letter which includes a statement of motivation and a summary of scientific background and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, research profile and merits, pedagogical qualifications, curatorial experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • A list of all scientific publications
  • A summary of up to 7 selected scientific key publications the applicant wishes to include in the evaluation describing their significance and impact. PDFs of these publications must be provided
  • A research plan, which describes ideas for future research, scientific collaborations, and extramural funding proposals, and how the applicant's research will strengthen or create synergistic effects with current research at the museum (up to 5 pages)
  • A teaching portfolio: a document describing the applicant’s pedagogical competence including formal and practical qualifications and teaching philosophy
  • List of reference persons: 3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number). No reference letters should be submitted

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Please note that all documents should be in English. Interviews will be part of the appointment process, along with a trial lecture.

About the NHM

The Natural History Museum (NHM) at the University of Oslo is Norway’s most comprehensive natural history collection. For almost 200 years, specimens of animals, fungi, plants, rocks, minerals and fossils have been collected, studied and preserved here. The museum is located at Økern and in the beautiful Botanical Garden, which is not only popular for recreation, but is a scientific collection in itself. NHM has about 160 employees organized in five sections. The section for research and collections has about 80 employees, organized in eight research groups, and conducts research in biodiversity and evolution. The research covers both geology (incl. paleontology) and biology, and the scientific staff is responsible for managing and developing the largest scientific collection in Norway (approx. six million objects). NHM's scientific staff also contributes with teaching students admitted to various programs at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, supervises master's students, doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows, and disseminates research-based knowledge to the public through exhibitions, lectures and popular science media.

About the Employer: University of Oslo, UiO


  • Salary from kr 637 900 to kr 715 900 depending on competencies, in the position of Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • Salary from kr 776 900 to kr 919 700 depending on competencies, in the position of Professor (position code 1013)
  • A stimulating and friendly working environment
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • 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

Formal Regulations

The basis for assessment will be the scholarly production of the applicant, other qualifications, pedagogical or educational, the applicant’s qualifications within leadership and administration as well as the general personal suitability. In ranking the competent applicants, the full range of qualifications will be considered and explicitly assessed.

The successful candidate who at the time of appointment cannot document basic teaching qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two-year period. Please see rules for practising the requirement for basic university pedagogical competence at UiO.

For appointment as a professor the candidate is required to meet the criteria in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-2. In the assessment the committee will also assess paragraph 9e of Rules for appointment to Professor and Associate Professor positions at UiO.

The successful candidate must demonstrate mastery of both English and one of the Scandinavian languages as working languages. If an appointee is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, the appointee will be expected within a two-year period to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

Pursuant to section 25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

The University of Oslo has a transfer agreement with all employees that is intended to secure the rights to all research results etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds. The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women in academic positions. Women are encouraged to apply.

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Contact details

Museum Director: Brit Lisa Skjelkvåle, phone number: +47 916 94 004, e-mail:

Acting Research Director: Hugo de Boer, phone number: +47 981 26 030, e-mail:

For questions about the recruitment system, please contact HR-Officer Thomas Brånå,

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