Associate Professor in Pharmaceutics

Pharmaceutical Science
Sep 15, 2023 21:59:00 GMT+00:00
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About the position

A full time position as Associate professor in pharmaceutics is available at the Department of Pharmacy. The position is part of the strategic initiative on industrial pharmacy and radiopharmacy at the A full time position as Associate professor in pharmaceutics is available at the Department of Pharmacy. The position is part of the strategic initiative on industrial pharmacy and radiopharmacy at the Department of Pharmacy and is also essential in the Centre for Nuclear Research funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

About the position and who we are looking for

The Department of Pharmacy seeks a highly motivated, dynamic, collaboration orientated and innovative researcher with educational skills.The cluster of pharmaceutical biotech industry and academia in the Oslo area is growing and the concept of Oslo Science City with the new Life Science building in progress is an important part of this development. The Department will move into the new Life Science building in 2026/2027, where interdisciplinary collaborations and scientific convergence will be important. This will provide new opportunities for groundbreaking research and innovation. The successful candidate will proactively initiate and conduct partnerships with pharmaceutical biotech industry and academia.

The successful applicant is expected to contribute to strengthening the research within industrial pharmaceutics as well as to promote interdisciplinary and international cooperation.  Experience with research and development in industrial pharmacy, and in particular radiopharmacy, theranostics, sterile production, physical chemistry and formulation of drug products, will be an advantage. 

The candidate will be expected to collaborate with the existing research groups in both pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry at the department as well as other relevant research environments, including industry. Other significant factors will include the ability to create an attractive research environment, experience in research supervision, international networking and originality in research. 

The selected candidate will have documented independent research experience after the PhD degree, scientific production in international peer review journals, and preferentially documented success in securing external funding or applications submitted. 

Teaching is an important part of the position, and the overall workload of teaching and research is divided equally between the two. The successful candidate should be able to teach at all levels, including the master- and PhD levels. The position will entail teaching in various areas of pharmaceutics, including radiopharmacy to students at all levels, including lectures, lab/group teaching and supervision. 

General information about the position

The candidate must be able to lead and initiate research-based teaching, supervise researchers, undertake duties in connection with examinations, and undertake administrative tasks as required by the prevailing regulations.The successful applicant may furthermore be required to take on other teaching duties and administrative tasks, by request from the Department or the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, e.g. as part of the Centre for Nuclear Research.

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Qualification requirements

Required qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Pharmacy.
  • Completed PhD within pharmaceutics or related fields central for the position.
  • The selected candidate will have documented independent research experience after the PhD degree, scientific production in international peer review journals. 
  • Scientific qualifications will play the major role, and the main emphasis will be on the candidate’s scientific production from the last five years.
  • Must be able to teach at all levels and to supervise Master and PhD students. 
  • Pedagogical qualifications and teaching and supervision experience at all levels will also 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 applicant must have fluent oral and written communication skills both in a Scandinavian language and in English.
  • Documented good knowledge of the pharmaceutical area in Europe/USA, including regulatory and therapeutic guidelines.

The successful candidate who at the time of appointment cannot document sufficient teaching qualifications (minimum formal requirement is a 200 hrs pedagogical program) will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two-year period.

The successful candidate must demonstrate mastery of both English and one of the Scandinavian languages as working languages, in order to be able to teach and otherwise participate in all functions the position may involve. If the successful candidate does not have sufficient mastery of a Scandinavian language, the candidate will be required to learn sufficient Norwegian within a two-year period.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience with attracting external research funding and leading scientific research projects
  • High scientific merits within pharmaceutics
  • Experience with research and development in industrial pharmacy, specifically radiopharmacy, theranostics, sterile production, physical chemistry and formulation of drug products. 
  • Independent teaching responsibility experience.
  • Documented experience in research dissemination.
  • Other qualifying activities such as innovation, patenting and research management.
  • Documented administrative experience.

Candidates should be able to establish, lead and conduct research projects. A record of accomplishment in scientific and administrative leadership is an advantage. International network, outreach activities, collegiality, and the ability to create a good working environment will be part of the evaluation.

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.
  • Ability to enthusiastically communicate complex scientific topics to students, colleagues and the general public.

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.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 646 000 – 845 900 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as 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

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • A research position paper (1–4 pages) describing the applicant’s motivation, vision and scientific ambitions for the nearest future, and how the candidate will contribute and strengthen the research at the department
  • A detailed CV, including a complete list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, project acquisition and coordination experience, and other qualifying activities.
  • Copies of educational certificates, PhD diploma, transcript of records and letters of recommendation.
  • A complete list of publications and academic merits and awards (if not included in the CV).
  • Full text of up to 10 selected scientific publications the applicant wishes to include in the evaluation.
  • A document discussing the importance, interrelation, and relevance of the selected papers for this position.
  • Educational portfolio of 3–6 pages documenting educational competence and experience, including a reflection note in which your own teaching practice and view of learning is anchored in the SoTL framework (focus on student learning, development over time, a researching approach and a collegial attitude and practice).
  • List of reference persons: 2–3 references (name, relation to 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.

As a general rule an interview will be used in the appointment process, usually supplemented with a trial teaching session. The basis for assessment will be the scientific production of the applicant, the teaching portfolio, pedagogical and educational qualifications, the applicant’s qualifications within leadership and administration, other qualifications as well as general personal suitability for the position. In ranking the competent applicants, the full range of qualifications will be considered and explicitly assessed.

Formal regulations

Please refer to the Rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships at the University of Oslo, the Guide for Applicants and Members of the Assessment Committee and Rules for practicing the requirement for basic pedagogical competence at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova), information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

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 has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

Marianne Hiorth, phone: +47 228 57905, e-mail: or Massimiliano Pio Di Cagno, phone: +47 22856598, e-mail: 

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen, phone: +47 22824272, e-mail:

About the University of Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society. 

The Department of Pharmacy has 130 employees. We have an active research and innovation environment based on independent research in pharmaceutical topics. The Department of Pharmacy is responsible for the popular master’s degree program in pharmacy and has 350 competent and committed students.Pharmaceutical related research and education forms the base of all activities at the Department of Pharmacy. The science of pharmacy lies in the interface between the natural sciences, pharmaceutical technology, health related topics and social sciences. This interdisciplinarity is reflected both in our study programmes and in our research. 

In the planned life science building at the University of Oslo, closer collaboration with health enterprises, local government and the business sector will enhance quality and relevance in research and education of the future labour force. The building will be the heart of the first innovation district in Norway – Oslo Science City. The Department of Pharmacy will move into the new Life Science building in 2027.