Professor, Associate Professor in Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Molecular, Cell biology – UiT, Norway


A permanent position as Professor/Associate Professor in Pharmacology is available from January 2022 at the Department of Pharmacy in the Cell Signalling and Targeted Therapy (CSTT) Research Group, at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Health Sciences

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General Info

Position: Professor/Associate Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Jan 2022
Contract Period: Permanent position
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Pharmacy in the Cell Signalling and Targeted Therapy (CSTT) Research Group


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Qualification Details

The applicant should have a master degree in Pharmacy, and a PhD and research track record within cancer, molecular, or cell biology. Experience of practical laboratory work (wet-lab) and modern methodology in Biochemistry/Molecular/Cell biology is mandatory. The candidate must have a very good track record in research (with respect to his/her career stage), exemplified by publications of high quality and the (potential) ability to attract external funding. Experience with project leadership as a prinicipal investigator is desirable. Further, experience in teaching pharmacology and/or related topics at undergraduate and post graduate level is required.

You must be fluent in English. Since Norwegian is the teaching language you should in addition have a good command of Norwegian or a Scandinavian language, or be willing to learn Norwegian within 5 years.

The assessment will emphasize motivation and personal suitability for the position.

Qualification requirements for the position as Professor:

  • Academic level conforming to established international or national standards for position of Professor in pharmacology.
  • Documented pedagogical competence

In addition you must document:

  • Development of the quality of one's own teaching and supervision over time, and
  • Broad supervision experience, preferably at master's/PhD level, and
  • Participation in the development of educational quality in academic communities

To be awarded a professorship, you must document substantially more extensive research of high quality than that required to be awarded a doctorate degree. You must document academic activity at a high level over the previous six years, and that this points forwards towards continued activity at professorial level.

In addition, UiT assess applicants according to national guidelines for assessment of professorial competence, decided by Universities Norway (UHR), Disciplinary strategic unit: mathematics, natural sciences and technology (MNT). You can find the guidelines here.

Qualification requirements for the position as Associate Professor:

  • Norwegian doctoral degree in subject area concerned or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognised as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree, or competence at a corresponding level documented by academic work of the same scope and quality
  • Documented pedagogical competence

The following documentation will be considered as important:

  • Independent research after Ph.D.
  • Successful acquisition of extramural funding and project leadership as principal investigator
  • International and interdisiplinary collaboration are expected.

Independent research after PhD can be documented with scientific publications without PhD-supervisors as co-authors.

Scientific cooperation, nationally and/or internationally, should be documented through joint publications and/or application work.

Pedagogical competence (basic pedagogical competence)

All applicants for teaching and research positions shall document their pedagogical competence.

You must have acquired basic competence for teaching and supervision at higher education level. This includes basic skills in planning, conducting, evaluating and developing teaching and guidance.

Documentation requirement a) Applicants who have completed education or courses designed to provide teaching competence for teaching at universities and colleges, equivalent to a minimum of 200 hours, must attach diploma and curriculum for the completed course.

b) Other applicants shall describe, assess and document their competence as a teacher and supervisor. The skills must be documented in the form of a teaching portfolio.

For professor positions, experience with teaching and supervision in higher education corresponding to three years in a full-time position is required.

For professor positions, the teaching competence can be developed and documented through a combination of courses and teaching portfolio. Applicants for professor positions shall also document that the supplementary criteria are satisfied:

  • Description of and reflection over your work involving development of your teaching and supervision. This should be documented with specific examples that demonstrate development over time, as well as a description of and reflection over the process and result
  • Description of experience with supervision at master's and PhD level. In addition to describing the scope of the supervision, you shall also summarize your supervision experience and point to possible development areas
  • Description of and reflection over your own leadership, participation and role in development of the educational quality in the academic community

If the pedagogical competence can be acquired within two years of appointment, applicants shall not be ranked based on pedagogical competence.

Those who do not satisfy the requirements may be appointed on a permanent basis on the condition that they satisfy the requirements within two years of appointment.

For information about basic pedagogical competence and teaching portfolio, see:  (Only in Norwegian)

Responsibilities/Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate who will add strength and expertise in the field of cancer research to the department. The successful candidate will join an active research group focusing on cellular signalling and the regulation of gene expression in the context of cancer cell migration and metastasis. The candidate will be expected to have independent research projects related to cancer, and to be capable of attracting external research funding. He/she will also be expected to contribute to both the scientific direction and development of the research group.

The successful candidate will teach pharmacology and related topics at undergraduate and post graduate level and contribute to the further development of teaching within these fields. The candidate is also expected to contribute to the development of the pharmacy curriculum in general.

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Documents Required

The application must include:

  • Cover letter including a short description of interests and reasons for applying for the position
  • CV containing a complete overview of experience, professional work and references
  • Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees, in original language and translated)
  • Written references
  • Two references with contact details
  • Documented pedagogical competence
  • A list of your academic production
  • Description of your academic production, stating which works you consider most important
  • From the above list of publications, choose maximum 5 publications relevant for the position, and for which you should briefly specify your contribution and impact of the findings
  • Documentation of English profiency.

Proficiency in the English language can be documented in the following ways:

  • Diploma from a Norwegian upper secondary school with both spoken and written English (140 hours)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • IELTS (International English Testing Service)
  • Completed university degree in the field of English language or literature
  • One years completed university studies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or USA, for which English was the language of instructions.

Documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. The application and submitted documents must be sent electronically via

About the Project/Department

The focus of the CSTT research group is cellular signalling and regulation of gene expression in the context of cell migration and metastasis, with aim to improve therapeutic strategies for cancer treatment. The CSTT research group currently consists of two professors, two researchers, one postdoc, two Phd students, one masterstudent and two technicians.  Group members are responsible for teaching pharmacology, cell biology and biochemistry to pharmacy students at undergraduate and post graduate levels.

The Faculty of Health Sciences at UiT The Arctic University of Norway represents a newly created entity gathering almost all possible health study programs. This facilitates an unique interdisciplinarity and innovation in health education and research. We work closely with the services in the North to solve tomorrow's challenges.

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About the Employer: UiT - University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway

Note or Other details

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

The remuneration for Professor is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1013. The remuneration for Associate Professor is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1011. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

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Contact details

The contact person for this position is group leader Professor Ole Morten Seternes, email: and Head of Department Guro Forsdahl, email:

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