Associate professor within biostatistics

Deadline: 07.03.2021

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

NMBU has a particular responsibility for research and education that secures the basis for the life of future generations. Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we deliver knowledge for life. NMBU has 1,800 employees of which about 250 phd scholarships and 6,000 students. The university is divided into seven faculties and has campuses in Ås and Oslo. We will be co-located in Ås from 2021.

NMBU believes that a good working environment is characterised by diversity.

We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, functional ability, cultural background or whether you have been outside the labour market for a period. If necessary, workplace adaptations will be made for persons with disabilities. More information about NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no.

The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science and

The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM) employs about 160 people. Currently about 50 PhD students are enrolled into our PhD program. KBM represents a broad range of scientific fields encompassing basic natural sciences such as microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry as well as the application of these towards food chemistry, technology and safety, biotechnology, bioprocessing and environmentalissues. The Faculty is responsible for education, research and information within our fields of expertise and also has state-of-the-artinstrumentation to perform research within these fields. KBM collaborates in networks and research projects both nationally and internationally

Further information here.

We are looking for an experienced statistican with passion for supervision, research and teaching

About the position

The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, along with Østfold University College (ØUC), has a vacant permanent, full-time position within biostatistics.

The person to be hired will be employed in half-time position at NMBU and half-time position at ØUC.

At Østfold University College, the candidate will provide statistical teaching and supervision mainly directed towards PhD students and faculty. The person we are looking for will be responsible for giving advice to students, researchers and research projects on statistics and computational methods.

At NMBU the candidate will become a member of the Bioinformatics and Applied Statistics (BIAS) group at KBM. As part of the position at NMBU, the candidate will also serve the Lovisenberg Diaconal University College (LDH) in research advise and educational services.

The person hired will be included in ongoing projects and teaching.

The Bioinformatics and Applied Statistics (BIAS, https://www.nmbu.no/en/groups/kbm/bias) group is responsible for teaching statistics and bioinformatics at NMBU, as well as supervising master and PhD candidates. The group publishes research in bioinformatics and applied statistics.

Main tasks

  • Research advise on statistics and computational methods. This activity is the main responsibility. The tasks range from advising students and faculty at ØUC, LDH on specific projects to participation in larger projects
  • Teach and manage courses, including short courses designed to meet needs at ØUC and LDH and needs emerging in research projects

  • Plan and implement research collaboration, including externally funded activity
  • Strengthen collaborations within and between the institutions
  • Supervision of MSc and PhD students

Qualification requirements, desired experiences, knowledge and personal qualities

The person to be hired must have a doctoral degree in statistics or a related field involving applied mathematics, as well as an academic background relevant for the scientific profiles of the three institutions.

Candidates will be evaluated according to criteria such as:

  • Motivation for, experience and competence in giving research advise
  • Teaching and supervision experience
  • Ambitions to develop research advice activities
  • Quality, relevance and quantity of scientific publications
  • Pedagogic and administrative competence
  • Experience with and good abilities in research and educational collaboration
  • Documented educational competence using a “teaching portfolio” that describes:
    • Pedagogical qualifications, completed a programme of at least 200 hours and pedagogical experience
    • Teaching-, pedagogical- and tutoring experience
    • Basic teaching skills in planning, implementation, evaluation and development of teaching and supervision

Those who do not meet the educational requirements for employment are required to meet them within two years of employment

  • Good skills in English and in a Scandinavian language. If a candidate 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.

Personal skills

  • Enthusiasm for giving research advice, teaching and collaboration in research projects
  • Ability to work and collaborate in a multidisciplinary research field
  • Good pedagogic, oral and written communication skills, including the ability to establish contacts and develop internal and external networks
  • Ability to create a welcoming and productive working environment for colleagues and students

It is a governmental expectation that the institutions recruit more women to permanent scientific positions. Women are therefore encouraged to apply

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1011 Associate Professor, wage framework 24, salary grade (61-77) (NOK 545.300-744.600), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position.

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For NMBU and ØUC, a good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, ability, cultural background or whether you have been out of work for a period of time. If necessary, the workplace will be made available for persons with disabilities

Pursuant to the Personal Data Act, we will hereby notify you that the report of the expert committee will be sent to all applicants.

General Information to applicants


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: March 07 2021

Up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested.

Applicants must also enclose documentation of their educational competence, called an educational directory. See NMBU's guide for applicants and members of the expert committee for documentation and assessment of educational competence for a position as associate professor.

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

Pursuant to the Personal Data Act, we will hereby notify you that the report of the expert committee will be sent to all applicants.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within March 7 2021. Please quote reference number (21/00711.)

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