Associate professor within organic chemistry

Deadline: 08.07.2021

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.

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.

About The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science

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 environmental issues. The Faculty is responsible for education, research and information within our fields of expertise and also has state-of-the-art instrumentation to perform research within these fields. KBM collaborates in networks and research projects both nationally and internationally.

Further information here.

Do you have a passion for chemistry and synthesis of natural compounds?

About the position

The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has vacant a permanent, full-time position as associate professor in organic chemistry. Following up on the UN’s sustainability goals and current world-wide challenges, we are revitalizing and expanding our focus on the synthesis and characterization of bioactive compounds. We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate who will help us shape the future of education and research in chemistry at NMBU.

The successful candidate must have expertise in the synthesis of natural products. We expect that candidates develop their own research focus to complement existing activities in chemistry and adjacent research areas (e.g. food science, biochemistry) at our faculty, and within the research framework of NMBU.

NMBU wants more women in permanent scientific positions. Women are therefore encouraged to apply.

Main tasks

Applicants must be committed to excellence in research and teaching and have considerable insight into the challenges in modern chemistry research.

We expect successful candidates to develop strong relationships with relevant academic partners and industries, in Norway and abroad.

The successful applicant must be dedicated teachers.

Tasks allotted to the position is:

  • Initiate, perform and develop high quality education and research within organic chemistry
  • Supervise Bachelor, Master, PhD students, as well as postdoctoral research fellows
  • Initiate, acquire and conduct externally funded research projects
  • Publish in high-level international journals and have an internationally competitive research profile
  • Develop national and international industry and scientific networks.
  • Participate in administrative duties


Applicants must hold a PhD in organic chemistry and have an academic background that is relevant for KBM’s teaching and research profile in the field of organic synthesis. The position requires an innovative and strong academic profile with documented potential for performing high quality research, teaching and innovation. The successful applicant should be on an upward trajectory. Candidates will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Documented solid background in organic synthesis
  • Excellence in previous work and good track record documented by high quality scientific publications.
  • Teaching experience in chemistry

In addition, experience in spectrometric structural determination (NMR) is advantageous.

The successful candidate should have:

  • Ability to work in and develop team-oriented research environment involving adjacent research fields
  • Commitment to teaching and documented basic teaching qualifications Educational competence according to NMBU's guidelines must be documented. (Lacking formal qualifications must be obtained within a two-year period after appointment to the position)
  • Good skills in English and in a Scandinavian language*

When selecting among otherwise similarly qualified candidates, the Faculty may use strategical considerations, in particular to what extent candidates complement existing competences at the Faculty.

*The successful candidate must demonstrate mastery of both English and one of the Scandinavian languages as working languages (classes are held in Norwegian). If the successful 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 carry out all tasks associated with the position.

For a candidate with a recently obtained PhD, a tenure track appointment will be considered, see this link.

If there are no fully qualified applicants, the position may be offered as a temporary position for up to three years. At the end of this period, the position will be made permanent on the condition that the applicant is found to be qualified to the level of associate professor by assessment performed by an appointed committee.

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

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed within the government pay scale position code 1011 Associate Professor, wage framework 24, salary grade (61-77) (NOK 553.500-752.800), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position.

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Application deadline: July 8 2021

All applicants should include documentation of their teaching experience and competence. Please see the 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 must submit a short research plan (0,5 – 1 page), preferably with a description of how the planned research fits with the portfolio, infrastructure and ambitions of the faculty. Up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application. If the contribution of the applicant is unclear in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s contribution to the work is suggested.

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

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