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Associate professor within Quaternary geology - geomorphometrics

Deadline: 06.12.2019

Two positions as Associate Professor in geology are available at NMBU

About the position

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

NMBU has a special responsibility for research and education that ensures the basis of life for future generations.

Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we provide knowledge for life.

NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students and is organized in seven faculties. NMBU has a campus in Ås and in Oslo. In the autumn of 2020 we are co-located on Ås. Further information on NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no.

About MINA

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) works with nature and the environment, sustainable use of natural resources, biological and geological processes.

MINA’s employees undertake teaching, research and dissemination within the fields of geology, hydrology and limnology, soil science, environmental chemistry, forestry, ecology, natural resource management, renewable energy, and nature-based tourism.

Our vision is to be a key actor in knowledge production and dissemination, and our goal is to deliver research of high, international quality, and varied and excellent teaching. The faculty’s employees are significant participants within their respective fields of expertise, both nationally and internationally. The faculty is dominated by a vital research culture and high levels of scientific production.

The faculty has about 200 employees, 90 PhD students and 650 students.

Read more about MINA here

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) invites applications for a full-time, permanent position as Associate Professor in Quaternary geology with special responsibility for teaching and research in the areas geomorphometrics, spatial variability, and geostatistics.

The successful candidate will join sixteen colleagues in the Soil and Water Section covering a broad field of earth sciences as soil science, hydrology, limnology, sustainable water and sanitation, and geology. We offer both undergraduate and graduate courses in geology, serving many different study programs. Geological research topics includes sedimentology, geomorphology, mineral resources, groundwater flow and transport and the use of geophysical methods and numerical modelling. Modelling of land-surface processes, upscaling and downscaling processes in the landscape is increasingly important both for future education and for research. We wish to complement and strengthen our teaching and research with regard to spatial variability using geographic information systems (GIS) and geostatistics in order to contribute in our strategic research areas; sustaining water and soil resources, land use and climate change, and related ecosystem services. Our ambition is to be nationally leading and internationally highly recognized within education and research inthese areas.

Main tasks

We seek a terrestrial Quaternary geologist with a background in geomorphometry. Knowledge about glacial geology and geomorphology in Norway is an advantage.

The successful candidate is expected to teach Quaternary geology. It is also expected that the candidate takes responsibility for developing courses for students majoring in geology, soil science and environmental sciences. Courses where GIS, geo-statistics and modelling of active biogeochemical, hydrological and geomorphologic processes are crucial.

We expect the successful candidate to develop a research program within his/her field, and build a broad external research network. Both research and teaching should be linked to that of the Soil and Water Section as well as other sections at the MINA faculty and the Faculty of Science and Technology (RealTek) with strong GIS and remote sensing research groups. Candidates who see the benefit of conducting their research in a multidisciplinary and international campus environment will be preferred.

Based on the required expertise and experience outlined above, the person to be employed will have the following main duties:

  • Develop and contribute to courses within the strategic priorities of the MINA faculty
  • Initiate and undertake research within the strategic priorities of the MINA faculty
  • Supervise MSc and PhD students
  • Participate in the development of BSc and MSc courses and education programmes
  • Participate in administrative duties
  • Provide services to the University, profession and community.

Required Academic qualifications

The successful candidate should hold a PhD degree in a relevant field within Quaternary geology and geomorphometry, and have an academic background that matches the expertise and tasks mentioned above.

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Expertise and experience in Quaternary geology and in geomorphometry
  • Pedagogic and administrative proficiency
  • Teaching and supervision experience
  • Ability to initiate, achieve funding and deliver research
  • Quality, relevance and volume of scientific publications
  • International collaboration and experience
  • The applicant’s vision for his/her future research and teaching at NMBU
  • Good skills in English
  • Capable to teach in a Scandinavian language. If the candidate does not have a command of the Norwegian language, he or she must be willing to learn and teach in Norwegian within two years.

Besides scientific expertise, we put emphasis on teaching experience, pedagogical and administrative expertise. Applicants without formal training in pedagogy commits to, within two years to undertake NMBUs course in university teaching.

You need to:

  • Have high working capacity and ability to work in teams
  • Have good communication skills, ability to establish new contacts and develop networks
  • Have ability to create a welcoming and productive working environment for colleagues and students

Remuneration and information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1011 Associate Professor, wage framework 24, salary grade (61-77) (NOK 542.400-741.300), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position.

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Information to applicants


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