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Associate Professor in Microalgal Biotechnology

Deadline: 07.01.2020

About the position

The Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (Campus Bodø), Nord University, Norway, invites applications for a permanent position as associate professor.


Nord University

Global challenges demand new insight, innovative solutions and local legitimacy. Nord University is a young university with strong regional ties and a global perspective. We are committed to delivering relevant educational programmes and research, with a focus on blue and green growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, and welfare, health and education. Nord University has 12,000 students and 1,400 employees at nine study locations in central and northern Norway.

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA) educates people with the aim of promoting sustainable and innovative development to meet global challenges in food production, climate and environment. The faculty is an international arena for education, research and knowledge dissemination, with employees and students from 25 different countries. The faculty offers a PhD in Aquatic Biosciences. FBA has 900 students and 160 employees in Bodø and Steinkjer. The professional community is organised into the following divisions: Aquaculture, Ecology, Genomics and Animal Science, Production and Welfare.

Read more: www.nord.no/en/fba

The faculty is in the process of establishing a new research division ‘Algal and Microbial Biotechnology’, aimed at fostering research andeducation that contributes to the development of ‘blue bioeconomy’ in the region. This move is concurrent with the sustainable utilisation of themarine resources, especially in the context of the climatic changes in the Arctic region. The division to be established in 2020, will conductresearch on macroalgae, microalgae and other microorganisms. The aim is to conduct studies on (i) fundamental sciences, including evolutionary adaptation of the aforementioned organisms, which provide cues for understanding their biological mechanisms that enable them to thrive in harsh and rapidly evolving Arctic environmental conditions; (ii) applied sciences employing biotechnological approaches to tap into the potential of these organisms as nutritional and nutraceutical sources, and the application of the organisms in bioremediation, considering the need for developing sustainable solutions for the environment.

We aim to appoint a full Associate Professor in Microalgal Biotechnology to participate in research and education connected to the activities of the newly established group. This appointee is also expected to contribute to the overall development of the faculty.

The work tasks may change depending on the faculty's research and teaching needs, and the competence of the employee.

Duties and responsibilities

The candidate is expected to have a doctoral degree in the academic discipline indicated later in this announcement. As an early career researcher, the appointee should conduct: innovative and out-standing research acceptable at international level, apply for external research grants, maintain a good publication record, and an internationally-anchored scientific network, teach at the three cycles of university education and supervise students.

Furthermore, the position entails the initiation and development of interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with colleagues, and development of the academic community at the faculty.

Qualification requirements

Applicants should have a Doctoral Degree in Bioscience/Marine Science based on microalgal cultivation in bioreactors aimed at studying the physiology or bioprocesses of the organisms. The expertise could be in high-value biomolecule production and/or tapping into the potential of the organisms for carbon sequestration or bioremediation. The candidate should have several of the following skills: maintaining microalgae culture collections, identification of microalgae, set up of different types of bioreactors, growing microalgae under different culture conditions including large-scale outdoor production and biochemical analyses of their metabolites. Competence in molecular biology techniques, along with adequate knowledge in the relevant bioinformatic procedures will be advantageous. Experience in field work and/or bioprospecting is relevant for the position. The candidate must also have experience in teaching and guiding students at undergraduate and graduate levels. The applicant should have strong teamwork skills.

Associate Professor

  • For employment as an associate professor (research-oriented førsteamanuensis in the Norwegian system), a Norwegian doctoraldegree is required, within the relevant field of study or an equivalent doctoral degree from abroad that is accepted as a Norwegianequivalent, or competence at a similar level documented by academic publication of the same scope and quality.
  • For appointment as associate professor (teaching-oriented førstelektor in the Norwegian system) the applicant must documented comprehensive research and development work which in quality and scope corresponds to the amount of work towards a doctoral degree.
  • Applicants must provide documentary proof to show that they possess basic skills in planning, implementation, evaluationand development of teaching and supervision. New supplementary provisions on professional educational competence came into forceon 1 September 2019. For further information please refer to Nord University’s website. Any applicants who are unable to providedocumentary proof of adequate professional educational competence when employed must acquire such competence over the course ofa two-year period. Nord University offers a course on University Pedagogy which covers this requirement.

In addition:

  • Good oral and written presentation skills in English and Norwegian (or possibly another Scandinavian language)
  • For applicants who do not have one of the Scandinavian languages as their native language, oral and written Norwegian language skills must be acquired within a period up to two years to be able to participate actively in all functions associated with the position.

Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Research and development that are relevant to the position.
  • Emphasis will be placed on publications within the last five years.
  • Experience with international research networks and projects with external funding
  • Experience from teaching and academic supervision at bachelor-, master- and doctoral- levels from the university and college sector
  • Pedagogical skills
  • Educational qualifications from a college, university or equivalent
  • Relevant professional practice
  • Good skills in communication and collaboration with colleagues and industry partners.
  • Individual qualities that can contribute positively to the workplace environment
  • Good oral and written presentation skills in English and Norwegian (or possibly another Scandinavian language)

We offer

The position is compensated according to government regulations, LPL 17.510, code 1011 Associate Professor.

Salary by agreement.

  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension.
  • Creative and collegial working environment
  • A workplace with steady progressive development
  • Flexible working hours
  • Active university sports team

General information

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experiences to apply for the position. Nord University practices moderate allocation according to gender quotas as per the Basic Agreement for State Employees.

If applicants indicate that they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of governmental annual review.

Contact information

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting :

Application process

Applicants will be evaluated by an expert committee. Short-listed applicants will be called for an interview and trial lecture. These will be decisive for the appointment.

If there are many applicants, an internal committee may be convened to identify the most relevant candidates in the pool. These candidates will then be evaluated by expert committee. All applicants will be informed of the outcome.


Applications must be submitted online by the closing date of 7th January 2020.

The electronic application must contain:

  • Cover letter, including a description of research plans for over a 5-year period focusing on the area of specialisation mentioned in the announcement text
  • Complete CV summarizing education, positions held, teaching and research experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities
  • A complete list of scientific production with information about where they have been published, the impact factor and the number of citations. The list should include five publications (pdfs to be submitted) that the applicant believes to be most important, along with a statement indicating their relevance to the announced position
  • Documentation of other activities which the applicant considers relevant to the position and desires to be considered in the assessment
  • Copies of diplomas, transcripts and certificates
  • Contact information for 2-3 referees

All documentation to be considered is to be uploaded as attachments to the application.

Complete documentation in electronic form must be submitted by the closing date for application.

After the application period has expired a list of applicants will be published. Note that, in special cases, information about particular applicants to a position may be made public even though the applicant has requested that their application should be processed confidentially. Applicants requesting an exemption from publication of their details must explain their reasons for doing so in their application. In this case, advance notice will be given in the event of a decision to make any information about the applicant public.

Application deadline: 07.01.2020

Ref.nr. 30087356

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