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Associate professor in Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Deadline: 15.02.2020

Job description

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.


The Department of Chemistry is Norway's largest institution within research and education in chemistry. Our research excels internationally and we educate students to a wide variety of jobs in industry, academia, research institutions, schools and public administration. Our research ranges from the core topics of chemistry to applied science within in environmental, health, energy and materials. The Department has extensive contacts with industry, research and educational institutions at home and abroad. As partner in the Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology our researchers contributes to a significant interdisciplinary efforts in cooperation with the Department of Physics. The Department of Chemistry has its own school laboratory as a great resource for teachers, public outreach and the didactics of chemistry.

Flere stillinger fra Universitetet i Oslo

A full-time associate professor position is available at the Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo.

The Department of Chemistry is part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The Department of Chemistry is ranked as the premier academic research institute in chemistry in Norway with a broad educational offer of high quality, as well as top, international-level research.

The associate professor is expected to actively take part in the Section of Environmental Sciences (SMV) and the Department of Chemistry. The main scientific activities of the SMV relate to research and teaching within the disciplines of environmental chemistry, biogeochemistry, as well as physical, nuclear and analytical chemistry. The SMV research focuses on biogeochemical processes in the environment, chemical dynamics and kinetics, development of analytical instrumentation and chemical methods for urban mining. The section presently has a core staff of 4 faculty members and a number of PhDs and postdocs.

The Section is a member of the Centre for BioGeoChemistry in the Anthropocene (CBA). The research focus of CBA is on environmental effects of climate change, including biogeochemical cycles of carbon and associated elements, water and energy, and to ecosystem responses and feedbacks. Together we aim at linking changes in atmospheric drivers to terrestrial, freshwaters and coastal zone responses and their respective feedbacks to the atmosphere. Changes in concentrations and fluxes of organic and inorganic compounds are studied at the atmosphere-land-water boundaries.

The successful applicant must be able to teach at all levels and to supervise Master and PhD students. 45% of the working time will be devoted to teaching as well as teaching related activities, and 10% to administrative duties according to current regulations by the Department and the Faculty.

For more details, please see Rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of sustaining its role as a leading research faculty. Candidates for this position will be selected in accordance with this, and are expected to be in the upper segment with respect to academic credentials.

  • The successful candidate must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian Ph.D. in chemistry.
  • The candidate should document practical and theoretical competence in relevant analytical techniques (eg. MS, ICP-MS, IC, spectroscopy etc.), experience with environmental sample collection, preparation, fractionation and speciation.
  • The candidate should have insight into biogeochemical processes in the environment.
  • A scientific track record that confirms the candidate’s capacity to address relevant and challenging issues. The main emphasis will be placed on documented scientific qualifications, including scientific independence.
  • Emphasis will be put on the candidate’s scientific production from the last five years.
  • Teaching experience is an important factor in the evaluation and should be well documented in a teaching portfolio. The applicant should describe her/his qualifications in view of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)-criteria:
    • Focus on the students’ learning
    • A definite development over time
    • A research attitude to teaching and learning
    • A collegial attitude and practice
  • The ability of the candidate in obtaining external research grants, either as a single applicant or as a co-applicant should be documented.
  • Further, international network, outreach activities and the ability to create a good working environment and operate in a team will be part of the evaluation criteria.

We offer

  • salary NOK 627 000 – 691 400 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Associate professor (position code 1011)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
  • the opportunity to apply for promotion to full professorship at a later stage only pertains to employment as Associate Professor

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • A teaching portfolio that documents and describes the applicant's teaching experience in view of the SoTL criteria, see above
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • A description (maximum 3 pages, as a separate file) providing the aim, goal, interest and motivation of applicant’s intended field/topic of research, including a research plan as well as a brief description on how the applicants experience and research could help in developing the science of the Department of Chemistry, the SMV and the CBA. This should also include a description of potential collaboration with future colleagues
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in a Scandinavian language or English.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, and the candidate’s motivation and personal suitability. Interviews will be used in the appointment process, and applicants may also be required to give a lecture of their research and a trial lecture for a Bachelor level course.

Appointment procedures, regulations on the requirements for basic teaching competence and a guide for applicants can be found here: http://www.uio.no/english/about/regulations/personnel/.

Formal regulations

The successful candidate who at the time of appointment cannot document basic teaching qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two-year period.

The candidate must be able to teach in Norwegian or in another Scandinavian language. Applicants who are not competent in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish must acquire such competence within two years subsequent to their appointment. Applicants who on appointment cannot provide documentary evidence of basic teaching competence must acquire such competence in the course of a period of two years in order to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

The basis for assessment will be the scholarly production of the applicant, other qualifications, pedagogical or educational, the applicant’s qualifications within leadership and administration as well as the general personal suitability. In ranking the competent applicants, the full range of qualifications will be considered and explicitly assessed.

Please see the rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships and Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence.

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

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

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For technical questions about the recruitment system, HR Adviser Ørjan Pretorius, email: [email protected]

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