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Associate Professor in Low-energy nuclear physics

Deadline: 28.05.2023

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 research at the Department of Physics covers a broad range of subfields within physics and technology: From space research to medical physics. A good proportion of the research is interdisciplinary, and conducted in close cooperation with collaborators in Norway and abroad.

Education and teaching are other essential activities. We offer a broad range of courses, and the Department is involved in several study programmes at bachelor’s and master’s level. Some of the best lecturers in Norway are amongst our employees, and we are proud of our prizewinning teaching and learning environment. The Department has 200 employees, of which 50 are permanent scientific positions. On a yearly basis 20 students complete their Ph.D. and 50 finish their M.Sc. degree.

About the Department and the position

A permanent position as Associate Professor is available in the Section for Nuclear- and Energy Physics at the Department of Physics. We are looking for an experimental researcher working in low-energy nuclear physics with research interests in the fields of nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, or nuclear astrophysics. The nuclear physics group at the Department of Physics operates the Oslo Cyclotron Laboratory (OCL) with the MC35 Cyclotron providing light-ion beams, and the Oslo Scintillator Array OSCAR, an array of 30 large-volume LaBr3(Ce) detectors. The group has established a successful research program studying highly excited nuclei and their statistical properties with relevance for nuclear reaction modelling. The group pursues a complementary research program related to spectroscopy of exotic nuclei at international research facilities worldwide.

The group has furthermore a leading role in the Norwegian Nuclear Research Centre (NNRC), a consortium of several universities and research institutions that has the goal to strengthen research capacity and competence in nuclear science in Norway. Closely related to the new centre, the Department of Physics has established new Bachelor and Master programs on nuclear science and technology.

The successful applicant is expected to initiate and lead experimental research activities that are aligned with the scientific focus of the group, to collaborate with the group at OCL and other laboratories, and to contribute to the research activities of the NNRC. She/he is expected to acquire external funding to new research projects in this area, to supervise PhD and Master students, and to teach physics at all levels. Half the working time will be devoted to teaching, teaching related activities, and administrative duties. The successful applicant should play an active role in developing new courses in the Bachelor and Master programs on nuclear science and technology.

Qualification requirements

Required qualifications

  • The successful applicant must have completed a PhD in physics, and have a strong scientific track record in experimental nuclear physics, specifically within the fields of nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, or nuclear astrophysics
  • Experience with attracting external research funding and leading scientific research projects
  • Documented pedagogical qualifications and experience from teaching and supervising students at all levels
  • Good language skills, in particular a good command of both written and spoken English. The person appointed to the position must be able to teach in Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language) within two years of the appointment.
  • Experience with scientific programming and the use of numerical methods in research and education

Desired qualifications

  • Experience in the development and redesign of courses and teaching methods, and motivation to take part in developing and improving study programs
  • Experience with communicating university level research and education to a wider (non-scientific) audience.

Scientific qualifications will play a major role, and the main emphasis will be on the candidate’s scientific production from the last five years.

Pedagogical qualifications and teaching and supervision experience at all levels will be an important factor in the evaluation process 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) framework which includes:

  • Focus on student learning
  • A clear development over time
  • A researching approach
  • A collegial attitude and practice

The successful candidate who at the time of appointment cannot document sufficient teaching qualifications (minimum formal requirement is a 200 hrs pedagogical programme) will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two-year period.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 615 000 – NOK 790 100 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as Associate Professor (position code 1011).
  • A professionally stimulating work 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.

Personal skills

  • Ability to create and contribute to a well-functioning, inclusive and productive research environment
  • Organizational and networking skills, ability to collaborate and conduct scientific leadership

The successful candidate should have an international profile with respect to the above criteria. The candidate for this position will be selected based on excellence and fit with the section’s research profile.

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter with a statement of motivation and research interests
  • A detailed CV, including a complete list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, project acquisition and coordination experience, and other qualifying activities.
  • Copies of educational certificates, PhD diploma, transcript of records and letters of recommendation.
  • Research plan including possible synergies with the Department’s sections with an emphasis on Low-energy Nuclear Physics (up to 5 pages);
  • A complete list of publications and academic merits and awards (if not included in the CV).
  • Summary of up to three selected scientific publications the applicant wishes to include in the evaluation describing their significance and impact. A copy of these publications (or an open access link to these) must be provided
  • Educational portfolio of 3–6 pages documenting educational competence and experience, including a reflection note in which your own teaching practice and view of learning is anchored in the SoTL framework (focus on student learning, development over time, a researching approach and a collegial attitude and practice)
  • List of reference persons: 2–3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be submitted in our electronic recruiting system; please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

An interview will be used in the appointment process, supplemented with a trial teaching session. The basis for assessment will be the scientific production of the applicant, the teaching portfolio, pedagogical and educational qualifications, the applicant’s qualifications within leadership and administration, other qualifications as well as general personal suitability for the position. In ranking the competent applicants, the full range of qualifications will be considered and explicitly assessed.

Formal regulations

Rules for appointments to associate professorships.

Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence for appointments to permanent academic posts which include teaching duties

According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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 aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds. Women are encouraged to apply.

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

In addition, the University of Oslo aims for its employees to reflect the diversity of the population to the greatest degree possible. We therefore encourage qualified applicants with disabilities or gaps in their CV to apply for the position. The University of Oslo will adapt the workplace to suit employees with disabilities. Applicants who indicate that they have disabilities or gaps in their CV are made aware that this information may be used for statistical purposes.


For technical questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Elin Thoresen, elin.thoresen@mn.uio.no

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