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Associate Professor in Mineralogy

Deadline: 21.05.2023

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo is Norway’s most comprehensive natural history collection. For almost 200 years, specimens of animals, fungi, plants, rocks, minerals and fossils have been collected, studied and preserved here. The museum is located at Økern and in the beautiful Botanical Garden, which is not only popular for recreation, but is a scientific collection in itself.


General information about the position

The Natural History Museum (NHM), University of Oslo, seeks an active researcher with a strong publication record for a fulltime position as Associate Professor (SKO 1011) within the field of mineralogy and crystallography. The position will be in the Department of Research and Collections, within the Norwegian Centre for Mineralogy Research Group, which has the curatorial responsibility for minerals, gems, rocks and meteorites.The ideal candidate has proven experience with modern analytical techniques for characterising minerals, especially within crystallography and crystal chemistry. The main research will be on the crystal chemistry of naturally occurring minerals and their systematics. Research that is relevant for NHMs collections and their development is expected. The candidate is expected to be able to define their own research projects and secure external funding. The in-house infrastructure includes a Rigaku Synergy-S single-crystal diffractometer as well as a D5005 powder diffractometer and a SEM.

NHM has a collaboration agreement with the Department of Geosciences on teaching and supervision of students at the bachelor and master’s levels, and with the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences for supervision of doctoral candidates. The successful candidate is expected to participate in teaching at all levels and be a capable and enthusiastic supervisor of master’s and PhD students.

Up to 50% of the working time will be devoted to curating collections (main activity), teaching and supervision of students, outreach and administrative tasks at NHM. Lectures and tuition are given in Norwegian and English. Foreign language speakers are expected to be able to teach in a Scandinavian language within two years after being hired.

The successful applicant is expected to become an active member of the Natural History Museum.

Qualification requirements

Required qualifications:

  • A PhD degree in mineralogy, geology or inorganic chemistry
  • Proven ability to collect sigle-crystal data and subsequent solve and refine mineral structures
  • A recent publication record within the topic of the position
  • An upward academic trajectory and strong potential for competitive research projects at a high international level
  • Excellent English language skills (written and spoken)

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.

The successful candidate must demonstrate mastery of both English and one of the Scandinavian languages as working languages. If an appointee is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, the appointee will be required to learn sufficient Norwegian within a two-year period, to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Familiarity with spectroscopic techniques (e.g. IR and Raman spectroscopy)
  • Experience with large-scale research infrastructures
  • Collections-based research
  • Teaching and supervision skills of master’s and PhD students

Personal qualities

  • Ability to create and contribute to a well-functioning, inclusive and productive research environment
  • Networking skills, ability to collaborate and conduct scientific leadership
  • Ability to cooperate and communicate well with other members of staff

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.

We offer

  • Salary from kr 661 400 to kr 746 900 depending on competencies, in the position of 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 Associate Professor will have the opportunity to apply for promotion to a position as Professor at a later date

How to apply

The application must include:

  • A cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, research profile and merits, grants and awards, pedagogical qualifications, curatorial experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • A list of all scientific publications. You can indicate up to 7 scientific publications that should be assessed in the evaluation. All publications must be available online.
  • A research plan, including a description of how NHMs mineral collections will be utilized in the research, how the research may contribute to the development of these collections, and how synergies can be achieved with other researchers and research groups at NHM (up to 5 pages)
  • A teaching portfolio: a document describing the applicant’s pedagogical competence including formal and practical qualifications and teaching philosophy
  • List of reference persons: 3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number). No reference letters should be submitted

Application with attachments must be submitted via our online recruitment system; please follow the link "Apply for this job". Please note that all documentation must be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Formal regulations

As a general rule an interview will be used in the appointment process, usually 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.

Rules for appointments to associate professorships

Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence at UiO

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 has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results

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.

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.


For questions regarding Jobbnorge, please contact HR Adviser Thomas Brånå, email: thomas.brana@nhm.uio.no

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