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Associate professor in Stochastics and Partial Differential Equations

Deadline: 21.04.2021

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.


Department of Mathematics is part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The Department is engaged in research covering a wide spectrum of subjects within mathematics, mechanics and statistics.

Job description

One fulltime position as Associate Professor is available within the research areas of section 3; Risk and Stochastics, and of section 4; Partial Differential Equations and Computational Mathematics, at the Department of Mathematics, UiO.

About the Department and what we are looking for in this position

The appointment is a fully tenured Associate Professorship. The Department of Mathematics consists of six scientific sections. For more information, please consult the Department's homepage. The successful candidate should have a background in theory and applications in the intersections of stochastic analysis, nonlinear partial differential equations and computational methods. Among the relevant intersections are fluid dynamics, financial modeling, physics, and uncertainty quantification. The position aims at promoting synergetic activities between sections 3 and 4, and hence preference will be given to candidates whose research interests are common to both sections (e.g., stochastic partial differential equations, including numerical schemes for such), but we encourage applicants from all research fields of sections 3 and 4.

The research activity of sections 3 and 4 covers several areas, including partial differential equations with stochastic terms, parameters or data. For additional information, see this link, this, and this.

We are looking for a candidate who can establish research collaboration, both within the department, and with external researchers. She/he will also be given teaching responsibilities, in particular be responsible for courses in stochastic analysis, partial differential equations and relevant numerical analysis. The successful applicant should be able to teach most courses offered by the department at the Bachelor level. Furthermore he/she may be required to take on other teaching duties and administrative tasks, at the request of the Department or the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Compulsory work (teaching, teaching related activities and administrative duties) will be limited to 50% of working hours.

General information about the position

Applicants must document academic qualifications in their field, equivalent to an Associate professor position. The successful applicant must be able to teach at all levels and to supervise Master and PhD students.

The successful applicant may furthermore be required to take on other teaching duties and administrative tasks, by request from the Department or the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Qualification requirements

Required qualifications

  • The successful applicant must have completed a PhD in mathematics and have a strong scientific track record within the area of nonlinear (stochastic) partial differential equations.
  • 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.

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

  • Candidates should be able to establish, lead and conduct research projects, also as a collaborator. A track record in scientific and administrative leadership is an advantage, as well as participation in the acquisition of research grants.
  • International network, outreach activities, collegiality, and the ability to create a good working environment will be part of the evaluation.

Personal skills

  • 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 NOK 630 500 to NOK 726 400 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:

  • Application letter.
  • A research plan (1–4 pages) describing the applicant’s vision and scientific ambitions for the nearest future.
  • 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.
  • A complete list of publications and academic merits and awards (if not included in the CV).
  • Contact details of 2-3 reference persons (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).
  • Full text of 3-5 selected scientific publications the applicant wishes to include in the evaluation, including a description of why these were selected.
  • A document discussing the importance, interrelation, and relevance of the selected papers for this position.
  • 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)

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

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.

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 this link.

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.

Contact information

For questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR adviser Nina Holtan, phone +47 228 54424, e-mail: [email protected]

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