Professor / Associate professor in applied mathematics

Deadline: 23.06.2021

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UiT is a multi-campus research university in Norway and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.

Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.

Faculty of Science and Technology / Department of Mathematics and Statistics

The position

The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) is looking to fill a permanent position as a professor or associate professor in Earth System Analysis.

We seek a scientist with a solid background in mathematics or statistics motivated to work in climate science and complex systems.If you are the successful candidate, you will join the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the group in Complex Systems Modelling (CoSMo).

You may also be affiliated with the following projects:

  • The Aurora Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems Modeling (DYNAMO)
  • The Horizon 2020 project Tipping Points in the Earth System (TiPES)
  • The CriticalEarth project - a Horizon 2020 Marie Sk≈odowska-Curie Actions, Innovative Training Network (ITN)
  • Stability of the Arctic Climate - a groundbreaking-research project funded by the Research Council of Norway, starting in June 2020

We offer a start-up package and a career development plan to help you establish your research group.

We will consider both experienced researchers and up-and-coming candidates in earlier stages of their careers. The applicant should be qualified to contribute to teaching and supervision in the department. We are especially looking for a candidate that can contribute to our courses in climate dynamics.

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position in Tromsø within a reasonable time, within 6 months after receiving the offer.

More about Tromsø and UiT

The UiT campus is near the center of Tromsø, a vibrant city located in Northern Norway with approximately 75 000 inhabitants, surrounded by the stunning landscape of Northern Scandinavia. The location also offers ample opportunities, e.g., sighting aurora, hiking, and skiing.

More information about moving to Norway here.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is a leading research department in algebraic geometry, differential geometry, complex systems modeling, and climate science. It provides education at the bachelor, master, and Ph.D. levels. Around 40 people are employed in the department, of which 17 are permanent faculty, 2 are administrative positions, and the rest are Ph.D. students and postdocs.


Further information about the position is available by contacting:

  • Professor Martin Rypdal, Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Phone +47 77 62 07 54, email [email protected]


We are looking for a candidate that can support our efforts to build an internationally leading group in Earth System Analysis. For this purpose, we will consider:

  • mathematicians,
  • statisticians,
  • climate modelers,
  • paleo-climate scientists,
  • network scientists,
  • complex-systems scientists ,
  • and scientists with other relevant backgrounds.

You need to be motivated and qualified to contribute to the current course portfolio in the department. We currently offer master's and Ph.D. level courses in climate dynamics, as well as an undergraduate-level course on climate change. It is an advantage if you can also contribute to our traditional mathematics or statistics courses.

Applicants must be fluent in oral and written English. It is considered an advantage to have good skills in a Scandinavian language. The candidate who is not fluent in a Scandinavian language are encouraged to learn Norwegian to the language exam level C1 (“Bergenstesten” or equivalent) within 3 years.

During the assessment, emphasis will be on your potential for research, motivation and personal suitability for the position.

Qualification requirements for the position as Professor:

  • Academic level conforming to established international or national standards for position of Professor in the subject area concerned
  • Documented pedagogical competence

In addition you must document:

  • Development of the quality of one's own teaching and supervision over time, and
  • Broad supervision experience, preferably at master's/PhD level, and
  • Participation in the development of educational quality in academic communities

To be awarded a professorship, you must document substantially more extensive research of high quality than that required to be awarded a doctorate degree. You must document academic activity at a high level over the previous six years, and that this points forwards towards continued activity at professorial level.

In addition UiT assess applicants according to national guidelines for assessment of professorial competence. You can find the guidelines here (only in Norwegian).

Qualification requirements for the position as Associate Professor:

  • Norwegian doctoral degree in subject area concerned or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognised as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree, or competence at a corresponding level documented by academic work of the same scope and quality
  • Documented pedagogical competence

At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

UiT wishes to increase the proportion of females in academic positions. In cases where two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.

Pedagogical competence (basic pedagogical competence)

All applicants for teaching and research positions shall document their pedagogical competence.

You must have acquired basic competence for teaching and supervision at higher education level. This includes basic skills in planning, conducting, evaluating and developing teaching and guidance.

Documentation requirement a) Applicants who have completed education or courses designed to provide teaching competence for teaching at universities and colleges, equivalent to a minimum of 200 hours, must attach diploma and curriculum for the completed course.

b) Other applicants shall describe, assess and document their competence as a teacher and supervisor. The skills must be documented in the form of a teaching portfolio.

For professor positions, experience with teaching and supervision in higher education corresponding to three years in a full-time position is required.

For professor positions, the teaching competence can be developed and documented through a combination of courses and teaching portfolio. Applicants for professor positions shall also document that the supplementary criteria are satisfied:

  • Description of and reflection over your work involving development of your teaching and supervision. This should be documented with specific examples that demonstrate development over time, as well as a description of and reflection over the process and result
  • Description of experience with supervision at master's and PhD level. In addition to describing the scope of the supervision, you shall also summarize your supervision experience and point to possible development areas
  • Description of and reflection over your own leadership, participation and role in development of the educational quality in the academic community

If the pedagogical competence can be acquired within two years of appointment, applicants shall not be ranked based on pedagogical competence.

Those who do not satisfy the requirements may be appointed on a permanent basis on the condition that they satisfy the requirements within two years of appointment.

For information about basic pedagogical competence and teaching portfolio, see here. (Only in Norwegian)

We offer

  • A stimulating and friendly working environment
  • Broad opportunity to participate in shaping research and education at the department
  • A start-up package and the right to apply for a paid one-year sabbatical every fifth year; an arrangement considered to be among the best in the country.
  • Good welfare arrangements for employees
  • Good arrangements for pension, insurance and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

Work and salary conditions

The successful candidate must be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of their department and the university as a whole.

The allocation of working hours is flexible and allocated on a case-by-case basis. In general, Professor/Associate Professors will spend an equal amount of time on teaching and research and development work after time spent on other duties has been deducted. As a norm, the time resources spent on administrative duties constitutes 5 % for academic staff.

The remuneration for Professor is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1013. The remuneration for Associate Professor is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1011. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University i Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment.

We believe that inclusion and diversity is a strength and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application.

If there are qualified applicants, we invite least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it.

Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.


The application must include:

  • Cover letter including a short description of interests and reasons for applying for the position
  • CV containing a complete overview of experience, professional work and references
  • Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees, in original language and translated)
  • Written references
  • Two references with contact details
  • Documented pedagogical competence
  • A list of your academic production
  • Description of your academic production, stating which works you consider most important
  • Academic works, up to ten. The doctoral thesis is regarded as one work.

Documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. The application and submitted documents must be sent electronically via www.jobbnorge.no


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee's mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants' qualifications on the basis of the written material presented by the applicants, and the detailed description draw up for the position.

The applicants who are assessed as best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things, aim to clarify the applicants personal suitability for the position and motivations. A trial lecture may also be held.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

More information about moving to Norway and working at UiT.

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.

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.

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