Associate Professor / Full Professor in Applied Statistics

Deadline: 28.02.2021

University of South-Eastern Norway

The University of South-Eastern Norway, USN, is one of Norway’s largest higher education institutions, with around 18,000 students and 1,900 employees across eight different campuses.

We offer studies, research and knowledge dissemination, all targeting various professions and working life and with a high level of quality internationally. Our goal as a University is to create value both for the individual student and for business and commerce, the public sector and society in general. We achieve this by utilising the best tools we have: education and research.

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The students shall benefit from innovative educational methods and challenging studies closely associated with society's requirements and needs. They will learn how to adapt to a society and working life that is constantly changing. The University shall meet major social challenges with knowledge and expertise, helping to promote practical solutions, structural changes and new ways of thinking. USN’s academic activities shall be embodied by a clear dedication to the UN’s sustainable development goals. The University aims to realise this main profile in close cooperation with society and working life.

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The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has available a permanent fulltime post as Associate Professor/Full Professor in Applied Statistics in the fields of ecological and environmental sciences

About the position

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has available a permanent fulltime post vacancy in applied statistics in the fields of ecological and environmental sciences from 01.08.2021.

The post relates to the Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health, and the immediate superior is the Head of the Department. The main working place is in Bø, in the Municipality of Midt-Telemark, Vestfold and Telemark County, Norway.

Responsibilities and duties

The Department offers a BSc program in Natural Sciences, with specialisations in Ecology and Natural Resources as well as Pollution and the Environment, a MSc program in Environmental Sciences, and a PhD program in Ecology. The successful candidate will have teaching and supervision duties at all program levels. Relevant courses to be taught include an introductory biostatistics course at the BSc level, a medium-level course at the MSc level, and an advanced course at the PhD level. The successful candidate may be required to contribute to courses at other departments. The university considers distance learning and e-learning to be a priority area. Therefore, experience with online tools and digital media in teaching and supervision will be emphasized.

The successful applicant is expected to actively carry out and contribute to research and research activities in ecology and/or related research areas at the department. The department offers excellent opportunities for research, with access to good laboratory facilities and diverse terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems locally, regionally, and nationally. The department’s research groups collaborate with many national and international partners. Current focus areas of research include, amongst others, climate change, water quality, pollution, aquatic ecology, vegetation ecology, and mammalian ecology.

The successful candidate is also expected to participate in research leadership and guidance in strategic areas of the University’s network of researchers. The candidate’s experience with, and successful acquisition of external research funding will be considered important, and it is expected that the successful candidate will contribute to such efforts and to the development of national and international research networks.


The successful candidate will have a documented broad and solid background and research competence in applied biostatistics, preferrably as a statistician with strong interest in biology/ecology, or as an ecologist with a very strong training in statistics.

Experience within one or more of the following subjects and methods will be emphasized:

  • Handling of large and complex data sets
  • Study design
  • Factorial and regression methods, time series analysis
  • Multivariate methods
  • Spatial methods, GIS analyses and remote sensing
  • Handling and analysis of relocation data sets, multi-state modelling
  • Bayesian methods/INLA
  • Bioinformatics and/or machine learning methods
  • Excellent knowledge of the statistical software environment R

Applicants must document an active professional network, and the ability and willingness for project acquisition

Applicants must have experience with and/or motivation for research-based teaching, and we also expect the successful candidate to contribute to preparing students for a relevant career after their graduation. The teaching language at the BSc level is Norwegian, and English at the MSC and PhD levels. In case the successful candidate does not speak a Scandinavian language, the Department will try to support the acquisition of the necessary language skills.

We emphasize good cooperation and communication skills, and the candidate should be able to demonstrate experience, ability and willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team, and be motivated to share his or her knowledge.

For an appointment as a Full professor, an academic level in accordance with established international or national standards is required, i.e. a documented extensive research and teaching experience within biostatistics. For an appointment as an Associate professor it is required that the applicant holds a Norwegian doctorate within statistics, or an equivalent international doctoral degree, or qualifications at the same level documented by scientific production of equivalent scope andquality.

Educational competence and quality development

In accordance with the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research post, the University of South-Eastern Norway has established requirements that applicants for the posts of Associate Professor or Full Professor must be able to document skills in university and university college level pedagogy, subject didactics and digital competencies. On this basis, it is assumed that applicants can document educational skills through successfully completed university-level educational programmes of study or equivalent courses with a minimum of 200 hours of work and that they have developed fundamental skills in planning, implementing, evaluation and development of teaching and supervision at a university or university college level.

Alternatively, documentation is required to demonstrate the candidate’s own practice as a teacher, academic supervisor and educational supervisor in higher education, combined with relevant educational programmes, courses and seminars and documentation of acquired basic skills in planning, implementing, evaluating and developing teaching and supervision.

For applicants assessed primarily on the basis of their practice, there is an experience requirement within teaching, academic and educational supervision that corresponds to a portion of a full-time position in higher education corresponding to two years. Candidates who do not meet the requirements upon hiring are obliged to meet them within two years after being hired for the position. The two-year rule does not apply when applying for a promotion.

See further description of how educational competence should be documented in applications.

Applicants who do not have educational qualifications of this kind may be appointed on the condition that they qualify within two (2) years. Courses in university and university college level pedagogy will be offered.

It is expected that newly employed staff in academic positions who do not already master a Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) will acquire knowledge of Norwegian at an equivalent standard to advanced level Norwegian test ("Bergenstesten") within 2 years.

When assessing applicants, emphasis will be placed on

  • Personal suitability and motivation for the post.
  • Professional competence and scientific production in biostatistics, preferably in the field of ecology and/or related fields.
  • Teaching experience in statistics, especially in relation to ecological and environmental applications
  • General scientific and educational qualifications.
  • Publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Ability to obtain external funds.
  • Research management, participation and research projects and research dissemination.
  • Experience from international research mobility.
  • Experience from research-driven innovation and industry collaboration.
  • Other relevant competence.

We offer

  • An exciting academic environment with stimulating research and work opportunities.
  • Individual competence plans and good opportunities for competence and career development for all employees.
  • A socially inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues.
  • A campus in a beautiful environmental setting with exciting outdoor opportunities for research and leisure right at the doorstep.
  • Excellent pension and health schemes and favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.


Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis) (position code 1011): LT 61-77 NOK 542,400 – 741,300 per year. Professor (position code 1013): NOK 667,200 – 934,800 per year (LT 72 – 85). In special circumstances, a higher salary may be considered. Salary grade will be adjusted according to seniority and competence. Statutory amounts for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted from salary.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post.

Other information

The appointing body is the appointments committee for teaching and research posts at the University of South-Eastern Norway. An expert committee will assess the applications. Based on the committee’s recommendations, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview and a trial lecture.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post.

According to our human resources policy, it is our aim that our employees, to the fullest extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the general population. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the post. We endeavor to further develop as an inclusive workplace and to adapt your workplace if required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have experienced periods where you have not been in employment, education or training.

Pursuant to section 25, 2nd paragraph of the Freedom of Information Act, information on the applicant may be disclosed even if the applicant has requested not be included on the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified if such requests are not allowed.

Contact information

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How to apply

The University of South-Eastern Norway makes use of online application management. Applicants to the post must register their application and CV with enclosures online via the Jobbnorge recruitment portal by clicking on the link on the right-hand side – “Søk stillingen” (Apply for the post).

The following documents shall be attached to the online application:

  • Certified copies of diplomas from a university college/university and certificates.
  • Scientific publications (up to 15 for applicants for Professor and up to 10 for applicants for Associate Professor).
  • List of scientific publications.
  • Applicants who have completed their own university pedagogy course corresponding to a minimum of 200 hours must enclose a certificate of completed course/examination along with a curriculum plan or a description of the course and appurtenant topics/themes.
  • Basic skills in planning, implementing, evaluating and developing of teaching and supervision must be documented in the form of a systematic and holistic overview.
  • Other applicants must describe, assess and document their competence as teachers, mentors and educational supervisors through a systematic and holistic overview. At USN, the pedagogical portfolio is used. Please read more about the documents that should be included in the pedagogical portfolio in USN’s criteria for assessing educational competence for employment and promotion.
  • Applicants for professorships and docent positions shall also document that the additional criteria are met by adding:
    • A description of and reflection over work done to develop own teaching and academic supervision. This should be documented with specific examples showing development over time as well as a rationale for and reflection over the process and the outcome.
    • A description of experience with academic supervision at the master’s and PhD levels. In addition to a description of the scope of academic supervision, the applicant shall also summarize his/her experience and identify potential areas of development.
    • A description of and reflection over own leadership, participation in and role in the development of educational quality in the professional academic environment.
  • All types of specific documentation in the form of certificates, documents, evaluations, reports, etc. will add support to the application.
  • Contact information for three references.

Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or in English. Any translations must be certified.

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Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the required documentation has been uploaded with the application!

The University has been awarded a Charter & Code certificate by the European Commission, and is entitled to use the HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) logo. The University is also a member of the EURAXESS network, which contributes to good working conditions for mobile researchers.

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