Professor in Reservoar Management

Deadline: January 10, 2019

University of Stavanger

The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 1,700 employees. We are the only Norwegian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university has high ambitions. We will have an innovative and international profile, and will be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Together with our staff and students, we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

The Department of Energy Resources is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology. The international academic staff conducts research related to energy resources, technology for improved oil recovery (IOR), decision analysis and geosciences. Study programs offer courses related to the exploration and utilization of petroleum and natural resources. The department focuses on internationalization, with development of study programs in English and high mobility among academic staff and students. The department contributes significantly to the research activities and leadership of The National IOR Centre of Norway, established by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. There are currently 50 employees in the department including research fellows and postdocs.

The University of Stavanger is seeking a Professor in Reservoir Management.

Duties and academic community

The subject area for the position is reservoir management relating to the energy sector.

The position is affiliated to the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Energy Resources.

As a Professor, you will primarily teach and supervise students at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level, conduct research and disseminate research results within relevant research areas at the department, and contribute to the development of partnerships with businesses. The focus of the position is reservoir characterization and decision driven digitization for reservoir management and related subjects. The position also involves initiating and applying for research funding at research agencies and industry, and contributing to the development of the department within the area of energy resources and sustainable development.

The development and use of varied and digital learning methods in teaching, innovation and value creation based on results from research, academic and artistic development is also included in the position. The job description gives a more detailed description of the subject area and relevant duties.

Qualification requirements

We are seeking a Professor with a high level of scientific expertise in accordance with established professorship standards within Reservoar Management. Applicants must have experience in subject areas supporting the department’s development with respect to the challenges of the energy sector and sustainable development. The ideal candidate should also possess a good background in statistics, computational sciences, decision analysis and optimization. Previous experience in reservoir characterization is ideal but not necessary and a multidisciplinary approach with related disciplines is preferable (e.g. geology and geophysics among others).

The research activities are expected to have international impact with a long-term perspective with fundamental research challenges and the development of new technologies. Recent publications and potensiale for future research development at a high academic level within the subject area will be given priority.

You must be able to document pedagogical and didactic skills relating to higher education, or complete a university pedagogy course within a period of two years following appointment. The course will be provided by the university.

The following attributes are also desirable:

  • Ability to inspire colleagues with regard to research and educational development.
  • The ability to initiate, obtain external funding for, drive forward, and carry out research and development projects.
  • Research results published in recognized Norwegian and international peer-reviewed journals and a good impact factor (e.g. Scopus H-index),
  • A reflective and conscientious attitude towards teaching and guiding students.
  • The ability to involve and engage students in teaching where the course's objectives, content and assessment situations are closely interlinked.
  • Experience of and/or interest in the development of varied learning methods and digital tools in teaching.
  • Experience of partnerships with businesses.
  • The ability to build and nurture networks - regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Experience of innovation and commercialization of research.
  • The ability to manage a heavy workload, and to be inquisitive and motivated to develop new knowledge in collaboration with others.
  • Good teamwork and communication skills and the ability to contribute to a constructive working environment.

The working and teaching languages are Norwegian and English. If the candidate does not have a good command of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, they must acquire Norwegian language skills equivalent to level B2 within a period of two years from the start of the appointment. If required, the Norwegian course will be paid by the university.

In the absence of applicants with sufficient scientific expertise, the university may consider appointing the best candidate as an Associate Professor. For appointment as Associate Professor, scientific qualifications are required at doctoral level in the subject area.

We offer:

  • Varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organization.
  • An ambitious work community, which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organizational structure.
  • College-based guidance program during the first year of teaching, NyTi.
  • The opportunity for professional development and the option to apply for a promotion to full professor in accordance with national rules if appointed as an Associate professor.
  • A salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, 17.510, code 1013, NOK 754 900 - 848 800,- gross per year. A higher salary may be considered in special cases.
  • Membership of the State Pension Fund, which guarantees good pension rights. Members may apply for home investment loans at favorable interest rates.
  • Favorable membership terms at a gym and company sports club.
  • Employment within an inclusive organization which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active senior workers.
  • Home-job-home, discounted public transport to and from work.
  • As an employee in Norway, you will have access to a good health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced.
  • Relocation program in event of moving to Norway, including support and language courses for partners.

General information

An expert committee will assess applicants. In the assessment, emphasis will be placed on the submitted scientific works/documented research activity, and documented teaching expertise. Experience in outreach/dissemination activities, university politics and administration, and any other documented qualifications relevant to the position will also be assessed.

If a large number of applications are received, it may be necessary to reject some applications before the associated documents are sent to the expert committee for assessment. This will apply to applicants who do not satisfy the key qualification requirements.

Based on the expert committee's statement, relevant applicants will be called to interview and to complete a teaching evaluation before any recommendations are made.

The university aims to recruit more women to associate professor/professor positions within subject areas. If several applicants are considered to have equal qualifications, women will be given priority.

It is a prerequisite that the appointee has a residence, which enables them to be present at, and available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.

More information

The job description gives a more detailed account of the subject area and relevant duties.

More information about the position can be obtained from:

Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR Advisor Margot A. Treen, tlf 51831419, e-mail [email protected]


Apply for the position online via the “Apply for the position” link on this page. Here, you can submit your letter of application, relevant education and experience.

The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application in separate files:

  • CV with a full summary of education, experience, and publication record.
  • Relevant certificates and references.
  • Complete list of scientific works and artistic activity.
  • Up to 10 works documenting teaching and educational competence; see guidelines for the assessment of teaching skills.
  • Up to 10 scientific works, pivotal to the candidate’s research output, including PhD thesis.
  • Documentation of other activities considered to be relevant in relation to the requirements for the position.

The documentation must be available either in a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before uploading.

Information and documentation to be taken into account in the assessment must be submitted prior to the deadline for applications. Contact details for three references must be stated in the application or upon request.

Please note that information about applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants (see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act).

Job description - Professor in Reservoir Management

Subject area

The position relates to reservoir management applied to the energy sector. The focus of the position is reservoir characterization and decision driven digitization for reservoir management and related subjects. The position also involves initiating and applying for research funding at research agencies and industry, and contributing to the development of the department within the area of energy resources and sustainable energy production.

Position within the organization

The appointment is by the University of Stavanger. Within the organization, the position is affiliated with the Department of Energy Resources in the Faculty of Science and Technology, Information on the unit is available on our website Employees will be able to participate in research communities across organizational units.

Relevant duties

Together with other scientific personnel, associate professors are required to:


  • Contribute to the development of academically strong and relevant education programs.
  • Further development and strengthening of the education programs and their academic reputation by providing high-quality teaching and support at Bachelor, Master and PhD level.
  • Contribute to and develop continuing education courses.
  • Maintain supervisor responsibility for Reseach Fellows and Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Facilitate the students’ learning in line with the learning objectives of the study programs.
  • Drive forward pedagogical development work and the production of educational aids.
  • Participate in continuous training processes linked to teaching and support.
  • Contribute to the development of new teaching methods and the use of different digital learning resources.
  • Carry out student evaluations and drive forward the continuous improvement of course quality.

Research; artistic development and innovation.

  • Strengthen research at the University of Stavanger
  • Conduct research and drive forward academic and/or artistic development within the subject area.
  • Initiate, obtain external funding for, drive forward and carry out research and development projects.
  • Drive forward applied business-oriented, practical profession-centered and/or socially relevant research, including assignments from and in collaboration with the public and private sectors and the business world.
  • Participate in and develop research communities in connection with university program areas or research groups.
  • Involve students in research and artistic development work.
  • Contribute to innovation and value creation based on results from research, professional and artistic development.
  • Involve students in entrepreneurial activities and help to develop their entrepreneurial expertise.
  • Establish networks and partnerships with researchers both nationally and internationally.

Dissemination and interface with the public and private sectors

  • Disseminate research results in Norwegian and international publications.
  • Drive forward popular scientific dissemination.
  • Contribute to academically recognized conferences, nationally and internationally.
  • Participate in academic and social debate.
  • Contribute to the development of partnerships with society, culture and working life.
  • Build and nurture a broad network with the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally.


  • Participate in academic strategic work and in the development of new teaching subjects/disciplines.
  • Facilitate examinations and participate in assessment.
  • Participate in expert committees and internal assessment committees.
  • Hold posts on national and international committees, and in boards and committees at UiS.

The successful applicant will be expected to support and participate in the other activities of the faculty and be able perform tasks across departmental and faculty interfaces.

An annual plan for the work that is to be carried out will be established following discussion between the head of department and employee in accordance with the university's guidelines for the planning of work.


UiS expects all scientific staff to undergo continuous training in relation to their own teaching and research.

During their first year, professors must participate in the university's college-based guidance program NyTi.

Professors who are unable to document sufficient pedagogic and didactic expertise linked to higher education must complete a university pedagogical course within two years from their appointment.

Professors who do not have a command of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language must acquire Norwegian language skills equivalent to level B2 (in accordance with the common European framework for language) within a period of two years from the beginning of their appointment.

Appointees can apply for paid sabbaticals in accordance with the university's Guidelines for the granting of sabbaticals.

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