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Apply by: 2022-01-30

Associate Professor in Biological Chemistry/Cell Biology

Published 2022-01-14

Job description
The University of Stavanger invites applicants for a position as Associate Professor in Biological Chemistry/Cell Biology at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry, Bioscience and Environmental Engineering. The position is open for appointment from the start of the academic year 2022/23.

The hired candidate will primarily teach and supervise students at bachelor's, master's and PhD level within the subject area, conduct research and disseminate research results within relevant research areas at the department, and contribute to the development of partnerships with business.

The development/use of digital and diverse learning methods, innovation, value creation based on results from research, and academic development work, will be included in the position.

We encourage candidates to contribute to the development of partnerships with businesses, including innovation, value creation based on results from research and academic development work.

The general job description for Associate Professors at UiS gives a more detailed account of relevant duties.

Academic community
The strategic research area for our Department is One Health which is in accordance with other strategies at UiS. Our planet faces many challenges that can only be tackled in an interdisciplinary manner, and the One Health ambition encompasses human, animal, plant, and environmental health by focussing on the interaction between the disciplines and effect on the total environment. As a Department, we are committed to contribute to a more sustainable future where our multidisciplinary and integrative approach shapes the research we do and the teaching we deliver. We are looking for a colleague who believes in our vision and wants to contribute to our One Health strategy.

The Department of Chemistry, Bioscience and Environmental Engineering research interests feeds into our One Health ambition based on our scientific expertise and strengths. Chemistry is important to understand life and the environment at the molecular level. A more sustainable approach to develop chemicals tailored to improve health and lessen the impact on the environment is key. The understanding of life at an organismal and cellular level and the interaction in whole ecosystems is the remit of biology. The provision of healthy food by means of a more sustainable agriculture and fisheries is vital. Chemical and biological understanding of natural systems is essential to understand human impact on our planet. Environmental engineering offers technological solutions to remedy environmental issues for a sustainable future.

The positions are associated with the Research group in Biological Chemistry. The research activities in our team cover a broad research area from cancer biology, plant biochemistry, evolutionary biochemistry, molecular parasitology, toxicology, ecotoxicology, environmental monitoring and systems biology. We deliver at an internationally competitive level and we expect our new colleagues to complement and enhance our research portfolio.

The department also supports the development of partnerships with businesses and other research institutions to contribute within the One Health strategy.

Qualification requirements
We are seeking an Associate Professor with a PhD or equivalent qualification in Biological Chemistry, preferably Cell Biology. Candidates with expertise in Cell Biology on a model organism, ideally (zebra)fish, will be preferred. 

Research experience in omics approaches to address organismal areas such as genetics, developmental biology, epigenetics, endocrinology is preferable.

We encourage other applicants with a strong scientific and educational experience in the molecular and cellular biology field to apply as well.

You must be able to document active, ongoing research at a high academic level and have the potential for future high-level research in the subject area.

You must also:

  • document qualifications as an independent researcher at international level within the research areas mentioned above and fit within our One Health strategy.
  • document adequate scientific comprehensiveness to be able to teach the central courses at Bachelor and Master level.
  • have supervised students in their thesis work up to Ph.D. level or at least have experience with co-supervision at PhD level.
  • have a strong publication record in international peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • have good command of both spoken and written English language.
In addition, you should have a track record of obtaining competitive research funding and experience in leading research projects.

It is expected that you have a reflective and conscientious attitude towards your own teaching and supervision. You must be able to document pedagogical and didactic skills relating to higher education, and basic skills in planning, evaluation and development of teaching and supervision. If you do not meet the competence requirement you must complete a university pedagogy course within a period of two years of the appointment start date. The course will be provided by the university.

Norwegian is the language mainly used at UiS. The working and teaching languages are Norwegian and English. It is expected that you can teach and supervise in Norwegian (equivalent to level B2), or another Scandinavian language, within a period of three years from accession. If required, you will be offered a Norwegian course paid for by the university.

The following attributes are also desirable

  • demonstrated the ability to build and preserve professional networks - regionally, nationally and internationally
  • ability to inspire colleagues with regards to research and educational development
  • ability to involve and engage students in teaching where the course's objectives, content and assessment situations are closely interlinked
  • experience and/or interest in the development of varied learning methods and digital tools in teaching
  • research results published in recognised publications, and references indicating progression in research and publications
  • ability to initiate, obtain external funding for, lead and carry out research and development projects
  • experience of partnerships with businesses relevant to the subject area
  • contributed to the use of research-based knowledge in society and that you can refer to results from innovation and the commercialization of research
  • ability to manage heavy workload, inquisitiveness and motivation to contribute to the development of academic and interdisciplinary collaboration at the university
  • good teamwork and communication skills, and ability to contribute to a constructive working environment
We offer

  • varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation
  • 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 organisational structure.
  • good development opportunities, associate professor is encouraged for further qualification with a view to promotion to professor
  • colleague-based guidance programme during your first year of teaching at UiS, NyTi.
  • salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, l.pl 17.510, code 1011, NOK 630.000-715.000 gross per year. A higher salary may be considered in special cases. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits
  • favourable membership terms at a gym and at the company sports club, SiS sportssenter
  • employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors
  • Hjem-jobb-hjem, discounted public transport to and from work
  • as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced
  • relocation programme
  • language courses: Look up “language courses” under employment conditions
University of Stavanger values independence, involvement and innovation. Diversity is respected and considered a resource in our work and learning environment. Universal design characterises physical and digital learning environments, and we strive to provide reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities.

You are encouraged to apply regardless of gender, disability or cultural background.

The university aims to recruit more women within the subject area. If several applicants are considered to have equal qualifications, female applicants will be given priority.

Contact information
More information on the position can be obtained from Head of Department Ingunn W. Jolma, tel: +47 92 23 48 57, e-mail: ingunn.w.jolma@uis.no.

Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR advisor Rosa Andrade, tel: +47 51 83 11 91, e-mail: rekruttering@uis.no.

Apply for the position online via the “Apply for the position” link on this page. Your application letter, relevant education and work experience as well as language skills must be registered here. In the application letter, you must state your competence and motivation for the position.

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

  • CV with a full summary of your education and experience
  • a pedagogical portfolio with a professionally based description and discussion of your teaching and educational competence as well as relevant documentation that supports this, see guidelines for assessment of educational competence
  • complete list of academic publications with information on where they are published
  • up to 10 academic publications which are pivotal to your research output, including your PhD thesis or published monograph based upon the thesis
  • research plan for the next 5-10 years, maximum three pages
  • transcripts and certificates, and other documentation that you consider relevant

Applications are evaluated based on the information available in Jobbnorge on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

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

Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants, in accordance with Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act. If your request is not granted, you will be notified.

UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in Jobbnorge.

General information
The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to UiS. 

The university's guidelines for appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts, sections 2 and 3.3, provide further discussion of criteria for employment as Associate Professor.

Your qualifications for the position, based on documentation registered in Jobbnorge, will be assessed by an expert committee. You will receive the committee's statement as soon as it is available.

If you do not satisfy key parts of the qualification requirements, you may have your application rejected before applications are submitted to the expert committee for assessment.

Based on the expert committee's statement, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview and teaching demonstration before any recommendations are made. References will also be obtained for relevant candidates. More about the hiring process on our website.

It is a prerequisite that you have a residence which enables you to be present at/available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.

The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of opinion between the texts, the Norwegian text shall be decisive.

UiS - challenge the well-known and explore the unknown

The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 1,900 employees. The university has high ambitions. We strive to have an innovative and international profile, and be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Our common direction is driven by consideration for sustainable change and equitable social development, through new ways of managing natural resources and facilitating better cities and local communities. Energy, health and welfare, learning for life are our focus areas.

In constant collaboration and dialogue with our surroundings, regionally, nationally and internationally, we enjoy an open and creative climate for education, research, innovation, dissemination and museum activities. Academic life at the University of Stavanger is organised into six faculties comprising various departments/schools and National Research Centres, as well as the Museum of Archaeology. We are a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university is located in the most attractive region in the country with more than 300,000 inhabitants. The Stavanger region has a dynamic labour market and exciting cultural and leisure activities.

Together with our staff and students we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

The Faculty of Science and Technology offers study programs at bachelor, master and doctoral level. The faculty has established close cooperation on research with NORCE (Norwegian Research Centre AS) and the regional industry. The faculty has about 2,800 students and approximately 400 employees at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Structural Engineering and Materials Science, Department of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering, Department of Energy Resources and the Department of Safety, Economics and Planning.

The Department of Chemistry, Bioscience and Environmental Technology offers study programs at all levels within the areas Biological Chemistry, Chemistry and Environment. The department is responsible for basic tuition in chemistry at the faculty. There are currently about 60 employees including doctoral and postdoctoral fellows, and 230 students at the department.