Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry - Centre for Organelle Research (CORE)

Closing date for application is: November 30th 2014

The University of Stavanger invites applications for a position as associate professor of Biological Chemistry at the Faculty of Science and Technology in the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The position is located at the Centre for Organelle Research (CORE).

The academic field of the position is in Biological Chemistry.

The responsibilities comprise research, supervision, teaching, and student assessment related to the field above, and participation in leadership – and administration related to the CORE center.

It is expected that the employed person will contribute in the development of cooperation with the society, industry and other cultural related tasks.

The education required for the position is a Ph. D. or corresponding competence within the academic field. Administrative experience, leadership experience and qualifications within the areas of creativity, innovation and commercialization of research can also be given emphasis.

The appointee must also be able to document pedagogical and didactic skills related to higher education, or accept to enter a university teaching courses within a period of two years from commencement. The application should include a reflection on teaching skills.

Use of varied teaching methods is a priority at the university. The appointee must be prepared to adopt different methods and different digital learning resources.

Associate Professor will the first year participate in “NyTi” which is the universities guidance and integration program for new teachers.

The language of instruction is normally Norwegian. The appointee must have a good command of oral and written Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, or acquire such language competence within a period of two years. The appointee must also be prepared to teach classes in English.

The position is salaried according to the State Salary Code, 17.510, code 1011,  ltr 62 – 66, of NOK 528 800 – 569 400 per annum. In special cases higher salaries may apply.

The position provides for automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which guarantees favorable retirement benefits. Members may also apply for home investment loans at favorable interest rates.

The job description below contains a more detailed account of academic responsibilities, duties, qualifications and other requirements considered essential for appointment.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Peter Ruoff, telephone +47 51 83 18 87, email or from Head of Department, Gro Johnsen, telephone +47 51 83 17 80, email Information about appointment procedures can be obtained from Helga Hunnes Bøe, telephone 51 83 21 84, email

Application containing CV, the form "Employment Application Form", certificates/diplomas, references, list of publications, up to 15 publications and other documentation that the applicant considers relevant, should be addressed to:

It should be noted that the application must be sent either in Word- or in PDF format.

The application should be marked vacancy ref 30057162.

Job description

Associate professor in Biological Chemistry - Centre for Organelle Research (CORE), vacancy ref 30057162.

The University of Stavanger (UiS) currently enrolls 10 100 students and employs 1 300 teaching and administrative staff, and is committed to excellence in research, creative arts and teaching. It offers a variety of academic and professional bachelor, master and doctoral programs as well as in-service and further education programs. International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS) is owned 50% by the university and organizes university projects with external funding and for commercialization.

The academic activity at the university is organized into Faculty of Arts and Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology and Museum of Archaeology.

The Faculty of Science and Technology is organized into five departments: Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science, Department of Industrial Economics, Risk Management and Planning, and Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The faculty has 270 staff and 2500 students and offers bachelor-, master- and doctoral programs, in addition to several in-service and further education programs.

The Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has 30 scientific staff and about 400 students. The department offers bachelor programs in Biological Chemistry, Chemistry and Environment, Mathematics and Physics together with master programs within Biological Chemistry, Environmental Technology and Mathematics and Physics. The department offers PhD programs in Chemistry and Biological Sciences, Offshore Technology and in Mathematics/Physics. The department is organized into four subject areas: Biological Chemistry, Chemistry and Environment, Mathematics, and Physics.

The academic field for the position is biological chemistry. The section has five professors, three engineers and two 50% administrative and technical staff members. The section of biological chemistry is organized in form of a research center, the Centre for Organelle Research (CORE). In addition to the permanent staff, CORE has presently five temporary researcher/associate professor positions, twenty-five postdoc/PhD candidates, two temporary engineers and seven temporary teaching/professor II positions. The section for biological chemistry is responsible for all teaching at the bachelor- and master programs in biological chemistry.

CORE is a research center, where biochemical, molecular biological and biotechnological research and innovation is being conducted at an international level. The research at CORE covers a broad area within biological chemistry. The University of Stavanger has health as a strategic focusing area, where the faculty and the department have biomedicine in their strategic plan. CORE was established as a cooperative effort between the University of Stavanger, the Stavanger University Hospital and the International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS). About 40 scientific employees are presently working at CORE, which is located at Måltidets Hus at Stavanger Innovation Park (iPark).

The subject area of the position is biological chemistry - preferably with a competence within the activities of the section for biological chemistry, i.e., biological and biophysical chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics, microbiology, plant physiology and biomedicine. The candidate has to document qualifications as an independent researcher at an international level within one or several of the activity areas indicated above. In case several applicants are considered to have equal qualifications the candidate with focus towards biomedicine will be ranked first. In addition, the candidate needs to document sufficient breadth and being capable to teach central courses within the bachelor and master programs of biological chemistry. The candidate should also be capable to supervise bachelor, master and PhD students.

The appointee shall, together with the other faculty members, conduct research and contribute to the development of research at the UiS. The appointee shall conduct courses, supervise students and participate in student assessment within the field for the position and administrative duties.

The appointee can expect to receive practical administrative leadership tasks related to the daily management, organization and development of CORE. This can be related to the further development of the center, cooperating with external and internal partners, working out and follow the center's strategic programs, and holding a secretary function for the steering board of CORE.

The appointee is expected to support and participate in the other activities at the faculty and also to accept responsibility for interdepartmental programs or projects.

The University emphasizes excellence in teaching quality and requires that teaching staff has educational and didactic expertise in higher education. Pedagogical competence can be documented with diploma / certificate from relevant formal educational training related to higher education. Didactic competence can be documented with varied didactic work in higher education. Regulations for assessment of teaching skills are available from the Faculty.

Leadership and administrative experience will be given emphasis

Experience from popularization, journalism, university politics and administration, and other relevant and documented qualifications for the position can also be considered.

Applicants will be screened by an expert committee on the basis of submitted material. The committee will particularly consider the applicants' submitted scholarly and scientific work and their teaching skills.

Documentation and material to be considered by the expert committee must have been postmarked by the closing date for applications. References can be enclosed in the application or be made available on request.

Applicants on the short list will be invited to an interview and asked to give a test lecture before the Committee on Appointments makes its final decision. This decision will also include an assessment of the applicants' personal suitability for the position.