Associate Professor of structural engineering (2 positions)

Closing date: November 23. 2014

The University of Stavanger invites applications for 2 positions as associate professor of structural engineering at the Faculty of Science and Technology in the Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science (IKM), beginning by appointment.

The academic field of both positions is structural engineering, which includes the theoretical and practical basis for the design of civil engineering structures. For both positions central topics are structural mechanics and building technology.

The responsibilities comprise research, supervision, teaching, student assessment related to the field above and administrative duties.

The education required for the position is a Ph.D. or corresponding competence within the academic field. 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. The Associate Professor will the first year participate in “NyTi” which is the university's guidance and integration program for new teachers.

The language of instruction is both Norwegian and English. 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.

If there are no fully qualified applicants, temporary employment may be offered for a period of three years with a view to acquiring full qualifications and tenure. The applicant must be judged to have the necessary abilities to acquire such qualifications within this period.

The position is salaried according to the State Salary Code, 17.510, code 1011, ltr 67 - 72, of NOK 580 300 – 639 500 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 Jasna B. Jakobsen, telephone +47 51 83 16 66, email  Information about appointment procedures can be obtained from Anne Karin Rafos, telephone +47 51 83 17 11, email

The application must contain the following documents and material:
• CV
• The form "Employment Application Form"
• Certificates/diplomas
• List of publications
• Up to 15 publications
• Any other documentation that the applicant considers relevant

The application can be sent as PDF – or as Word files to Please mark the e-mail with st id 30058107 in the subject line.

Or you can address your application with attachments submitted in three (3) hard copies to:
University of Stavanger
Faculty of Science and Technology
N-4036 Stavanger
The application should be marked 30058107

Job description

Associate Professor of structural engineering, 30058107

The University of Stavanger (UiS) currently enrolls 10 100 students and employs 1 200 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 continued education programs. International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS) is owned 50% by the university.

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 and Computer engineering, Department of Industrial Economics, Risk Management and Planning, Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science, Department of Petroleum Engineering and Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
The faculty has 270 staff and 2 500 students. The Faculty offers several master programs in technology and bachelor programs in engineering, PhD programs are offered in Offshore Technology, Petroleum Technology, Information Technology, Risk Management and Societal Safety as well as Biological Chemistry.
The Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science (IKM) have 18 academic staff, 7 adjunct professors, 8 engineers, 3 administrative staff, 20 PhD students and 600 students. The department offers bachelor programs in structural engineering and mechanical engineering. The department offers master programs in constructions and materials and offshore technology with specializations in marine- and subsea technology and industrial asset management.
The research activities in civil engineering at the department are mainly within wind engineering, fatigue of steel structures and concrete technology. The department's experimental activities within civil engineering have just been moved to a new laboratory building.

An appointment applies generally to the university. Administratively the position is placed at the Faculty of Science and Technology in the Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science

The academic field of both positions is structural engineering which includes the theoretical and practical basis for the design of civil engineering structures. For both positions central topics are structural mechanics and building technology.

The academic field also includes environmental loads, structural lifetime analysis, principles for design and analysis of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures, concrete technology, elastic and plastic modelling of steel constructions and joints, fatigue of steel structures and application of steel in composite structures. 

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

The languages of instruction are Norwegian and English.

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.

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

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 applicant's personal suitability for the position.

Tenured associate professors may, according to regulations, apply for promotion to full professor.