There is a vacancy for an associate professor within space physics at the Department of Physics and Technology, University of Bergen.

Research and teaching at the Department of Physics and Technology covers a wide range of topics ranging from basic research on the smallest elements in the universe to technology and innovation to solve problems and challenges our world is facing today, e.g., relating to health and energy. Our major research activities are within space physics and nuclear- and particle physics. We also have strong research groups in areas such as measurement technology, microelectronics, nanophysics, medical physics, energy, acoustics, and optics. Research is to a large extent funded externally, as an example we host a Center of Excellence, “Birkeland Centre for Space Science” and “Smart Ocean”. The department has a central role in UiB’s new Civil Engineer-programs in Ocean Technology, Medical technology, and Energy.

Work tasks/research field:

All employees of the department are expected to contribute to excellence through high quality research and teaching. The working environment for this position will be the research group for particle precipitation at the Birkeland Centre for Space Science.

For this position, we are looking for an excellent scientist, who has extensive experience in space physics, more specifically the effects of particle precipitation on the atmosphere, with emphasis on the use of satellite measurements and chemical- and climate models for the atmosphere. The space physics group has long experience in development of measurement systems for use in space and the department wants to carry on this activity. The successful candidate is expected to develop and teach courses within space physics as well as general physics courses at the department. She/he is also expected to be actively involved in recruitment and supervision of PhD and master students. The successful applicant is expected to take initiatives to grant applications for submission to e.g., the Norwegian or the European Research Council.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must have a doctoral degree or equivalent qualifications within the field of physics,
  • Experience from space physics with special emphasis on the effects of particle precipitation on the atmosphere is a requirement.
  • Experience as a leader for a research team is a requirement.
  • Experience as a supervisor for masters- and ph.d.-students is a requirement.
  • Experience with and interest in development of instruments for use in space is a benefit.
  • Applicants must be able to document successful application for externally funded research projects.
  • Applicants must have broad teaching experience at university and university college level.
  • Applicants be able to refer to an active research career since graduation.
  • Applicants must have shown ability to establish connections with international research groups.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and have strong collaborative skills.
  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English.

Personal and relational qualities, such as good social skills to contribute to an inclusive academic environment, will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

The University of Bergen is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation will be applied in the processing of the applications.

Educational competence requirements

Basic teaching training and experience with the supervision of students at university level is a requirement for the position as associate professor. This implies the ability to document

  • completed formal pedagogical training (relevant courses in combination with actual teaching experience can in some cases compensate for a completed course in teaching and learning in higher education).
  • basic skills in planning, implementation, evaluation and development of teaching and supervision.

Educational competence must be documented in an educational portfolio which should include a documented overview of practical experience and competence as well as a brief reflection statement. The statement should primarily describe the applicant’s own teaching philosophy and an evaluation of own teaching in relation to his/her knowledge of students’ learning at a higher education level. You will find more detailed information about criteria and documentation requirements for assessing educational competence here.

Applicants who are unable to document adequate educational competence upon appointment, will be required to meet the requirements within two years of assuming office.

The teaching language will normally be Norwegian. The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to attend courses to learn Norwegian and must be able to teach in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within three years of assuming office.

University of Bergen emphasizes educational qualifications for appointment to scientific positions.

We can offer:

  • a good and professionally stimulating working environment.
  • salary at pay grade 70–74 (code 1011/Pay range 24) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to a gross annual salary of NOK 661 400 – 714 000. Further increase in salary will depend on seniority. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well qualified applicant.
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Associate professors have the opportunity to apply for personal promotion to a full professorship. For further information:

Your application must include:

  • CV
  • Diplomas and references
  • a complete list of publications
  • a brief outline of the applicant’s interest and motivation to apply for this position, as well as a summary of the most important research results (2-3 pages)
  • educational competence documented in an educational portfolio (see above)
  • a list of academic work that the applicant believes should be taken into consideration in the assessment, including information about where this work was published
  • the names of three referees, where at least one is familiar with your tutorial skills

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. Applications sent to individuals per email, will not be considered.

General information:

For further details about the position, please contact head of department Kjetil Ullaland, Institutt for Fysikk og Teknologi, / tlf. +47 55 58 28 71.

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

About The University of Bergen

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad. 

There are seven departments and several centres at Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Read more about the faculty and departments. 

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