A full time position as Associate Professor is available in the Section of Pharmaceutics and Social pharmacy at the Department of Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacy seeks a highly motivated, dynamic, collaboration orientated and innovative researcher to be part of the Pharmaceutics teaching and research environment.

The overall aim for the research in pharmaceutics is focused around the common two headings: ”Development of nano- and microstructured drug formulations”  and “New formulation technologies for improved functionality in drug delivery”.

The cluster of pharmaceutical biotech industry and academia in the Oslo area is growing and the concept of Oslo Science City with the new Life Science building in progress is an important part of this development. The Department will move into the new Life Science building in 2026, where interdisciplinary collaborations and scientific convergence will be important. This will provide new opportunities for groundbreaking research and research of excellence.

The successful applicant is expected to contribute to strengthening the research in pharmaceutics as well as to promote interdisciplinary and international cooperation. The applicant will be highly encouraged to collaborate with one or more of the existing research groups in pharmaceutics. Other significant factors will include the ability to create an attractive research environment, experience in research supervision, international networking and originality in research.  

She/he will have documented independent research experience after the PhD degree, scientific production in international peer review journals, teaching experience, and preferentially documented success in securing external funding.

The section is responsible for courses in pharmaceutics at bachelor, master- and Ph.D. levels, including biopharmaceutics and production of non-sterile and sterile preparations.

The position will entail 50% teaching in various areas of pharmaceutics to pharmacy students at all levels, including lectures, lab-/group teaching and supervision. The candidate must be able to lead and initiate research-based teaching, supervise researchers, undertake duties in connection with examinations, and undertake administrative tasks as required by the prevailing regulations.

General information about the position

Applicants must document academic qualifications in their field, equivalent to an Associate professor position. The successful applicant must be able to teach at all levels and to supervise Master and PhD students.

The successful applicant may furthermore be required to take on other teaching duties and administrative tasks, by request from the Department or the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Qualification requirements

Required qualifications

  • The successful applicant must have a master’s degree in Pharmacy or equivalent
  • The successful applicant must have completed a PhD in pharmaceutics
  • Scientific qualifications will play a major role, and the main emphasis will be on the candidate’s scientific production from the last five years.
  • Pedagogical qualifications and teaching and supervision experience at all levels will be an important factor in the evaluation process and should be well documented in a teaching portfolio. The applicant should describe her/his qualifications in view of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) framework which includes:
    • Focus on student learning
    • A clear development over time
    • A researching approach
    • A collegial attitude and practice
  • The candidate must be able to teach in Norwegian or in another Scandinavian language.
  • The successful applicant must have fluent oral and written communication skills both in a Scandinavian language and in English.

The successful candidate who at the time of appointment cannot document sufficient teaching qualifications (minimum formal requirement is a 200 hrs pedagogical programme) will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two-year period.

The successful candidate must demonstrate mastery of both English and one of the Scandinavian languages as working languages. If an appointee is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, the appointee will be required to learn sufficient Norwegian within a two-year period, to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

Desirable qualifications:

  • High scientific merits within pharmaceutics
  • Publications in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Documented independent research experience after PhD degree
  • Documented ability to obtain external funding
  • Experience with teaching of quality assurance systems in production of sterile and non-sterile formulations
  • Pedagogical qualifications beyond the required minimum
  • Independent teaching responsibility experience
  • Documented experience in research dissemination
  • Other qualifying activities such as innovation, patenting and research management
  • Documented administrative experience

Personal skills

  • Ability to create and contribute to a well-functioning, inclusive and productive research environment
  • Networking skills, ability to collaborate and conduct scientific leadership
  • Ability to cooperate and communicate well with other members of staff
  • Ability to enthusiastically communicate complex scientific topics to students, colleagues and the general public

The successful candidate should have an international profile with respect to the above criteria. The candidate for this position will be selected based on excellence and fit with the section’s research profile.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 636 700 – 839 900 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • A professionally stimulating work environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
  • The opportunity to apply for promotion to full professorship at a later stage

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter.
  • A research position paper (1–4 pages) describing the applicant’s motivation, vision and scientific ambitions for the nearest future, and how the candidate will contribute and strengthen the research in pharmaceutics.
  • A detailed CV, including a complete list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, project acquisition and coordination experience, and other qualifying activities.
  • Copies of educational certificates, PhD diploma, transcript of records and letters of recommendation.
  • A complete list of publications and academic merits and awards (if not included in the CV).
  • Full text of up to 10 selected scientific publications the applicant wishes to include in the evaluation.
  • A document discussing the importance, interrelation, and relevance of the selected papers for this position.
  • Educational portfolio of 3–6 pages documenting educational competence and experience, including a reflection note in which your own teaching practice and view of learning is anchored in the SoTL framework (focus on student learning, development over time, a researching approach and a collegial attitude and practice)
  • List of reference persons: 2–3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

Application with attachments must be submitted via our online recruitment system. Please note that all documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

As a general rule an interview will be used in the appointment process, usually supplemented with a trial teaching session. The basis for assessment will be the scientific production of the applicant, the teaching portfolio, pedagogical and educational qualifications, the applicant’s qualifications within leadership and administration, other qualifications as well as general personal suitability for the position. In ranking the competent applicants, the full range of qualifications will be considered and explicitly assessed.

Formal regulations

Please refer to the Rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships at the University of Oslo, the Guide for Applicants and Members of the Assessment Committee and Rules for practicing the requirement for basic pedagogical competence at the University of Oslo.

Pursuant to section 25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

The University of Oslo has a transfer agreement with all employees that is intended to secure the rights to all research results etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

Professor Sverre Arne Sande, phone: +47 228 56590, e-mail: s.a.sande@farmasi.uio.no or Professor Ingunn Tho, phone: +47 228 44455, e-mail:  ingunn.tho@farmasi.uio.no

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen, phone: +47 22824272, e-mail: t.s.guttormsen@mn.uio.no

About the University of Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society. 

The Department of Pharmacy has 130 employees. We have an active research and innovation environment based on independent research in pharmaceutical topics. The Department of Pharmacy is responsible for the popular master’s degree program in pharmacy and has 350 competent and committed students.
Pharmaceutical related research and education forms the base of all activities at the Department of Pharmacy. The science of pharmacy lies in the interface between the natural sciences, pharmaceutical technology, health related topics and social sciences. This interdisciplinarity is reflected both in our study programmes and in our research. 

In the planned life science building at the University of Oslo, closer collaboration with health enterprises, local government and the business sector will enhance quality and relevance in research and education of the future labour force. The building will be the heart of the first innovation district in Norway – Oslo Science City. The Department of Pharmacy will move into the new Life Science building in 2026.

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