Associate Professor within Soft Matter and Polymer synthesis related to Life Sciences University of Oslo, Department of Chemistry

Associate Professor within Soft Matter and Polymer synthesis related to Life Sciences


Job description

A permanent position is available at the Department og Chemistry for an Associate Professor in the subject area of Soft Matter and Polymer synthesis related to Life Sciences.


Soft Matter constitutes materials and nanostructures composed of synthetic building blocks such as polymers, surfactants and colloids, as well as biological materials such as proteins, peptides and nucleic acids. Self-assembly, or supra-molecular assembly is a key design principle where a balance between an array of interactions such as electrostatic, hydrophobic, specific hydrogen bonding etc., control the structure formation from atomic to nano- to macroscopic level. Combining biological and synthetic building blocks to obtain hybrid materials is attractive for creating materials with biological function. Such bio-inspired materials are important to tailor biocompatibility and interfaces to, e.g., tune cell-interactions, promote cell growth in a controlled manner, inhibit bacteria growth, and regulate adsorption processes in, e.g., anti-fouling applications, tissue engineering and carriers for drug delivery.


Development of these materials requires expertise and knowledge in a wide range of synthetic chemistry related to soft matter, such as polymer synthesis. We therefore seek a candidate with a strong background in relevant fields with a keen interest to pursue research along these lines. It is essential that the candidate complements and interacts tightly with colleagues within structural biology and physical chemistry at the newly established Departmental Section ‘Bio3-Chemical Life Sciences’ to help creating a solid fundament for research activities within soft matter and bioinspired materials.


This position is part of the strategic recruitment plan of the Department of Chemistry, UiO and will be associated to the Bio3-section. It is intended to establish expertise that bridges biochemistry and soft materials science, with a focus on organic polymer synthesis. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to peptides/protein-based materials, membranes, and polymers for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications, bio-mimicking and tissue materials, targeted drug-delivery applications, functional hydrogels, functionalized surfaces, bio-orthogonal chemistry, peptidomimetics, biomineralization etc.


The candidate will actively participate in planning study programs, teaching, supervision and examinations-related tasks at all levels, from Bachelor’s to PhD level, and maintain the educational quality of the teaching programs the selected candidate participates in or is given responsibility for. Administrative tasks in accordance with the applicable provisions. It is further essential that the candidate has the ability and a proven track record of obtaining external research grants.


Qualification requirements

  • The successful candidate must have a PhD-degree within chemistry and documented qualifications within polymer synthesis or related fields. Examples include living /quasi-living polymerization techniques, "click" chemistry and bioconjugation.
  • It is required that the candidate has international experience and is able to carry out high-quality research that includes international collaborations.
  • It is essential that the candidate has the ability and a proven track record of obtaining external research grants.
  • The candidate must be able to teach in Norwegian or in another Scandinavian language. Applicants who are not competent in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish must acquire such competence within two years subsequent to their appointment. Applicants who on appointment cannot provide documentary evidence of basic teaching competence must acquire such competence in the course of a period of two years.

Interviews will be used in the appointment process, and applicants may also be required to give a trial lecture.

Appointment procedures, regulations on the requirements for basic teaching competence and a guide for applicants can be found on


We offer

  • salary NOK 590 000 - 686 900 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Associate professor (position code 1011)
  • a positive and stimulating working 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
  • position in an inclusive working life enterprise (IA agreement)


How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter (including a motivation for applying for this position) in English
  • Curriculum Vitae, describing educational background, prior positions, academic, professional and pedagogical activities and administrative experience
  • Complete list of academic publications
  • 10 scientific publication works, which the applicant would want the application committee to focus on in their assessment
  • Names and contact details of 3-4 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).


Formal regulations

The successful candidate who at the time of appointment cannot document basic teaching qualifications 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 expected within a two-year period to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.


Please see the rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships and Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence.


According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.


The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.


The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.


Contact information

For more information please contact:

Head of the Section Bio3, Ute Krengel, tel +47 228 55461, e-mail:

or Associate Professor Reidar Lund, tel +47 228 55508, e-mail:

For questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR-officer Nina Holtan, tel +47 228 54424, e-mail:


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 Chemistry is Norway's largest institution within research and education in chemistry. Our research excels internationally and we educate students to a wide variety of jobs in industry, academia, research institutions, schools and public administration. Our research ranges from


the core topics of chemistry to applied science within in environmental, health, energy and materials. The Department has extensive contacts with industry, research and educational institutions at home and abroad. As partner in the Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology our researchers contributes to a significant interdisciplinary efforts in cooperation with the Department of Physics. The Department of Chemistry has its own school laboratory as a great resource for teachers, public outreach and the didactics of chemistry



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