Associate Professor in Physics University of Stavanger, Department of Mathematics and Physics

The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 1,700 employees. We are the only Norwegian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university has high ambitions. We aim to have an innovative and international profile, and to be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Together with our staff and students, we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.


The Department of Mathematics and Physics is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology. The department offers study programs at all levels within the areas Mathematics, Statistics and Physics. The department is responsible for all basic tuition in mathematics, physics and statistics at the faculty. There are currently 50 employees including doctoral and postdoctoral fellows, and 100 students at the department.


Associate Professor in Physics


The University of Stavanger is seeking an Associate Professor in Physics.


Duties and Academic Field


The subject areas for the position are Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics/Cosmology, Materials Physics and Energy Physics.


The position is organisationally affiliated to the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Mathematics and Physics.


As an Associate Professor, you will primarily teach and guide students at bachelor’s, Master's and PhD level within Physics, conduct research and disseminate research results within relevant research fields in the department, and contribute to the development of partnerships with businesses. The development and use of varied and digital learning methods in teaching, innovation and value creation based on results from research, academic and development work will be included in the position. The job description gives a more detailed description of the subject areas and relevant duties for associate professors.


Qualification requirements

We are seeking an associate professor with a PhD or equivalent qualifications in the subject areas.


Applicants with a specialisation within Theoretical Particle Physics/Cosmology, X-ray/Neutron Diffraction Physics or Petroleum Physics will be preferred, but applicants specialising in related and adjacent areas may also be considered.


You must be able to document pedagogical and didactic skills relating to higher education, or complete a university pedagogical course within a period of two years following your appointment. The course will be provided by the university.


The following attributes are also desirable:

  • A reflective and conscientious attitude to your own work relating to teaching and supervision.
  • The ability to involve and engage students in teaching where the course's objectives, content and assessment situations are closely interlinked.
  • Experience of and/or interest in the development of varied learning methods and digital tools in teaching.
  • Research results published in recognised Norwegian and international publications, and references indicating progression in research and publication.
  • The ability to initiate, obtain external funding for, drive forward and carry out research and development projects.
  • Experience of partnerships with businesses.
  • The ability to build and nurture networks – regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Experience of innovation and the commercialisation of research.
  • The ability to manage a heavy workload, inquisitive and motivated to develop new knowledge in collaboration with others.
  • Good teamwork and communication skills, and the ability to contribute to a constructive working environment.


The working and teaching languages are Norwegian and English. If you do not have a good command of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, you must acquire Norwegian language skills equivalent to level B2 within a period of two years from the start of your appointment. If required, you will be offered a Norwegian course paid for by the university.


In the interview process, the applicant will be required to reflect on the teaching of physics as a service subject for an engineering degree, contrasting this with teaching physics as a subject for a pure science degree


In the absence of applicants with sufficient scientific expertise, the university may consider appointing an appointee temporarily for up to three years, during which time the appointee will endeavour to gain the qualifications necessary for a permanent appointment. The applicant must be capable of gaining the necessary qualifications during the period of employment.


We offer:

  • Varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation.
  • An ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure.
  • College-based guidance programme during your first year of teaching at UiS, NyTi.
  • Opportunity for professional development and the opportunity to apply for a promotion to full professor status in accordance with national rules.
  • Salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, 17.510, code 1011, LR 24, NOK 537.700 - 611.000 gross per year. A higher salary may be considered in special cases.
  • Membership of the State Pension Fund, which guarantees good pension rights. Members may apply for home investment loans at favourable interest rates.
  • Favourable membership terms at a gym and company sports club.
  • Employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity and increasing the number of professionally active older workers.
  • Home-job-home, discounted public transport to and from work.
  • As an employee in Norway, you will have access to an extremely good health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced.
  • Relocation programme in event of moving to Norway, including support and language courses for partners.


General information


Your application will be assessed by an expert committee. In the expert assessment, emphasis will be placed on submitted scientific works and documented teaching and educational expertise. The experts will also assess your experience of popularisation/dissemination activities, university politics and administration, and any other documented qualifications relevant to the position.


If a large number of applications is received, it may be necessary to reject some applications before the associated documents are sent to the expert committee for assessment. This will apply to applicants who do not satisfy key qualification requirements.


Based on the expert committee's statement, relevant applicants will be called to interview and to complete a teaching evaluation before any recommendations are made.


The university aims to recruit more women to associate professor positions within subject areas. If several applicants are considered to have equal qualifications, a woman will be given priority over a man.


It is a prerequisite that the appointee has a residence which enables them to be present at, and available to, the academic community during ordinary working hours.


More information

The job description gives a more detailed account of the subject area and relevant duties. More information on the position can be obtained from from Professor Anders Tranberg, tel. +4751831859, e-mail  or Head of Department Bjørn Auestad, tel. +4751831874, e-mail


Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR-adviser Janne Halseth, tel. +47 51833525, e-mail




Apply for the position online via the “Apply for the position” link on this page. Here, you can submit your letter of application, relevant education and experience.


The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application in separate files:

  • CV with a full summary of your education and experience.
  • Relevant certificates and references.
  • Complete list of scientific works.
  • Up to 10 works which document your teaching and educational competence; see Guidelines for the assessment of teaching competence.
  • Up to 10 scientific works which are pivotal to your research output, including your PhD thesis.
  • Documentation of other activities considered to be relevant in relation to the requirements for the position.


The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before uploading.


Information and documentation to be taken into account in the assessment must be submitted prior to expiry of the deadline for receipt of applications. Contact details for three references must be stated in the application or upon request.


Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants (see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act).


Job description – Associate Professor in Physics


Subject area

The subject area for the position are:

  •  Theoretical Physics, with precedence given to the fields of theoretical particle physics, physics of the early Universe, gravitational waves, numerical field theory and finite temperature field theory
    • Materials Physics, with precedence given to the fields of X-ray diffraction or neutron diffraction physics. 
    • Energy Physics, Petroleum-related Physics.


Position within the organisation


The appointment is by the University of Stavanger. Within the organisation, the position is affiliated to Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Mathematics and Physics. Information on the unit is available on our website. Associate professors will be able to participate in research communities across organisational units.


Relevant duties

Together with other scientific personnel, associate professors are required to:


  • Contribute to the development of academically strong and relevant education programmes.
  • Further development and strengthening of the education programmes’ academic reputation by providing high-quality teaching and support at bachelor's, Master’s and PhD level.
  • Contribute to and develop relevant further education and continuing education courses.
  • Facilitate the students’ learning in line with the learning objectives of the study programmes.
  • Drive forward pedagogical development work and the production of educational aids.
  • Participate in continuous training processes linked to teaching and support.
  • Contribute to the development of new teaching methods and the use of different digital learning resources.
  • Carry out student evaluations and drive forward the continuous development of course quality.


Research and innovation.

  • Conduct research and drive forward academic development within the subject area.
  • Initiate, obtain external funding for, drive forward and carry out research and development projects.
  • Drive forward applied business-oriented, practical profession-centred and/or socially relevant research, including assignments from and in collaboration with the public and private sectors and the business world.
  • Participate in and develop research communities in connection with university programme areas or research groups.
  • Involve students in research and artistic development work.
  • Contribute to innovation and value creation based on results from research and professional development.
  • Involve students in entrepreneurial activities and help to develop their entrepreneurial expertise.
  • Establish networks and partnerships with researchers both nationally and internationally.


Dissemination and interface with the public and private sectors

  • Disseminate research results in Norwegian and international publications.
  • Drive forward popular scientific dissemination.
  • Contribute to academically recognised conferences, nationally and internationally.
  • Participate in academic and social debate.
  • Contribute to the development of partnerships with society, culture and working life.
  • Build and nurture a broad network with the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally.



  • Participate in academic strategic work and in the development of new teaching subjects/disciplines.
  • Facilitate examinations and participate in assessment.
  • Participate on expert committees and internal assessment committees.
  • Hold posts on national and international committees, and in boards and committees at UiS.


The successful applicant will be expected to support and participate in the other activities of the faculty and be able perform tasks across departmental and faculty interfaces.


An annual plan for the work that is to be carried out will be established following discussion between the head of the department and associate professor in accordance with the university's guidelines for the planning of work.




UiS expects all scientific staff to undergo continuous training in relation to their own teaching and research.


During their first year, associate professors must participate in the university's college-based guidance programme, NyTi.


Associate professors who are unable to document sufficient pedagogic and didactic expertise linked to higher education must complete a university pedagogical course within two years from their appointment.


Associate professors who do not have a command of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language must acquire Norwegian language skills equivalent to level B2 (in accordance with the common European framework for language) within a period of two years from the beginning of their appointment.


Associate professors can apply for paid sabbaticals in accordance with the university's Guidelines for the granting of sabbaticals.


Associate professors can apply for promotion to full professor status in accordance with Section 2-2 of the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts.

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