Associate professor or professor in Biostatistics Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science Norway

Global challenges regarding energy and climate change, the environment, health, food safety, technology and renewable solutions, use and conservation of land and natural resources, and development of the bio-economy, requires greater effort. NMBU is well equipped to conduct further research in these fields. NMBU's expertise spans entire value chains and includes both basic and applied research.


On 1 January 2014, the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science and the University of Life Sciences merged and became –NMBU, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students, and is currently located on two campuses – Ås, about 30 km south of Oslo, and Adamstuen in Oslo. In 2020, the new research- and education-building for veterinary science will be completed and all of NMBU will then be located at Campus Ås.


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Associate professor or professor in Biostatistics – 17/05012


The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU, employs a staff of about 160 people. The research topics include bioinformatics, biostatistics, food science, biochemistry, biotechnology, and microbiology. The Biostatistics group at KBM has one or two vacant positions. The aim is to fill at least one of these positions with an associate professor in an early phase of her/his career. We are looking for candidates that can continue, strengthen and possibly also widen the activities in research and teaching consistent with the profile of the Biostatistics group ( ).


The Biostatistics group is responsible for teaching statistics and bioinformatics at NMBU, as well as supervising master and PhD candidates. Currently there are five permanent positions (two professors and three associate professors) in the group. The group publishes research in bioinformatics and applied statistics with focus on biological applications. In connection with research, software is also developed, typically using R.


Main tasks

  • Teach and manage courses. The main introductory course in statistics is taught in Norwegian (see language requirements below), most other courses are taught in English.
  • High quality research leading to publications in reputable international journals.
  • Planning and implementing research projects, including applications for external funding.
  • Strengthen collaborations within the faculty, between faculties as well as with relevant national and international institutions
  • Supervision of PhD and master students.
  • Participate in the development of the faculty’s BSc and MSc education programs.
  • Participate in the execution of administrative duties


Academic Qualifications


The successful candidate should have a doctoral degree in statistics or a related field involving applied mathematics, as well as an academic background relevant for KBM’s  and NMBU’s teaching profile in statistics, bioinformatics and mathematics. The candidates will be evaluated according to criteria such as:

  • Quality, relevance and quantity of scientific publications.
  • Teaching and supervision experience
  • Ambitions to develop biostatistics and bioinformatics as a field of study, research and innovation.
  • Pedagogical* and administrative competence.
  • Ability to initiate, acquire funding for and conduct research projects.
  • International collaboration and experience.
  • Good skills in English and in a Scandinavian language*.


Besides relevant scientific expertise, we put high emphasis on teaching experience, as well as pedagogical and administrative expertise and interest. Teaching abilities and pedagogic potential are crucial qualifications, and it is therefore expected that the applicant has a genuine interest in and motivation for conducting and developing teaching and education.


For a candidate with a recently obtained PhD, a tenure track appointment will be considered, see


* A successful candidate without formal pedagogical training must complete the course “Teaching and Learning in Higher Education - Scientific Staff “ (PPUN400) within two years after appointment. Likewise, if the person employed does not have a sufficient command of Norwegian or a Scandinavian language, he/she is obliged to complete Norwegian language courses to reach advanced level (Bergenstesten or similar) within the same two years.


Personal skills

  • Enthusiasm and talent for teaching and education
  • Ability to work and collaborate in a multidisciplinary research field.
  • Good pedagogical, oral and written communication skills, including the ability to establish contacts and develop internal and external networks.
  • Ability to create a welcoming and productive working environment for colleagues and students.


NMBU offers:

  • An academic institution with focus on professional development, dissemination and competence.
  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that provides exciting research- and development opportunities.
  • Daily contact with inspiring students and skilled colleagues.
  • Various welfare schemes.
  • Beautiful campus located in Ås, 40 km south-east of Oslo.



The position as associate professor is placed in government pay scale position code 1011, wage framework 24 (salary grade 57-77, p.t. NOK 490 900 – 722 400), depending on qualifications.

Professor: The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1013 Professor, salary grade (69-80) (NOK 611.700-792 700), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position.


Further information

For further information, please contact professor Thore Egeland .



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Application deadline: December 18 2017


Key publications and research plans


Up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation of the applicant’s role in the work should be added.


The applicant must submit a description of their planned research limited to three pages. Candidates with a relevant research background proposing research which is relevant to ongoing research activities in the Biostatistics group, and that will strengthen collaborations within the faculty, as well as with other research environments at NMBU, will be prioritized.


Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM) P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within December 18 2017. Please quote reference number 17/05012.


Verified testimonies, certificates

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.


The position follows the Norwegian government pay scale A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background. The workplace will if necessary be facilitated for persons with disabilities.


NMBU seeks to increase its number of female scientific employees. If a woman and a man are considered to have approximately equal qualifications, preference will be given to the female candidate.


According to the Freedom of Information Act § 25 the list of applicants for this position may be made public irrespective of whether the applicant has requested that his/her name be withheld.

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