Associate professor within bedrock geology Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) Norway

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Associate professor within bedrock geology 


The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant, permanent position as Associate Professor in bedrock geology (georesources).


This position will be affiliated with the Geology Group at the Section of Soil and Water Sciences. The Geology Group has a research focus on mineral resources, groundwater, geophysical methods, groundwater modelling, environmental geology, palaeoenvironment and palaeoclimate.


The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) has around 200 employees and undertakes teaching, research and dissemination within the fields of geology, soil science, environmental chemistry, forestry, biology, ecology, natural resource management, renewable energy, and nature based tourism. The faculty has ca. 600 students, and approx. 90 PhD students. The employees of the faculty are significant participants in their respective fields of expertise, both nationally and internationally, and have a high level of scientific production. For more information:


Main tasks


We seek a candidate with a background in bedrock geology, preferably with specialization in mineralogy/petrography or groundwater geology. Experience with relevant laboratory and field methods, groundwater modelling (geochemical or flow) and/or knowledge about the Norwegian geology is an advantage. The successful applicant should complement and strengthen the geological research and education profile at MINA.


The successful candidate is expected to take responsibility for the undergraduate course Geology ‘GEO100’ (in Norwegian/ Scandinavian). Around 150 students from a number of study programs follow this course each year, as basis for further specialization in environmental sciences, agriculture, water and land use as well as geology. The candidate is also expected to contribute within her/his expertise to other courses.


Based on the required expertise and experience outlined above, the person to be employed will have the following main tasks within his/her field:

  • Initiate and undertake research
  • Teach and be responsible for courses
  • Supervise MSc and PhD students
  • Participate in the development of BSc and MSc education programmes
  • Participate in administrative duties


Academic Qualifications


Required Academic qualifications


The successful candidate should hold a PhD degree in a relevant field within bedrock geology and have an academic background that matches the expertise and tasks mentioned above. The application should include motivation for teaching and research. Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Expertise and experience in bedrock geology
  • Pedagogic and administrative proficiency
  • Teaching and supervision experience
  • Ability to initiate, fund and complete research projects
  • Quality, relevance and volume of scientific publications
  • International collaboration and experience
  • The applicant’s vision for his/her future research and teaching at NMBU
  • Good skills in English
  • Capable to teach in a Scandinavian language

If the person employed does not hold formal proficiency in pedagogics, he/she is obliged to complete NMBU’s course in university pedagogy within two years after appointment.



Personal skills


Desired personal skills

Personal characteristics important for the position are:

  • High working capacity and ability to work in teams
  • Good communication skills, collaborative, ability to establish new contacts and develop networks
  • Ability to create a welcoming and productive working environment for colleagues and students


NMBU offers:

  • An optimistic academic institution with focus on professional development, dissemination and competence
  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that offers exciting research- and development opportunities
  • Various welfare schemes
  • Attractive combination of rural surrounding and proximity to Norway’s capital city, Oslo
  • Possibility for a place in a private kindergarten



The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1011 Associate Professor, wage framework 24, salary grade 57-72 (NOK 490.900-650.200), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position



Further information

For further information, please contact Mona Henriksen, e-mail:




To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 18.04.2018



Key publications

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 about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested.


Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA), P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within (18.04.2018). Please quote reference number 18/01535



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.


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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