Associate professor in Applied Ecology


Application deadline: 8 December 2019.

About the position

The Department of International Environment and Development Studies is seeking an Associate Professor with a background in ecology and experience working across disciplines, including issues related to environmental governance. We are seeking candidates with interdisciplinary experience, bridging both natural and social sciences. This position is intended to strengthen the department’s research and educational capacity in ecological aspects of social-ecological systems.

Candidates must have a strong record in natural sciences, and experience working with social sciences. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to work at the interface between topics such as social-ecological systems, agroecology, ecological economics, political ecology and sustainability sciences, applied to contemporary issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, sustainable food systems, and other environmental concerns.

Main tasks

  • Initiate and perform high-quality research and education
  • Initiate, acquire and conduct research projects with external funding (e.g. the Norwegian Research Council, EU, ERC and/or ERA)
  • Develop, teach and administer courses in several programs; lead programs at the Bachelor and Master levels
  • Supervision of Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. theses
  • Participate in administrative duties
  • Collaborate within the department, faculty, and university
  • Develop or participate in national and international networks


The applicant must have:

  • A Ph.D. degree in ecology/biology with a specialization in ecology
  • Some experience in working with social sciences
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and conduct research in environment and development studies or similar interdisciplinary study programs
  • Demonstrated ability to work across disciplines, both individually and as part of a team
  • Experience in supervision and teaching at the university level
  • Experience with research projects, e.g. projects funded by EU, ERC and the Norwegian Research Council.
  • Experience with popular research dissemination and communication
  • Connections to professional networks, nationally and internationally
  • Excellence in written and spoken English

If the person appointed does not have formal competence in pedagogics, she/he is obliged to complete a course in university pedagogics within two years following the appointment.

Candidates must demonstrate a command of a Scandinavian language as a working language. If a successful candidate is not fluent in a Scandinavian language at the time of the appointment, s/he will be expected to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions that the position may involve within three years following their appointment.

Personal skills:

  • Personal ambitions to develop and lead research and education
  • Strong commitment to excellence
  • Good collaborative and communicative skills
  • Ability to work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Motivation to take part in the Department’s academic life on a daily basis and to perform common tasks and duties

Willingness to contribute towards fulfilling the Department’s and the Faculty’s strategic priorities.

Remuneration and information

The selected candidate will be appointed as Associate Professor (1011 Førsteamanuensis), within NOK 583 900 – 741 300 (salary frame 65-77) depending on qualifications.

A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

For further information, please contact Head of Department Dr. Shai A. Divon, tel: +47 67231351 (

General information to applicants


Apply for this job

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  • Applications must be written in English and submitted electronically. The application must include:
  • An application letter.
  • A research statement (1–3 pages) describing the applicant’s vision and ambitions, including a description of which subject area(s) at Department the applicant considers most relevant for his/her research. The research statement should describe how the applicant’s research will contribute to the Department’s priorities.
  • A pedagogical statement (1-3 pages) describing teaching philosophy, listing teaching experience and work on developing/revising/renewing study plans and course designs, including reflections on the development of the candidate’s own pedagogical skills.
  • A detailed CV, including a complete list of educational achievements, positions held, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, project acquisition, and coordination experience, other qualifying activities and a complete list of publications, merits, and awards.
  • Copies of educational certificates, Ph.D. diploma, and transcript of records.
  • Full text of up to 10 selected publications the applicant wishes to include in the evaluation.
  • A document discussing the importance, interrelation, and relevance of the selected papers for this position.
  • Documentation of teaching qualifications, teaching, and supervision experience of Master and Ph.D. students
  • Description of dissemination activities beyond scientific publications.
  • Three references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number).

All documents must be uploaded in electronic applications

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

Application deadline: 8 December 2019.


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