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Vacancy Title Associate Professor of Physical Oceanography at University of Nordland - Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture
Country of employment Norway
Job description About the University of Nordland
The University of Nordland offers studies at the Bachelorís, Masterís and PhD level. Each year, students are admitted to more than 100 study programmes within professional studies and theoretical disciplinary studies, including students of our PhD programmes in Business, Sociology, Aquaculture and Professional Studies.

Today we have more than 5,700 students and close to 600 staff members on campus BodÝ, Helgeland and VesterŚlen.

About the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA)
FBA is responsible for research, teaching and dissemination within biosciences and aquaculture.

In recent years, FBA has undergone a major development both in terms of faculty and infrastructure, and today FBA stands as an internationally diverse academic environment. The Faculty has approximately 80 employees in professional and technical/administrative support functions.

The teaching at the Faculty is research-based. FBA offers Bachelorís programmes in Biology, Export Marketing, Aquaculture Management and a unique Joint Bachelor Degree in Animal Science that grants students direct transfer to the veterinary studies at University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Slovakia. Moreover, we offer Masterís programmes in Aquaculture and Marine Ecology, in addition to a PhD in Aquaculture.

FBAís objective is to conduct research of high national and international quality. The Facultyís academic focus areas comprise aquaculture, marine ecology and marine genomics. The Faculty possesses new, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and is the only environment in Norway with Solid 3 deep genome sequencing facility. The Faculty also operates the MÝrkvedbukta Research Station, 10 minutes from campus. The Research Stationís primary mission is to facilitate and support research activities related to seawater-related laboratory activities and research on living marine organisms.

The Faculty seeks to strengthen the relations between students, Research & Development, and industry and commerce.

For more information, see The Facultyís website:

About the Position
A permanent position of physical oceanography at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture at the University of Nordland is available. The Faculty seeks a dynamic and enthusiastic lecturer and early career researcher with the formal qualifications allowing appointment at the level of associate professor. But, applicants at all professional levels may be considered.
The candidate is expected to conduct both research (50 %) and teaching (50 %) in oceanography. The candidate must be able to teach and guide students at bachelorís, masterís and PhD level and is expected to teach basic and advanced topics in oceanography and related fields, as well as analytical methods combining observations, models and theories. The candidate should be a key contributor with respect to strengthening research at University of Nordland, especially in the area of coupled physical and biological processes in the ocean. It is essential that the candidate will take an active part in building national and international research networks and research projects that leads to peer-reviewed publications and external funding.

The candidate will be a member of Marine Ecology Research Group.

The Marine Ecology Group (MEG) focuses on novel methods for analyzing the dynamics and resilience of marine food webs in high latitude ecosystems. The research also will focus on improving applications of remote sensing ocean color to monitor algal blooms in coastal waters, and developing proof-of-concept for stock assessment methods for zooplankton using different platforms and sensors. Studying evolutionary consequences of exploitation strategies for economically important wild fish species, and the role of ecologically key species in the pelagic and benthic habitats is another focused area in order to understand the coastal ecosystemís stability and resilience to withstand perturbations caused by processes such as climate variability and fisheries. MEG has been contributing to the understandings of ecosystem processes of episodic events associated with destructive grazing, parasitic outbursts and kelp forest decimation and loss of biodiversity in the benthic habitat. MEG has well documented competence to deal with effects of intra- and inter-population trait variability on population dynamics, evolution on ecological time-scales and ecosystem dynamics. The ecological interaction between aquaculture and marine environment is an important field of research. MEG also acknowledges physical oceanography as an important field of scientific research, and undergraduate and graduate teaching.

Responsibilities and Qualifications
Applicants must have a doctoral degree in a relevant subject area - which should preferably - be in physical oceanography or fluid dynamics.

It is expected that the candidate has an interest in actively engaging in existing research projects and can demonstrate the potential for developing new research activities and attracting external research funding. A credible scientific background and documented publication in international peer-reviewed journals is important. Documented experience in supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students (Masterís) will be an advantage. Applicants must demonstrate the quality of their research work and the potential to develop a vigorous research program. The candidate should be able to provide documented experience in course delivery and teaching at the required level.

Applicants must have excellent skills in both written and oral communication. Furthermore, applicants must have good mastery of spoken and written English, since the Faculty consists of many foreign-language staff and students. Knowledge of spoken/written Norwegian would be an advantage but is not essential.

Personal Qualities
The position requires a highly motivated and dynamic person with good interpersonal skills, who is a capable and confident teacher and researcher.

Salary and Working Conditions
The salary offered is in accordance with the Norwegian State Salary Scale, 17.510. The salary will be determined by agreement.

As an employee at University of Nordland you become a member of the Norwegian [Public] Service Pension Fund and also get access to other social benefits. A statutory amount to the Norwegian [Public] Service Pension Fund will automatically be deducted from the salary.

The person who is appointed must abide by the laws, agreements, and directives that apply to the position at any time. The responsibilities and duties linked to the position may be altered due to future reorganization at the University of Nordland.

According to the employment policy of the institution, our staff should reflect the population in general. We encourage candidates with minority background to apply for the position. The University practices moderate allocation according to sex quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for the Civil Service.

Contact Information
Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting Professor Ketil Eiane,, phone +47 48 00 47 12 (mob) / +47 75 51 73 33 (office).

You apply for this position by clicking on the link below:
ó> Click here to apply

Applicants for the position are requested to send a full application in four copies, including: Application letter with a synopsis of future research, CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities), certified copies of educational certificates, letters of recommendation, names and e-mails of two references, a list of all publications/academic work and in addition a selection of maximum 10 complete copies of the publications/academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the expert committee.

As an alternative, four certified copies of diplomas and certificates indicating the position No. 30016187 may be sent to the University of Nordland, P.O. box 1490, NO-8049 BodÝ, Norway within 15 June 2011.

The applicants will receive a [public] list of applicants. Please note that information about an applicant may be made [public] even though the applicant has requested to stay anonymous.
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Contract type Permanent
Daily basis Full Time
Gross salary
Duration of contract  
CV submission deadline  -06-15
Last updated on 2011-05-09 by Arntsen_Idar
Contact Details
Contact person Eiane, Ketil
Institute University of Nordland
Address 8049 Bodo

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