University of Bergen

Department of Biology

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Associate professor in Fisheries Science

There is a vacancy for an associate professor at Department of Biology, (BIO) University of Bergen, within the field Fisheries science, affiliated with the research group Fisheries and Marine Biology (FMB).

BIO has more than 200 employees and almost 600 students and is among the largest departments at the University of Bergen. The institute is heavily involved in topics such as the origin of life, climate, global changes and challenges, fisheries, aquaculture, fish health, nutrition, high latitude and global development related research. About 2/3 of the scientific staff work with marine issues.


Through co-location and collaborating groups, research at BIO is closely integrated with biological research at the University Museum in Bergen and with some of the thematic departments of Uni Research A/S. BIO is located in new and modern facilities at Marineholmen, near Bergen city centre.


BIO covers research based education within a broad spectrum of biological disciplines through three bachelor programs, eight master's programs and two integrated five-year study programs in addition to doctoral education.


BIO has a Center of Excellent Education (SFU) and thus a particular focus on developing quality in teaching and dissemination. It emphasizes the development of innovative teaching and dissemination activities in the position.


Bergen represents one of the world's largest research clusters for marine research, and this is reflected in the vision of UiB, which is "Sea, Life and Society." UiB has recently been named second-best among world universities in the field of fisheries, and BIO aims to remain a leading research institute in marine resource research nationally and internationally.

Work tasks/ research field

The purpose of fisheries science is to increase understanding of population dynamics within and between fish populations in relation to the rest of the environment and to promote sustainable exploitation through ecosystem-based management. Scientists at FMB conduct research and education from organisms to population and ecosystems with theoretical, experimental and field-related approaches.

BIO is working closely with Norway’s national Institute of Marine Research (IMR), both in research and supervision of master’s students and doctoral students. Collaboration with IMR's fisheries research program in developing countries in Africa and Asia is also a key activity. We offer an exciting and out-reaching education and research environment within a broad field, with many opportunities for national and international interaction and collaboration.

The position will be within the field of fisheries science and specifically aimed at fish stock assessment and ecosystem-based management. Theoretical and practical competencies in the scientific basis for modern fisheries management, such as mapping and estimation of stocks, as well as ecological interactions between populations, are important elements in the sustainable management of our aquatic resources and ecosystems.

The work will include research and teaching in the field of fisheries science as well as planning of Master's theses and supervision of students at both the master's and doctoral level. Pedagogic qualifications and previous teaching experience will be emphasized and applicants should briefly outline their research plans and philosophies related to teaching in this field.

Applicants should also have experience and a high motivation for obtaining external research funding.


Research - qualifications and personal qualities:

We are looking for a person with collaborative skills and team spirit that has ambitions of taking a lead in the field within the department. Practical scientific and publication experience within harvesting of living aquatic resources is required, preferably within fish population- and community biology and exploitation.  

  • Applicants must have a doctoral degree within the field of biology or equivalent qualifications.

  • Applicants must have knowledge in fisheries science

  • Experience using modern technology for stock monitoring, field studies of fish ecology and knowledge of population biology are prerequisite

  • Applicants must have survey cruise experience and documented first-hand knowledge and experience with practical, experimental and analytical methods in the field of study

  • Relevant publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals

  • Ability to attract external research funding 

  • Applicants must be able to work independently and have strong collaborative skills.

  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English. 

It will also be advantageous to document:

  • Experience in survey- and experimental design

  • Experience from participation and cruise leadership of ocean-going research vessels, and national and international fisheries management work 

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.


Teaching - qualifications and personal qualities

Pedagogic qualifications and previous teaching experience will be emphasized and applicants should briefly outline their research plans and philosophies related to teaching in this field.


Applicants must be able to document qualifications and experience in teaching and supervision of students. Such documentation can include: 

  • proof of completed teaching training

  • evaluation reports of the applicant's teaching practice

  • overview of scope and level of teaching

  • overview of supervision of postgraduate and doctoral candidates, and results obtained

  • teaching awards received

  • own educational publications

  • own compendia and teaching material

  • reports showing participation in projects related to curriculum development and educational development, such as alternative learning or supervision methods or environments 

The teaching language will normally be Norwegian. The successful applicant must be able to teach in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within two years of being appointed.


Basic teaching training is a requirement, but a successful applicant who does not have such competence at the time of appointment will be offered training and will be required to document such training within one year of the date of appointment. This deadline is extended to two years for a successful applicant who does not master a Scandinavian language at the time of appointment.


University of Bergen emphasizes educational qualifications for appointment to scientific positions.


We can offer:

  • a good and professionally challenging working environment

  • salary at pay grade 64 - 72 (code 1011/ Pay range 24, alternative 8) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 553 200 – 650 200 before taxes. Further increase in salary will depend on seniority. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well qualified applicant.

  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

  • a position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)

  • good welfare benefits 

Associate professors have the opportunity to apply for personal promotion to a full professorship. The annual closing date for such applications is 15 September.


Your application must include:

  • CV

  • diplomas, references

  • complete list of publications

  • a summary (2-3 pages) of the most important results in you research, your research goals and a suggestion for teaching plans, and your interest and motivation for applying for this position.

  • list with appendices that document your pedagogical qualifications

  • list of academic work that the applicant believes should be taken into consideration in the assessment, including information about where this work was published

  • the names of three referees, where at least one is familiar with your tutorial skills 

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at JobbNorge. Applications sent to individuals per email, will not be considered.


General information

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting Head of Department, Professor Ørjan Totland (, tlf. +47 47758058) or Professor Arild Folkvord ( tlf. +47 55584456/+47 41300147)


The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.


We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.”


The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.


Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.


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