University of Bergen

Universitetsmuseet i Bergen

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 fish systematics

There is a vacancy for a permanent position as associate professor in systematic ichthyology at the University Museum of Bergen, Department of Natural History.


The Department of Natural History has the scientific and curatorial responsibility for botany, geology and zoology at the museum. There are currently 13 permanent scientific and 30 technical and administrative employees in this unit, in addition to temporary project staff.

Work tasks/research field:

We are seeking a productive and innovative academic who will be a dedicated researcher in fish systematics and a responsible curator for our scientific collection of fishes. The successful applicant has an excellent track record in systematics and taxonomy of fishes and is conducting research on phylogenetic relationships, taxonomy, species diversity, biogeography, and evolutionary processes underlying past and present diversity patterns.


We emphasize competence in both molecular and morphological methods of phylogenetics and taxonomy. The research should have a global perspective on fish groups that are common also in the Nordic / Atlantic waters, and must not be restricted by interest in commercial fish species.


The position also includes curatorial responsibility for our fish collections. The museum’swet and dry collections of vertebrates currently comprise 37,400 lots (c. 200,000 specimens), of which fish make up 22,300 lots (60%).


We hope to recruit an ichthyologist with a broader interest in vertebrates generally and a sincere dedication to collection development. The selected candidate will also take part in the production of exhibitions and other outreach activities at the museum. It is also expected that the employee will teach inhisorher area of expertise and contribute towards a successful development ofthe research school in biosystematics (ForBio).


The new employee will be an active partner in the systematics research group and is expected to submit extramural grant applications. There is currently a strong focus on lesser known species in Norway and the Arctic and the department continues to provide data for the Norwegian Biodiversity information Centre (Artsdatabanken), BoLD and GBiF.


More information on the position can be found below.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must have a doctoral degree in vertebrate systematics or equivalent qualifications

  • Experience from research beyond the PhD level is required: projects and publications during the last five years are given particular attention

  • Extensive research and collection networks will count positively

  • Must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.

  • Basic pedagogical training is a requirement for the position. The successful applicant will be offered training if this requirement is not met prior to employment.

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

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Salary at pay grade 60 - 62 (code 1011/ Pay range 24) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 517.700 – 537.700 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


Your application must include:

  • A brief cover letter expressing your research interest and priorities

  • CV

  • Diplomas


  • Complete list of publications

  • List of academic work that the applicant believes should be taken into consideration in the assessment, maximum 10, including information about where this work was published.

  • List with appendices that document your pedagogical qualifications

The application and appendices with certified translations into English language must be uploaded at JobbNorge.

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Head of department, Aino Hosia, tlf. (+47) 55 58 29 63 / e-mail


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.


For further information about the recruitment process, click here.


Deadline: 17 December 2017



More on the vacant position

The University of Bergen was founded on Bergen’s Museum, which historically was particularly renowned for research on marine life. Special focus on marine research is still reflected in the university’s strategy for 2016–2022, ”Ocean, Life, Society”, which documents our values, our position and our role, and how our priorities are set for developing the University of Bergen in line with these. Several departments and research centres are providing research environments for a range of disciplines and opportunities of cooperation. Currently, museum scientists are particularly interacting with the Department of Biology, Centre of Geobiology, and the Centre of Deep Sea Research. The University of Bergen was ranked second in Fisheries and ninth in Marine and Freshwater Biology by World University Rankings 2016.


Bergen is also the location for several other research institutes including the national Institute of Marine Research, with which the museum has been cooperating in recent years on projects like MAR-ECO (, MAREANO (, and the EAF-Nansen Project ( The museum is presently involved in a national DNA-barcoding project on marine fauna, NORBOL ( and in an internordic research school in biosystematics, ForBio (


The museum currently has about 10 staff working with marine zoology. Although most of the research is focused on invertebrates, it is expected that the successful applicant will find common ground in scientific approaches and resources. The museum researchers have access to a well-equipped DNA-lab, microscopy, SEM/TEM, ship time for field work, and a diverse material of research collections. The fish collections are particularly rich in material from the Arctic (Barents Sea, Svalbard, Greenland) and from deep sea Mid-Atlantic waters.



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    University of Bergen
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