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 Botany

The University Museum conducts research, collection management and dissemination within the fields of both natural and cultural history. The Arboretum and Botanic Gardens are organized as a section under the Department of Natural History. The section has a staff of ~20 technical and administrative positions. In addition to the Museum Gardens on the University Campus in central Bergen, it includes the Botanical Gardens and the Norwegian Arboretum at Milde ca. 22 km south of the city center.


We seek candidates for a full-time permanent position as an Associate Professor in botany at the University Museum of Bergen, Department of Natural History. The position holds the scientific responsibility for the Norwegian Arboretum at Milde.


Work tasks/research field:


We are seeking an active researcher within the fields of vascular plant systematics and evolution, phylogenetics, evolutionary relationships, taxonomy, plant biodiversity and underlying evolutionary processes, or related fields. The research should be relevant to the collections in the Arboretum.


Applicants must be able to document research activity and production on an international level within one or more of these fields. The successful candidate must also document the ability to attract external funding. It is also expected that the successful candidate will take part in the teaching of botany at UiB and contribute to the internordic research school in biosystematics, ForBio. The successful candidate will also be taking part in the development of new natural history exhibitions.



Qualifications and personal qualities:


  • Applicants must hold a doctorate degree within botany or equivalent qualifications and have documented experience from research beyond the PhD level

  • Botanical collections of living plants are a focal point, and documented research interests relevant for the live collections at the Arboretum will be emphasized in the assessment of applicants.

  • The applicants should have extensive research and collection networks. Experience in developing scientific networks and projects will be considered important.

  • Must be able to work independently and in a structured manner. The candidate must be able to collaborate and work as a team with the other staff at Milde and at the University Museum. Good collaborative and team-working skills will be emphasized in the assessment.

  • 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, priorities, and future plans.

  • Applicants are encouraged to send in an outline of a research plan using the collections at the Arboretum.

  • CV

  • Diplomas

  • References

  • Complete list of publications. Scientific publications published within the last five years will be given special weight.

  • 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 at Natural History, Aino Hosia; Phone +47 55 58 29 63, cell +47 924 67 311, or email, or Head of the Arboretum and the Botanical gardens, Inger Elisabeth Måren; Phone + 47 55584903, cell + 47 41285126, or 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

We seek candidates for a permanent full-time position as an Associate Professor in Botany at the Department of Natural History, the University Museum in Bergen (, focusing on vascular plants and with an international research record. We are looking for an active and productive researcher, preferably within the field of systematic botany, with substantial plant knowledge.


The position as an Associate Professor in botany will be given responsibility for the planning, renewal and further development of exhibitions and collections of vascular plants at the Arboretum. The position will play an important role in developing collection-based research at the Arboretum. The need for rigorous scientific documentation of the collections is emphasized, alongside the dissemination of this knowledge to professionals, students and the public. The candidate may also be given assignments in the Botanical Gardens and the Museum Gardens. Cooperation with scientists at the Department of Natural History and the Department of Biology, UiB, is encouraged. The candidate should have international research collaborations and a well-developed international scientific network. He/she is also expected to take part in the ongoing development of new exhibitions at the museum, as well as in the teaching of botany at UiB. We also expect the successful candidate to contribute towards the successful development of the internordic research school in biosystematics, ForBio (, in which the museum is presently involved. At the Museum, there are botanical collections and scientific laboratories, including a molecular laboratory, which will be available to the appointed person.


The 2014-2020 research strategy for the Museum identifies two major focus areas within biology: evolutionary history and taxonomy, and palaeobiology to gain an understanding of biological diversity, evolutionary relationships of organisms, adaptations, biogeographical distribution patterns and processes that generate biodiversity. There are currently four research groups at the Department of Natural History; Rosaceae Evolution, Phylogenetic Systematics and Evolution, Biosystematics, and Palaeoenvironmental Research. Within plant systematics, Rosaceae Evolution is currently focusing on the systematics, phylogeny and taxonomy of Rosaceae; The appointed candidate will be expected to actively collaborate with the existing research groups at the Department of Natural History.


The Norwegian Arboretum, at the Fana fjord, extends over 60 hectares with native pine forest, bogs and patches of broadleaved woodland, neighboring the Botanical Gardens, and embedded in a popular recreation area of approx. 2 km2. The Arboretum is run by a public foundation in cooperation with the University of Bergen, and holds some 3000 taxa of woody plants, many of which have been collected in the wild in temperate regions of the world. Important collections include Rhododendrons and other Ericaceous plants, Rosaceae with Sorbus and Rosa, as well as Acer, Ilex, and others. In addition to the botanical collections, there are well-equipped greenhouses that can be used for experimental set-ups.


Experience from working in a botanical garden or an arboretum, and/or with botanical collections and exhibitions is a clear advantage. The applicant must have well-developed social skills and be able to communicate and cooperate with colleagues in a collaboration-oriented work environment. Applicants are also expected to take actively part and lead some of the dissemination activities at the Arboretum and the Botanical Gardens.



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    Sunday, December 17, 2017
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