University of Bergen

Department of Physics and Technology

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.

Professor/Associate professor in Energy technology/Process Safety

The Department of Physics and Technologyhas a position as Professor/ Associate professor in Energy technology / Process Safetyavailable. The position is part of the department’s Theory, Energy and Process Technology research group.


The application must state clearly whether it targets the Professor or Associate professor position.


About the department

Department of Physics and Technology is one of eight departments under the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The staff currently consists of 33 academic and 25 technical/administrative permanent positions. The department has about 50 postdocs/research fellows, about 60 PhD students, and about 120 master students at all times.

Department of Physics and Technology provides education leading to the academic degrees Bachelor, Master and PhD. The department is responsible for four educational programs for the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees: Physics, Ocean technology, Petroleum Technology and Process Technology, and it also contribute to programs in Nano Science and Energy Technology. For further information please follow the link:


Description of the position:

A job description specifying the specialist field and areas of work and responsibility is available further below.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must have a doctoral degree in Process Safety Technology or other relevant research field within the closing date for applications.

  • Applicants must have strong research experience in numerical and/or experimental turbulent flow and combustion related to themes as gas dispersion, ignition processes, fire, gas- and dust-explosion.

  • Emphasis is placed on industrial experience.

  • A strong research experience in topics related to process safety technology is expected. Furthermore, it is expected that the applicants document their ability to initiate relevant research projects and conduct research in collaboration with relevant internal and external research partners. This includes the ability to initiate master and PhD projects, and to supervise students in this research field.

  • Emphasis will also be put on experience from and motivation for conducting experimental research

  • Applicants must document proven track record of success in attracting external research funding.

  • Research leadership experience, as well as experience in coordinating research activities and of strategic research planning is desirable.

  • Experience in organizing conferences and seminars is emphasized.

  • Applicants should have a broad and international network in the current field.

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

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

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


Teaching - qualifications and personal qualities

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.

  • for the Professor position, salary at pay grade 74–79 (code 1013) equivalent to NOK 673 800 – 769 100 in the state salary scale. For the Associate professor position, salary at pay grade 64–72 (code 1011/ salary frame 24, alternative 8) equivalent to NOK 558 500 – 650 200 in the state salary scale. 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 (IW).

  • good welfare benefits.

Associate professors employed on a permanent basis have the opportunity to apply for personal advancement to professor according to competence. 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

  • 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.


General information

For further information about the position please contact Head of Department Professor Øyvind Frette, tlf. (+47) 55 58 27 60, e-post

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. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. 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.

Further information about the employment process can be found here.


Description of the position / The position’s scientific focus

The use of different forms of energy plays an important role in the development of society, and this will also be the case in the future. Unfortunately, the use and conversion of energy also poses a risk of injury to people, industry, society and the environment. For example, fires and explosions cause large material damage, loss of life and contamination. Norway is internationally leading in research on emissions, fire, gas- and dust-explosions, among others as a result of the petroleum industry. This creates a unique starting point for further research, among other things related to the use of renewable energy sources, as well as the use of hydrogen as energy carrier. The use of renewable energy sources is strongly expanding and will be central to industrial development for years to come.

For this central industrial, research and development activity, a 5-year integrated master's degree program (Master of Technology) in energy technology was launched in autumn 2017 and the host assigned will be central to the Institute's contribution in this program.

The department is a strong actor in the university's commitment within energy technology and it is a requirement that the appointed Professor / Associate professor will actively participate and pursue the development in energy technology. This includes responsibility for the department’s participation in research applications related to process safety both locally, nationally and internationally.


An example of this is the ongoing application work, where the institute is aiming at getting a Center for Research-based Innovation (SFI) thematically related to process safety technology together with partners from the industrial and institute sector as well as academia.

The Professor / Associate professor will be given a particular responsibility for education and research related to turbulent flow and combustion related to topics such as gas dispersion, ignition processes, fire, gas- and dust-explosions. When assessing the applications, emphasize will be placed on documented industrial experience related to process safety.

The applicant must also be able to document extensive professional qualifications related to essential parts of process safety technology. Documented ability to initiate and lead research and development projects in will be emphasized.

The successful applicant must be able to solve problems and quickly achieve research results, be socially inclusive, encourage students in their work, and actively develop and nurture new research contacts both internally at the department/ university and internationally.

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