University of Bergen

Department of Biological Sciences

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 Aquaculture (Fish Physiology)

There is a vacant position as Associate Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, in aquaculture (fish physiology), affiliated to the Marine Developmental Biology group.


About the Department

Department of Biological Sciences (BIO) was established January 2018 by merging the Department of Biology and the Department of Molecular Biology. The department is the largest of seven at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and has approximately 260 employees, among them 56 professors or associate professors, approximately 130 PhD candidates and approximately 70 technical/administrative employees.


The department is heavily involved in topics such as the origin of life, effects of climate and global changes, fisheries, aquaculture, fish health, nutrition, Arctic areas, and global development related research. About 2/3 of the scientific staff work with marine issues.


Through co-location and collaborating research groups, the research at BIO is closely integrated with biological research at the University Museum in Bergen and with some of the thematic departments of NORCE (Norwegian Research Centre AS). BIO is located in new and modern facilities at Marineholmen, near the city centre of Bergen.


The department's education covers a wide range of biological disciplines and is offered through two bachelor’s programmes, two master's programmes, two integrated five-year study programmes (fish health, seafood and aquaculture) and teacher education, in addition to doctoral education.


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


Bergen represents one of the world's largest research clusters for marine research, which is reflected in the vision of UiB: "Sea, Life and Society." BIO aims to remain a leading research institute in marine resource research both nationally and internationally.


Work tasks/ research field
The successful candidate will teach and supervise students within aquaculture and fish physiology in the aquaculture study programme, including the Integrated Master’s Programme in Aquaculture and Seafood. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching in introductory and advanced courses in aquaculture, including courses that encompass cooperation with the aquaculture industry.


Further, the successful candidate shall carry out research within fish physiology and aquaculture of cold-water species in collaboration with scientists at the department. The successful candidate is expected to acquire external funding for his/her research and she/he must also be prepared to engage in administrative activities at the department.


Qualifications and personal qualities

We are looking for an active researcher with experience from research and teaching/supervision in different aspects of fish aquaculture, with a particular emphasis on fish physiology. The successful candidate should be on an upward trajectory and is expected to have strong potential to execute research projects at a high international level. We are seeking a candidate that is proficient in modern methods within research in aquaculture and fish physiology, to strengthen the scientific and educational activity within this area at the department. It is important that the one hired is competent in teaching and supervision, in addition to being able to build a strong and competitive team that takes responsibility of research and teaching in fish physiology and aquaculture.

  • Applicants must have a doctoral degree within the field of fish physiology related to aquaculture or equivalent qualifications.

  • Documented experience from research in aquaculture and fish physiology is a requirement.

  • Applicants must be able to document the ability to obtain external research funding.

  • Emphasis will be placed on experience in leading research projects, coordination of research activity and experience from research strategic work and cooperation with the aquaculture industry.

  • We place emphasis on the ability to collaborate and build strong research team.

  • Applicants must be able to work independently, structured and have good cooperative skills.

  • Applicants must have good oral and written English proficiency.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. In addition, ambitions and potential will also be emphasized when evaluating the candidates.


Teaching – qualifications and personal qualities

Pedagogic qualifications and previous teaching experience will be emphasized in the assessment of applicants, and applicants must document their pedagogic qualifications and experience in teaching and supervision, and also outline their plans and ideas connected to teaching. This can be done by providing


  • 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, but the successful applicant must also be able to teach in English. 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 up 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 558 500 – 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:

  • A summary (2-3 pages) of your interest and motivation for applying for this position and the most important results in your research with an emphasis on the last 5 years.

  • CV with a full list of publications

  • Certificates and diplomas of academic degrees

  • A list of current and previous research grants stating the applicant’s role and size of funding.

  • A short outline of future research plans stating thematic field and ambitions for the research, and possible collaborations internally and externally (max. 2 pages).

  • Documentation of teaching experience by a complete list of teaching activity and specifying the role of the applicant.

  • Documentation of pedagogic qualifications

  • List over scientific work from the last 10 years that the applicant wish to be especially considered in the evaluation, including information about where this work was published.

  • Names of three referees where at least one know the applicant form teaching.

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


General information

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting Professor Jon Vidar Helvik ( / phone: +47 55 58 43 71) or Head of department Ørjan Totland ( / phone: +47 477 58 058).


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.


Applications sent by e-mail to individuals at the department will not be considered.


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