UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UIT The Arctic University of Norway - Department of Arctic and Marine Biology

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) consists of Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NFH) and School of Business and Economics. The main task of BFE is to conduct teaching and research dissemination at a high national and international level within all relevant fields. Prioritized research areas are aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, climate, life in the arctic, marine bioprospecting, fish health, seafood products, business and macroeconomics, resources and environment, markets and management of marine resources. The interdisciplinary profile of the faculty provides good opportunity to develop research projects involving several research groups at the faculty according to its strategy.

Two Associate Professor / Professor Positions (Marine Botany, Marine Biogeochemistry) at UiT The Arctic University of Norway

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) has two permanent positions vacant as Associate Professors / Professor in marine botany and marine biogeochemistry, respectively. We look for highly motivated, excellent scientists/educators, capable of establishing vigorous research, and providing academic excellence to our degree programs. The positions are attached to the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) and the research group Arctic Marine System Ecology (AMSE) in Tromsø.


The Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) includes 6 research groups distributed across several buildings. Research and teaching at AMB has a broad span, from molecular mechanisms at cellular/subcellular levels via studies of adaptations at the organismal level, to ecological interactions in aquatic and terrestrial environments. The institute is an exciting and cutting-edge academic and research unit in biology that addresses professional challenges in basic research, industrial and administrative-oriented research with a strong focus on North. The Institute has extensive national and international research collaboration including regional institutions like Framsenteret, IMR and NIBIO. It plays a leading role in the Norwegian national Nansen Legacy Program. The staff counts 52 permanent scientists, 23 technicians, 9 administrative positions and 65 temporary employees (researchers, postdocs, PhD research fellows, technicians).


For further information regarding this position, please contact Head of department Geir Rudolfsen, geir.rudolfsen@uit.no, phone +47 77 64 68 81, Associate Professor Fredrika Norrbin, fredrika.norrbin@uit.no, phone +47 77 64 47 47 or Associate Professor Jasmine Nahrgang-Berge, jasmine.m.nahrgang@uit.no, phone +47 77 64 58 96.


The positions’ fields of work
BFE and AMB offer biology degree programs on the Bachelor, MSc and PhD degree levels, and the research group Arctic Marine Systems Ecology (AMSE) contributes with teaching at all these levels. AMSE has strong and internationally recognized research activities with a network of collaborations with local, national and international partners. AMSE research and teaching areas range from organism biology (from protists to marine mammals), ecotoxicology, marine ecology, resource biology, to ecosystem modeling. UiT including AMSE has a strong focus on interdisciplinary research in northern marine ecosystems. The offered positions will have the opportunity to link to and further develop ongoing AMSE research projects, including UiT’s world leading focus area on the seasonal sea ice zones (project called ArcticSIZE) and the The Nansen Legacy project.


Both new hires are expected to enhance AMSE research through research proposals, method developments, field and/or experimental studies, scientific collaboration and publications. Interest in broader public outreach is expected. We are seeking highly motivated and broad thinking scientists/educators, complementing existing expertise within AMSE, BFE and UiT.


The thematic focus for the marine botany position is on marine pelagic primary producers, their ecology and functioning in the ecosystem. The new hire will have responsibilities for the development, structuring and teaching of university courses in marine botany in general, with a focus on knowledge about algal species, biodiversity, and algal ecology from micro- to macroalgae.


The thematic focus for the marine biogeochemistry position is on regional and/or global biogeochemical cycles including inorganic nutrient chemistry. Teaching responsibilities will focus on inorganic nutrients, biogeochemical cycles (N, P, Si) and food web tracer studies but may also include marine ecology in general.


Both new hires will be responsible for individual courses, and will contribute to a range of courses offered within the undergraduate and graduate biology programs, as well as other degree programs at UiT. Teaching will also include supervision and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate student theses on BSc, MSc and PhD level. The new hires are expected to participate in ship based and field based teaching activities. BFE and AMB have a strong focus on excellence in teaching and student mentorship as well as the continuous development of teaching methods. Here the new hires are expected to contribute and strengthen these efforts. For both positions there will be a special responsibility to enhance our international collaboration and integration with the Arctic Science Partnership (http://www.asp-net.org) as part of the contract duties.


Qualification requirements
Minimum requirements for these positions include a Norwegian PhD degree in marine botany, marine biogeochemistry or similar qualification. To be considered for a full professorship the amount of high quality research needs to be substantially larger than what is required for a PhD. We are looking for applicants with strong national and international scientific network, who will contribute and strengthen our general marine biology competence.


For the marine botany position, the successful applicant must have documented competence and interest in marine algal species, biodiversity and ecology, including the determination of primary production. An interest in the role of algae as primary producers in northern and/or polar marine ecosystems is required. The research focus should be on microalgae, but teaching will include topics on micro- and macroalgae.


For the marine biogeochemistry position, the successful applicant must have documented competence in marine nutrient cycles and uptake kinetics, food web tracer studies (e.g. stable isotopes, marker chemical compounds) and/or cycling of organic matter. A focus on marine pelagic processes that has relevance for benthic food webs is preferred.


Both candidates must document their experience in initiating externally funded research relevant to these positions, as well as having a related strong publication record in international peer-reviewed journals as well as participation and contributions in national and international scientific meetings relevant to this position. Participation in field going research and experimental studies will be an important part of the research, and the new hire is expected to participate in research and/or teaching cruises for several weeks each year. Candidates should document their experience in field based and experimental research and teaching, preferably from northern or polar marine areas. Documented experience in quantitative methods, biostatistics, and modeling will be considered favorably.


We are looking for applicants with a strong commitment to teaching and student mentoring at the university level. Excellent written and oral communication skills are a requirement in English language. Skills in Norwegian or a Scandinavian language is preferable, with an option of a 3-year learning period for the Norwegian language. Required documentation regarding language skills can be found at this linked website.

Teamwork is a requirement for both teaching and research, and we are looking for a colleague with excellent cooperation skills and positive attitude, which both will be strongly considered.


The applicants must be able to document teaching qualifications in the form of university-level teaching seminars, other teaching education or through a teaching portfolio. Alternatively, The candidate must participate in the UiT teacher training program, as part of a 3-year qualification period and interim appointment (see further details below), unless such qualification has already been obtained. For further information about requirements for teaching qualifications, refer to the website about teacher training courses and supplementary regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research positions at the UiT.


Working conditions
At UiT The Arctic University of Norway the allocation of working hours shall be flexible and allocated on a case by case basis.


As a general principle, an Associate Professor shall spend an equal amount of time on teaching and research and development work, after time spent on other duties has been deducted. As a norm the time resources spent on administrative duties constitutes 5 % for academic staff in this category of position. Moreover, applicants shall refer to the Guidelines for distribution of working hours for employees in teaching and research positions at the UiT.


Employees in permanent positions as Associate Professor / Professor have the right to apply for a paid sabbatical (research and development), cf. Guidelines for the allocation of R&D sabbatical.


The successful applicant must be willing to engage herself/himself in the ongoing development of his/her discipline and the university as a whole.


The remuneration for a Professor is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1013 and code 1011 for an Associate Professor. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.


An expert committee will assess the applicants. The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall, among other things, aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position. A trial lecture will also been held.


Applicants bring original certificates/diplomas and reference letter (work) to an interview.


Interim appointment
If a temporary appointment is on the basis of lacking teaching qualifications, the applicant must document teaching qualifications through developing a teaching portfolio before the three-year period elapses. The appointment will become permanent if the applicant is found to be suitably qualified.


Gender balance
UiT The Arctic University of Norway wishes to increase the proportion of females in senior research positions. In the event that two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.


Submit your application in www.jobbnorge.no

The application documents (mentioned below) must be enclosed in Jobbnorge within the expiration of the application deadline. Documents to be considered must be certified and translated into Scandinavian or English.

The application must include:

  • Letter of application
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • Certified copies of diplomas and reference letter
  • form for documentation of teaching qualifications
  • list of works and description of these
  • documentation of English language proficiency
  • contact information for three professional references

The list of scientific publications/products shall contain the following information:

  • author(s), the work’s title
  • for journal articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
  • for books, book chapters etc: publisher, city/state of publisher, year of publication, number of pages


Scientific publications/products
Applicants should submit up to five of their most significant scientific publications. In addition, the application should include a short statement about why and how these selected publications are relevant to the offered position (maximum 2 pages). The successful applicant should also give a description of teaching experiences (graduate and undergraduate), teaching interest, vision for further teaching, and teaching philosophy (1-2 pages).


A brief description of the other listed works shall also be included to demonstrate depth of production. These descriptions shall be an attachment to the application.


Information for applicants for positions at UiT
More information and guidelines referenced in our announcement are available here.


Questions concerning the organization of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.


UiT The Arctic University of Norway has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and therefore encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.


UiT The Arctic University of Norway is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will therefore emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.


Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.


We are looking forward to receiving your application.



In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.






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