University of Bergen

Geophysical Institute

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 offshore wind energy

There is a vacancy for an Associate Professor within offshore wind energy at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen.

About the department

The Geophysical Institute was established by Norwegian pioneers in meteorology and oceanography and is situated in its historical location south of Nygårdshøyden in Bergen. The Geophysical Institute carries out teaching and research in meteorology, oceanography, biogeochemistry, climate and energy. The Institute has 19 permanent science positions and 19 technical / administrative positions. In addition, the Institute has currently 15 additional adjunct Professors, Associate Professor positions, and approximately 55 PhD research fellows, Postdoctoral researchers and Researchers connected to the academic community. More information about the Geophysical Institute can be found at


Work tasks/ research field

Research on renewable energy has become increasingly important and will be particularly important for years to come if one is to succeed globally to get a reliable sustainable energy supply. The department wishes to strengthen research and education programs aimed at renewable energy and energy transformation focusing on wind energy at sea.


Energy production from wind at sea will play an important role in the global transformation of energy supply. Competence to assess environmental forces on ocean wind turbines, use of experimental and numerical methods, cost effective design, variability of wind energy resources and integration of variable renewable energy into the energy systems are all current topics relevant to the position. Climate variability provide fundamental framework conditions for wind energy production as well as for the utilization of solar and wave energy. It is thus important that the education in energy has an interdisciplinary profile and foster cooperation between relevant activities at the Geophysical Institute (GFI) and other academic environments at the University of Bergen. The successful candidate must have ambitions within research and education that addresses those needs.


This topic is not only central to the University of Bergen’s focus on renewable energy and energy conversion, but also for large national and European bodies. Thus, GFI will develop and strengthen research and education that highlights energy supply from the wind, the sun and the sea. At present, GFI has ongoing research on wind structures at turbine height ranging on scales from length scales of the rotor blades to length scales of several wind farms and possesses an extensive equipment park for wind measurements in the marine boundary layer and the ocean circulation. The energy group also conducts research on integration of variable renewable energy in the electricity grid and in the general energy supply system.

GFI also conducts research on large-scale circulation phenomena and on exchange of water masses between polar regions and world oceans. There is an extensive activity around the marine carbon cycle, both experimentally and theoretically, and on numerical simulations with atmospheric- and ocean models as well as global coupled climate models. Several parts of the meteorological research are relevant to the current position, such as activities related to ocean wind, air-sea-ice interaction and meteorological processes important for weather forecasts.


Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must have a Norwegian doctoral degree within the field of meteorology, oceanography, marine technology or equivalent qualifications.

  • Applicants must be able to document competence in ocean wind energy

  • The successful candidate must be able to teach in renewable energy on all levels

  • One expects that the successful candidate can take part and develop further the Faculty’s master program in energy

  • Applicants must be able to attract external research funding and conduct research in collaboration with external and internal partners, and particularly industrial partners

  • Applicants must be able to define MSc- and PhD projects and supervise the candidates in the projects.

  • We seek a person wo has experience, ambitions, research- and teaching plans within the field of ocean wind energy

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

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

  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English 

In the evaluation of applicants, the following points (in this rank) will be prioritized:

  • Quality and quantity in research results

  • Experience with project leading, coordination of research activities and strategic work particularly with emphasis on collaboration between academia and industry

  • Experience with research and development in industry

  • teaching and supervision experience

  • Documented collaborative skills

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 with a broad field of work, and opportunities to actively contribute in national and international professional environments

  • salary at NOK 565 500 – 658 300 gross per annum (code 1011) according to the Basic Collective Agreements in the state upon appointment. 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:

  • 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. Applications sent to individuals per email, will not be considered.


General information

For further details about the position, please contact the Head of Department, Professor Nils Gunnar Kvamstø, Geophysical Institute,, tel. 55 58 28 98 or Professor Finn Gunnar Nielsen,, tel. 55 58 26 44.


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.


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