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 clastic sedimentology at
the Department of Earth Science

There is a vacancy for a permanent position as associate professor at the Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen, in clastic sedimentology.

About the department

The Department of Earth Science is one of eight departments at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, and covers a wide range of geological and geophysical disciplines.

Research is organized within four research groups: Basin and Reservoir Studies, Geobiology, Geodynamics and Quaternary Earth Systems. The research is project based, headed by principal project investigators. The announced position is within the Basin and Reservoir studies group, which includes structural geologists, sedimentologists, sequence stratigraphers and geophysicists.

Scientific staff has access to state-of-the-art facilities, including analytical laboratories, high-performance computing infrastructure and research vessels. The department runs a number of nationally funded research facilities, such as the newly established Earth Lab (Earth Surface Sediment Laboratory) which covers a suite of instruments for characterization of sediments and sedimentary rocks. The Basin and Reservoir Studies Group also has digital outcrop and seismic interpretation labs with powerful workstations and state-of-the-art software.

Work tasks / research field

The position is intended for an active researcher in clastic sedimentology with interests in the processes of sediment transport, deposition and stratigraphy. In addition to carrying out research, the candidate will be expected to contribute to teaching at the department, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as supervise MSc and PhD students.

Sedimentology and dynamic stratigraphy are central disciplines at the department that integrate the interests of several research groups in the Department of Earth Science. The candidate must document research of an international standard within the field of physical sedimentology and document a good international research network. The associate professor is expected to contribute actively to the initiation of national and international project activities, and to be capable of obtaining external research funding.

The successful candidate is expected to take part in the departmentís educational program both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including teaching courses in sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy and petroleum geology.

In compliance with the university's general regulations the associate professor is required to undertake teaching and related examination work, supervise Master/PhD students and present own research results at conferences and in international journals as part of his/her professional duties.

Research: qualifications and personal qualities

The applicant must:

  • have a doctoral degree within the field of sedimentology
  • be able to integrate field and subsurface studies with numerical modelling to complement our existing strengths and to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Priority will be given to applicants with strong skills in quantitative analysis
  • be able to work independently and have strong collaborative skills
  • be able to contribute in research teams both as leader and as participant
  • 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 should produce evidence of their teaching qualifications and document experience in teaching and supervision of students. Such evidence can include, for instance:

  • evidence of completed teaching training
  • evaluation reports of the applicant's teaching
  • overview of scope and level of teaching
  • overview of supervision of post-graduate 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 teaching or supervision methods or environments

The teaching language is 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 produce evidence of 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 permanent 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. 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

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Professor William Helland-Hansen, Department of Earth Science, phone (+47) 55583397 or (+47) 92663806/e-mail:, or to Head of Department professor Gunn Mangerud, Department of Earth Science, email:, tel. (+47) 55 58 27 93.

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.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

Closing date for applications: 20 June 2017

posted: 26 May 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.