Faculty position in Geology at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)
Professor/Associate Professor in Arctic Terrestrial Quaternary StratigraphyThe Department of Arctic Geology is now seeking candidates for the position of Professor / Associate Professor in Arctic Terrestrial Quaternary Stratigraphy to complement its research and educational profile. The Department of Arctic Geology (UNIS) presently consists of 4 professors, 3 associate professors, 8 adjunct professors, 2 Post Doc and 7 PhD students. Additional information about the Department of Arctic Geology can be found at www.unis.no
UNIS is a state-owned limited company with four of Norway's universities represented on the board. UNIS is located in a modern working environment in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, and is well equipped with both technical and scientific equipment and laboratories. The institution has an infrastructure for both marine and terrestrial field research on Svalbard. The studies at UNIS are marketed internationally and all classes are offered in English. Approximately half of the staff and students are from abroad - in 2011 students from 32 countries were present at UNIS. UNIS as an academic institution carries significant responsibilities in research and teaching, with a curriculum that includes training of Masters and Doctorate students.
Description of the vacant position
We are seeking a candidate with a strong international research profile within terrestrial and glacial Quaternary stratigraphy in order to strengthen the department's research and education profile in Quaternary paleoenvironmental and climate reconstructions of the Arctic. Quaternary geological evolution and reconstruction of glacial-interglacial cycles on Svalbard is the desired field of expertise.
Aptitude within other key areas of research and education at UNIS is an advantage and the candidate's potential for research and educational collaboration with other staff members is emphasized.
The candidate's teaching and supervising experience in the department's core subjects is vital given the recent expansion of UNIS' course portfolio. The candidate is expected to take responsibility for the AG-326/826 "Quaternary Glacial and Climate History of the Arctic" and make significant contribution to AG-210 "The Quaternary History of Svalbard" and AG-332/832 "Arctic Terrestrial Quaternary Stratigraphy". Field experience from the Arctic and especially from Svalbard is important due to the strong fieldwork emphasis of the UNIS' education and research. More information: http://www.unis.no/10_STUDIES/1020_Courses/Arctic_Geology/arctic_geology_courses.htm
The candidate should be able to contribute to the presentation of UNIS internationally through her/his role in international scientific projects and research networks.
Prior connection to Svalbard and to UNIS is considered an advantage.
We are seeking applicants who:
Employment conditions for faculty positions at UNIS
The vacant position is full time, permanent within the Department of Arctic Geology.
Work-time for the full-time faculty is divided into 60% research and 40% teaching and administrative tasks. The successful candidate is expected to take an active part in the advancement of his/ her field of research and must also be willing to contribute to the development of UNIS in a more general sense.
UNIS will offer
All salaries are set in accordance with the Norwegian government's University salary scale.
Full Professors are offered a gross salary within the scale of salary step from 67-73 (NOK 548 000.- - 614 600.-) in the University salary scale. Associate Professors are offered a gross salary within the scale of salary step 58 - 65 (NOK 464 100.- - 528 400.-) in the University salary scale. In special cases a higher salary step can be considered. Salaries depend on experience/seniority. As resident of Svalbard, an annual allowance of NOK 29 600.- (Svalbardtillegg) will be added to staff salaries. A social Security contribution of 2 per cent, to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, will be deducted from the salary. Income tax on Svalbard is 8 per cent, plus 7.8 per cent toward National Insurance coverage.
Selection and appointment
An expert committee will evaluate the qualifications of the applicants. Based on the report, an interview committee will invite the top ranked person(s) for a trial lecture and an interview.
The appointment will be made by the Board of UNIS, based on the recommendation from the appointment committee.
Inquiries about this position may be directed to:
Riko Noormets, Head of the Department, email@example.com.
Deadline for applications is 13.05.2012
Please apply online on www.unis.no - vacant positions
You can request to have your application kept from public access cf. the open files act § 25. The request must be explained. UNIS will determine if the application will be kept from public access or not, based on the explanation and the regulations from the open files act. If the application will not be accepted, the candidate will be contacted.
Applicants are expected to submit a letter of application, a CV including teaching experience, a publication list, and a letter specifying the candidate's motivation for the position and a vision for the development of her/his research at UNIS. The committee may ask for further documentation of the scientific work described by the applicants.