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

There is a vacancy for an associate professor at the Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen, in the field of hydrogeology.

About the department

The Department has a central role in UiB’s priority area within marine research together with climate and energy transition. In recognition of the global significance of groundwater, which supplies approximately 75% of the world’s freshwater needs, the Department of Earth Science wishes to invest in expertise and build a critical mass in hydrogeology. Indeed, many of the world’s regions and nations are close to 100% dependent on groundwater for water supply, including most of the world’s mega-cities, and the under-developed rural areas of Asia, Africa and South America. Groundwater is also the world’s primary source for irrigation, crucial for global food security, and it supports the springs, streams and rivers that underpin many ecologically significant wetland habitats. Hydrogeology also underpins many subsurface applications relating to climate change, energy security and sustainable use of natural resources.

The announced position is within the research group for Geodynamics and Basin studies. The scientific staff at the department has access to state-of-the-art facilities, including a series of advanced laboratories, powerful computer infrastructure and oceangoing research vessels. Several of these have status as national researchinfrastructure facilities.

Work tasks/research field:

We seek a candidate who will develop and maintain a vigorous, externally funded research program in the field of hydrogeology. The successful applicant is expected to explore the subsurface and surface distribution and movement of water in rock and soil to clarify interactions between water, climate, terrestrial and/or marine landscapes, and human systems.

We seek an outstanding scientist with experience in fundamental earth science questions across a range of temporal and spatial scales, such as linkages between the hydrologic cycle, erosion and weathering; terrestrial water supply resilience in a changing environment; or storage, transport, or remediation of environmental contaminants. Candidates with demonstrated expertise/track record in hydrogeological groundwater modeling and practical field-based research relating to subsurface fluid flow, subsurface aquifer characterization and contaminant/hydro-geochemical transport will particularly complement existing expertise at the department.

The Department expects that the successful candidate will be actively engaged in initiation of national and international project activities. Candidates whose research vision demonstrates clear potential to collaborate with, and add synergistically to, the existing department staff and research directions will be preferred.

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.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must have a doctoral degree within earth science
  • Applicants must have documented competence within hydrogeology relevant for earth science research and education.
  • The successful candidate must document research of high international standard and an international network of high quality.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching hydrogeology at both bachelor and postgraduate levels.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and have strong collaborative skills.
  • The successful candidate is expected to contribute to externally financed research activities, and should document the ability to acquire external research funding.
  • Applicants must be able to contribute in research teams both as leader and as participant.
  • demonstrated expertise/track record in hydrogeological groundwater modeling and practical field-based research relating to subsurface fluid flow, subsurface aquifer characterization and contaminant/hydro-geochemical transport will be considered an advantage
  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English.

Personal and relational qualities and positivity will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

Pedagogical competence

Basic teaching training and experience in the supervision of students at university level is a requirement for the position as associate professor. This implies completed formal pedagogical training, as well as basic skills in planning, implementation, evaluation and development of teaching and supervision. Relevant courses in combination with actual teaching experience could replace a university pedagogy program. Should the successful applicant not have such competence at the time of appointment, he/she will be required to document such training within two years of the date of appointment.

Pedagogical training must be documented in a pedagogical portfolio which should include a documented overview of pratical experience and competence as well as a brief reflection statement. The statement should primarily describe the applicant’s own teaching philosophy and an evaluation of own teaching in relation to his/her knowledge of students’ learning at a higher education level. You will find more detailed information about the documentation of pedagogical competence here (only available in Norwegian).

The teaching language will normally be Norwegian. The successful applicant must be able to teach in Norwegian within two years of being appointed.

University of Bergen emphasizes educational qualifications for appointments in scientific positions.

We can offer:

  • a good and professionally challenging working environment
  • salary at pay grade 66 - 74 (code 1011) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of 594 400,- – 691 400,- 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
  • 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 October.

Your application must include:

  • CV
  • Diplomas, references
  • Complete list of publications
  • A summary (2-3 pages) describing your motivation for applying for the position, the most important results in your research, your vision for the development of economic geology as a discipline in the department.
  • A list with appendices that document your pedagogical qualifications.
  • A 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: Professor Ritske Huismans, Department of Earth Science, phone +47-55588117 / +47-92270930 / e-mail:

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.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

posted: 21 October 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.