Associate Professor in Mineralogy

General information about the position

The Natural History Museum (NHM), University of Oslo, is recruiting an Associate Professor (SKO 1011) within the field of mineralogy. The position will be in the Department of Research and Collections, which has the curatorial responsibility for minerals, gems, rocks and meteorites.

The ideal candidate is interested in the fundamental properties of minerals and utilises this knowledge to explore larger geological processes. It is expected that the successful candidate can achieve their research goals by combining traditional methodology with novel analytical approaches and secure funding. The research should use and contribute to the geological collections housed at NHM.

NHM has a collaboration agreement with the Department of Geosciences on teaching and supervision of students at the bachelor and master’s levels, and with the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences for supervision of doctoral candidates. The successful candidate is expected to participate in teaching at all levels and be a capable and enthusiastic supervisor of master’s and PhD students. Up to 50% of the working time will be devoted to curating collections (main activity), teaching and supervision of students, outreach and administrative tasks at NHM. Lectures and tuition are given in Norwegian and English. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to contribute to method development of the research infrastructure housed at NHM, especially the single-crystal diffractometer and the new SEM. The successful applicant is expected to become an active member of the Natural History Museum.

Qualification requirements

Required qualifications:

  • A PhD in mineralogy
  • Research program in colletion-based research
  • A recent publication record and an upward trajectory of research within the topic of the position
  • Excellent English language skills (written and spoken)

The successful candidate who at the time of appointment cannot document sufficient teaching qualifications (minimum formal requirement is a 200 hrs pedagogical programme) will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two-year period.

The successful candidate must demonstrate mastery of both English and one of the Scandinavian languages as working languages. If an appointee is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, the appointee will be required to learn sufficient Norwegian within a two-year period, to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience with crystal structure refinement from single-crystal X-ray data
  • Explored the use of spectroscopic methods to solve mineralogical questions
  • Knowledge of large-scale research infrastructure experiments
  • Experience in working with mineralogical/geological collections, ideally as a curator
  • Organised or participated in extended fieldwork
  • Experience in science-based public outreach
  • Track record of securing funding

Personal qualities

  • Ability to create and contribute to a well-functioning, inclusive and productive research environment
  • Networking skills, ability to collaborate and conduct scientific leadership
  • Ability to cooperate and communicate well with other members of staff

The successful candidate should have an international profile with respect to the above criteria. The candidate for this position will be selected based on excellence and fit with the research profile.

We offer

  • Salary from kr 708 000 to kr 821 100 depending on competencies, in the position of Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • A professionally stimulating work environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo´s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
  • The Associate Professor will have the opportunity to apply for promotion to a position as Professor at a later date

How to apply

The application must include:

  • A cover letter (statement of motivation, summarising scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, research profile and merits, grants and awards, pedagogical qualifications, curatorial experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • A list of all scientific publications. You can indicate up to 7 scientific publications that should be assessed in the evaluation. All publications must be available online.
  • A research plan, including a description of how NHMs mineral collections will be utilised in the research, how the research may contribute to the development of these collections, and how synergies can be achieved with other researchers and research groups at NHM (up to 5 pages)
  • A teaching portfolio: a document describing the applicant’s pedagogical competence including formal and practical qualifications and teaching philosophy
  • List of reference persons: 3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number). No reference letters should be submitted with the application

Application with attachments must be submitted via our online recruitment system; please follow the link "apply for this job". Please note that all documentation must be in English.

Guide for applicants for Professor and Associate professor positions:

Formal regulations

As a general rule an interview will be used in the appointment process, usually supplemented with a trial teaching session. The basis for assessment will be the scientific production of the applicant, the teaching portfolio, pedagogical and educational qualifications, the applicant’s qualifications within leadership and administration, other qualifications as well as general personal suitability for the position. In ranking the competent applicants, the full range of qualifications will be considered and explicitly assessed.

Rules for appointments to associate professorships:

Rules for practising the requirement for basic university pedagogical competence at UiO:

Pursuant to section 25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

The University of Oslo has a transfer agreement with all employees that is intended to secure the rights to all research results etc., see:

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Women are encouraged to apply.

Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives. If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.


Professor Axel Müller: e-mail:
Research Director Hugo de Boer, e-mail:
For questions regardin Jobbnorge, please contact HR-Adviser Thomas Brånå, e-mail:

About the University of Oslo and the Natural History Museum

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo is Norway’s most comprehensive natural history collection. For almost 200 years, specimens of animals, fungi, plants, rocks, minerals and fossils have been collected, studied and preserved here. The museum is located at Økern and in the beautiful Botanical Garden, which is not only popular for recreation, but is a scientific collection in itself.

posted: 12 June 2024     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.