Professor/Associate Professor in Structural Geology and Tectonics

The position

A position as Professor/Associate Professor is available at the Department of Geosciences at The Faculty of Science and Technology, UiT the Arctic University of Norway within the field in Structural Geology and Tectonics. The position is attached to the Department of Geosciences and the Solid Earth Science, Mineral Resources and Geohazards scientific group

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position in Tromsø within 6 months after receiving the offer.

The Department of Geosciences

The Department of Geosciences has currently 16 permanent scientific staff positions, 21 post-doctoral fellows and researchers, 24 PhD-students and 15 technical/administrative positions.

The Department includes three scientific groups: (1) Solid Earth Science, Mineral Resources and Geohazards group, (2) Sedimentary Systems, Paleoclimates and Environments group, and (3) Geophysics, Glaciology and Oceanography group. It also hosts the Centre of Excellence iC3: Centre for ice, Cryosphere, Carbon and Climate . The Department is also a member of iEarth – Centre for Integrated Earth Science Education.

The Department of Geosciences offers courses at all levels from bachelor to PhD studies and hosts approximately 150 students.

The department’s facilities include a piston-cylinder lab, a Zeiss Sigma and Merlin SEMs with WDS, EDS, EBSD, and CL-detectors, a Bruker Tiger S8 WDS-XRF, a fluid/melt inclusion laboratory, a stable isotope laboratory and a mineral separation laboratory.

The position’s field of research/field of work

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • establish an internationally competitive active research program in structural geology and tectonics and should demonstrate the ability to generate a high level of external funding of research.
  • teach undergraduate and advanced graduate courses in structural geology and tectonics, as well as participate in teaching of the field
  • courses organized by the scientific group.
  • supervise students at all levels, including MSc and PhD.

It is expected that the successful candidate will participate in scientific group's collaboration and professional networks nationally and internationally, as well as in disseminating research to a wider public. It is expected that the successful candidate/position holder is willing to develop grant applications (RCN/EU).


Further information about the position and UiT is available by contacting:


Applicants should have expertise in one or several aspects and methods of structural geology and tectonics. They must have experience in, and a strong dedication to, field-based research, as well as a track record of acquisition of external funding relevant to the career stage. The department seeks a candidate with documented track record in the field of medium- to high-temperature deformation processes. Research fields may include, but are not restricted to, field structural geology, mountain-building processes and geodynamic reconstructions, studies of deformation microstructures, fabrics, and processes. Experience with modern techniques of fieldwork (digital mapping, work with GIS) as well as with electron microbeam techniques (EBSD/SEM/EMPA) is welcome.

The research should complement the existing research strengths within the fields of the Solid Earth Science, Mineral Resources and Geohazards scientific group, which include magmatic and metamorphic petrology, geochemistry, ore geology, rock-slope failure and geohazards. When all positions are filled, the group will comprise five permanent faculty members.

The employment of the successful candidate as associate or full professor is commensurate with his/her qualification.

Qualification requirements for the position as Professor:

  • Academic level conforming to established international or national standards for position of Professor in the subject area concerned
  • Documented pedagogical competence

In addition you must document:

  • Development of the quality of one's own teaching and supervision over time, and
  • Broad supervision experience, preferably at MSc/PhD level, and
  • Participation in the development of educational quality in academic communities

To be awarded a professorship, you must document substantially more extensive research of high quality than that required to be awarded a doctorate degree. You must document academic activity at a high level over the previous six years, and that this points forwards towards continued activity at professorial level.

In addition UiT assesses applicants according to national guidelines for assessment of professorial competence, decided by the National Faculty Meeting of MNT. You can find the guidelines here (only in Norwegian).

Qualification requirements for the position as Associate Professor:

  • Norwegian doctoral degree in subject area concerned or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognised as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree, or competence at a corresponding level documented by academic work of the same scope and quality
  • Documented pedagogical competence

Applicants should have a good command of Norwegian and English. The successful applicant is expected to learn Norwegian within two years.

We will emphasize the cadidate's motivation for the position and personal suitability.

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • Good collaboration skills
  • Abilities for good communication and interaction with colleagues and students
  • Abilities and desire to contribute to a good working environment

At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

UiT wishes to increase the proportion of females in academic positions. In cases where two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.

Pedagogical basic competence

All applicants for teaching and research positions must document their pedagogical competence.

You must have acquired basic competence for teaching and supervision at higher education level. This includes basic skills in planning, conducting, evaluating and developing teaching and guidance.

Documentation requirement

a) Applicants who have completed education or courses designed to provide teaching competence for teaching at universities and colleges, equivalent to a minimum of 200 hours, must attach diploma and curriculum for the completed course.

b) Other applicants shall describe, assess and document their competence as a teacher and supervisor. The skills must be documented in the form of a teaching portfolio.

For professor positions, experience with teaching and supervision in higher education corresponding to three years in a full-time position is required.

For professor positions, the teaching competence can be developed and documented through a combination of courses and teaching portfolio.

Applicants for professor positions must also document that the supplementary criteria are satisfied:

  • Description of and reflection over your work involving development of your teaching and supervision. This should be documented with specific examples that demonstrate development over time, as well as a description of and reflection over the process and result
  • Description of experience with supervision at master's and PhD level. In addition to describing the scope of the supervision, you shall also summarize your supervision experience and point to possible development areas
  • Description of and reflection over your own leadership, participation and role in development of the educational quality in the academic community

Applicants shall not be ranked based on pedagogical competence.

Those who do not satisfy the requirements may be appointed on a permanent basis on the condition that they satisfy the requirements within the first two years of the appointment.

For information about basic pedagogical competence and teaching portfolio, see: (Only in Norwegian)

Interim appointment with qualification conditions

If there are no fully qualified applicants for the position, an interim appointment to qualify scientifically may be made for a period of three years. Application for permanent employment with a new assessment shall be applied for within the three year-period. The appointment will become permanent if you are found to be suitably qualified before the three-year period elapses.

We offer

  • R&D sabbatical conditions which are considered some of the best in the country
  • A good working environment
  • Good welfare arrangements for employees
  • Good arrangements for pension, insurance and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

Norwegian health policy aims to ensure that everyone, irrespective of their personal finances and where they live, has access to good health and care services of equal standard. As an employee you will become member of the National Insurance Scheme which also include health care services.

Work- og salary conditions

The successful candidate must be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of their department and the university as a whole.

The allocation of working hours is flexible and allocated on a case-by-case basis. In general, Professor/Associate Professors will spend an equal amount of time on teaching and research and development work. As a norm, the time resources spent on administrative duties constitutes 5 % for academic staff.

The remuneration for Professor is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1013. The remuneration for Associate Professor is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1011.

A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted. UiT pays directly to the pension fund on top of the salary - in 2023 this rate is 9 %. As a state employee, you have one of the best pension schemes availiable. For more information see:

Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University in Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment.

We believe that inclusion and diversity is a strength and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application.

If there are qualified applicants, we invite least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it.

Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.


The application must include:

  • Cover letter including a short description of interests and reasons for applying for the position
  • CV containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training, experience and professional work
  • Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees, in original language and translated)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation if applicable
  • Two references with contact details
  • Documented pedagogical competence
  • A list of your academic production, stating which of the scientific results you consider as the most important.
  • Description of your academic production, stating which works you consider most important
  • Academic works, up to ten. The doctoral thesis is regarded as one work
  • The applicant is asked to prepare a short description of a potential optional course in her/his field of expertise that could complement MSc/PhD course portfolio of the department
  • Documentation of English proficiency.

Proficiency in the English language can be documented in the following ways:

  • Diploma from a Norwegian upper secondary school with both spoken and written English (140 hours)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • IELTS (International English Testing Service)
  • Completed university degree in the field of English language or literature
  • One year of completed university studies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or USA, for which English was the language of instructions.

Documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. The application and submitted documents must be sent electronically via


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee's mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants' qualifications on the basis of the written material presented by the applicants, and the detailde description draw up for the position.

The applicants who are assessed as best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things, aim to clarify the applicants personal suitability for the position and motivations. A trial lecture may also be held.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

More information about moving to Norway and working at UiT:

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.

Eallju - Developing the High North

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a multi-campus comprehensive university at the international forefront. Our vision is to be a driving force for developing the High North. The Northern Sami notion eallju, which means eagerness to work, sets the tone for this motive power at UiT. Along with students, staff and the wider community, we aim to utilise our location in Northern Norway and Sápmi, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio and interdisciplinary advantage to shape the future.

Our social mission is to provide research-based education of high quality, perform artistic development and carry out research of the highest international quality standards in the entire range from basic to applied. We will convey knowledge about disciplines and contribute to innovation. Our social mission unites UiT across various studies, research fields and large geographical distances. This demands good cooperation with trade and industry and civil society as well as with international partners. We will strengthen knowledge-based and sustainable development at a regional, national and international level.

Academic freedom and scientific and ethical principles form the basis for all UiT’s activities. Participation, co-determination, transparency and good processes will provide the decision-making basis we need to make wise and far-sighted priorities. Our students and staff will have the opportunity to develop their abilities and potential. Founded on academic integrity, we will be courageous, committed and generous in close contact with disciplines, people and contemporary developments.

We will demonstrate adaptability and seek good and purposeful utilisation of resources, so we are ready to meet the expectations and opportunities of the future. We will strengthen the quality and impact of our disciplines and core tasks through the following three strategic priority areas.

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