Professor/Associate Professor in Evolution, Behaviour and Ecology

Trondheim, Norway
05 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The main strategic goal of the Department of Biology ( is to understand biological processes and to preserve the environment. The Department takes an interdisciplinary approach to education and research that is deeply rooted in environmental biology, with evolutionary biology as an important link between the different sub-disciplines. The cross-disciplinary strategic focus areas are climate, biodiversity, pollution and sustainable use of natural resources. The Department currently includes the interdisciplinary Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD), a Norwegian Research Council Centre of Excellence ( We are keen to follow this up with future Centre of Excellence (SFF) applications, and we are looking for a new colleague with such a shared vision.

As part of our ambition for excellent cross-disciplinary research, the Department aims to use this position to further integrate and strengthen collaborations across research groups, including CBD. We therefore encourage candidates to apply that have a strong quantitative research profile in the intersection between evolution,behaviour and ecology. We are looking for candidates working within a clear theoretical framework who can document the empirical application of their research.

The position may be offered as a full professorship to an established researcher or at the associate professor level to a candidate earlier in their career that shows future promise.

The position reports to Head of Department

Work description

The successful candidate will be jointly responsible for the development of the discipline together with other scientific staff in the department and he/she is expected to develop her/his own independent research program that complements and strengthen the ongoing research at the Department. She/he will also participate in teaching activities in accordance with the relevant curriculum, and assist in developing the teaching program, including advanced and postgraduate courses. The new faculty member will have responsibility for part of the teaching in evolution, behaviour and ecology, as well as possible elements of conservation biology and quantitative methods, depending upon her/his interests/expertise. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to participate in departmental management and the strategic development of the department, the faculty and NTNU. The position reports to the head of department.

Qualification requirements

The applicants should hold a PhD and document a strong research and academic competence within evolution, behaviour and ecology, as well as the relevance of her/his research area to one or more of the focus areas at the department: climate change, biodiversity, pollution and/or sustainable use of natural resources.

Production must reflect an independent research profile and show the ability to take up new research issues. Continuous research activity is a prerequisite for the granting of professorial competence. Strong emphasis will be placed on ability and experience in initiating and leading research and development work, obtaining external funding for research, and publication of research results in recognized international journals within his or her subject area. The greatest emphasis is placed on academic work during the past five years. Proven effectiveness in interdisciplinary collaboration will also be an advantage.

Emphasis will also be placed on a documented commitment to teaching, development of teaching materials, and supervision of students at all levels.

Evaluation of the applicants will be based on documented materials, including presentation of academic work, pedagogical training, previous experience from supervision and teaching of master-level and PhD candidates, as well as other related skills. Quality and scope will be evaluated.

Applicants that have not obtained formal pedagogical qualifications in university-level teaching will be required to attend and successfully complete a recognized course providing this qualification within two years after taking up the position. 

The person appointed must comply with the decisions about changes due to developments in the subject area, and the organizational changes that may result from decisions regarding the university's activities. 

For educational purposes newly employed academic staff who have not already mastered a Scandinavian language are required to achieve knowledge of Norwegian equivalent to Level 3 in the “Norwegian for Foreigners” courses provided by the Department of Linguistics, NTNU. The Department will help newly appointed staff with organizing course attendance and will cover course costs. 

Personal characteristics

In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, education, experience and personal suitability will be emphasized, as well as motivation for the position.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

The position as Professor/Associate Professor comes with a starting package for new research staff, opportunities for mentoring and is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for an obligatory premium to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. Members of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund are offered a generous pension for life and access to favourable housing loan and insurance schemes.

It is required that the newly appointed member of staff takes up residence in Trondheim or nearby. Norway, like other Scandinavian countries, has generous rules for both maternity and paternity leave. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life ( Having a population of 200,000, Trondheim is a small city by international standards with low crime rates and little pollution. It also has easy access to a beautiful countryside with mountains and a dramatic coastline.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work. 

About the application

The application for this position and all relevant materials submitted must be in English and include the following:

  • CV with certified copies of relevant certificates, diplomas and a complete publication list.
  • A brief description of  your research and teaching profile as well as a short outline of your visions for the position regarding future research and teaching activities (max 5 pages).
  • Description of teaching qualifications based on a list of factors ("Documentation of applicant’s teaching qualifications in connection with appointment to an academic position at NTNU") 
  • Relevant documentation summarizing your experience with university administration and outreach activities.
  • Copies of up to 4 relevant, published peer-reviewed publications.
  • Name and contact details of 3 potential references. 

General information

Working at NTNU 

NTNU human resources policy objectives emphasize diversity and equality. Moreover, the Department of Biology actively pursues diversity and gender balance for a good scientific environment. Therefore, all qualified applicants regardless of their gender, functional ability, national or ethnic background are strongly encouraged to apply. The appointment will be made in accordance with current regulations concerning State Employees and Civil Servants.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants. 

For further information, please contact Prof. J. Wright (, or the
Head of Department Dr. Else Berit Skagen (, at the Department of Biology. More information about the department can be found on

Submit your application with your CV, diplomas and certificates via Applicants invited for interview must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with reference number: 2018/44030

Deadline for applications: 15.01.2018

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Biology will contribute to a sustainable society through our expertise in biological core disciplines and their application to global challenges in biodiversity, climate, pollution and sustainable use of natural resources. Our main tasks are research, education, innovation and dissemination. The Department will ensure high-quality execution of our social mission. The Department educate graduates for a wide range of careers in public administration, business and academia. The Department of Biology is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Deadline 15.01.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Jobbnorge ID 161323