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Associate Professor in Evolutionary Genomics of Vertebrates

About the position

Do you want to be part of an ambitious research environment at Norway’s largest university?

The NTNU University Museum is seeking an associate professor for a position in vertebrate evolutionary genomics. The appointment is permanent and is part of our aim to recruit ambitious and excellent researchers.

The position is central to the Department of Natural History’s strategy: Through the utilization of genetic information captured in natural history collections, we want to improve our understanding of evolutionary change and processes affecting biodiversity. Thus, we are looking for someone with experience and keen interests to conduct cutting-edge, collections-based research that advances fundamental knowledge about biological diversification in time and space.  

You have a demonstrable interest in evolutionary biology and work in the fields of evolutionary genomics or a closely related academic discipline. Preferably, you have experience with the integration of vertebrate host and microbiome datasets in testing evolutionary and/or ecological hypotheses, as well as experience with curation of natural history collections and the use of scientific collections in genomic research. While working to develop an independent research program, you may benefit from the initial support of members of the Holomuseomics research group, whose overarching goal is to develop and utilize novel genomic methods, including paleo-genomic sequencing and metagenomics, to understand past and present biodiversity. These research activities are centered around natural history collections and often employ interdisciplinary approaches. You may also benefit from interactions with several other research groups at the Department of Natural History.

As a start-up we offer a PhD-position. Female applicants are especially encouraged and will have special opportunities to apply to the NTNU start-up program for women in permanent scientific positions. We offer an ambitious and positive working environment and good work-life balance in one of Norway's most beautiful cities.

The NTNU University Museum, Department of Natural History employs 11 faculty staff, 5 researchers and 15 technical and administrative staff.

Your immediate leader is the Head of Department.

Duties of the position

It is expected that the successful candidate:

  • Maintains an active, international research profile.
  • Develops and submits competitive project applications to the European Research Council, the Research Council of Norway, and similar sources of national and international funding.
  • Contributes to teaching at the NTNU Department of Biology and e.g. the Research School in Biosystematics (ForBio), or the Nordic Academy of Biodiversity and Systematic Studies (NABiS).
  • Participates in public outreach activities.
  • Will have the scientific governance for parts of our natural history collections.

Required qualifications 

As an Associate professor you must have the qualifications required for the position of Associate Professor in the field of evolutionary genetics as outlined the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts .

  • A Ph.D. within the field of evolutionary genomics or a closely related academic discipline.
  • Scientific excellence documented through peer-reviewed publications in evolutionary genomics.
  • Relevance of research focus in relation to the NTNU University Museum research strategy.
  • Excellent skills in written and spoken English.
  • Experience and success with project acquisition and management.

Scientific and project management qualifications will be evaluated considering applicants’ career stage. We therefore invite both senior and junior candidates to apply. In the evaluation, there will be emphasis on personal qualities and the capacity to effectively collaborate and interact with colleagues.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in metagenomics research in the context of microbiomes from vertebrate hosts.
  • Experience in applying genomic approaches to scientific collections and/or other ancient biological remains.
  • Experience with the curation of natural history collections.
  • Experience with collaborative research using interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Experience with teaching and supervision.

New employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language by appointment is required, within three years, to demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three of the course for Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU.  

Personal qualities

We are looking for someone with good creative problem-solving skills, that is goal-oriented and able to deliver results when expected.

We offer 

Female applicants are especially encouraged and will have special opportunities to apply to the NTNU start-up program for women in permanent scientific positions. We offer an ambitious and positive working environment and good work-life balance, in one of Norways's most beautiful cities.

Application Process

You can find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

Salary and conditions

As an Associate Professor code 1011 you are normally paid from gross NOK 604 900 – NOK 720 100 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. As required by law, 2% of this salary will be deducted and paid into the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.   

After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work. 

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis. 

About the application

Your application and supporting documentation must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

Your application must include:

  • CV, diplomas, and certificates
  • A list of your previous works, with details on where they have been published.
  • Copies of academic works – published or unpublished – that you wish to be considered during assessment of your application (up to 5 items).
  • A research plan totaling 2 to 5 pages.
  • Details of projects for which you have served as project manager, including information on financing, duration and scope.
  • If available, a teaching portfolio, in which your teaching competence is compiled and present systematically. See guidelines for applications Documentation of teaching qualifications in applications and appointments to academic positions at NTNU.
  • Names and contact information for three relevant referees.

You are encouraged to use the Universities Norway’s NOR-CAM toolbox as a guide for  documentation of your competence.

Joint work will also be considered. If it is difficult to identify your specific input to a joint project, you must include evidence of your contributions.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. Our assessment of the pedagogical skills will be based on documented pedagogical material, forms of presentation in your academic works, teaching experience, PhD, and Masters supervision, museums exhibitions and any other relevant pedagogical background. Both quality and scope will be taken into consideration, and an open scientific practice will be recognized.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality. In the evaluation, an important consideration will be that the Department of Natural History aims to increase the proportion of females in academic positions. In cases where two or more applicants are found to be equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.

NTNU is obliged by the evaluation criteria for research quality in accordance with The San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA and The obligations in the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment ( CoARA) on responsible assessment of research and recognition of a  wider range of academic contributions to science and society. This means that we will pay particular attention to the quality and academic range demonstrated by your scientific work to date. We will also pay attention to research leadership and participation in research projects. Your scientific work from the last five years will be given the most weight.

Your application will be considered by an expert committee. Candidates of interest will be invited to an interview, and to deliver a trial teaching session.

General information

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. 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 and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must continually maintain and improve your professional development and be flexible regarding any organizational changes.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

For the sake of transparency, candidates will be given the expert evaluation of their own and other candidates. As an applicant you are considered part of the process and is stipulated to rules of confidentiality.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Head of Department of Natural History, Ingrid Ertshus Mathisen, e-mail 

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Senior Consultant HR Anne Karin Henning, e-mail 

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. 

Application deadline: 01.03.2024


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.

NTNU University Museum  

The NTNU University Museum is one of Norway’s leading institutions in protection, conservation, exhibition and research related to natural and cultural material.

We are one of Norway’s six university museums. The museum has two departments, a national laboratory for age determination, an exhibition and events section, and an administration.

Deadline 1st March 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Kalvskinnet, 7491 Trondheim

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