Professorship/Associate Professorship in Biochemistry

Trondheim, Norway
05 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Information about the department

The Department has at present 11 professors, 13 associate professors, 4 adjunct professors and 59 PhD-students, postdoctoral fellows and research scientists. The Department has a national role and responsibility for research and teaching in biotechnology and food science and a wide range of expertise. We have a special responsibility of teaching in the disciplines of biochemistry and microbiology. The scientific activity is organized in the four main areas of Biopolymers and Biomaterials, Food Science, Microbial Biotechnology, and Analysis and Control of Microbial Systems. The department focus on developing integrated research groups where researchers and lecturers within related fields can establish strong research and teaching units. The Department of Biotechnology and Food Science is the host for the national center for biotechnology training, research and innovation: Center for Digital Life Norway

For more information about the department and our activities,
reference is made to the web page

Relevant background for the position

We are seeking candidates with competence that will complement and augment research programs in one of the research groups at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science.

The group Analysis and Control of Microbial Systems has a focus on microbial processes in aquatic systems. This includes production, conversion, and bioavailability of organic matter and nitrogen compounds in natural and applied systems. Applicants with a background or interest in characterization of dissolved organic matter in aquatic systems is a particularly interesting extension of the competence of this group.

The group of Biopolymers and Biomaterials focuses around Biopolymer Engineering, with particular emphasis on polysaccharides and polysaccharide modifying proteins. Research activities cover all aspects from biosynthesis and structural modifications, to physical, biological/biomedical and industrial properties. The group has the ambition to be at the cutting edge in its area, and collaborates widely both nationally and internationally. Applicants with a background in physical biochemistry relevant to this group’s research are particularly interesting.

The group of Food Science mainly works with research related to quality of raw materials and changes during processing. The group sees the need to strengthen competence on nutrition as well as biochemistry and biochemical processes in food raw materials.

The group of Microbial Biotechnology is performing basic experimental and theoretical research on microorganisms to increase the understanding of their structure and function both at molecular and cellular levels. The knowledge is applied to develop new biologically based production processes. Members of the group work with a variety of microbial model systems to study different bioprocesses for production of many different compounds by using various experimental and theoretical tools and approaches. Applicants with relevant background in microbial bioprocesses, including microbial strain development and systems biology level analysis, are in particular interesting. 

Job descriptions and qualifications

The position will have specific responsibility for teaching and research in biochemistry.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant field, a proven track record over the last five years of research that will complement and augment research programs in one of the research groups at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science. It is expected that the candidates will initiate research programs and integrate the scientific activity in one of the research groups at the Department. Candidates for the full Professorship should have demonstrated skills in leadership, international scientific collaborations, and the ability to attract external funding, preferably from the Norwegian and/or European research funding systems.

Strong emphasis will also be put on teaching and communication skills. It is expected that the candidate will participate in teaching and developing high quality of education. Evaluation of the applicants will be based on documented materials, including pedagogical training, presentation of academic work, previous experience from supervision and teaching of bachelor-, master-level  and PhD candidates, as well as other related skills. Both quality and scope will be evaluated.

Academic staff that is unable to document formal pedagogical qualifications in university-level teaching is required to successfully complete a recognized course that gives a pedagogical qualification in university-level teaching within two years of taking up the appointment. Courses are available at NTNU.

Newly employed academic staff who do not speak or write a Scandinavian language is required to obtain knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within three years of taking up an appointment. This must be of a standard that is equivalent to Level Three in the “Norwegian for Foreigners” courses provided by the Department of Linguistics, NTNU.

Terms of employment

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants.
At NTNU you will have various and challenging tasks in an international research and development environment.

The position as Professor/Associate Professor is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

As a member of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund you are offered:

  • A good pension for life
  • A favorable housing loan interest
  • Good insurance schemes

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

More information about the Department of biotechnology and the open position can be obtained from professor Berit Løkensgard Strand, e-mail:  phone: (+47) 73 59 40 69 or Head of Department Kjetil Rasmussen, e-mail:  phone: (+47) 73 59 40 34/ 918 97 652 

The application
The application should contain:

  • CV including list of publications with bibliographical references, and contact details for three referees
  • Testimonials and certificates
  • The most relevant publications - published or unpublished - that has relevance to the evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications (max 10)
  • A brief description of the scientific and technological relevance of the candidate’s research
  • Research proposal (max 10 pages)
  • A brief statement of teaching experience. Applicants are asked to describe their pedagogical qualifications in accordance with “Documentation of an applicant’s pedagogical qualifications“, which can be found at:  
  • Other documents which the applicant would like to present
  • If relevant, a list of supervised projects with information on funding agency, years of duration and the funds received.

The application and the description of academic works for evaluation must be submitted in English.

The application should only be sent electronically through this page.

The position’s reference number is NV-33/18

Closing date: 2018-04-22.

About this job

  • Deadline Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 149137
  • Internal ID 2018/7474
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Permanent

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