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Associate Professor Position in Physical Geography, University of Oslo, Norway

Publish Date: Jul 04, 2016

Deadline: Oct 01, 2016

Associate Professor in Physical Geography

Associate Professor in Physical Geography - Geomorphological processes in cold climates with emphasis on observations and numerical modelling - is avaiable at the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo.

This position is associated with the section of Geography and Hydrology. The section has currently a staff of c. 40, with 8 permanent scientific personnel. The section studies terrestrial surface and sub-surface processes at the boundary between atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. The research is field-oriented, in combination with advanced observations and large-scale data sets (e.g. remote sensing) and numerical and statistical modelling (e.g. in hydrology). One key research focus is the terrestrial cryosphere (snow, glaciers, permafrost and geomorphological processes associated with cold climates), and the section actively co-operates with atmospheric scientists within our Department on these research topics.

We want to strengthen our profile within geomorphological processes in cold environments, with focus on observations (field and remote sensing) and numerical modelling of surface processes (Land Surface Modelling) at different spatial and temporal scales. The position

  • shall bridge our understanding between geomorphological and atmospheric processes.
  • will have an important role to tie together our field-based and remote observations within geomorphology with advanced numerical modelling within the framework of Earth System Modelling.

 The holder of the position is expected to

  • contribute as a dynamic member in the universities interdisciplinary research teams, by initiating and developing research projects.
  • show a commitment to deliver excellent teaching at the undergraduate level (introductionary courses) as well as master/PhD level courses. The successful applicant will teach and supervise bachelor, master and PhD students.
  • teach/supervise within geomatics (remote sensing, GIS and photogrammetry) in particular

 All staff has administrative duties according to current regulations at the Department.

Teaching is given in Norwegian and English. The standard teaching load is c. one full-credit (10 ECTS) course per semester.

Qualifications and characteristics

We seek an enthusiastic and dedicated person who meets the required qualifications for an associate professorship Physical Geography, with a research record on coupling an analytical and observational approach to understanding land surface processes in cold climates.

The following requirements for the final ranking of candidates are defined:

  • The applicant holds a relevant PhD within physical geography, geology, geophysics incl. hydrology/meteorology, geomatics or physics.
  • The applicant must have a strong scientific background in studying physical processes in cold climates (terrestrial cryosphere and energy balance), and document field experience within these topics.
  • The applicant must demonstrate experience with the development and application of numerical models to describe land surface processes.
  • The applicant must document a track record of publications in high-level international journals and has an international orientated research profile.
  • The applicant must document experience in lecturing or teaching assistance.
  • The applicant must document experience in advanced observational techniques, and be able also to use/teach different subjects within geomatics (remote sensing, GIS and/or photogrammetry).

 The following advantages for the final ranking of candidates are defined:

  • The candidate’s success in applying own funding is an important factor. If the candidate has yet not succeeded to get own research funded, his/her potential for initiating research and ability to attract external funding will be assessed.
  • The ability of the candidate to work in a research-team oriented environment towards bordering research fields, within the section and the Department of Geosciences.
  • The candidate’s national and international network.
  • The candidate’s documented pedagogical competence

The successful applicant must have a basic pedagogical qualification. Applicants who upon appointment are unable to document basic pedagogical competence must acquire this within the following two years, see: Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence for appointments to permanent academic posts which include teaching duties

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • List of publications and academic merits (awards)
  • Up to ten selected scientific publications the applicant wishes to include in the evaluation
  • A research statement (2–4 pages) describing scientific ambitions for the nearest future
  • Documentation of teaching and supervising Master and PhD students
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to applicant, e-mail and telephone number)


Pay Grade 64-69 (NOK 556 700 – 609 700 per year, depending on qualifications)


Applicants will be evaluated by an international committee and rated according to qualifications both as associate professor, see Rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships at UiO.

As a part of the employment process the department can invite short-listed candidates for an interview and/or a trial lecture.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming at securing rights to research results.

The University wants to recruit more women and more individuals with immigrant background into academic position. Women and individuals with immigrant background are thus encouraged to apply.


Professor Bernd Etzelmüller
Telephone: +47 22857229

Professor Andreas Kääb
Telephone: +47 22855812

Questions regarding Easycruit, contact Olaf Kristian Sund
Telephone: +47 22855444

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