The National Laboratory for Age Determination has an opening for a
Associate Professor of radiocarbon dating / Head of the Laboratory
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About the job
The National Laboratory for Age Determination (NLD) invites applicants for a
position as Associate Professor of radiocarbon dating / Head of the
The National Laboratory is the Norwegian national infrastructure for dating
and age reconstruction. It is composed of two main units: accelerator mass
spectrometry (AMS) and dendrochronology. In addition, there are advanced
facilities for stable isotope mass spectrometry (IRMS). The laboratory
conducts research in dating methods and their applications. It also offers
dating services for research collaborations, internal as well as external
users. The three units share the same personnel, and the three analysis
methods are well integrated.
NLD is part of Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in
Trondheim, more specifically the NTNU University Museum. NTNU University
Museum hosts internationally leading research groups covering archaeology,
natural history and a strong emphasis on cross-disciplinary topics related to
The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene,
and easy access to breath-taking natural landscapes. The Norwegian welfare
state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens, and overall equality, is
probably the best of its kind in the world.
We invite both senior and more junior candidates to apply. This means that
candidates at all stages in their career post PhD will be considered in light
of their achievements, given their level of seniority and time since PhD
You will report to the Museum Director.
The successful candidate will be responsible for initiating and conducting
research within fields of 14C dating techniques and applications.
Interdisciplinary collaborations and interactions with other units at NTNU and
through national or international research programs are encouraged. The person
hired is expected to develop and lead a research group within his or her
specialty while using the existing resources of the laboratory.
The person hired will also be responsible for leading and administrating the
NLD. This involves day-to-day operations of the laboratory services, including
customer relations and professional/scientific counseling. The successful
candidate will be responsible for developing and improving laboratory routines
and procedures depending on the professional background of the candidate. The
future internal organization of the NLD unit is open for discussion based on
experience and professional background of the successful candidate.
Associate professors are expected to disseminate relevant parts of their
research to a wider audience. The person hired must also take part in
administration and management of research and external dating services.
Recruiting and supervising MSc and PhD candidates is another key to expand the
activities within the laboratory.
The position of Associate Professor requires university education at doctoral
level in the field of either archaeology, chemistry, natural history, physics,
or other relevant field of natural sciences, as outlined in the regulations
concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts
Experience in radiocarbon dating and modelling methodologies.
Excellence in scientific writing.
Very good communication skills in English and a Scandinavian language.
You must document relevant basic competence in teaching and supervision at a
university/higher education-level, as referenced in the Norwegian national
Regulations. If this cannot be documented, you will be required to complete an
approved course in university pedagogy within two years of commencement. NTNU
offers qualifying courses.
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
Experience in the laboratory methods used in radiocarbon dating.
Experience in developing experimental protocols and test series.
Experience in management and leadership of dating laboratory facilities.
Experience with obtaining externally funded research projects, and
experience with research project management.
Experience in public outreach.
Experience in teaching at university level.
Interest in dating methodology and applications in a wider context.
An understanding of quality control and a desire to keep NLD at the fore
front of methodological development and result quality.
Clear motivation for the position.
Good cooperative skills.
Able to deliver.
Exciting and challenging tasks in a strong international academic
An open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues.
Favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
Salary and conditions
In this position you will typically receive a gross salary according to the
Associate professor (Førsteamanuensis) code 1011, 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.
Employment will be granted in accordance with the principles outlined in 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. Applicants should be aware that there may be changes in
the working environment after employment has commenced.
It is a prerequisite that you are able to be present and accessible at the
You can find more information about working at NTNU and the application
About 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.
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.
Your application must include:
CV, diplomas, and certificates
A teaching portfolio, in which your teaching competence is compiled and
presented systematically, (See guidelines for applicants: Documentation
of teaching qualifications in applications and appointments to academic
positions at NTNU)
Academic works – published or unpublished – that you wish to be considered
during assessment of your application
A description of the scientific/artistic works you consider most relevant,
which you particularly wish to be factored into the assessment
A list of your previous works, with details on where they have been
A research plan
Details of projects for which you have served as project manager,
including information on financing, duration, and scope
Names and contact information for three relevant referees
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
While considering the best-qualified applicants, we will pay particular
attention to personal qualities, your motivation for applying for the
position, and your pedagogical skills and qualifications. Our assessment will
be based on documented pedagogical material, forms of presentation in your
academic works, teaching experience, PhD, and Masters supervision, and any
other relevant pedagogical background. Both quality and scope will be taken
NTNU is obliged by the evaluation criteria for research quality in accordance
with The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA. 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 a committee of experts. Candidates of
interest will be invited to a trial lesson and an interview.
NTNUs personell policy emphasizes the importance of equality and diversity. We
encourage applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender,
disability, or cultural background. NTNU is working actively to increase the
number of women employed in scientific positions, and has a number of
resources to promote equality.
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.
In accordance with public law your name, age, job title, and county of
residence may be made available to the public even if you have requested not
to appear on the public list of applicants. 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 about the position, please contact Museum Director
Hans K. Stenøien, telephone +47 91897592, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you
have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Håvar Meyer
Bratt, e-mail: email@example.com.
The application and all attachments should be submitted electronically via
jobbnorge.no. If you are invited for an interview, you must bring with you
certified copies of all certificates and diplomas.
Application deadline: 29.05.2022.
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The National Laboratory for Age Determination
Our subject areas are dendrochronology and radiocarbon dating. We determine
the age of archaeological and geological material, and provide chronological
dating for research, heritage management and private-sector organizations. The
staff conduct research on dating methods and their application. Our own
history dates back to 1953, and since then the laboratory has been a leader in
radiocarbon dating. The National Laboratory for Age Determination is a section
in the NTNU University Museum.
29th May 2022
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