Associate professor position in systematics

University of Bergen
October 01, 2023
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Associate professor position in systematics

There is a vacancy for a permanent position as associate professor in systematics within one of the fields of phycology, lichenology, bryology or mycology at the University Museum of Bergen , Department of Natural History. The Department of Natural History has the scientific and curatorial responsibility for botany, geology and zoology at the museum. Currently there are 15 scientific and 38 technical and administrative staff at the department, including the botanic gardens. The position is connected to herbarium BG, which houses the collections of lichens, algae, mosses, fungi, and vascular plants and comprises more than 700 000 specimens. There is currently a focus on lesser-known organismal groups in Norway and the Arctic, and the department provides data for the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre “Artsdatabanken”, BoLD and GBiF.

Work tasks/research field:

We are seeking a productive and innovative academic who will be a dedicated researcher in the systematics of one of the groups of algae, bryophytes, fungi, or lichens. The successful applicant has an excellent track record in systematics and taxonomy of one of these groups and is conducting research on phylogenetic relationships, taxonomy, species diversity, biogeography, and/or the evolutionary processes underlying past and present diversity patterns.

We expect the applicant to have competence in both molecular and morphological methods of phylogenetics and taxonomy. The research should fit within the research profile of the Department of Natural History and is expected to have a global perspective, but should preferably be focused on a group that is present in the Nordic countries.

The University of Bergen has a strong marine profile and therefore a focus on marine macroalgae is of strategic interest for the museum and will be regarded as particularly interesting. Also, a focus on an organismal group in which competence in systematics is lacking at the university museums at a national level is of higher priority than groups for which there already is taxonomic expertise in Norway.

The position includes curatorial responsibility for our scientific collections of lichens, algae, bryophytes and fungi, a total of more than 200 000 specimens. We hope to recruit a systematist with experience from curation of collections and other museum work and with a sincere dedication to collection development. The selected candidate will take part in the production of exhibitions and other outreach activities at the museum. The employee is encouraged to teach in his or her area of expertise and to contribute towards a successful development of the research school in biosystematics “ForBio”. The new employee will be an active partner in the systematics research environment at the department and is expected to submit extramural grant applications.

Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • The applicant must have a doctoral degree in the systematics of algae, bryophytes, fungi or lichens, or equivalent qualifications.
  • Research in systematics beyond the PhD level is required and projects and publications during the last five years will be given particular attention.
  • Experience with curation of scientific collections, as well as other museum work, is favorable.
  • Well-developed research and collection networks will count positively.
  • A track record of applying for and acquiring research grants will be an advantage.
  • The applicant must be able to work independently in a structured manner and to cooperate well with others.
  • Basic pedagogical training is a requirement for the position and the successful applicant will be offered such training if this requirement is not met prior to employment. The teaching language will normally be Norwegian. The successful applicant will be expected to be able to teach in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within three years of being appointed.
  • We can offer:
  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Position as assosiate professor(code 1011) with annual salary of NOK 708 000-759 100 before taxes. Further increase in salary will depend on seniority. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well qualified applicant.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace “IA enterprise”
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits
  • Your application must include:
  • A brief cover letter expressing your research interest, priorities and future plans for research projects
  • CV
  • Diplomas
  • References
  • Complete list of publications
  • List with appendices that document your pedagogical qualifications
  • List of up to 10 academic works that the applicant believes should be taken into consideration in the assessment, including information about where this work was published.
  • The application should include a short description of research interests and future plans for research projects.
  • The application and appendices with certified translations into English language must be uploaded at JobbNorge

    General information:

    Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Jenny Smedmark, Head of department and responsible for the herbarium, Department of Natural History, University Museum of Bergen, email: [email protected], phone: +47 407 26 194.

    The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

    We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

    The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

    Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

    UiB is subject to the regulations for export control and the regulations can be applied when processing applications for the position.

    For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

    About The University of Bergen

    The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.

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    1st October 2023


    University of Bergen




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    Bergen, 5020 Bergen

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