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Associate Professor in Palaeobotany

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    University of Stavanger
    Established Researcher (R3)
    31/07/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › STAVANGER


The University of Stavanger hereby invites applications for up to two positions as Associate Professor in Palaeobotany. The positions are externally financed.

The position specialises in the palaeobotany of the Holocene period in relation to human activity in Norwegian prehistory, with an emphasis on macrofossil analysis.

As an associate professor, the successful applicant will mainly be responsible for work related to archaeological excavations conducted under Norwegian cultural heritage laws, as well as research. The position also has assigned research time.

The Museum of Archaeology offers coures on PhD-level. Applicants should be able to supervise students at masters- and PhD-level in palaeobotany if required. Applicants must also disseminate their research results within relevant research forums within the department as well as contributing to the development of collaborative work at the museum. The applicant will also be involved in development, innovation and value creation at the museum based on the results of research and scientific development.

The general job description gives a more detailed account of the subject area and relevant duties for associate professors.

Academic community

The position is organisationally affiliated to the Department for Archaeological Excavations and Natural Sciences, Museum of Archaeology. Information about the organisation is available on our website. Associate professors should also be willing to take part in the wider research community across the museum and the university.

The post is specialised in the palaeobotany of the Holocene period in relation to human activity in Norwegian prehistory, on projects and analyses from archaeological sites dated from the Mesolithic to the Medieval Period (9800 BC – c. AD 1300). The work and research connected to the position will focus on archaeobotanical investigations of Norwegian material, with links and parallels to relevant areas of Europe. The research goals connected to the position are interdisciplinary, using archaeology in particular to answer questions linked to human activity in prehistory.

Qualification requirements

The successful candidate should have a PhD, but individuals with comparable skills and experience can be considered. Applicants with a specialisation in prehistoric palaeobotany/archaeobotany are preferred, but those with a specialism in related fields are also encouraged to apply.

Knowledge of the Norwegian flora, familiarity with plant macrofossils, and experience in conducting and reporting on botanical fieldwork related to contract archaeology are required for the position. You must be able to write scientific reports in Norwegian or a Scandinavian language. The official language is Norwegian and reporting for contract work is conducted in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. If you do not have a good command of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, you must acquire Norwegian language skills equivalent to level B2 within a period of two years of the appointment start date. If required, you will be offered a Norwegian course paid for by the university.

The department is an international work environment in which a variety of languages are used. The main working languages are Norwegian and English, but other languages may also be used depending on the staff involved. 

You must be able to document pedagogical and didactic skills relating to higher education, or complete a university pedagogy course within a period of two years of the appointment start date. The course will be provided by the university.

The following attributes are also desirable

  • experience of relevant fieldwork and analysis together with report writing 
  • experience of project work in other relevant parts of Europe which could contribute to the development of research within the museum
  • quaternary geological and/or archaeological training
  • experience of/interest in taking part in supervision and teaching
  • recent publication of research results in known and respected publication channels
  • participation in relevant networks – regional, national and international
  • knowledge of language(s) other than Norwegian
  • good work ethic, curiosity, and good teamwork and communication skills

We offer 

  • varied responsibilities in a large, exciting and socially important organisation
  • work with an ambitious team in an inclusive work environment
  • NyTi – a colleague-based supervision and support program during the first year of teaching at UiS
  • associate Professors are remunerated according to the State Salary Scale l.pl 17510, code 1011, NOK 576,000 – 682,000 per annum. In exceptional circumstances a higher salary may be considered.
  • automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits.
  • favourable membership terms at a gym and at the company sports club
  • employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors
  • Hjem-jobb-hjem, discounted public transport to and from work
  • as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced
  • relocation programme in event of moving to Norway, including support and language courses for spouses

General information

Your application will be assessed by an expert committee. The expert assessment will place most importance on evaluation of the attached scientific works and documented skills in research and teaching. Experience in public engagement and dissemination, organisational and administrative work, and any other documented qualifications with relevance for the position will also be assessed. Experience and skills in contract archaeology and related activities will also be emphasized, along with personal suitability for the position. In the overall assessment, the needs for relevant subject areas will also be weighted.

If you do not satisfy key elements of the required skills and qualifications your application may be terminated before the applications are submitted to the expert committee for assessment.

Based on the outcome of the expert committee’s assessment, applicants will be invited to interview before a decision is made.

In the case that none of the applicants meet the required criteria, an applicant may be employed on a temporary basis (up to three years), during which time they will endeavour to gain the qualifications necessary for a permanent position. The applicant must be capable of gaining the necessary qualifications during the period of employment.

It is a prerequisite that the appointee has (or takes up) a residence which enables them to be present at, and available to, the academic community during ordinary working hours.

The position is advertised in both Norwegian and English. In the case of significant differences in meaning between the two advertisement texts, the Norwegian version will be decisive.

Contact information

Enquiries regarding further details about the position should be directed to Head of Department Håkan Petersson, tel.: +47 945 30 279, email: hakan.petersson@uis.no or fagansvarlig Dawn Elise Mooney, tlf. 968 25 414, dawn.e.mooney@uis.no.

Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR Advisor Helene Engelsgjerd Figved, tel: +47 51831558, e-mail: rekruttering@uis.no.


Apply for the position online via the “Apply for the position” link on this page. Here you can submit your application and CV with relevant education and experience.

The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application in separate files:

  • relevant certificates and references.
  • complete list of scientific work and artistic activity.
  • up to 10 works which document your teaching and educational competence; see Guidelines for the Assessment of Teaching Skills.
  • up to 10 scientific works which are pivotal to your research output, including your PhD thesis
  • documentation of other relevant activities concerning the position requirements

The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload. Information and documentation to be taken into account in the assessment must be submitted within the application dealine. Contact details for three references must be provided in the application or upon request.

Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants - see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act.

UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in JobbNorge.

UiS - challenge the well-known and explore the unknown

The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 1,700 employees. We are the only Norwegian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university has high ambitions. We will have an innovative and international profile, and will be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Together with our staff and students, we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

The museum has an academic staff with researchersin archeology, conservation, various natural sciences and more recent cultural history. The staff covers several fields within conservation, laboratories, photographic services, archives and scientific collections, management tasks under the Cultural Heritage Act, exhibition production, graphic design, school service and public involvment. The museum publishes two series of writings which are point-giving in CRIStin. The museum currently has a total of 75 permanent employees in four departments and in the museum administration.

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