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Professor (f/m) in Environmental Engineering

University of Stavanger. Stavanger (Norwegen), 20.03.2017

The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 10,700 students and 1,560 employees. The University is located in the third largest urban region in Norway, with a dynamic labor market and exciting cultural and leisure activities. We are the only Norwegian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university has high ambitions. We will be a driving force in the development of knowledge in the region, and an international research university with an emphasis on innovation. Together with our staff and students, we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

The Faculty of Science and Technology offers study programs at bachelor, master and doctoral level. The faculty has established close cooperation on research with the International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS) and the regional industry. A number of master's and doctoral theses are made in collaboration with the industry. The faculty has established research collaborations with universities in the US and Europe, and has developed academic environments that are at the forefront internationally. These include Petroleum and Offshore Technology as well as Risk Management and Societal Safety, which constitute two of the university’s strategic focus areas.

The faculty has about 2,800 students and 350 employees at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Structural Engineering and Materials Science, Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Petroleum Engineering and the Department of Industrial Economics, Risk Management and Planning.

Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering

The University of Stavanger invites applications for a position as Associate Professor in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the Faculty of Science and Technology, in the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The position is a part of the Chemistry and Environment scientific group, within the field of Environmental Technology.

We require candidates to hold a PhD within environmental engineering or equivalent, and an acceptable track record in research execution and communication Qualifications within the areas of creativity, innovation and commercialization of research is an advantage, but not a requirement. Independent research experience will be preferred.

A successful applicant must also be able to document pedagogical and didactic skills related to higher education, or agree to complete university teaching courses within a period of two years from commencing the position as Associate Professor. The use of new teaching methods is a priority at the university; hence, the appointee must also be prepared to adopt new methods.

Associate Professors will during the first year of employment, participate in "NyTi" which is the university’s guidance and integration program for new teachers.

Instruction languages at the university are Norwegian and English. The appointee must have a good command of oral and written Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, or acquire such language proficiency within a period of two years.

The Associate Professor position is salaried according to the State Salary Code, 17.510, code 1011, of NOK 535 900- 577 400 per annum. In special cases, higher salaries may apply.

The position provides for automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which guarantees favourable retirement benefits. Members may also apply for home investment loans at favourable interest rates.

The job description below contains a more detailed account of academic responsibilities, duties, qualifications and other requirements considered essential for appointment.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Roald Kommedal, e-mail telephone: +47 51 83 18 52, or from Head of Department Gro Johnsen, e-mail: telephone:
+ 47 51 83 17 80.
Information about appointment procedures can be obtained from HR-representative Anne Karin Rafos, e-mail: telephone: +47 51 83 17 07.
The University wants to recruit more female Associate Professors within the above academic field. If applicants qualifications are considered equal, a woman will be given priority for the position.

Please registrer your application in an electronic form on Relevant education and experience must be registered on the form. Certificates/ diplomas, references, list of publications, up to 15 publications and other documentation that you consider relevant, should be submitted as attachments to the application as separate files. If the attachments exceed 15 MB alltogether, they will have to be compressed before uploading.

Job description:
The Department is organized in four scientific groups: Mathematics, Physics, Biological Chemistry, and Chemistry and Environment. The Department offers Bachelor, Master and PhD programs in in these scientific areas. The Department also offers a Master’s program in Environmental Monitoring in the Northern Regions, in cooperation with St. Petersburg State University.

Appointment applies to the whole university. Administratively the position is placed at the Faculty of Science and Technology in the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The position is a part of the scientific group Chemistry and Environment, with three Full Professors, five Associate Professors, and six Laboratory Engineers.

The scientific group Chemistry and Environment is responsible for the basic education in Chemistry and the master programme in Environmental Engineering. We have recently moved into newly renovated offices, and our laboratories are equipped with up to date instrumentation and infrastructure. The research focus is within green petroleum production chemistry, organic synthesis and bioprospecting, environmental technology and aquatic environmental science. Our research is mainly experimental, but also include theoretical approaches such as process modelling and environmental risk analysis. The group has cooperation with other research groups at the Faculty.

The academic field of the position is Environmental Engineering. The appointee should preferably have qualifications within one or several of the following topics:
  • Processes and technology for water treatment, included drinking water, waste water and industrial waters.
  • Process analysis and modelling of water treatment or aquatic systems.
  • Experimental methods for the study of degradation and/or separation of organic components in biological or nano-technological water treatment processes.
The position is associated with applied research and technological development. Experience from industrial projects is valuable, but not required.

The appointee must document qualifications as an independent researcher at an international level within one or more of the above-mentioned prioritized activities. Additionally he or she must document necessary competence to teach central courses within the scientific group at both undergraduate and graduate level, and to supervise thesis work on all levels.

The appointee shall, together with the other faculty members, conduct research and contribute to the development of research at UiS. The appointee shall manage courses, supervise students and participate in student assessment within the field for the position and administrative duties.

We also expect our new colleague to support and participate to faculty strategies and development, and to accept responsibility for interdepartmental projects ad tasks.

The applicant must be able to document competence in pedagogical skills on the basis of completed programs in applied pedagogy at university level or other relevant training. Documented practical experience with teaching can, in special cases, be considered equivalent. Regulations for assessment of pedagogical competence required for employment in permanent positions (tenure) are available from the faculty.

Applicants will be screened by an expert committee on the basis of submitted material. The committee will particularly consider the applicants’ submitted scholarly and scientific work and their pedagogical qualifications. Experience from popularization, journalism, university politics and administration, and other relevant and documented qualifications for the position may also be considered.

Documentation and material to be considered by the expert committee must have been postmarked by the closing date for applications. References can be enclosed in the application or be made available upon request.

Applicants on the short list will be invited to an interview and asked to give a test lecture before the committee on appointments makes its final decision. This decision will also include an assessment of the applicants’ personal suitability for the position.

The university wants to recruit more female professors within the above academic field. If applicants’ qualifications are considered equal, a woman will be given priority for the position.

Tenured associate professors may, according to regulations, apply for promotion to full professor.

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