Associate professor within geology – mineralogy / bedrock geology

Associate professor within geology – mineralogy / bedrock geology

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) invites applications for a full-time, permanent position as Associate Professor in geology with special responsibility for teaching and research in the areas of mineralogy/bedrock geology.

The successful candidate will join sixteen colleagues in the Soil and Water Section covering a broad field of earth sciences as soil science, hydrology, limnology, sustainable water and sanitation, and geology. Geological research topics include mineral resources, groundwater flow and transport, sedimentology and geomorphology, and the use of geophysical methods and numerical modelling. Both undergraduate and graduate courses are offered in geology, serving many different study programs. We wish to complement and strengthen our teaching and research on weathering processes and mineralogy in order to create robust and future-oriented research groups that together contribute to our strategic research areas; sustaining water and soil resources, plant nutrition, climate change, and other ecosystem services related to minerals. Our ambition is to be nationally leading and internationally highly recognized within education and research in these areas.
Main tasks

We seek a geologist with a background in mineralogy/bedrock geology. Knowledge about Norway’s geology as well as relevant field and laboratory experience is an advantage.

The successful candidate is expected to take responsibility for the undergraduate course Geology ‘GEO100’ (taught in Norwegian). Around 160 students from different study programs follow this course each year, as basis for further specialization in environmental sciences, agriculture, landscape architecture, and nature conservation. Though it serves as an introductory course for many study programs, the course is highly important for the recruitment of those who major in geology. The candidate is also expected to contribute within her/his expertise to other courses.

We expect the successful candidate to develop a research program linking his/her area of expertise to the research of the section colleagues. Candidates who see the benefit of conducting their research in a multidisciplinary and international campus environment will be preferred.

Based on the required expertise and experience outlined above, the person to be employed will have the following main duties within his/her field:

Develop and maintain courses within the strategic priorities of the MINA faculty
Initiate and undertake research within the strategic priorities of the MINA faculty
Supervise MSc and PhD students
Participate in the development of BSc and MSc courses and education programmes
Participate in administrative duties
Provide services to the university, profession, and community

Required Academic qualifications:

The successful candidate should hold a PhD degree in a relevant field within geology (mineralogy/bedrock geology) and have an academic background that matches the expertise and tasks mentioned above.

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

Expertise and experience in mineralogy/bedrock geology
Pedagogic and administrative proficiency
Teaching and supervision experience
Ability to initiate, achieve funds, and complete research projects
Quality, relevance, and volume of scientific publications
International collaboration and experience
The applicant’s vision for his/her future research and teaching at NMBU
Good skills in English
Capable to teach in a Scandinavian language. If the candidate does not have a command of the Norwegian language, he/she must be willing to learn and teach in Norwegian within two years.

Besides scientific expertise, we put emphasis on teaching experience, pedagogical and administrative expertise. Applicants without formal training in pedagogy commits to, within two years to undertake NMBUs course in university teaching.


Campus Ås
Universitetstunet 3
1433 Ås

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Mona Henriksen

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