Associate Professor in Terrestrial Zoological Ecology

Associate Professor in Terrestrial Zoological Ecology

University of Bergen - Department of Biological Sciences

Bergen, Norway

The scientific environment

The associate professor is expected to play an active role in developing research activities and teaching at the Department. The aim of the position is to build empirical research activities within the field of terrestrial zoological ecology. The position is expected to complement already strong research groups in botanical, theoretical, marine, and microbiological ecology. We offer an exciting and out-reaching education and research environment within a broad field, with many opportunities for national and international interaction and collaboration.

Current important research topics in the Evolution and Ecology group covers many aspects of plant and animal species, populations, ecosystems, as well as biodiversity changes as responses to climate and environmental change, human impact, sustainability and challenges for global food security. It is an advantage if the applicant has research experience from several empirical systems and from different types of organisms and habitats that can be used for research and teaching. BIO has taken a leading role in focusing on UN’s sustainability goals and as a result focus is set by the group on SDG15 “Life on land” and SDG14 “Life below water”. The position will be linked to teaching in ecology and evolution and will supervise students both in the field and in the lab. The associate professor will supervise students at the master and PhD level, and is expected to make use of pedagogy centred and student-active learning.

Research – qualifications and competencies

We are looking for an ambitious, independent and creative person with good collaborative skills. The candidate is expected to play a leading role in building research activity within terrestrial zoological ecology.

The following qualifications and competences will be emphasised when assessing applicants:

  • Applicants must have a Norwegian PhD doctoral degree in biology or an equivalent qualification;
  • Applicants must have in-depth knowledge of terrestrial zoological ecology, and must be able to document knowledge and experience with laboratory and/or field-based research that preferably can be conducted in Norwegian or Scandinavian ecosystems;
  • The applicant’s qualifications and motivation for leadership will be emphasised (e.g. supervision on PhD level, project leadership, research group leadership), and she/he must demonstrate good collaborative skills;
  • The applicant should be able to demonstrate a positive trajectory in research activity over time, with relevant publications in international peer-reviewed journals;
  • We expect that the successful candidate participates in international research networks, and cooperates with prominent researchers worldwide;
  • The applicant must document her/his ability to, and motivation for, attracting external research funding, and she/he is expected to present further plans for research activities;
  • The applicant must be proficient in oral and written English;
  • Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

Teaching – qualifications and personal qualities

Applicants must document qualifications and experience in teaching and supervision of students. This can be done by submitting a teaching portfolio that includes:

  • Personal perspectives on teaching and learning;
  • Proof of completed teaching training;
  • Evaluation reports of the applicant's teaching practice;
  • Overview of scope and level of teaching;
  • Overview of supervision of postgraduate and doctoral candidates, and results obtained;
  • Teaching awards received;
  • Own educational publications;
  • Own compendia and teaching material;
  • Documentation of participation in projects related to educational development, e.g. with a focus on alternative teaching practices, mentorship or learning environments.

At the BSc level, courses are normally taught in Norwegian. The successful applicant must be able to teach in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within two years after appointment.

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