Ass.Professor in Environmental Biotechnology

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Ass.Professor in Environmental Biotechnology


The Associate Professorship will be part of the Department of Biotechnology in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The Department has at present 9 professors, 3 associate professors, 5 adjunct professors and more than 50 PhD-students, post docs and research scientists.
The Department has a national role and responsibility for research and teaching in biotechnology and a wide range of expertise. The scientific activity is organized in the four main areas Biopolymers, Food Chemistry, Microbial Biotechnology, and Environmental Biotechnology.
The position will have specific responsibility for teaching and research in the field of environmental biotechnology. Evaluation of candidates will be based on scientific merit, experience in teaching/mentoring, and project initiation and management. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in a related field, a proven track record of research on environmental, bioengineering or microbial topics relevant for this position, and the ability to attract external funding. The candidate is expected to initiate new research programs and participate in the teaching duties of the Department.
Candidates that will complement and augment ongoing research programs at the Department will be given particular consideration, for instance related to aquatic microbial communities, bioprocess engineering or metagenomics biotechnology ( Furthermore, experience with the Norwegian and European funding agencies as well as projects with industry will be considered advantageous. Possible examples of relevant fields of expertise could be environmental bioprocess engineering, biological water treatment, biogas and biofuel production.
For qualified candidates it is possible to apply for promotion to full professor according to national directions.
Academic staff employed without having prior formal pedagogical qualification in university-level teaching, and who are unable to document equivalent qualifications, are required to successfully complete a recognized course that gives a pedagogical qualification in university-level teaching within two years of taking the appointment. The University offers such courses.

Applicants who have been short-listed will be invited for interviews and a demonstration of their pedagogical ability, usually in the form of a trial lecture. Short-listed applicants will also present a seminar outlining their current research and future research plans. The associate professor is to be jointly responsible for disciplinary matters together with other academic staff in the Department.

The associate professor is obliged to adhere to regulations that concern changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at the University.
Newly-employed academic staffs who do not already master a Scandinavian language are within three years expected to achieve proficiency in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. This proficiency should correspond to level three in the Norwegian for Foreigners courses provided at the Department of Applied Linguistics. The University provides such courses.
The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. NTNU expressively invites applications from qualified female scientists.

More information about the Department of Biotechnology and the open position can be obtained from Professor Olav Vadstein (e-mail: eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%6f%6c%61%76%2e%76%61%64%73%74%65%69%6e%40%6e%74%6e%75%2e%6e%6f%22%3e%6f%6c%61%76%2e%76%61%64%73%74%65%69%6e%40%6e%74%6e%75%2e%6e%6f%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')), phone: +47 9189 7034) or Kjetil Rasmussen, Head of Department (e-mail: eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%6b%6a%65%74%69%6c%2e%72%61%73%6d%75%73%73%65%6e%40%6e%74%6e%75%2e%6e%6f%22%3e%6b%6a%65%74%69%6c%2e%72%61%73%6d%75%73%73%65%6e%40%6e%74%6e%75%2e%6e%6f%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')), phone: +47 73 59 40 34).

The position as Associate professor is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale.
The application should contain:
• CV, including list of publications with bibliographical references
• Testimonials and certificates
• The most relevant publications – published or unpublished – that has relevance to the evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications (max 10)
• A brief description of the scientific and technological relevance of the candidate’s research
• Research proposal (max 10 pages)
• Educational experience
• Other documents which the applicant would like to present.
Joint work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a joint piece of work, applicants are to enclose a short descriptive summary of what he/she did in this connection.
The application should be sent electronically through
The positions reference number is NT-67/12.

Deadline: October 1., 2012

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