Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Associate professor in Integrative Taxonomy and Phylogenetics

2023-02-01
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NTNU is a broad-based university with a technical-scientific profile and a focus on professional education. The university is located in three cities with headquarters in Trondheim.

At NTNU, 9,000 employees and 42,000 students work to create knowledge for a better world.

The Onsager fellowship programme

The Onsager Fellowship programme at NTNU is designed to attract talented early-career scholars with a track-record of high quality published research, ready to work independently and with the potential to become a research leader. 

The tenure-track associate professor’s duties will primarily include research, but also include outreach activties, supervision, teaching, and other duties necessary to qualify for a permanent professor position within 6-7 years.  

In the NTNU tenure-track programme, associate professors are subject to two types of review during the tenure-track period: 

  • a mid-career assessment after 3-4 years
  • a final tenure assessment at the end of the tenure track period.

If the ‘final tenure assessment” is positive, s/he will be employed as a full-time professor. 

The overall purpose of the review system is to ensure and maintain the high academic standards of the university’s senior faculty staff. To help meet these standards, the associate professor is offered an international mentor and favourable terms.  

NTNU is now announcing 16 tenure-track positions.  

About the position

The NTNU University Museum is seeking a highly qualified and motivated candidate for an associate professor position in integrative taxonomy and phylogenetics.

The position is central to improve knowledge of species and their evolutionary relationships in taxon rich organism groups.

The position is also important for strengthening collection-based research at the Department and activation of the collections as research infrastructure. More specifically, the successful candidate will carry out cutting-edge research within the field of taxonomy and phylogenetics using a combination of tools and data (morphological, molecular, ecological, symbiome, etc.) to analyse biodiversity at the species-level. S/he will have a strong interest in taxonomy and evolutionary biology and will be working closely with members of the research group on Integrative Taxonomy and DNA Barcoding (TAXA).

The NTNU University Museum, Department of Natural History has 14 faculty positions, 5 researcher positions and 14 technical and administrative positions. The research activities are organised in seven research groups of which the group on Integrative Taxonomy and DNA Barcoding (TAXA) is the largest. The overarching goal of TAXA is to conduct integrative biosystematics research of excellent quality, including description of species and their distribution, analysis of evolutionary relationships and understanding of processes leading to speciation. We use our expertise in the field to implement high-end infrastructure and develop methodology for molecular analysis of single taxa and species communities. The improvement, maintenance and use of scientific collections is central to this work. 

Your immediate leader is the Head of Department. 

Duties of the position

The successful applicant are expected to build up their own independent research program and interact with other research groups in the department as well as internationally. The position will include a start-up package, mentorship and support for applying for additional funds. We expect that the candidate will be able to secure substantial additional funding (such as ERC starting grants or similar). 

For the Onsager position at the University Museum, it is expected that the successful candidate during the first 6 years:

  • Maintains an active, international research profile integrated with the research groups at the Department of Natural History.
  • Take a proactive role in public outreach.
  • Teaches at NTNU, the Research School in Biosystematics (ForBio) and the Nordic Academy of Biodiversity (NABiS).
  • Contributes to the development of qualitative and innovative teaching resources in biosystematics at the international level.
  • Participate in the formal pedagogical training programme to qualify for a permanent position.

Required qualifications 

The Onsager Fellows programme is designed to attract talented early-career scholars, with documented excellent supervised work, with ambitious research plans to work independently and with the potential for scientific breakthrough.   

The successful candidates must have a strong academic record, an active research programme, an academic standing that demonstrates an internationally competitive research profile, and internationally recognized potential to make a future impact. Moreover, the ideal applicant should have an exceptional publication record with significant first/senior authorships. Applicants must also have spent significant time in research institutions outside Norway. 

You must have the qualifications required for the position of associate professor in the field of Integrative Taxonomy and Phylogenetics, as outlined in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts 

Your Ph.D., or comparable academic work, must be within the field of biodiversity science (taxonomy, biosystematics or closely related fields of evolutionary biology research). The PhD should have been awarded no more than 5 years prior to the application deadline, excluding law entitled leave.  

The successful applicant will have taxonomic expertise on one or more eukaryote, diverse organism groups within macroalgae, invertebrates, fungi or plants. Experience with molecular phylogenetics, morphological analyses and statistics is essential. The candidate is also expected to have excellent skills in written and spoken English, and to be a motivating team-player.

New employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language by appointment is required, within three years, to demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three of the course for Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU.  

Preferred qualifications

Experience with work in scientific collections, as well as documented genomics and bioinformatics skills, will be considered an advantage.

Teaching qualifications are not mandatory, but documented teaching qualifications and experience will be considered an advantage.

Outreach qualifications of applicants, including the ability to attract external funding, will also be taken into account and considered an advantage. 

We offer 

Salary and conditions

As an Associate Professor (code 1011) you are normally paid from gross NOK 600.000 – NOK 710.000 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. As required by law, 2% of this salary will be deducted and paid into the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. 

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.   

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis. 

About the application

Your application and supporting documentation must be in English. 

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result. Leave to which the candidate is entitled by law or collective agreement shall be excluded when calculating the time since finishing the PhD.

Your application must include:

  • CV, diplomas, and certificates
  • If available: A teaching portfolio, in which your teaching competence is compiled and presented systematically,   (See guidelines for applicants: Documentation of teaching qualifications in applications and appointments to academic positions at NTNU)
  • Academic works – published or unpublished – that you wish to be considered during assessment of your application (up to 10 items)
  • A description of the scientific works you consider most relevant, which you particularly wish to be factored into the assessment
  • A list of your previous works, with details on where they have been published
  • A research plan of 2 to 5 pages
  • Details of projects for which you have served as project manager, including information on financing, duration, and scope
  • Names and contact information for three relevant referees

Joint work will also be considered. If it is difficult to identify your specific input to a joint project, you must include evidence of your contributions.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is obliged by the evaluation criteria for research quality in accordance with The San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA. This means that we will pay particular attention to the quality and academic range demonstrated by your scientific work to date. We will also pay attention to research leadership and participation in research projects. Your scientific work from the last five years will be given the most weight.

Your application will be considered by an expert committee. Candidates of interest will be invited to an interview, and to deliver a trial teaching session.

General information

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must continually maintain and improve your professional development and be flexible regarding any organizational changes.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

For the sake of transparency, candidates will be given the expert evaluation of their own and other candidates. As an applicant you are considered part of the process and is stipulated to rules of confidentiality.

More information about the department and the position can be obtained from Head of Department Ingrid Ertshus Mathisen, phone: +47 909 18 277, e-mail ingrid.e.mathisen@ntnu.no or Professor Torbjørn Ekrem, phone: +47 73 59 78 12, e-mail torbjorn.ekrem@ntnu.no.

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR-manager Christen Torvik, e-mail christen.torvik@ntnu.no.

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. 

Application deadline: 01.02.2023.

Application Process

You can find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

Job details

Title
Associate professor in Integrative Taxonomy and Phylogenetics
Location
Høgskoleringen 1 Trondheim, Norway
Published
2022-11-07
Application deadline
2023-02-01 23:59:59
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