Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Department of Mechanical, Electronics and Chemical Engineering

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is one of Norway’s largest universities, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city center and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.

 

The Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD) offers higher education and research and development (R&D) activities within technical subjects, arts and design. The Faculty has approximately 3.000 students and 280 staff members and is situated at Pilestredet Campus in downtown Oslo and at Kjeller Campus in Akershus.

The department offers bachelor’s degree programmes in engineering, in addition to research and development activities. The department has approximately 40 staff members and 460 students.

Research within biotechnology and medical technology are priority areas at the department.

The Department of Mechanical, Electronics and Chemical Engineering has a vacant position as a Professor in analysis of biological “omics” data.  

We are looking for a candidate with a talent and a passion for teaching, research, and innovation. The candidate will be expected to have conducted extensive research within analysis of biological “omics” data and this should be reflected in an extensive publication list in well-recognized journals.  

The candidate is expected to actively strengthen and shape the academic and research work at the department and the university's research community in general, including interdisciplinary work across departments at the Faculty of TKD and in collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences. Collaboration with strong research groups at Oslo University Hospital is an attractive opportunity.   

The candidate is expected to initiate and secure external funding for new research activities within the scope of analysis of biological “omics” data. Extensive experience with applying and securing external funding, e.g. the Research Council of Norway and EU, is a requirement for this position, in addition to academic excellence. 

Tasks and responsibilities  

  • Taking the lead in the development of major research projects and applications for external funding in analysis of biological “omics” data and related fields and recruitment of PhD candidates.
  • Planning, developing and delivering courses at PhD, master, and bachelor level, including teaching, supervision and assessment. 
  • Initiating and developing research collaborations with national and international partners
  • Actively contributing to the development of high-quality education in analysis of biological “omics” data.
  • Actively contributing to the development of the department and OsloMet as a whole. 
  • Communicating and disseminating research results for both academic and broader audience. 
  • Performing administrative tasks related to educational, research, and innovation activities. 

Qualifications  

The required qualifications for the position are as follows:  

  • Qualifications as Professor in biological “omics” data
  • PhD in bioinformatics, biostatistics, biotechnology, molecular biology, life science or a related field.
  • Background in molecular biology, biotechnology, chemistry or a related field.
  • Expertise and proven track record in biological big data analysis in health sciences such as analysis of one or more “omics” data (ie., genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics etc), systems biology, research in the interface between biology and data science, and/or related field. 
  • Experience with initiating and managing research projects and a solid track record of securing external funding for research
  • Experience with academic management
  • Fluency in English is expected. Applicants, who do not have adequate proficiency in a Scandinavian language, must acquire Norwegian skills corresponding to at least level B2 within three years of commencement.
  • Fundamental competency in teaching and supervision at the university and/or college level, as well as documented:
    • o quality development in own teaching and supervision over time
    • extensive experience with supervision, preferably at the master/PhD level
    • participation in the development of educational quality in professional communities

 

Preference will be given to candidates whose research activities and interests align with ongoing research at the Department of Mechanical, Electronics and Chemical Engineering and the Faculty of Health Sciences. 

General criteria for appointment of a position as Professor are stipulated in Regulations relating to Appointment and Promotion to Teaching and Research Positions. Regulations for appointment and promotion to academic posts.

The applicant must document relevant educational theory and practice for higher education. Applicants, who are unable to document basic teaching qualifications on appointment, must acquire these qualifications within two years. OsloMet offers a course on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (UHPED), in English together with the University of Oslo, that meets this requirement.

The university will test pedagogical skills in connection with a personal interview. 

Desired skills 

We are looking for a dynamic, collaborative, and inventive faculty member to join us to gain important insights from biological/biomedical big data sets.  

Emphasis is also placed on the following skills, competence and experience:  

  • The ability to motivate and inspire students and colleagues 
  • Excellent cooperation and communication skills 
  • Inquisitiveness, and a keenness to develop as an academic leader 
  • Flexibility and the ability to adapt teaching and research to the needs of OsloMet and the department, including interdisciplinary collaboration  
  • Pedagogical education, a keenness to develop academic and teaching skills, and an interest in digital and innovative educational techniques and practices
  • The ability to build communities and networks, research projects, and to demonstrate fresh thinking and innovation 
  • Experience with and interest in technology transfer, innovation and patents
  • Excellent public-speaking skills and experience in speaking to non-academic audiences 
  • Research and development work relevant to the position. Emphasis will be placed on scientific production from the last six years (statutory leave of absence not included).

It is important for OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. If there are periods where you have not been in work, under education or in training, you are also welcome to apply.

 

Expert evaluation 

An expert committee will assess applicants. You must upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for applications:  

  • CV (including teaching and supervision experience and the name and contact information of at least three references)
  • full list of publications
  • copies of certificates/diplomas (including formal education in pedagogics, if applicable)
  • up to ten full-text scientific articles, submitted together with a table of contents and a short introduction highlighting the relevance of each article to the profile of the position and a detailed description of the contribution to the article by the applicant
  • PhD dissertation and other relevant academic documents
  • a text (up to 2 pages) outlining the candidate’s relevant pedagogical experience and plans for pedagogical activity and development in the position (“teaching statement”)
  • a text (up to 2 pages) outlining the candidate’s relevant research and plans for research activity in the position (“research statement”). This overview should include an overview of existing projects and research collaborators. 
  • other relevant documentation

You must upload all the documents in order for your application to be processed. The documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be authorised. Original documents and valid passport must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition. 

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact metteb@oslomet.no

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.  

If there are no qualified applicants, we may consider an appointment to a temporary position as a (Professor), on the condition that the appointee qualifies for a permanent position within three years.

We can offer you 

  • an exciting job opportunity at Norway’s third largest and most urban university
  • participation in a dynamic professional environment and unique academic community
  • opportunities for academic development in a professional research environment
  • interaction with a diverse student group
  • loan and pension arrangements through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • beneficial welfare schemes and a wide range of sports and cultural offers
  • free Norwegian language classes to employees and their partners
  • relocation support, cultural courses and on-boarding services
  • working location in downtown Oslo with multiple cultural offers

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway 

Other information 

If you would like more information about the position, feel free to contact: 

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay for state employees: job code 1013 professor, salary scale 75-84, NOK 704 900– 906 000.  

A higher salary may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants. Law deducts 2% of the salary to the State Pension Fund.  

If you wish to apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.  

Deadline for applications: 05.01.2020

Ref.:                               19/10656 

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Salary NOK 704 900– 906 000
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Pilestredet
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 19/10656
Contact
  • Astrid Oust Janbu, +47 91 51 43 26
Published 07.Nov.2019
Last application date 05.Jan.2020 11:59 PM CET

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