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OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, 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 centre 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 Department of Mechanical, Electronic and Chemical Engineering has a vacant position as Associate Professor in Biotechnology. We are looking for a candidate with a talent and a passion for teaching, research and innovation.

The candidate is expected to actively strengthen and shape the academic community and research activities at the department and the university in general. The department collaborates with several academic environments at the Faculty of Health Sciences, and we want to strengthen the collaboration, including the expertise in analysis of large-scale data for biomedical issues. We are looking for a candidate who actively wants to build up research activity within this area in an interdisciplinary environment internally at OsloMet and in collaboration with external research groups. The candidate is expected to apply for and secure external funding.

The candidate is expected to teach at the bachelor's engineering program in biotechnology and chemistry at the department and initiate and carry out relevant professional and pedagogical development work such as the development of a master's program. The engineers of the future must have a high level of professional competence and the ability to work interdisciplinary in an international environment. Students must acquire and develop solid theoretical knowledge and practical skills in addition to social skills. The department emphasizes that teaching, supervision and development must take place in a good learning environment. Our employees must therefore have a positive attitude towards students in development, in addition to having a solid academic and theoretical background.

Your duties and responsibilities will be  

  • Plan, develop and deliver courses at bachelor level, including supervision and assessment. There can also be teaching at master's and PhD level.
  • Initiate and conduct research in biotechnology, preferably developing productive approaches to the analysis of large-scale data for biomedical issues.
  • Promote professional and pedagogical development work, including digitization.
  • Apply for externally funded research projects and recruit PhD candidates.
  • Build networks, interactions and collaborations with business and the public sector.
  • Communicating and disseminating research results for both academic and a broader audience. 
  • Actively contributing to the development of the department and OsloMet as a whole. 
  • Performing administrative tasks related to educational, research, and innovation activities.

Qualification requirements  

  • PhD in biotechnology, molecular biology, biochemistry or related fields
  • Sufficient professional competence to teach biotechnology, molecular biology and biochemistry at bachelor level. Basic knowledge in chemistry is an advantage
  • Documented research work of high quality, preferably in analysis of large-scale data for biomedical issues
  • Experience in teaching and supervision in higher education
  • Experience with initiating and managing research projects
  • Fluency in English
  • Good oral and written presentation skills in English are required. Applicants who do not have sufficient knowledge of Scandinavian must have acquired Norwegian knowledge corresponding to level B2 within three years of commencement. Courses are offered at OsloMet.

Candidates who have no relevant qualifications in pedagogy at the time of appointment must commit themselves to complete OsloMet's programme for basic pedagogical competence (15 ECTS credits) within two years.

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

General criteria for appointment of a position as Associate Professor are stipulated in  Regulations for appointment and promotion to academic posts. 

The following will be emphasized

  • Experience in programming and / or use of biostatistic software etc
  • Pedagogical education and motivation to further develop skills in teaching, including interest in digital and innovative pedagogical tools and practices
  • Experience in applying for and securing external funding (for example from the Research Council of Norway, the EU or open competition arenas)
  • Experience with, and interest in, technology transfer, innovation and patents.

Personal qualities necessary for the position

  • The ability to motivate and inspire students and colleagues
  • Curiosity and eagerness to develop as a professional leader
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt teaching and research to the needs of the department and OsloMet, including interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Good collaboration and communication skills.

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.

We offer

  • An exciting job opportunity at Norway's third largest university
  • Opportunity for professional development in a dynamic, exciting and inspiring academic environment
  • Contact with a diverse student group. Beneficial pension arrangements with the Norwegian State Pension Fund
  • Good welfare schemes and a comprehensive range of activities in culture and sports
  • Free Norwegian language classes. Relocation support, cultural courses and on boarding services. Working location in downtown Oslo.

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Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

The position is remunerated in accordance with the Basic Collective Agreement for the Civil Service and OsloMets salary policy 1011 Associate professor. The salary is NOK NOK 543 500 – 702 100 per year, salary scale 60 – 74.  A higher salary may be considered for particularly well qualified applicants. 

Application process

If you would like to apply for the position you must do so electronically through our recruitment system.

An expert committee will assess applicants. The candidate must upload the following documents, including the application letter by the final deadline:

  • Application letter
  • CV, (including teaching portfolio and supervision experience and name and contact information for at least two references), certificates and all aspects of diplomas (including formal education in pedagogics, if applicable)
  • Complete publication list
  • Doctoral dissertation and other relevant academic documents
  • 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
  • A teaching statement (up to 2 pages) outlining the candidate's relevant pedagogical experience and plans for pedagogical activity and development in the position
  • A research statement (up to 2 pages) outlining the candidate's relevant research and plans for research activity in the position. This overview should include an overview of existing projects and R&D cooperation
  • Any other relevant documentation

We only process applications sent via our electronic recruitment system and all documents must be uploaded for your application to be processed. The documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be authorised. Originals must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document checks in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

Before submitting the application documents to the Expert Committee, all applications will be reviewed by the faculty and applicants who do not meet the formal qualification requirements will not be submitted for assessment.

OsloMet has adhered to the principles in the DORA declaration and obliged the institution to follow the recommendations in this declaration.

Other information

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

  • Head of Department Astrid Oust Janbu, e-mail astridj@oslomet.no, phone +47 91 51 43 26.


As an employee at OsloMet, you must always adhere to the changes that the development in the subject requires and the organizational changes that are adopted.

The selected candidate, after approving the position, must live in a location enabling him/her to be physically present at and available to the Department.

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


Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Salary accordance with the Basic Collective Agreement for the Civil Service
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 21/09876
  • Astrid Oust Janbu, 004767238540
Published 24.Sep.2021
Last application date 05.Nov.2021 11:59 PM CET
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