Professor in Biology (Toxicology) Department of Biosciences

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Professor in Biology (Toxicology)

Søknadsfrist : 26.12.2012

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Full or Associate Professor in Biology (Toxicology)

The position will be an important contribution to the new life-science effort at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The position will be placed at the Department of Biosciences, which will be established January 1st 2013 as a result of the merger of the present Department of Biology (BI) and the Department of Molecular Biosciences (IMBV). BI and IMBV conduct research at a high international level and research-based education at bachelor, master and doctoral levels, and the Department of Biosciences aims at being a leading national and international education and research institution within biology and life sciences. The research is mainly within the fields of molecular and cell biology, physiology, ecology and evolution. Research at the two departments is currently organized in seven research programs and a Centre of Excellence.

The Department of Biosciences will have a permanent academic staff of 48, technical and administrative staff of 65, and approx. 150 research fellows and post doctors and 750 bachelor and master students.

The Toxicology group currently consists of 1 full professor, 2 adjunct professors, 1 postdoc, 1 part-time technician, 6 PhD students and around 20 MSc students.

The main research focus of the Toxicology group is aquatic ecotoxicology with a particular interest for DNA damage and repair and sublethal responses in cells and tissues at individual, population and ecosystem level. Two recent projects that may exemplify the range of activities of the research group are method development and investigation of how toxic substances may modulate miRNA expression in aquatic organisms, and a recently concluded mesocosm experiment on how environmental factors may interact and influence pelagic or sediment ecosystem processes. The group uses in vitro (cell-based) and in vivo experimental models to investigate the mode of action of e.g. oil, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pharmaceuticals (statins, emamectin), as well as metals and halogenated substances and has extensive experience with experimental exposure systems using fish and invertebrates. We also undertake field-studies in e.g. the Oslofjord, Greenland, Iceland and the North Sea to clarify impacts of toxic substances in aquatic ecosystems. The Toxicology group is also involved in pioneering research on how contaminants interact with other environmental pressures, e.g. eutrophication and the presence of oil. While continuing to develop our existing strengths, the group wishes to further develop modelling of toxicological processes from cell to ecosystem, studies with terrestrial organisms and to further expand our research on toxicological stress in extreme habitats, e.g. the Arctic.

The Toxicology group is part of the research program Integrative Biology, which has a focus on multi-level research collaboration, ranging from molecular and cellular processes via individual responses to the dynamics at population, community and ecosystem levels. A Faculty-supported strategic initiative in Toxicology includes researchers from the School of Pharmacy, Department of Chemistry and Norwegian Institute for Water Research. This initiative encompasses research ranging from analytical chemistry through human and aquatic toxicology to sediment ecotoxicology. Current projects within the strategic initiative are directed towards pharmaceutical toxicology and ecotoxicology, oxidative stress in different biological systems and sediment ecotoxicology.


Toxicology is one of three study programmes at the Department of Biology and there is a focus on integrating human toxicology and ecotoxicology in the syllabus. A successful candidate must be qualified to teach general toxicology as well as ecotoxicology and will be expected to contribute to continue the development of an internationally acknowledged course portfolio.

We seek a person with top-level research expertise and teaching qualifications in ecotoxicology. The successful candidate must document knowledge and experience in methods and applications relevant to the research activities in the Toxicology group. The applicant will further be expected to develop new research activities of high international standard in collaboration with other researchers in the group, the programme and Department, as well as contribute to fund-raising.

A doctoral degree, strong publication record, and solid teaching experience are the minimum requirements. An in-depth knowledge of aquatic ecotoxicology is a prerequisite for applying to the position. The person appointed must be able to participate in lecturing, supervision and exams at undergraduate courses in biology and at all levels in ecotoxicology and human toxicology. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in planning, development and lecturing of toxicology courses at master and PhD levels. The appointed person must also undertake administrative duties.

The application must contain information on education, previous appointments and work experience, scientific and pedagogical activities, documentation of teaching and administrative experience and a research plan.

The person appointed to the position must have basic pedagogical qualifications, and those who cannot document such competence must acquire it within the first two years of the appointment. Further information is given in “Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence for appointments to permanent academic posts which include teaching duties” and can be found here.

Pedagogic qualifications beyond basic competence may give a competitive advantage in the ranking of otherwise equally scientifically competent applicants.

As a general rule, an interview will be used in the appointment process, and it may be appropriate to require trial lectures.

Formal procedures for appointment to permanent scientific positions are given in “Rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships”.

The teaching languages at the University of Oslo are Norwegian and English. The person appointed to the position is expected to be able to teach in Norwegian and English within a time limit of 2 years from taking the position.

Application must include:
  • Application letter, CV, and attachments
  • Up to 10 selected scientific publications the applicant wishes to include in the evaluation
  • A list of scientific publications with bibliographic references
  • A portfolio containing documentation of teaching experience, capability of external fund raising and other qualifications the applicant wishes to have included in the evaluation

Pay grade:

Associate Professor, pay grade 57 – 65 (NOK 468 400 – 542 900) depending on qualifications

Professor, pay grade 68 - 84 (572 700 – 842 400) depending on qualifications.

The University of Oslo wants to have more women in permanent academic positions. Women are encouraged to apply.

The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more individuals with an immigrant background to academic positions. Individuals with an immigrant background are encouraged to apply.

Sted: Blindern, Oslo

Contact person(s):
Head of Department Trond Schumacher, tlf: 47 22854661, mob: 47 91147203, email:

Online application form: [Click here]

Adresse: 0313 OSLO


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Søknadsfrist : 26.12.2012
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