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[Met-jobs] Professor in Polar Meteorology vacancy

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Sat, 1 Sep 2012 08:08:08 +0000

Professor in Polar Meteorology

Application deadline: September 15th 2012
Applications shall be marked: Ref.  2012/3215

The University of Tromsø, Faculty of Science and Technology, has a position 
vacant as Professor. The position is attached to the Department of Physics and 
Technology and the research group in Energy and climate.

Further information about the position is available by contacting Associate 
Professor Yngve Birkelund, phone +47 77645162, e-mail:

Application documents (see below) shall be sent to: Faculty of Science and 
Technology, University of Tromsø, NO-9037 Tromsø, Norway. In addition, the 
application must be submitted electronically via the application form available 
at this page (

The position’s affiliation
The Faculty of Science and Technology consists of the following departments: 
Department of Chemistry, Department of Computer Science, Department of 
Engineering and Safety, Department of Geology, Department of Mathematics and 
Statistics and Department of Physics and Technology.

The position is organized under the Department of Physics and Technology, which 
consists of three research groups: energy and climate physics, space physics, 
and electrical engineering. The department provides education at the Bachelor, 
Master, and PhD levels. The department comprises 18 permanent professors, and a 
technical/administrative staff of 8 persons. The department conducts research 
and education at a high international level, and our employees are engaged in 
several international collaborative projects.

The position’s field of research/field of work
The successful applicant will belong to the research group in energy and 
climate physics. She/he must expect to establish new courses, and to conduct 
and take part in the research activities in the department. It is expected that 
the professor shall establish a collaboration with, and with professors 
in the department.
We seek a person who has strong analytic skills and who has a research record 
in polar meteorology. Interesting research specialities contain, but is not 
limited to, polar lows (formation, dynamics, and prediction), modelling of 
coupled atmosphere – sea – ice interaction, boundary layer meteorology, 
dynamics of icing, convection phenomena, short timescale sea-temperature 
dynamics, and computational methods.

Qualification requirements
The general requirement for appointment as a professor is an academic level 
conforming to established international standards within polar meteorology. In 
order to be awarded a professorship, applicants shall be able to document 
substantially more extensive research of high quality than that required to 
attain a doctorate degree.

Further, applicants must be able to document teaching qualifications in the 
form of university-level teaching seminars, other teaching education or through 
having developed a teaching portfolio. Alternatively, after carrying out an 
assessment of the applicant’s practical teaching skills, the committee may 
determine that this may be regarded as of equal value to formal teaching 
qualifications. For further information about requirements for teaching 
qualifications, refer to the website about teacher training courses

The successful applicant must document an ability to initiate and lead research 
at a high international level, and she/he is supposed to be active in 
attracting external funding from national and international research councils 
and agencies.
During the assessment, emphasis shall be attached to the applicant being able 
to document academic activity at a high level over the previous six years, and 
that this points forwards towards continued activity at professorial level.
Emphasis shall be attached to personal suitability.

Working conditions
At the University of Tromsø the allocation of working hours shall be flexible 
and allocated on a case by case basis.

As a general principle, every professor shall spend an equal amount of time on 
teaching and research and development work, after time spent on other duties 
has been deducted. As a norm the time resources spent on administrative duties 
constitutes 5 % for academic staff in this category of position.

Moreover, applicants shall refer to the Retningslinjer for fordeling av 
arbeidstid for ansatte i undervisnings- og forskerstillinger (Guidelines for 
allocation of working hours in teaching and research positions).

Employees in permanent positions as professor have the right to apply for a 
paid sabbatical (research and development), cf. Retningslinjene for fordeling 
av FoU-termin (Guidelines for the allocation of R&D sabbatical).

The successful applicant must be willing to engage herself/himself in the 
ongoing development of her/his discipline and the university as a whole.

Remuneration for Professors is in accordance with the State salary scale code 
1013. A compulsory contribution of 2% to the Norwegian Public Service Pension 
Fund will be deducted.

The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee’s mandate 
is to undertake an assessment of the applicants’ qualifications based on the 
written material presented by the applicants, and the detailed description 
drawn up for the position.

The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will be called to an 
interview. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the 
applicant’s personal suitability for the position. A trial lecture may also be 

In the event that there are no suitably qualified applicants for the position, 
an interim appointment for a period of no more than three years may be made, 
cf. Section 5 no. 1 of the regulations appurtenant to the Civil Service Act and 
Section 6-5; subsection 1 of the Act relating to universities and university 
colleges. A permanent appointment shall be made upon application before the 
three-year period elapses based on a new assessment. The appointment will 
become permanent in the event that the applicant is found to be suitably 

In the event of an interim appointment on the basis of lacking teaching 
qualifications, the applicant must document teaching qualifications through 
developing a teaching portfolio before the three-year period elapses. The 
appointment will become permanent in the event that the applicant is found to 
be suitably qualified.

The University of Tromsø wishes to increase the proportion of females in senior 
research positions. In the event that two or more applicants are found to be 
approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.

The application must be submitted electronically via the application form 
available at this page.
Note however that it is not possible to send attachments via
In addition, by the application deadline, four (4) copies of the following 
shall be sent directly to the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of 
Tromsø, NO-9037 Tromsø, Norway:
Letter of application
CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional 
training and professional work)
Certified copies of diplomas and references
form for documentation of teaching qualifications
list of works and description of these (see below)
The list of works shall contain the following information:
author(s), the work’s title
for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the 
article, year of publication
for publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages
Academic works
The applicant may submit up to 10 works that are central to her/his production. 
The applicant’s doctoral thesis is regarded in this context as one work. The 
works must be submitted in three (3) copies arranged as three (3) complete 
sets. In addition, applicants may submit one copy of her/his additional listed 

In addition, the applicant shall provide a description of her/his production 
stating which works she/he considers the most important and which shall 
therefore be the main emphasis of the assessment. A brief description of the 
other listed works shall also be included to demonstrate depth of production. 
These descriptions shall be an attachment to the application.

The works shall be sent, by the closing date for applications, directly to: 
Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Tromsø, NO-9037 Tromsø, Norway.
Applicants shall also refer to “Supplementary regulations for appointment and 
promotion to teaching and research positions at the University of Tromsø” and 
“Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research 

Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, such as the 
physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for 
flexible working hours, part time, etc. may be directed to the telephone 
reference in this announcement.

The University of Tromsø has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and 
therefore encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age, 
gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.

The University of Tromsø is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will 
therefore emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions 
for employees with reduced functional ability.

Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance 
with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data 
Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information 
Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of 
applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide that the name of 
the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance 
notification in the event of such publication.

NO-9037 Tromsø

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