Associate Professor in Palaeobotics

University of Stavanger



About the Position

The University of Stavanger seeks up to two associate professors in palaeobotics. The positions are financed externally.

The field of study for the positions is palaeobotics within the Holocen period with connection to human development in Norwegian prehistory, with specialization in macro-fossil analysis.

As an associate professor, you will mainly work within statutory tasks according to. cultural heritage law, including archaeological management surveys, and research. Research time is added to the position.

The Archaeological Museum offers educational lessons at PhD level. Applicants must be able to guide students at the master's and doctoral level within palaeobotics if applicable. Applicants must also disseminate research results within relevant research areas at the department, and contribute to the development of collaboration with the working life. Development, innovation and value creation based on results from research and professional development work are included in the position.

General recruitment  provides a more detailed description of current tasks for associate professors. 


Professional Community

The position is organizationally linked to the Archaeological Museum, Department of Ancient History. Information about the device is available on our website. Associate Professor will be able to participate in research communities across organizational units.

The subject area for the position is palaeobotanics, within the Holocen period, with links to human development in Norwegian prehistory. Projects and analyzes will be carried out from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages (9800 BC to approximately AD 1536). Work and research are mainly from an archo-botanical viewpoint on Norwegian material, with links and parallels to relevant European conditions. The problems of the work are mainly interdisciplinary, in order to be able to answer questions related to human conditions in prehistory.


Eligibility Requirements

We primarily apply for an associate professor with a doctorate. If appropriate, corresponding expertise in the subject area can be considered. Applicants specializing in palaeobotics from prehistoric times are preferred, but applicants with specialization in neighboring areas may also be relevant candidates.

It is a requirement with knowledge of Norwegian flora, macro-fossil types and the ability to carry out botanical field work on administrative archeological investigations and reporting. You must be able to write a professional text in Norwegian or a Scandinavian language. The management language is Norwegian, and academic reporting in management takes place in Norwegian or a Scandinavian language. If you do not master Norwegian or a Scandinavian language, you must acquire Norwegian knowledge equivalent to level B2 within a period of two years from accession. If necessary, you will be offered a Norwegian course paid by the university.

The department has an international environment with many different languages. The working language is Norwegian and English, but other languages also occur in an international environment depending on the composition of the staff. 

You must be able to document pedagogical and didactic competence related to higher education, or complete a university education course within a period of two years from accession. The course is offered by the university.


Furthermore, Emphasis is Placed on the Fact that you have

  • experience from relevant field work and analyzes as well as report writing
  • experience from project work from other relevant parts of Europe, which is considered to be able to develop the business
  • Quaternary geological competence and / or archaeological education
  • experience with and / or interest in guidance and teaching
  • published research results in recognized publishing channels of relatively recent date
  • participation in relevant networks; regionally, nationally and internationally
  • knowledge in languages other than Norwegian
  • high working capacity, is curious and has good collaboration and communication skills

We Offer

  • varied tasks in a large, exciting and socially important organization
  • an ambitious working community and an inclusive work environment
  • NyTi - a colleague-based guidance program the first year you teach at UiS
  • salary according to the Government Wage Regulations lpl 17,510, code 1011, NOK 576,000 - 682,000 bto per year. In special cases, higher remuneration can be assessed.
  • favorable terms in the Government Pension Fund
  • more about employee benefits and benefits at

General Information

Your application will be reviewed by an expert committee. The main emphasis in the expert assessment is on evaluation of submitted scientific work and documented teaching and educational expertise. Experience from popularization / dissemination activities, subject political and academic administration work and any other documented qualifications relevant to the position will also be assessed by the experts. Management experience and expertise will also be emphasized, as well as personal suitability for the position. In the overall assessment, the needs for relevant subject areas will also be weighted.

If you do not satisfy central parts of the competence requirements, you may have the application rejected before applications are submitted to the expert committee for assessment.

Based on the expert committee's statement, relevant applicants will be invited for an interview before it is submitted a recommendation.

If applicants with insufficient scientific qualifications do not register, it may be appropriate to employ temporarily for up to three years with a view to qualification and permanent employment. Applicants must have the prerequisite for obtaining the necessary qualifications during the employment period.

It is a condition that the person who is hired settles so that he or she can be present at, and available to, the academic community in the workplace during ordinary working hours.

The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of opinion between the texts, the Norwegian text shall be used as a basis.



Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting the head of department Håkan Petersson, tel: 945 30 279, e-mail: , or subject manager Dawn Elise Mooney, tel. 968 25 414,

Information about the hiring process can be obtained by contacting HR adviser Helene Engelsgjerd Figved, tel: 5183 1558, e-mail:


The Application

Search the position electronically via the "Search position" on this page. Here application and CV are registered with relevant education and work experience.

The following documents are uploaded as attachments to the application, in separate files:

  • relevant diplomas and certificates
  • complete list of scientific works and possibly artistic activities.
  • up to 10 works that document teaching and educational expertise, see Guidelines for assessment of teaching competence
  • up to 10 scientific works that are central to your research production, including doctoral thesis
  • documentation of other activity that is considered relevant in relation to the position's requirements

The documentation must be in a Scandinavian language or English. If the attachments exceed 30 MB in total, they must be compressed before uploading. Alternatively, a sharing link to a dropbox can be attached. Information and documentation that must be taken into account in the assessment must be registered before the application deadline. Contact information for three reference persons is stated in the application or on request.

Please note that the information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be listed on the public list, see Freedom of Information Act § 25 . 

UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in JobbNorge.

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