The successful applicant will be expected to develop their own independent research program within the department supported by external funding. They will be jointly responsible for the development of the discipline together with other scientific staff in the department. In parallel they will also participate in teaching activities in accordance with the relevant curriculum, and assist in developing the teaching program, including advanced and postgraduate courses. The new faculty member will have responsibility for part of the teaching in introductory and advanced plant physiology, as well as more general plant biological topics, depending upon their interests/expertise. The successful applicant will also be able to participate in departmental management and the strategic development of the department, the faculty and NTNU.
The main research goal of the Department of Biology is to understand biological processes and to preserve the environment. The Department takes an interdisciplinary approach to education and research that is deeply rooted in environmental biology. The cross-disciplinary strategic focus areas are climate, biodiversity, pollution and sustainable use of natural resources. The department has currently 38 associate or full professors organized into 6 different sections (centre for biodiversity dynamics, marine biology, molecular biology, animal physiology, toxicology, multiscale biology (MsB)). The position to be filled will be based in the MsB section. The overarching aim of the MsB section is to perform research across different scales of biology ranging from single cell via the organism to the ecosystem level, which will be interconnected using systems biology-based approaches. This section will undergo significant changes in the next years due to the retirement of several academics, which creates a unique opportunity to build a novel research environment from the ground up.
On this occasion we are aiming to hire a person with a strong track record in plant physiology using molecular methods. We are particularly interested in applications from candidates with research activities in: lipid, carbohydrate, plant stress physiology or the epigenetic basis for stress adaptation. The department aims to also strengthen cross-disciplinary research collaborations between the MsB, molecular biology and marine biology sections.
The position reports to the head of department.
The applicant should hold a PhD in biology or a related area and document strong research and academic competence within plant physiology as well as the relevance of their research area to one or more of the focus areas at the department: climate change, biodiversity, pollution and/or sustainable use of natural resources. Proven effectiveness in interdisciplinary collaboration will be an advantage.
The applicant should have strong potential to initiate new research areas or lead and further develop existing ones. The ability / potential of the applicant to do so successfully in the future, will be determined based on past research performance / activities. Publication of research results in recognized international journals within the subject area will be an important qualification requirement. Particular focus will be placed on academic work during the past five years, excluding statutory leave.
NTNU and the Department of Biology are moving towards student-centered or active learning methods at all levels, and applicants are expected to show experience or pedagogical training in these methods. Emphasis will also be placed on teaching and communication skills. Evaluation of the applicant´s educational expertise will be based on documented materials, including presentation of academic work, pedagogical training, previous experience from supervision and teaching of master-level and PhD candidates, as well as other related skills. Applicants with teaching experience at university level are preferred. Quality and breadth of the teaching qualifications will be evaluated.
Those who do not have formal qualifications in teaching at university level and who cannot provide documentation of equivalent qualifications must complete an approved pedagogical development programme within two years of appointment.
It is a prerequisite that within three years of appointment, new employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language can demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three in the course for Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU. The Department will help newly appointed staff with organizing course attendance and will cover course costs.
The person appointed must comply with the decisions about changes due to developments in the subject area, and the organizational changes that may result from decisions regarding the university's activities.
Please see the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts for general criteria for the position. NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.
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In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, education, experience and personal suitability will be emphasized, as well as motivation for the position.