Professor/Associate Professor in Animal Husbandry

Nord university
Steinkjer (By), Nord-Trøndelag (NO)
Salary by agreement.
May 31 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

About the position

The Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (Campus Steinkjer), Nord University, Norway, invites applications for a 100 % permanent position as professor/associate professor with substantial research experience to lead the further development of the research and the study programme within Bch Animal Husbandry, Welfare and Production. The profile of the current bachelor study programme and the ongoing research of the present academic staff, are farm management and optimization of animal production.

According to the faculty action plan, we will develop a master’s programme within animal sciences /animal husbandry, and the new professor/associate professor is expected to take a central part indeveloping and teaching the programme.

The candidate will be a member of a fast growing, successful faculty at Nord University involved in advanced research programmes. You will join the Animal Science, Production and Welfare group at the Faculty, consisting of members both in Bodø and in Steinkjer. The majority of the group members have an educational background in veterinary medicine, animal production or agriculture. You will be located in Steinkjer, and also foster collaboration with your colleagues in Bodø. In Steinkjer, you will have access to good facilities for applied research in animal husbandry, and laboratory facilities are under construction in our new facilities called “innovation campus”.

A two year postdoc-position will be considered to be linked to the available professor/associate professor position.

Qualification requirements

The successful candidate will possess a doctoral degree in animal sciences or an equivalent accreditation or standing, and will meet the academic qualifications required for a professor/associate professor. Substantial research experience in animal sciences is required. Knowledge and interest in technological development and environmental challenges in agriculture will be emphasized. The candidate should have pedagogical skills and teaching experience within animal sciences.

The faculty operates in close contact with external bodies, which means that the successful candidate will work in close cooperation with financing bodies, researchers from other fields, departmental managers, farmers associations and farmers.

For appointment as professor, the candidate should possess a good record of accomplishment of internationally recognized research within animal sciences and farm management. Experience from grant procurement from national and international funding agencies is a requirement. For assessment of a candidate for full professor position, the selection committee will make use of the qualification descriptions for professor as they appear in the note Coordination of the procedures for promotion to full professor at the science faculties of universities in Norway, adopted by the National Faculty Meeting of Sciences and National Council for Technological Education, August 2016.

For appointment to the position of associate professor, we require a Norwegian doctoral degree in relevant field, and experience in research within food animal sciences followed by peer-reviewed publications. Experience from national/international grant procurement is beneficial. If the candidate has a foreign degree, it has to be approved as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree. Otherwise, the candidate needs qualifications at a similar level documented by scientific production of the same scope and quality.

The successful candidate must be fluent in English. Knowledge in Scandinavian languages is an advantage. If the candidate does not speak Norwegian, Danish or Swedish at the time of appointment, he/she is obliged to take actions to master Norwegian within three years. This is necessary as the study programme Bachelor in Animal Sciences – production and welfare is fully taught in Norwegian.

Professor/associate professor must have a basic formal pedagogical competence, and applicants that cannot yet document such competence, are requested to complete this within the first two years of employment. Nord University offers such training.

Personal Qualities

The candidate should possess good communication skills, an including behaviour and team building qualifications.

We offer

The position is remunerated according to the Norwegian State Salary Scale, salary placement (Lpl.) 17.510, code 1013 Professor or code 1011 Associate Professor. Salary by agreement.

As an employee of Nord University, the successful candidate will be a member of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund and will acquire access to other social benefits. A statutory payment to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted from the salary automatically. The successful candidate must comply with the laws, agreements and directives as they apply to the position at any given time. The responsibilities and duties linked to the position may be subject to change as a result of restructuring at Nord University.

General information

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Candidates from marginalized groups are encouraged to apply. Nord University practises moderate allocation according to gender quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for State Employees.

Contact information

For more information about the position, please contact the dean, Professor Ketil Eiane (+47 48004712) e-mail:, or Head of Section for Animal Science, Production and Welfare, Associate professor Geir Næss, (+47 74 11 21 42), email:

For questions on administrative matters, please contact office manager Irene Stork (+47 75 51 74 42), email

Application process

Applications must be submitted electronically by 24 June 2018. The application and all enclosed documentation must be in English. Applications that do not fulfil this requirement will be dismissed.

Applicants for this position are requested to include the following information:

  • Cover letter, including description of research plans for over a 5-year period with a focus on the fields mentioned in the announcement text
  • CV (which provides an overview of educational background, list of employments, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, research profile and other relevant qualifying activities)
  • Copies of diplomas and certificates
  • Name, phone number and e-mail addresses for minimum two references
  • A complete list of scientific production / academic work
  • Complete copies of a selection of a maximum of 15 of the applicant's most relevant publications / academic work that the applicant would like the evaluation committee to take into consideration


As the first step in the evaluation process, an internal selection committee will assess all applications and the most relevant applications will sent to the Academic Evaluation Committee appointed for these positions. Based on the evaluation report, the faculty management will invite the most highly ranked candidates for an interview and a trial lecture.

All documentation to be considered is to be uploaded as attachments to the application. Complete documentation in electronic form must be submitted by the closing date for applications.

After the application deadline, an applicant list will be announced publicly. Applicants asking for confidentiality must specifically explain the reasons for this in their application. Even if the applicant has asked for confidentiality, the information can be published if the reasons for confidentiality is not found to relevant. In this case, the applicants will be given notice prior to the announcement, and has the opportunity to withdraw the application.

Application deadline: 24.06.2018 30072270


Global challenges demand new insight, innovative solutions and local legitimacy. Nord University is a young university with strong regional ties and a global perspective. We are committed to delivering relevant educational programmes and research, with a focus on blue and green growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, and welfare, health and education. Nord University has 12,000 students and 1,200 employees at nine study locations in central and northern Norway.

The Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA) educates people who promote sustainable and innovative development to meet global challenges in food production, climate and environment. The Faculty is an international arena for education, research and knowledge dissemination, with employees and students from 25 different countries.

The Faculty offers a PhD in Aquatic Biosciences. The Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture has 900 students and 140 employees in Bodø and Steinkjer. The professional community is organised into the following divisions: Aquaculture, Ecology, Genomics and Animal Science, Production and Welfare.

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