Tenure-Track Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry

Tenure-Track Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Tromsø, Norway

About the Position

UiT – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) has a tenure-track position as Associate Professor available within Organic Chemistry, hosted by the Department of Chemistry (IK) and associated to CANS (CANS). The appointment is for a period of 6 years. We offer a competitive start- up package to the successful applicant.

We are looking for a highly talented candidate with great scientific potential, to strengthen and further develop the existing research within antimicrobial resistance research at the Department of Chemistry (IK) and CANS. Normally, tenure-track positions are for candidates who obtained their PhD within the last five years. The workplace will be at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT), campus Tromsø.

Further information about the position is available by contacting:

Professor John Sigurd Svendsen, Department of Chemistry: Phone +47 77644086, email john-sigurd.svendsen@uit.no

Associate professor Annette Bayer, Department of Chemistry;       Phone +47 77644069, email Annette.bayer@uit.no                    

Head of Department of Chemistry Ronny Helland;                      Phone +47 77646474, email ronny.helland@uit.no


Centre for new antibacterial strategies (CANS) is a new, large strategic interdisciplinary centre at UiT – the Arctic University of Norway for research, education, innovation and dissemination related to antimicrobial resistance (AMR). CANS currently involves fourteen research groups located at three faculties and covers topics within marine bioprospecting – identification and characterization of new antibacterial activities, design and synthesis of new antibiotics and resistance inhibitors, the evolution and molecular epidemiology of AMR, host-microbe-drug interactions as well as antibiotic stewardship. The centre aims to strengthen current activities, but also support new basic research in novel concepts for sustainable antibacterial activities in AMR-prevention and treatment strategies through new permanent and temporary (tenure-track, postdoc and PhD) positions.

The position`s affiliation

The candidate is expected to perform independent research associated with the organic chemistry group within the Department of Chemistry (IK) in close collaboration with CANS. Active participation in CANS to build interdisciplinary excellence, is required in this position. IK is one of six departments at the Faculty of Science and Technology, UiT. Currently, IK provides education on the Bachelor-, Master-, and PhD-levels and comprises 27 permanent positions and a technical-administrative staff of 12 persons. The department provide access to advanced core facilities/research infrastructure including mass spectrometry, HPLC/UPLC, NMR, Raman, X-ray crystallography, protein production, peptide synthesis, biomolecular modeling and computational chemistry.

The field of research

We are looking for a candidate who has a research background in the development of innovative molecules that can contribute to solve antimicrobial resistance (AMR) challenges. The research should focus on the development of new molecules that address AMR e.g. through the identification of new drug targets, understanding of biological function, development of new antibiotic agents or diagnostic tools. Organic synthesis should be an essential methodology in the research. We welcome competitive candidates’ research perspectives within the outlined frame-work. All candidates must submit a statement of their vision for how they will strengthen this research.

Qualification requirements

The candidate:

  • Must document a Norwegian doctoral degree or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree, or competence at a corresponding level documented by academic work of the same scope and quality.
  • Must document a high international standard and experience in executing independent original research in the field of synthetic organic chemistry with a focus on medicinal or biological applications. The assessment will emphasise scientific publications in internationally recognised peer review journals.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written English communication skills. Non-Scandinavian applicants must be willing to learn Norwegian and pass the language exam level B2 (“Bergenstesten” or equivalent) within the tenure-track period.
  • Should outline the ability to attract external funding. We expect you to secure substantial additional funding through national or international grants.
  • Documented mobility and participation in international research networks is advantageous
  • Documented experience with project management, student supervision, and outreach activities is advantageous.

The assessment will emphasize scientific excellence and potential, as well as motivation and personal suitability for the position, including ability for communication and collaborative work. Special attention will be given to experienced candidates with a strong educational background in synthetic organic chemistry, and experience and strong interest in medicinal chemistry or chemical biology. Commitment to the department’s standard for teaching quality, recruitment and public outreach activities is expected. You must be willing to engage in the ongoing development of the discipline, CANS and the university as a whole.

Teaching qualification

You must be able to participate in the teaching of general courses to students from undergraduate to postgraduate levels, including contributing to supervision of master and doctoral thesis projects.

You can document teaching qualifications by submitting a teaching portfolio, see the website for basic pedagogical competence. (www.result.no).


If you lack formal teaching qualifications, you must participate in the formal pedagogical training program to qualify for a permanent position. You must develop an approved teaching portfolio before the final tenure assessment.

The tenure track programme

The overall purpose of the review system is to ensure and maintain the high academic standards of the university’s senior faculty staff. To help meet these standards, we offer you two mentors.

In the tenure-track programme, you will be subject to two types of reviews during the tenure-track period:

  • a mid-career assessment after at most 4 years
  • a final tenure assessment after 6 years

Given a positive outcome of the final tenure assessment, you will be appointed to a permanent full-time position as professor. UiT assess professorial competence according to our own and national regulations. UiT follows national guidelines for professorial promotion when evaluating candidates for professorships.

To obtain a permanent position after the tenure period it will be considered as an important criterion that you have obtained external financing of your own research during the tenure period.

Moreover, in addition to the general requirements for qualification as a full professor, the following requirements are set for permanent appointment in this position:

  • You should, in the tenure period, demonstrate scientific quality through publications in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals and have an increasing citation rate.
  • You should, in the tenure period, demonstrate visibility through international collaboration in terms of common research projects, publications, and exchange activities.
  • You should, in the tenure period, demonstrate devotion to education by developing courses and course material, and arrange seminars.
  • You should, in the tenure period, demonstrate good academic leadership
  • You should, in the tenure period, achieve an approved teaching portfolio
  • You should, in the tenure period, obtain Norwegian language skills documented by Bergenstesten (level B2)

We offer

  • A competitive start-up package (negotiable).
  • A challenging and stimulating working environment.
  • Mentorship and administrative support.
  • Support on applications for externally funded research projects.
  • Good arrangements for pension, insurance and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The remuneration for Associate Professor is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1011. A compulsory contribution of 2% to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted. In addition to the salary, UiT pays approximately 12.35% directly to the Pension Fund.

The position requires participation in teaching and supervision. Taking part in teaching of the department’s regular undergraduate and graduate courses and being involved in supervision of PhD students and postdoctoral research fellows will facilitate achievement of the required teaching experience for qualification as full professor. As a norm, we expect all employees in scientific positions to reserve 5% of their working time for administrative tasks.

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Your application must include:

  • Application letter
  • A vision statement describing planned research activities within the outlined field of research (max 3 pages, in English)
  • CV including list of all academic works
  • Diplomas and transcripts
  • References: applicants are asked to provide the names, email addresses and phone number of at least three (3) contacts to provide letters of recommendation.
  • Teaching portfolio of minimum three pages, informing about your work with students. Describe and reflect on your own teaching, and present contributions to development of teaching. It will typically contain teaching philosophy, documentation of teaching activities demonstrating planning, accomplishments and assessment, evaluations of the teaching, and experiences in developing courses and curricula. Attach certificates, reports, and other relevant documents.
  • Description of your academic merits, stating which works you consider most important and your contributions.
  • Up to ten peer reviewed publications. The doctoral thesis counts as one work.

All documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language and submitted electronically through Jobbnorge.


An expert committee will assess the applicants. The main emphasis will be on the submitted scientific work and your potential for excellence in research. Teaching qualifications, popularisation/ dissemination of research, your experience in obtaining external research grants, and policy and administration work is also included.

We will invite the best-qualified applicants to an interview and trial lecture. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability and motivation for the position.

Other information

We make appointments in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

UiT wishes to increase the proportion of females in senior research positions. Female applicants get priority, in the event that two or more applicants are approximately equally qualified.

UiT’s HR policy objectives emphasises diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background. UiT is an will make the necessary adaptations in order to facilitate for employees with reduced functional ability.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act. You may request to not be registered on the public list of applicants, but the University may decide that your name will be made public. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.

About UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UiT is a multi-campus research univeristy in Norway and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.

Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.

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