UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Science and Technology / Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Position ID: 2675-APPM [#18886]
Position Title: Associate Professor in pure mathematics
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: TromsøNordland 9037, Norway
Subject Area: Algebra
Application Deadline: 2022/01/26 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/11/04, finished 2022/07/30, listed until 2022/01/26)
Position Description:    

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The position

UiT - The Arctic University of Norway is looking to fill a permanent position as an associate professor in pure mathematics within the field of Algebra and its applications. We are particularly interested in strengthening the research activities within the Lie-Størmer Center for Fundamental Structures in Computational and Pure Mathematics which will unite and advance the research frontiers in computational and pure mathematics by exploring fundamental mathematical structures and their increasing significance for modern computational problems. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate connections to the current research activities in the Algebra group and the Lie-Størmer Center. The successful candidate will join the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and will be associated to the Algebra group.

We will consider both experienced researchers and up-and-coming candidates in earlier stages of their careers, and the evaluation of the applicants will be on the potential of the candidates to contribute to the creation of a leading research group in the field of Algebra and its applications. The department is particularly committed to increase the proportion of women in senior research positions. We therefore especially encourage female candidates to apply.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is a leading research department in algebra, differential geometry, complex systems modeling, and climate science. It provides education at the bachelor, master, and Ph.D. levels. Around 40 people are employed in the department, out of which 17 are permanent faculty-staff, 2 are administrative personal and further several Ph.D. students and postdocs. The Lie Størmer Center is a proposed Center of Excellence within the second phase of Norwegian Centre of Excellence scheme (SFF V) to start in 2023. The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position in Tromsø within a reasonable time, within 6 months after receiving the offer.

The position’s field of research

The applicant should be qualified to contribute to research-based teaching in pure mathematics and supervision in cooperation with the existing staff at the department to create an excellent learning environment. She or he should further be willing to initiate and take part in national and international research projects and work actively to receive research grants. We are especially encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration and interactions and we are interested in candidates able to contribute also to courses in the interplay of mathematics and computer science. A start-up package can be negotiated.


Further information about the position is available by contacting:

  • Professor Martin Rypdal, Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Phone +47 77 62 07 54, email martin.rypdal@uit.no, or
  • Professor Cordian Riener leader of the Algebra Research group, email cordian.riener@uit.no.


We are looking for a candidate that can support our efforts to build an internationally recognized group in Applied Algebra. You must hold a PhD in mathematics and should have research and teaching experience after your PhD.

You must be fluent in English. Asides from teaching classes in English, you should be able to teach also classes in Norwegian after 2 years.

During the assessment, emphasis will be on your potential for research, motivation and personal suitability for the position. 

Qualification requirements for the position as Associate Professor:

  • Norwegian doctoral degree in subject area concerned or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognised as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree, or competence at a corresponding level documented by academic work of the same scope and quality
  • Documented pedagogical competence
At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

UiT wishes to increase the proportion of females in academic positions. In cases where two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.

Pedagogical competence (basic pedagogical competence)

All applicants for teaching and research positions shall document their pedagogical competence.   

You must have acquired basic competence for teaching and supervision at higher education level. This includes basic skills in planning, conducting, evaluating and developing teaching and guidance.  

Documentation requirement 

a) Applicants who have completed education or courses designed to provide teaching competence for teaching at universities and colleges, equivalent to a minimum of 200 hours, must attach diploma and curriculum for the completed course. 

b) Other applicants shall describe, assess and document their competence as a teacher and supervisor. The skills must be documented in the form of a teaching portfolio. 

If the pedagogical competence can be acquired within two years of appointment, applicants shall not be ranked based on pedagogical competence.   

Those who do not satisfy the requirements may be appointed on a permanent basis on the condition that they satisfy the requirements within two years of appointment. 

For information about basic pedagogical competence and teaching portfolio, see: https://result.uit.no/om-pedagogisk-mappe/ ; (Only in Norwegian) 

We offer
  • A stimulating and friendly working environment
  • Broad opportunity to participate in shaping research and education at the department
  • A start-up package and the right to apply for a paid one-year sabbatical every fifth year; an arrangement considered to be among the best in the country.
  • Good welfare arrangements for employees
  • Good arrangements for pension, insurance and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

Work- og salary conditions 
The successful candidate must be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of the discipline, their department and the university as a whole.

The allocation of working hours is flexible and allocated on a case-by-case basis. In general, Associate Professors will 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. 

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.

Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University i Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment.

We believe that inclusion and diversity is a strength and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application.

If there are qualified applicants, we invite least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it.

Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.


The application must include: 

  • Cover letter including a short description of interests and reasons for applying for the position  
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training, and professional work),
  • Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees, in original language and translated) 
  • Written references 
  • Three references with contact details 
  • Documented pedagogical competence
  • Research plan describing planed research activities and potential collaborations within the Algebra group, the Lie-Størmer Center and the department
  • A list of your academic production 
  • Description of your academic production, stating which works you consider most important 
  • Academic works, up to ten. The doctoral thesis is regarded as one work 
  • Details of the projects managed so far
  • Information about dissemination activities
Documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. The application and submitted documents must be sent electronically via www.jobbnorge.no 


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee's mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants' qualifications on the basis of the written material presented by the applicants, and the detailde description draw up for the position.

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

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

More information about moving to Norway and working at UiT: http://uit.no/mobility

​According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence. 

UiT - Developing the High North

UiT is a multi-campus research university 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.

The location also offers ample opportunities, e.g., sighting aurora, hiking, and skiing and Tromsø is reachable by direct flights from several cities within Europe.
The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is one of the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available.

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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