Associate professor within Quaternary geology - geomorphometrics

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About the position

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) invites applications for a full-time, permanent position as Associate Professor in Quaternary geology with special responsibility for teaching and research in the areas geomorphometrics, spatial variability, and geostatistics.

The successful candidate will join sixteen colleagues in the Soil and Water Section covering a broad field of earth sciences as soil science, hydrology, limnology, sustainable water and sanitation, and geology. MINA offers both undergraduate and graduate courses in geology, serving many different study programs. Geological research topics includes sedimentology, geomorphology, mineral resources, groundwater flow and transport and the use of geophysical methods and numerical modelling. Modelling of land-surface processes, upscaling and downscaling processes in the landscape is increasingly important both for future education and for research. MINA wishes to complement and strengthen their teaching and research with regard to spatial variability using geographic information systems (GIS) and geostatistics in order to contribute in their strategic research areas; sustaining water and soil resources, land use and climate change, and related ecosystem services. MINA's ambition is to be nationally leading and internationally highly recognized within education and research in these areas.

Main tasks

MINA seeks a terrestrial Quaternary geologist with a background in geomorphometry. Knowledge about glacial geology and geomorphology in Norway is an advantage.

The successful candidate is expected to teach Quaternary geology. It is also expected that the candidate takes responsibility for developing courses for students majoring in geology, soil science and environmental sciences. Courses where GIS, geo-statistics and modelling of active biogeochemical, hydrological and geomorphologic processes are crucial.

MINA expects the successful candidate to develop a research program within his/her field, and build a broad external research network. Both research and teaching should be linked to that of the Soil and Water Section as well as other sections at the MINA faculty and the Faculty of Science and Technology (RealTek) with strong GIS and remote sensing research groups. Candidates who see the benefit of conducting their research in a multidisciplinary and international campus environment will be preferred.

Based on the required expertise and experience outlined above, the person to be employed will have the following main duties:

  • Develop and contribute to courses within the strategic priorities of the MINA faculty
  • Initiate and undertake research within the strategic priorities of the MINA faculty
  • Supervise MSc and PhD students
  • Participate in the development of BSc and MSc courses and education programmes
  • Participate in administrative duties
  • Provide services to the University, profession and community.