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Gerald Smith
02-19-2008, 01:17 AM
Professor in Sport Biology: Department of Physical Performance

The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS) is a specialized university
with a national responsibility to provide higher education, scientific
research and communication in the specialist area of Sport Sciences and was
established in 1968. Today, NSSS has approximately 220 staff and 1,400
students and a variety of highly developed teaching and research facilitiesA wide range of exciting R&D activities are currently in progress,
including, international collaborative projects in a number of
sports-related fields. For more information on the NSSS, visit www.nih.no

Associate or Full Professor in Sport Biology

There are two vacancies in Sport Biology at The Norwegian School of Sport
Sciences at either Associate or Full Professor rank. Sport Biology
(idrettsbiologi in Norwegian) corresponds with Kinesiology, Human Kinetics
or Exercise and Sport Science programs internationally.

The positions are in the Department of Physical Performance which currently
has four full Professors and two Associate Professors in the field of Sport
Biology, two Associate Professors and three University Lecturers in Sports
Training Theory (in the sports of skiing, orienteering and swimming). In
addition, five engineer positions in the laboratories and five positions for
recipients of PhD scholarships are permanently funded. Other graduate
student scholarships are from externally funded projects. The department has
about 170 m2 of well-equipped laboratory space for biomechanical and
exercise physiology testing of humans as well as for analysis of biological

The discipline
The department¹s core focus in both education and research is ³Physical
performance: determining factors and effect of physical training². Physical
performance refers to an individual¹s physical ability to perform in sports
as well as in everyday life. We study various societal groups from elite
athletes to patients with clearly reduced performance levels. Our research
improves understanding of the biomechanical and physiological bases for
performance and the effects of physical training on technique, endurance,
strength and mobility. The department¹s principal sports are skiing,
swimming and orienteering.

Specialist tasks and areas of responsibility
The new positions will be responsible for strengthening research in our
specialist fields. An applicant is therefore required to have fundamental
and extensive knowledge and experience from his/her own research in one or
more of these areas. The successful applicant will also be required to
contribute in his/her specialist area to the teaching program for the
bachelor and master programs in Sport Biology, as well as supervise masters
and doctoral students.

Competence requirement
A PhD and extensive research experience at a high international level in
exercise physiology or sport biomechanics is required. Applicants must be
able to document university level teaching and supervisory experience.

Selection criteria
In rating competent applicants, the following will be emphasized:
* Quality, relevance and scope of scientific work
* Documented knowledge of research methods in sport biomechanics or exercise
* Relevance and scope of teaching and supervisory experience
* Other documented qualifications relevant to the position, for example,
public communication skills and the ability to communicate popular science
* Documented specialist involvement in research into physical performance
and effects of physical training
* Experience from international collaborative projects
* Management experience
* Personal suitability

Salary and other terms of employment are offered according to the Norwegian
State pay scale, employment code 1013 Professor, or employment code 1011
Associate Professor. The appointments will be made according to the terms
that apply to civil servants. We have obligatory membership of the State
Pension Fund.

The successful applicant will be based at the Norwegian School of Sport

If the successful applicant(s) are not native Norwegian speakers, they are
required, within three years, to demonstrate Norwegian language skills to
the same standard as the level 3 course, ³Norwegian as a second language²,
at the University of Oslo.

Other information
An on-site interview and trial lecture will be arranged for a small number
of the most highly rated applicants.

The public workforce must reflect the diversity of the population to the
greatest possible extent. Therefore, our personnel policy objective is to
achieve a balanced age and gender mix, and to recruit people with
international backgrounds. Women and non-natives are encouraged to apply for
the positions. If the applicants are rated as approximately equal, the
gender that is under-represented will be given preference.

Further information concerning the positions can be obtained from:
Contact person/field:
Jostein Hallén, Head of Department
tel: +47 23 26 23 14
email: Jostein.Hallen@nih.no

Contact person/administration:
Hanne Skjølås Nygaard, Personnel Consultant
tel: +47 23 26 20 59

You can apply for these positions on our website www.nih.no by 25th February

Prior to the deadline applicants must send in four copies of the following:

* A current curriculum vitae listing education, scholarship, work in
progress, teaching experiences and other information relevant to the

* A description of potential projects of interest to the applicant (no more
than 10)

* Several reprints of the applicant's scientific publications (no more than

* Contact information for three references who are knowledgeable about the
applicant's qualifications and professional characteristics

Number the materials and arrange in four separate batches.

Please send the appendices to the following address:
Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
FAO/Personnel Department
Postboks 4014 Ullevål Stadion
0806 Oslo

Send inquiries to the addresses listed above
and not to the poster of this message.

Gerald A. Smith, PhD
Professor of Biomechanics
Department of Physical Performance
Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
Oslo, Norway

email: Gerald.Smith@nih.no
telephone: +47 2326 2320