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  • Prof./associate prof. in Sports Biomechanics - Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

    Deadline: 21.02.2020

    A full-time position as professor/associate professor in Sports Biomechanics is available at the Institute of Physical Performance at Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH) from March 2020 or soon thereafter.
    The Institute of Physical Performance has a long history of basic and applied research, focusing on biological effects of physical training from molecule to integrated physiology. The research includes exercise physiology, biomechanics, technology and specific sports discipline research in collaboration with national and international sport federations and the industry.

    Competence requirements and selection process
    The department is seeking to appoint a highly skilled and motivated professor/associated professor to provide academic teaching, and to conduct and coordinate research within the field of Sports Biomechanics at NIH. The candidate must have a strong international research profile in sports research and topics that fits with the profile and the present equipment at the department. The candidate is expected to demonstrate experience and skills in the following topics a) analysis of kinematic measurements, e.g. from optical, inertial and/or wireless active sensors, b) analysis of kinetic measurements, e.g. from force transducers, force platforms isokinetic, dynamometry and/or inertial systems, c) electromyography. Experience with computer simulation is a desirable additional skill. The candidate should therefore have a strong background in advanced quantitative analyses of human movement, substantial experience with computer programming, and a good command of the mathematics and physics necessary to approach these problems.
    The candidate must be able to document high quality research as well as significantly teaching and supervision experience at bachelor and master level. Experience and skills in research involving external research groups, sports federations and industry will be highlighted in the evaluation of the candidates.
    It is expected that the successful applicant will take an active role in developing own research at the department, but also be willing and able to cooperate across borders of research fields. The appointee is furthermore expected to participate in the development and teaching of courses on both undergraduate and graduate level and in the supervision of bachelor, master and Ph.D. students.

    Selection criteria
    When assessing applicants, emphasis will be placed on:
    - Quality, relevance and scope of the scientific work
    - Relevance and scope of teaching and supervision at bachelor, master and Ph.D. level
    - Experience and skills in research involving external collaboration
    - Other documented qualifications relevant to the position, such as the ability to attract external funding and public dissemination of the research
    - The applicants interpersonal and communication skills
    - Proficiency in oral and written English is required. Applicants who do not have adequate proficiency in a Scandinavian language, must acquire Norwegian skills corresponding to at least level B2 within three years of commencement.
    A prerequisite for permanent appointment is that the applicant meets the requirements for university teaching competence. Applicants without formal university pedagogic qualification, is given the opportunity for an approved course within two years employment.

    Working conditions
    Salary is offered according to the Norwegian State pay scale, employment code 1013/1011. The appointment will be made according to terms applying to civil servants. The NSSS is a member of the Norwegian State Pension Fund.
    Working place is the Institute of Physical Performance at NIH.
    Norwegian School of Sport Sciences personnel and recruitment policy aims at taking into account the diversity of the Norwegian population to the greatest possible extent. It is an explicit aim to search for age and gender balance and to recruit competent applicants with minority background. Women and persons with minority background are encouraged to apply.
    Applications will be handled according to the relevant regulations as defined in the Norwegian Open Files Act.

    Other requirements
    Selected candidates will be interviewed. The public workforce must reflect the diversity of the Norwegian population to the greatest possible extent. NIH personnel policy objective is to achieve a balanced age and gender mix. The clause of exemption gives the right, but not the obligation, to refuse access to documents relating to employment in the public service, see Freedom of Information Act § 25. In our recruitment system, applicants will be given the opportunity to request to be exempt from public access, but it is up to the employer to determine whether the request shall be approved or not. If the applicant's desire to be exempt from public access is not approved by the employer, the applicant will be notified so that he can withdraw the application.

    Interested applicants are advised to contact the academic community in preparing the application. Further details can be obtained by contacting:
    - Head of Department, Klavs Madsen,, tel. +47 4683 0845
    - Contact administration, Maren Retterstøl Olaisen,, tel. +47 23 26 20 59 (HR-department)

    Expert assessment
    Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. By the application deadline, please upload the following documents together with your application:
    - Application letter
    - CV (including teaching and supervision experience and the name and contact information of at least three references)
    - A complete list of publications
    - Copies of certificates/diplomas (including formal education in pedagogics, if applicable)
    - A statement of future research plans and information about research activities
    - Teaching qualifications and management experience.
    - The Application must be in English.
    If the applicant wants other material to be considered in the evaluation (publications and other documentation of research and teaching qualifications, as well as management experience), such material must be clearly specified and available electronically.

    The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH) is a specialized university and serves as the premier education and research institution of sport science in the Nordic countries. Our mission is to educate, investigate and present a broad range of topics within theoretical and practical sport science. Our Bachelor's degree, Master's degree and PhD programmes aim to be of great relevance.
    NIH has approximately 1300 students and a staff of 220 in five departments, six administrative units and two research centres. The campus and sports facilities are located near Sognsvann. For more information on NIH, visit