Associate Professor of Radiocarbon Dating / Head of the Laboratory

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 05 Jun 2022

About the job

The National Laboratory for Age Determination (NLD) invites applicants for a position as Associate Professor of radiocarbon dating / Head of the Laboratory.

The National Laboratory is the Norwegian national infrastructure for dating and age reconstruction. It is composed of two main units: accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) and dendrochronology. In addition, there are advanced facilities for stable isotope mass spectrometry (IRMS). The laboratory conducts research in dating methods and their applications. It also offers dating services for research collaborations, internal as well as external users. The three units share the same personnel, and the three analysis methods are well integrated.

NLD is part of Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, more specifically the NTNU University Museum. NTNU University Museum hosts internationally leading research groups covering archaeology, natural history and a strong emphasis on cross-disciplinary topics related to human-environment interactions.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene, and easy access to breath-taking natural landscapes. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens, and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

We invite both senior and more junior candidates to apply. This means that candidates at all stages in their career post PhD will be considered in light of their achievements, given their level of seniority and time since PhD dissertation.

You will report to the Museum Director.


The successful candidate will be responsible for initiating and conducting research within fields of 14C dating techniques and applications. Interdisciplinary collaborations and interactions with other units at NTNU and through national or international research programs are encouraged. The person hired is expected to develop and lead a research group within his or her specialty while using the existing resources of the laboratory.

The person hired will also be responsible for leading and administrating the NLD. This involves day-to-day operations of the laboratory services, including customer relations and professional/scientific counseling. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and improving laboratory routines and procedures depending on the professional background of the candidate. The future internal organization of the NLD unit is open for discussion based on experience and professional background of the successful candidate.

Associate professors are expected to disseminate relevant parts of their research to a wider audience. The person hired must also take part in administration and management of research and external dating services. Recruiting and supervising MSc and PhD candidates is another key to expand the activities within the laboratory.

Required qualifications 

The position of Associate Professor requires university education at doctoral level in the field of either archaeology, chemistry, natural history, physics, or other relevant field of natural sciences, as outlined in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts 

Other requirements:

  • Experience in radiocarbon dating and modelling methodologies.
  • Excellence in scientific writing.
  • Very good communication skills in English and a Scandinavian language.

Relevant basic competence in teaching and supervision at a university/higher education-level should be documented, as referenced in the  Regulations . If this cannot be documented, you will be required to complete an approved a course in university pedagogy within two years of commencement. NTNU offers qualifying courses (200 hours). 

New employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language by appointment is required should within three years demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language (equivalent to level three of the course for Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU ).  

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in the laboratory methods used in radiocarbon dating.
  • Experience in developing experimental protocols and test series.
  • Experience in management and leadership of dating laboratory facilities.
  • Experience with obtaining externally funded research projects, and experience with research project management.
  • Experience in public outreach.
  • Experience in teaching at university level.
  • Interest in dating methodology and applications in a wider context.

Personal qualities

  • An understanding of quality control and a desire to keep NLD at the fore front of methodological development and result quality.
  • Clear motivation for the position.
  • Good cooperative skills.
  • Creative.
  • Resourceful.
  • Able to deliver.

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Salary and conditions

In this position you will typically receive a gross salary according to the Associate professor (Førsteamanuensis) code 1011, depending on qualifications and seniority. As required by law, 2% of this salary will be deducted and paid into the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Employment will be granted in accordance with the principles outlined in the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. Applicants should be aware that there may be changes in the working environment after employment has commenced.

It is a prerequisite that you are able to be present and accessible at the institution daily.

Application Process

You can find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here .

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About the application

The application and supporting documentation must be in English. 

Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

Your application must include:

  • CV, diplomas, and certificates
  • Academic works – published or unpublished – that you wish to be considered during assessment of your application
  • A description of the scientific/artistic works you consider most relevant, which you particularly wish to be factored into the assessment
  • A research plan for the first five years (no more than 3 pages)
  • Details of projects for which you have served as project manager, including information on financing, duration, and scope
  • Details of teaching qualifications, in which your teaching competence is compiled and presented systematically,   (See guidelines for applicants: Documentation of teaching qualifications in applications and appointments to academic positions at NTNU ) 
  • Names and contact information for three relevant referees

Joint work will also be considered. If it is difficult to identify your specific input to a joint project, you must include evidence of your contributions.

NTNU is obliged by the evaluation criteria for research quality in accordance with The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.  This means that we will pay particular attention to the quality and academic range demonstrated by your scientific work to date. We will also pay attention to research leadership and participation in research projects. Your scientific work from the last five years will be given the most weight. 

While considering the best-qualified applicants, we will pay particular attention to personal qualities, your motivation for applying for the position and your communication skills.

Your application will be considered by a committee of experts. Candidates of interest will be invited to a trial lesson and an interview. 

General information

NTNUs personell policy emphasizes the importance of equality and diversity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender, disability, or cultural background. NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions, and has a number of resources to promote equality.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must continually maintain and improve your professional development and be flexible regarding any organizational changes.

In accordance with public law your name, age, job title, and county of residence may be made available to the public even if you have requested not to appear on the public list of applicants. For the sake of transparency, candidates will be given the expert evaluation of their own and other candidates. As an applicant you are considered part of the process and is stipulated to rules of confidentiality.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Museum Director Hans K. Stenøien, telephone +47 91897592, email . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Håvar Meyer Bratt, e-mail: .

The application and all attachments should be submitted electronically via . If you are invited for an interview, you must bring with you certified copies of all certificates and diplomas.

Application deadline: 05.06.2022.

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The National Laboratory for Age Determination

Our subject areas are dendrochronology and radiocarbon dating. We determine the age of archaeological and geological material, and provide chronological dating for research, heritage management and private-sector organizations. The staff conduct research on dating methods and their application. Our own history dates back to 1953, and since then the laboratory has been a leader in radiocarbon dating. The National Laboratory for Age Determination  is a section in the NTNU University Museum . 

Deadline 5th June 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
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