Professor in Computational Engineering
University of Stavanger, Department of Energy Resources

The Department of Energy Resources invites applicants for position as

Professor in Computational Engineering


Job description
In collaboration with the leading energy company in Norway Equinor and the Academia programme, UiS is establishing a new professorship in Decision Driven Computational Engineering. The position is organisationally affiliated to the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Energy Resources.

The position will be closely tied to a new program on Computational Engineering starting in 2019. The candidate will teach, develop courses and conduct research on the development and application of computational models, including decision analytics, relevant to the production and transformation of energy resources. Our new staff member will use methods such as exploratory analysis of large data sets, decision analysis, operations research, network analysis, risk analysis, economic analysis and systems modeling. The candidate’s expertise should be applied to diverse decision and modeling challenges in energy resource management.

The professor is expected to play a leading role in research and research-based education in decision driven computational engineering in cooperation with the existing staff at the Department of Energy Resources. She or he is also expected to establish collaboration with relevant colleagues at other departments at UiS and within UiS’ strategic research areas.

Value creation requires good decision making. Good decisions rely on domain knowledge, relevant data, good models, and the ability to model. The challenge of being able to make good decisions in complex and uncertainty environments require skills within modeling. Relevant and useful models rely on both data analytics and domain skills. The job requires knowledge and experience in analyzing complex unstructured problems and apply the insight to make better decisions to improve e.g. efficiency, quality, and workflows. The professor should have competence and motivation for research in this area.


In particular, research competence in the following areas is regarded as relevant for the position:

  • Decision analysis
  • Computational engineering
  • Data assimilation and exploratory analysis of large data sets
  • Operations research including robust optimization
  • Risk modelling analysis and management
  • Statistics
  • Systems engineering
  • Industrial economics
  • Energy resource engineering


Research activities are expected to have a strong international profile and impact, with a long-term perspective and to be concentrated around basic challenges and enabling technologies with relevance and importance for applications and industry.

The department has strong relationships to Norwegian and international industry, with numerous joint research projects.

The research activities at the department rely mainly on external funding, and the development of educational programs may also receive external funding. The successful applicant is expected to engage extensively in applications for external research funding, e.g. from the Research Council of Norway, European research and educational agencies, the industry sector, and other available sources.

MSc and PhD candidates from the energy resource programs are expected to be competitive in an international job market. The professor will contribute toward the department’s educational profile and promote an excellent learning environment, in collaboration with colleagues, students and external stakeholders. Specifically, the professor is expected to teach one course of the department’s MSc program and a specialization course at MSc or PhD level. She or he should supervise MSc students, PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows.

In addition to research and education, the professor is expected to disseminate relevant parts of the research to a wider audience.

The professor is also expected to participate in the management of research, education and other relevant areas of activity in agreement with the head of department.

As a professor, you will primarily teach and supervise students at bachelor's, Master’s and PhD level within the subject area, conduct research and disseminate research results within relevant research areas at the department, and contribute to the development of partnerships with businesses.

You will also lead the development and use of digital and diverse learning methods, innovation, value creation based on results from research, as well as academic and artistic development work.

The general job description for teaching and research staff at UiS gives a more detailed account of relevant duties for professors.


Qualification requirements
The applicant is required to have a doctoral degree or equivalent in a relevant area and demonstrate professional qualifications in essential areas of decision analysis, operational research and computational engineering, with profound scientific competence within one or more of these areas.

For a position as professor, you should should demonstrate international experience and have a strong publication record in terms of papers in peer-reviewed journals and other relevant international publication channels. You should document the ability to obtain external research grants from relevant funding sources, be internationally recognized and be able to initiate and lead research at a high international level.

In the absence of applicants with sufficient scientific expertise, the university may consider appointing the best candidate as an Associate Professor. For a position as associate professor, the applicant should have a good publication record in terms of papers in peer-reviewed journals and other relevant international publication channels. Successful acquisition of external research grants, experience with research leadership and relevant collaboration with industry should be documented and will be rated positively. The candidate should have a research potential which makes it likely to qualify for a full professorship within five years of employment, even with normal teaching duties.

You should demonstrate communicative skills that qualify for excellent teaching, supervision and dissemination, and have good collaboration skills necessary for joint interdisciplinary projects. Industrial experience and relevant collaboration with industry will be considered as highly beneficial.

Applicants with a specialisation within decision analysis, data analytics, operational research, applied mathematics or computational physics are particularly sought after, but applicants specialising in related areas may also be considered. The candidate’s expertise should be applied to diverse decision and modeling challenges in energy resource management.

Recent publications and potential for future research/artistic development at a high academic level within the subject area will be given priority.

You must be able to document pedagogical and didactic skills relating to higher education, or complete a university pedagogy course within a period of two years of the appointment start date. The course will be provided by the university.

The working and teaching languages are Norwegian and English. If you do not have a good command of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, you must acquire Norwegian language skills equivalent to level B2 within a period of two years of the appointment start date. If required, you will be offered a Norwegian course paid for by the university.


The following attributes are also desirable

  • ability to inspire colleagues with regard to research and educational development
  • ability to initiate, obtain external funding for, lead and carry out major research and development projects
  • research results published in recognised Norwegian and international publications, and references indicating progression in research and publications
  • a reflective and conscientious attitude towards your own teaching and supervision
  • ability to involve and engage students in teaching where the course's objectives, content and assessment situations are closely interlinked
  • experience and/or interest in the development of varied learning methods and digital tools in teaching
  • experience of partnerships with businesses
  • experience with relevant international research networks and the ability to build and nurture networks—regionally, nationally and internationally
  • experience with innovation and the commercialisation of research
  • ability to manage a heavy workload, inquisitiveness, and motivation to develop new knowledge in collaboration with others
  • good teamwork and communication skills, and ability to contribute to a constructive working environment


We offer

  • varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation
  • an ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure
  • colleague-based guidance programme during your first year of teaching at UiS, NyTi
  • salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, 17.510, code 1013, NOK 754 900 - 848 800 gross per year. A higher salary may be considered in special cases
  • automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits
  • favourable membership terms at a gym and at the university sports club
  • employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors
  • Hjem-jobb-hjem, discounted public transport to and from work
  • as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced
  • relocation programme in event of moving to Norway, including support and language courses for spouses


General information
Your application will be assessed by an expert committee. In the expert assessment, emphasis will be placed on submitted scientific work and documented teaching competence. The committe will also assess your experience with popularisation/dissemination activities, university politics and administration, and any other documented qualifications relevant to the position.

If a large number of applications is received, it may be necessary to reject some applications before the associated documents are sent to the expert committee for assessment. This will apply to applicants who do not satisfy key qualification requirements.

Based on the expert committee's statement, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview and a teaching demonstration before any recommendations are made.

The university aims to recruit more women into professor positions; thus, if several applicants are considered to have equal qualifications, a woman will be given priority over a man.

It is a prerequisite that the appointee has a residence which enables him or her to be present at/available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.

The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of opinion between the texts, the Norwegian text shall take precedence.


Contact information
More information on the position can be obtained from Head of Department Alejandro Escalona, tel. +47 51832259, e-mail Alejandro.escalona@uis.n or Professor Reidar B Bratvold, phone: +47 97651969, email:

Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR-advisor Margot A.Treen, tel: 51831419, e-mail:


Apply for the position online via the “Apply for the position” link on this page. Here you can submit your application and CV with relevant education and experience.


The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application in separate files:

  • relevant certificates and references.
  • research statement describing planned activities
  • complete list of scientific work.
  • up to 10 works which document your teaching and educational competence; see Guidelines for the Assessment of Teaching Skills.
  • up to 15 scientific works which are pivotal to your research output.
  • documentation of other relevant activities concerning the position requirements.


The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload.

Information and documentation to be taken into account in the assessment must be submitted within the application dealine. Contact details for three references must be provided in the application or upon request.

Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants - see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act.

UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in JobbNorge.


UiS - challenge the well-known and explore the unknown
The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 1,700 employees. We are the only Norwegian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university has high ambitions. We will have an innovative and international profile, and will be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Together with our staff and students, we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

The Department of Energy Resources is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology. The international academic staff conducts research related to energy resources, technology for improved oil recovery (IOR), decision analysis and geosciences. Study programs offer courses related to the exploration and utilization of petroleum and natural resources. The department focuses on internationalization, with development of study programs in English and high mobility among academic staff and students. The department contributes significantly to the research activities and leadership of The National IOR Centre of Norway, established by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. There are currently 50 employees in the department including research fellows and postdocs.

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31st October 2019

University of Stavanger




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