The Natural History Museum is looking for a new research director. The
Natural History Museum’s tasks include research, collection
management, teaching and public outreach in the fields of botany,
zoology, palaeontology and geology. The museum has about 150 employees,
organized in 5 sections, and for 2017 had a total budget of 160 million
NOK. Approx. 40 million NOK are related to research projects. The research
section consists of 7 research groups.
The museum is in the middle of an exciting process where a new strategy
is being developed, and action plans and sub-strategies will be
prepared in the coming years. The research director shall have overall
responsibility and the responsibility to follow-up the museum’s research
and education strategy. It is a stated goal that a larger part of the
research will be conducted in cooperation with external partners at
home and abroad. Research in the museum today is focused specifically at
systematic biology, palaeontology and geology. Once the strategy processes
have been completed, there may be a need to adjust today’s organization
chart. The position is with a fixed-term of 6 years, with the possibility
of a second term after public announcement and general competition.
– Lead the research section and be responsible for initiating,
coordinating and developing the museum’s research efforts.
– Motivate and ensure good cooperative relationships internally at the
museum and at UiO elsewhere, nationally and internationally.
– Encourage increased research efforts, increased acquisition of
external funds, increased innovation, and strengthen the international
profile of NHM.
– Be a strategic driver of research at the museum and help develop the
work in these areas.
– Be the deputy director of the museum in matters that include the
museum’s scientific activities.
– Ensure maintenance and strengthening of contacts with the museum’s
partners in the field of research.
We want a strong and clear leader who will contribute with leadership
skills in a strong research environment. The research director reports
to the museum director and is part of the museum’s management team. The
research director has financial and budgetary responsibility and daily
staff responsibility for, among other things, the research group leaders.
– Has excellent leadership skills with experience from similar
activities in the higher education sector and / or the research
sector, which can document previous results.
– Has solid experience in human resource management, and task and
– Has skills in strategic and overall thinking.
– Has a PhD or equivalent in a relevant subject.
– Is result-oriented and skilled in implementation.
– Can motivate and inspire its employees
– Is a skilled team player and network developer
– Has a good and relevant network of contacts with research environments
at home and abroad, and broad knowledge of research policy
– Has good communication skills in written and oral in English and a
Individual suitability for the position will be emphasized in the final recruitment.
A professionally stimulating working environment.
Salary (position code 1111, Research director): NOK 769 100 – 938 700
per year, depending on qualifications.
Pension agreement with Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (SPK)
Attractive welfare benefits
The application must be sent via Jobbnorge and contain:
– An application letter
– CV with complete overview of education, experience and professional
work. References should be given.
Application deadline Sept 17, 2017:
Hugo de Boer
Natural History Museum
University of Oslo
P.O. Box 1172 Blindern
0318 Oslo, Norway
Phone: +47 22851875
Leader of ForBio – the Scandinavian Research School in Biosystematics