Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Trondheim, Norway
Wednesday, 11 September 2019
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 29 September 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Norwegian University of Technology and Science NTNU announces an open position as Associate professor within the field of Geotechnical Engineering.

The department has a Geotechnical Engineering Group with 6 professors/academic researchers, 3 field and laboratory technicians, 2 teaching/research assistants and about 15 PhD students, full size field drill equipment, a modern soil laboratory, large scale test facilities and a frost laboratory.

The applicant should have a strong background in probabilistic approaches, risk and geohazards with focus on landslides and debris flow. The successful applicant shall contribute to research projects like: Klima2050, Klima Digital, “World of Wild Waters” and E39 and work with partners in these programs. The successful applicant is expected to initiate further research in the area of Geohazards and Risk.

The position reports to Head of Department.

Main duties and responsibilities

We are searching an enthusiastic and committed professional to do teaching and research as part of Geotechnical Engineering Group.

  • Fundamental academic research is to be combined with geotechnical engineering applications for the Norwegian society and the international community.
  • The research shall contribute to handling geohazards and include probabilistic approaches.
  • Teaching within Geohazards and Risk as well as within classical geotechnical engineering.

Qualification requirements

Associate Professor:

The position of Associate Professor requires university education at doctoral level in Geotechnical Engineering and demonstrable academic excellence in the relevant subject area.

Emphasis will be placed on ability and experience in initiating and leading research and development of the field of area. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized international journals within the subject area. Particular focus is placed on academic work during the past five years, excluding statutory leave (depending on the disciplinary tradition).

Other requirements:

The successful applicant will be expected to deliver high-quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and undertake supervision of Masters and Doctoral candidates. Evaluation of these skills will be based on documented experience and relevant teaching qualifications. Applicants with teaching experience at university level are preferred. Quality and breadth of the teaching qualifications will be evaluated. 

Those who do not have formal qualifications in teaching at university level and who cannot provide documentation of equivalent qualifications must complete an approved pedagogical development programme within two years of appointment.

It is a prerequisite that within three years of appointment, new employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language can demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three in the course for Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU.

Please see the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts for general criteria for the position. NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

Personal characteristics

  • Honesty and high ethical standards
  • Contributes actively to a good working environment
  • Good communication skills

In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, education, experience and personal suitability will be emphasized, as well as motivation for the position.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Associate Professor code 1011 is normally from NOK 524 000 - 893 900 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. 

The engagement is to be made in accordance with 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 criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The person appointed must live in a location enabling him/her to be present at and available to the institution.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works)
  • A description of the academic/artistic works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be taken into account in the assessment
  • Name and address of three referees
  • Research plan
  • Details of teaching qualifications based on "Documentation of applicant’s teaching qualifications in connection with appointment to an academic position at NTNU"
  • Details of the projects you have managed, with information about funding, duration and size

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

When the application deadline has passed, a shortlisting committee will evaluate all applications. The best qualified applicants will then be considered by an external appointments panel and the most suitable applicants will be invited to interview and to deliver a lecture to undergraduate students.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. NTNU wishes to increase the proportion of women in its academic positions, and women are therefore encouraged to apply. 

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants. 

Questions about the position can be directed to Arnfinn Emdal, phone +47 97547729 email

Submit your application with your CV, diplomas and certificates via Applicants invited for interview must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with reference number: IV-225/19. 

Deadline for applications: 29.09.2019

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

We conduct research and teaching in civil and transportation engineering, technical planning, structural engineering, water and wastewater engineering and hydraulic engineering. Graduates from our programmes become employees – in both the public and private sectors – with a sustainability mindset combined with competitive knowledge and skills. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.