Tenure Track Associate Professorship in Medicine, Human Cognitive Neuroscience

Trondheim, Norway
Monday, 21 October 2019
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 5 January 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

To be at the forefront of research and education in human cognitive neuroscience, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is announcing a 6-year tenure-track associate professorship in Medicine, with emphasis on human brain imaging, at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience (KISN).

The position is affiliated with the Centre of Excellence (SFF) Centre for Neural Computation and the Egil and Pauline Braathen and Fred Kavli Centre for Cortical Microcircuits. The Kavli-Braathen Centre offers access to a facility for behavioral imaging experiments in humans. 

NTNU and St. Olav’s Hospital have a mutual strategy for integration of research activities including shared operation of advanced infrastructures for research. Results and competence from KISN shall ultimately contribute to clinical practice. In this respect, the position will form a bridge between KISN and St. Olav’s Hospital.

Read here for more information about the position.

The NTNU tenure-track programme

The tenure track associate professor`s duties will primarily be research, including obligations regarding publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations. To a limited extent, the position may also include other duties. In the NTNU tenure-track programme, associate professors are subject to two evaluations during the tenure-track period:

  • A mid-career assessment after 3-4 years
  • A final tenure assessment after no more than 6 years

The overall purpose of the assessments is to ensure and maintain the high academic standards of the university`s senior faculty staff. To help meet these standards, the associate professor is offered a mentor. During the employment period as a tenure-track associate professor, the appointee must participate in the formal pedagogical training programme to qualify for a permanent position. The appointee`s performance will be evaluated after no more than 6 years of employment and, if the final appraisal ‘is positive, s/he will be employed as a full-time professor.

Main duties and responsibilities

Together with the Institute`s other academic staff, the person holding the post is responsible for research and teaching in the discipline of human cognitive neuroscience. This includes the person's own research, and supervision of students and postdocs in the discipline, as well as teaching at the Master program in neuroscience.

The candidate will work at the interface between KISN and the larger fMRI community of NTNU and St. Olav's Hospital. The successful candidate will play a key role in the newly established Norwegian 7T MR Center and the MR core facility. We expect the candidate to actively participate in and develop infrastructure and research in this community and to show a keen interest and experience in educating the next generation of neuroscientists. Emphasis will therefore be placed on ability and experience in initiating and leading research in the subject area.

The person holding the post is also obliged to take part in administrative duties and will have the function as a group leader.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in the subject area concerned or competence at a corresponding level and should be able to document professional qualifications as well as scientific expertise in one or more aspects of the discipline associated with this position. The doctoral degree should have been awarded no more than 5 years prior to the application deadline.
  • The candidate must be fluent in English, both spoken and written.

Other desirable qualifications:

We expect the candidate to be able to lead research and teach in the domain of human cognitive neuroscience, in addition to supervise and teach at the PhD level. Evaluation of these skills will be based on documented experience and relevant teaching qualifications. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory but documented teaching qualifications and experience will be considered an advantage. 

The person holding the post is expected to have a research record in studying human brain circuits, with emphasis on higher order cognitive (cortical) functions.

The person should have competence in human fMRI. Previous experience using ultra-high field 7T fMRI will be viewed as an asset. Experience developing novel behavioral and fMRI experimental paradigms is also desired.

Experience with clinical studies will be considered an advantage. Because of KISN's focus on experimental studies in animals, the Institute will favour candidates with interest or experience in translating animal studies to humans.

The successful candidate is expected to secure competitive research funding as a group leader. Previous successful funding will count positively. The candidate should have well-defined concepts on how to sustain and develop her/his research group based on a compatible start-up package.  

Please see the Regulations concerning tenure track appointments 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

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

  • Good communicative and collaborative skills
  • The ability to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries
  • Leadership experience
  • A professional orientation toward service

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Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Associate Professor (code 1011) is normally from NOK 573 100 - 704 900, depending on qualifications and academic background. 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 criteria 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 5 works)
  • A description of the academic work that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be taken into account in the assessment
  • Name and afiliations of three referees, including full postal address and email
  • 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 working 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. Kavli/NTNU has programs to assist in partner employment, childcare, schooling and other family concerns.

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 Head of Department, Kay Gastinger, telephone:+47 982 83 906, email,

For further information about the application process, please contact HR-consultant Helene M. Hovland, telephone: +47 908 77 504 or email,

Submit your application and supporting documentation via Applicants invited for interview must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas.

Deadline for applications: 05.01.2020

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

The Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at NTNU. It was established as a Centre of Excellence in 2002, and designated as a Kavli Foundation Institute in 2007 ( The scientific goal of the Institute is to increase the understanding of neural circuits and systems along with their role in generating psychological functions.

Today, the Institute consists of the Centre for Neuronal Computation (CNC) as well as the Egil and Pauline Braathen and Fred Kavli Centre for Cortical Microcircuits. In 2014, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to two of the Institute’s professors, Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser. The Institute is responsible for an international master's programme and is affiliated with a doctoral programme in medicine. Through our widespread network of international collaboration, we offer unique career opportunities. For further information, see:

Deadline 5th January 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service Olav Kyrres gate 9