Associate Professor in Human Geography

Trondheim, Norway
Thursday, 5 December 2019
End of advertisement period
Friday, 13 December 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Full Time

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About the position

Associate Professor in Human Geography focusing on innovation studies.

The Department of Geography is advertising a permanent position as Associate Professor in Human Geography affiliated with the Department’s strategic area: Innovation and regional change.

The position reports to Head of Department.

Main duties and responsibilities

The person appointed to the advertised position will have specific responsibility for teaching courses in the Master in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Society and take part in the further development of the master program. The successful candidate must also be willing to teach courses in human geography at bachelor and master’s levels in accordance with the relevant curriculum as well as to take part in further developing the various teaching programs at the Department. The Associate Professor will participate in work connected to student exams without special remuneration.

The Associate Professor will take an active part in developing the Department’s research activities, including actively recruiting PhD candidates. He or she will also have the right and obligation to carry out research within his/her academic field, including to contribute to, and develop the relevant research groups and strategic fields. He or she will be jointly responsible for academic matters together with academic as well as administrative staff in the Department. The Associate Professor is expected to adjust to changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at NTNU.

Qualification requirements

The position of Associate Professor requires university education at doctoral level in human geography and comprehensive research experience within innovation studies.

The position of Associate Professor requires PhD in human geography and a track record of internationally published research including works in innovation studies.

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).

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

  • ability to contribute constructively to a team
  • collegiality
  • 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 523.000,- 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 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:

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 Head of Department Per Arne Stavnås, email

or to Professor Gunhild Setten, email

Queries about the application process should be directed to the HR-section via email to Aaste Line Strand,

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: SU-373.

Deadline for applications: 13.12.2019

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

Department of Geography

We conduct research and teach in subject areas related to the major societal challenges of our time: climate change, migration, urbanization, economic transition and environmental threats. We have a robust fieldwork tradition, and our teaching activities are closely linked to our research. The Department of Geography is one of seven departments at the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

Employer: NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality: Trondheim
Scope: Fulltime
Duration: Permanent
Place of service: Dragvoll