Associate Professor/ Professor within Energy Storage for Future Energy Systems

Trondheim, Norway
Thursday, 9 July 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 23 August 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We are looking for an Associate Professor or Professor within the field of energy storage for future energy systems at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering (EPT), at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The position will be based within the Sustainable Energy Systems research group, which is one of four research groups within EPT.

Based on current trends, sustainable future energy systems will provide more electrical energy than chemical energy, compared to energy systems of the past. A major challenge in the supply of
sustainable energy for future cities and smart energy societies is efficient and adaptive energy storage systems. The Sustainable Energy Systems Research Group wishes to strengthen its research and teaching activities in renewable energy systems, energy storage, and energy for zero emission communities. We are therefore looking for enthusiastic and internationally ambitious candidates to conduct research in energy storage for future energy systems. As the energy landscape is constantly shifting, we are looking for candidates who can show originality and flexibility in their research and adapt to new research developments and the funding environment. The candidate should have the ambition to develop their own internationally competitive research portfolio as well as being proactive in collaborating with other members of the Sustainable Energy Systems research group.

About the Sustainable Energy Systems group:

The SES research group covers a wide range of topic within the field of energy storage for future energy systems, including hydrogen systems, hydrogen for e-fuels, lithium ion battery systems and battery cell production, energy flow cells, energy systems of buildings, and district heating.

Currently, research activities in relation to energy storage are hydrogen systems, hydrogen in synthetic fuel production, battery systems, battery production processing, and district heating
systems. The group is also responsible for Bachelor and Masters level teaching across a wide range of subjects, e.g. renewable energy, energy storage, sustainable energy, energy in the built
environment, thermodynamics, mechanical engineering, and the successful candidate will be expected to undertake teaching commitments.

The professors in the research group report to head of department.

Duties of the position

  • Develop an internationally recognized research track record through publication in high impact journals and participation at international conferences.
  • Attract research funding through applications to national and international funding bodies, as well as manage research projects.
  • Supervision of PhD and postdoctoral fellowships.
  • Teaching courses related to the Bachelor and Master engineering programmes within mechanical engineering, energy in buildings, sustainable energy systems, renewable energy, and future energy.
  • Supervision of Bachelor and Master student theses within the built environment or renewable energy.

Required selection criteria


The position of Professor requires university education at doctoral level in the field and demonstrable academic excellence in the relevant subject area. The applicant’s research must be documented and of high, international quality, showing both breadth and depth. Research activity and output must demonstrate an independent research profile and the ability to take up new research issues. Continuous research activity is a prerequisite for professorial positions. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized international journals within the subject area. The greatest emphasis is placed on academic work undertaken during the past five years, excluding statutory leave. Emphasis will be placed on ability and experience in initiating and leading research and development of the field of area, and in obtaining external funding for research. Emphasis will also be placed on a documented commitment to teaching, development of teaching materials, and supervision of students at all levels.

Associate Professor:

The position of Associate Professor requires university education at doctoral level in the field and demonstrable academic excellence in the relevant subject area. Emphasis will be placed on ability and experience in initiating and leading research in the subject area. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized international journals within the subject area. Particular focus will be placed on academic work during the past five years, excluding statutory leave.

In addition to formal qualifications in teaching at university level, you must document

  • development in teaching and counselling of students
  • supervision experience at the master / PhD level
  • participation in the development of educational quality in a work environment

Associate and full professor:

In the assessment of the best-qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position. You will be expected to deliver high-quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and undertake supervision of Bachelor,  Master, 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.

You must document relevant basic competence for teaching and supervision at university/higher education-level, ref. Regulations. If this cannot be documented, you are required to complete an approved course in university teaching within two years of commencement. NTNU offers qualifying courses. 

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.

Selection criteria

We will favour applicants with:

  • an excellent publication track record in relevant area(s)
  • experience in writing and achieving research grants and ability to attract external funding
  • teaching experience from higher education.
  • international experience and an international network
  • postdoctoral or university researcher experience
  • research independence and originality

Personal characteristics

  • Team player
  • Solution oriented
  • Dedicated
  • Motivated to make impacts within their fields
  • Diverse language background, or Scandinavian language, as a mean to demonstrate ability to adopt Norwegian language for teaching within the first two years after starting.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

In a position as Associate Professor (code 1011) you will normally be remunerated from gross NOK 600 000 to NOK 900 000 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. In a position as Professor (code 1013) you will normally be remunerated from gross NOK 700 000 to NOK 1 000 000 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.

It is a prerequisite that you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

Application Process

You can find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation must be in English

Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline.  You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

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 considered in the assessment
  • Name and address of three referees
  • Research vision of up to five pages
  • 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.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA. This means that we pay special attention to the quality and professional breadth of these works. We also consider experience from research management and participation in research projects. We place great emphasis on your scientific work from the last five years.

Your application will be considered by an expert committee and the most suitable applicants will be invited to interview and to deliver a lecture.

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.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants. 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Odne Burheim, telephone 91707856, e-mail: If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Guro Hoel Sjøberg, e-mail:

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with reference number: IV-162/20.

Application deadline: 23.08.2020. 

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.

Department of Energy and Process Engineering

We conduct research and teaching covering the entire energy chain, from resources to the end-user. We look at how energy is produced and used by humans and machines in a sustainable way with regard to health, climate change and the resource base. The Department of Energy and Process Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 23rd August 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Trondheim, Norway