Professor/Associate Professor in Digitalization of Construction Processes

Trondheim, Norway
Monday, 19 April 2021
End of advertisement period
Friday, 30 April 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

At Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, there is a vacancy for a permanent position as Professor or Associate Professor in Digitalization of construction processes. The position is related to different aspects of digitalization of the construction process such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), digital twins, machine learning, artificial intelligence applied in the entire lifecycle of all types of buildings and constructions. The position shall contribute to the department’s joint effort to the green shift in built environment through digitalization.

The position is part of the research group Building process, where teaching and research within digital processes is crucial. NTNU has significant investments in digitalization and sustainable solutions, both as separate fields and as an integrated part of established and new professional disciplines.

The position will cover research and teaching within how to benefit from digitalization in construction processes and how this may improve effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability in the construction industry. Currently the research group is doing research on different aspects of front-end management, design management, construction management and facility management. We have a large-scale continuing education program on Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) for the Norwegian construction industry. The research group is responsible for the Department’s BIM Laboratory.

The strategy of the department has a focus on how our research and education contribute to the green shift in the built environment.

You will report to the Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • teaching, life-long learning and supervision at Ph.D., Master and Bachelor level according to needs of the research group.
  • initiate and implement research both within digitalization related to the fields of the research group and in interdisciplinary communities, both internally and externally
  • strategic and operational development of the Department’s BIM laboratory facilities.
  • participate in development of the Department's professional competence and professional activities, including the field of continuing education
  • extensive use of online solutions and digital technology as important elements in research projects, teaching and in the dissemination of knowledge.

Required selection criteria


The position of Professor within Digitalization of construction processes requires that you meet the criteria in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-2. 

Associate Professor:

The position of Associate Professor within the field of BIM, digital process and engineering in connection to any part of the lifecycle and built environment requires that you meet the criteria in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-4. 


  • your PhD, or academic work of the same scope and quality must be within construction processes in built environment and computer science related to the construction industry.
  • you must have recent scientific and/or artistic works mainly in the field of digitalization of the construction process related to planning, design and/or construction.
  • you must document the ability to conduct scientific work, the greatest emphasis is placed on works in the last five years excluding statutory leave
  • you must have knowledge of relevant regulations for the construction industry nationally and/or the harmonised European regulations for the construction sector
  • you must have good written and oral English language skills

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

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

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.

Preferred selection criteria

  • expertise and/or experience in construction and construction processes
  • expertise and/or experience with digital processes and tools within the construction industry
  • international network in academia and/or in the construction industry
  • good written and oral knowledge in at least one Scandinavian language

Personal characteristics

  • good communication and dissemination capabilities
  • innovative, development-oriented and initiative-oriented
  • ability to work organizationally and goal oriented.
  • independent, but team-oriented and cooperative.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

In a position as Professor (code 1013) you will normally be remunerated from gross NOK 620 000 to NOK 980 000 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. In a position as Associate Professor (code 1011) you will normally be remunerated from gross NOK 550 000 to NOK 770 000 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:

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.

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 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.

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 Associate Professor Olav Torp, telephone +47 934 22 673, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Tone Måsøval Arntzen, 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-84/21

Application deadline: 30.04.2021  

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 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.

Deadline 30th April 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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