Associate Professor within Digitalization in Structural Dynamics

Trondheim, Norway
Thursday, 2 December 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 2 January 2022
IV 262/21
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

The Structural Mechanics Group at the Department of Structural Engineering has an extensive activity within the dynamics of structures subjected to environmental and operational loads. The activities cover dynamics of structures subjected to wind and wave loading, dynamics of road and railway infrastructure subjected to traffic and operational loads and dynamics of buildings. The activity includes developing models for dynamic response predictions, modelling dynamic loads, structural monitoring, force identification and virtual sensing and structural health monitoring.

The position is established to strengthen the teaching and research within structural dynamics with a special emphasis on modelling structures subjected to environmental loading and the development of digital twins by combining finite element modelling and sensor inputs.

The position will be responsible for educational developments at all levels in the study programs that the department is involved in and shall contribute to ongoing and future research projects within structural dynamics in the research group.

We are looking for a candidate with expertise in structural dynamics, wind engineering, marine engineering, structural health monitoring and inverse modelling in structural dynamics. For more information, see our website.

You will report to the Head of Department.


Within education

  • Be responsible for and develop courses in basic mechanics given by the department.
  • Be responsible for and design courses in structural dynamics, including stochastic processes and random vibrations.
  • Supervising project and master students within structural mechanics
  • Development of digital learning resources

Within research

  • Develop models for force identification and virtual sensing within structural dynamics.
  • AI algorithms in structural dynamics and structural engineering.
  • Experience in design of monitoring systems, installation of monitoring systems, organization of measured data and data processing.
  • Operational modal analysis and finite element model updating of structures subjected to environmental and operational loads
  • Develop models for predicting the dynamic response of structures subjected to environmental loads.
  • Wind tunnel testing of bridge decks.

Required qualifications

You must have the qualifications required for the position of associate professor in the field of Structural dynamics, as outlined in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts 

  • Your PhD, or comparable academic work, must be within the field of dynamics of structures subjected to environmental loads.
  • Relevant academic fields include structural monitoring, structural health monitoring, force identification and virtual sensing.
  • Teaching experience in basic mechanics and structural dynamics.

You must document relevant basic competence in teaching and supervision at a university/higher education-level, as referenced in the Norwegian national Regulations. If this cannot be documented, you will be required to complete an approved course in university pedagogy within two years of commencement. NTNU offers qualifying courses.

New employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language by appointment is required, within three years, to demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three of the course for Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU. Excellent English both written and oral are also required.

Preferred qualifications

  • experience in supervising project and master students
  • capable of teaching in Norwegian
  • experience in structural monitoring
  • experience in force identification and virtual sensing
  • experience in operational modal analysis and finite element updating
  • experience in the dynamics of structures subjected to wind and wave loads
  • experience in wind tunnel testing of brides

Personal qualities

  • ability to work both independently and in teams
  • a high degree of autonomy
  • scientific maturity
  • curiosity and willingness to learn, to solve challenges and to share results

We offer

Salary and conditions

A position as Associate Professor (code 1011) will typically receive a gross salary of between NOK 525 000 to NOK 893 900 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. As required by law, 2% of this salary will be deducted and paid into the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Employment will be granted in accordance with the principles outlined in 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. Applicants should be aware that there may be changes in the working environment after employment has commenced.

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

Application Process

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

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About the application

Your application and supporting documentation must be in English.

Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified 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.

Your application must include:

  • CV, diplomas, and certificates
  • A teaching portfolio, in which your teaching competence is compiled and presented systematically, (See guidelines for applicants: Documentation of teaching qualifications in applications and appointments to academic positions at NTNU
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • A description of the academic/artistic works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be considered in the assessment
  • A list of your previous works, with details on where they have been published 
  • A research plan
  • Details of projects for which you have served as project manager, including information on financing, duration, and scope 
  • Name and address of three referees

Joint work will also be considered. If it is difficult to identify your specific input to a joint project, you must include evidence of your contributions.

While considering the best-qualified applicants, we will pay particular attention to personal qualities, your motivation for applying for the position, and your pedagogical skills and qualifications. Our assessment will be based on documented pedagogical material, forms of presentation in your academic works, teaching experience, PhD, and Masters supervision, and any other relevant pedagogical background. Both quality and scope will be taken into consideration.

NTNU is obliged by the evaluation criteria for research quality in accordance with The San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA. This means that we will pay particular attention to the quality and academic range demonstrated by your scientific work to date. We will also pay attention to research leadership and participation in research projects. Your scientific work from the last five years will be given the most weight.

Your application will be considered by a committee of experts. Candidates of interest will be invited to a trial lesson and an interview.

General information

NTNUs personell policy emphasizes the importance of equality and diversity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender, disability, or cultural background. NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions, and has a number of resources to promote equality.

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 continually maintain and improve your professional development and be flexible regarding any organizational changes.

In accordance with public law your name, age, job title, and county of residence may be made available to the public even if you have requested not to appear on the public list of applicants. For the sake of transparency, candidates will be given the expert evaluation of their own and other candidates. As an applicant you are considered part of the process and is stipulated to rules of confidentiality.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Head of Department Anders Rönnquist e-mail If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR-consultant Sunniva Martinsen Olsen, e-mail 

The application and all attachments should be submitted electronically via If you are invited for an interview, you must bring with you certified copies of all certificates and diplomas.

Application deadline: 02.01.2022

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 Structural Engineering

We teach mechanical engineering, engineering and ICT, and civil and environmental engineering. The Department conducts internationally leading research and participates in several large national research projects. The Department of Structural Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline: 2nd January 2022
Employer: NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality: Trondheim
Scope: Fulltime
Duration: Permanent
Place of service: Gløshaugen