Professor in Social Studies of Science and Technology

Dragvoll , Norway
Tuesday, 3 July 2018
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
HF 18-038
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time

We hereby advertise a permanent position as Professor (100 % position) in social studies of science and technology (STS) at Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture (KULT), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

About the department

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture is part of Faculty of Humanities at NTNU and localised at Dragvoll in Trondheim. The department has 21 permanent scientific positions and presently, 29 research fellows, postdocs, and temporary researchers. We are engaged in research and teaching within two fields: Gender studies and social studies of science and technology. We offer courses at all levels, including PhD. The department has a high level of research activity with a high proportion of external funding. More information about the department may be found at

Faculty employed within social studies of science and technology are engaged in teaching, research and outreach, focusing on a broad spectrum of social challenges. We are in particular engaged with sustainable energy, climate-related transitions, transport, research policy, digitalization, knowledge utilisation, and feminist technoscience. This implies a focus on studies of sustainability transitions, research and innovation, political processes, governance and public administration, and public engagement and democratic participation.

Relevant tasks for the successful applicant

  • Teaching at bachelor, master and PhD levels.
  • Supervising master and PhD students.
  • Participating in implementing the teaching plan of the department according to existing curriculum.
  • Research and research management, including tasks related to the department’s participation in Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies (CenSES) and possible new similar initiatives related to energy and climate change issues.
  • Acquisition and management of externally funded research projects.
  • Participating in and further develop relevant national and international networks.
  • Participating in administrative duties at the department.

The work obligation will be split about equally between research and teaching after necessary administrative work is subtracted.

Applicants must have:

  • PhD in social studies of science and technology (STS) and a good overview of main theoretical approaches within social studies of science and technology.
  • Broad and excellent experience from research, teaching and outreach related to social studies of science and technology. This includes in-depth knowledge of and comprehensive experience from employing qualitative research methods. In particular, documented first-rate research competence from social studies of energy and climate change issues.
  • A passion for teaching and the ability to inspire and communicate well with students.
  • Documented, strong pedagogical competence and didactic skills in university education. This evaluation will be based on documented pedagogical education, experience from supervising PhD and/or master’s candidates, and other teaching and pedagogical experience. Any person employed without formal university pedagogical qualifications or other documented equivalent qualifications will be required to attend and complete a course in university pedagogics within two years. NTNU offers such courses. For further information, see:  
  • Very good collaboration skills and interest in and experience from teamwork and interdisciplinary research.
  • Documented, comprehensive experience from grant application efforts towards research councils and the EU.
  • Documented successful experience from research leadership, including project management.

The following aspects will be particularly emphasised in the evaluation:

  • The quality and relevance of the scholarly publications.
  • Publications in international journals and with presses with peer review.
  • The level of publication activity during the last five years.
  • High level skills and strong motivation with respect to teaching and supervision.
  • Ability to and interest in initiating new research projects and similar, more comprehensive activities, like participation in research centres and researcher networks.
  • Motivation for and ambitions with respect to academic work in social studies of science and technology.
  • Sufficient high quality scholarly competence with respect to studies of energy and climate change issues and documented experience from research leadership to exercise research leadership within the department’s prioritised activities, including participation in existing and future centres linked to national and international research priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and personal suitability.
  • Working knowledge of (good ability to speak and read) Norwegian, Danish and/or Swedish is considered an important advantage because this is significant to be able to fulfil the tasks of the advertised position, like teaching, supervision and academic service work.
  • Strong knowledge of English, oral as well as written.


The application must be sent electronically through the website Jobbnorge (, and be marked with the file number for the position (HF 18-038).

The application must include:

  • An application letter outlining your motivation for the position, including the name and contact information of 3 reference persons. 
  • CV and authorized documentation of certificates and study records
  • A brief (3-5 pages) description of the applicant’s intellectual profile with a commented overview of the scholarly work that s/he considers most significant and wants to submit for the evaluation. The description should include, but does not need to be limited to, the up to 10 scholarly publications that may be submitted for the evaluation (see below). Co-authored work will be part of the evaluation. However, applicants must enclose a short description of her/his contribution.
  • A list of all publications with bibliographical reference.
  • Documentation and account of the applicant’s pedagogical qualifications according to "Dokumentasjon av søkers pedagogiske kvalifikasjoner ved tilsetting i vitenskapelig stilling ved NTNU", downloadable from
  • A teaching philosophy statement (one-page).

Please note: Applications that are not sent through Jobbnorge and/or are sent after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration


Scholarly publications shall NOT be attached to the application. After the application deadline, selected applicants will be nominated for further evaluation. All applicants will be notified if they are nominated or not.

Nominated applicants will be invited to submit a selection of their scholarly work, which they consider important for the expert evaluation committee’s assessment of academic qualifications. It will be possible to submit 5 copies of up to 7 – 10 publications, of which no more than one can be a monograph. It will be possible to submit extracts from larger scholarly publications as well as unpublished work as part of the 7-10 publications.

The publications submitted for the assessment should be sent by email to case handler Hege Tverå Nilsson, e-mail:

The best candidates will be invited to deliver a trial lecture and attend an interview at the department.

Regulations and salary

The position of Professor is remunerated based on the national salary scheme, with a minimum gross salary of NOK 517.700,-. The successful applicant will normally be remunerated by NOK 673.800 – NOK 792.700,-. Two percent of gross salary is deducted and paid into the State Pension Scheme.

Primary residence in Trondheim is a prerequisite. The place of work will be Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture. We aim at an appointment date of January, 2019.

Newly employed staff in academic positions who are not already fluent in a Scandinavian language, must within three years obtain knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language at an equivalent standard to level three in the "Norwegian for Foreigners" courses provided by the Department of Language and Literature. The University will make it possible for the person appointed to attend such a course.

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning Government Employees and Civil Servants.

It is policy within the state sector that employees should come from backgrounds that reflect as fully as possible the diversity of the population at large. The state has accordingly set the goal of a workforce whose composition reflects that of the population at large with regard to age and gender.

You may request to have your name withheld from public access. If you wish to do so, you are required to explain why your application should be treated as confidential. If you request that your name be withheld from public access, your request will be considered in relation to the Open File Act § 25. If your request is denied, you will be so informed and you will be given the opportunity to withdraw your application.

Further information

Further information about the position may be obtained from Head of department, Professor Margrethe Aune, phone +47 73 59 18 98, e-mail:

Questions regarding the application process should be directed at the case handler at the Faculty of Humanities Hege Tverå Nilsson, e-mail:

Application deadline:  August 15, 2018

About this job

  • Deadline Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service NTNU Dragvoll
  • Jobbnorge ID 155158
  • Internal ID HF18-038
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Permanent

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