Associate Professor in Solar Design and Building Performance Simulation

Trondheim, Norway
Oct 03, 2019
End of advertisement period
Oct 16, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

At Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, there is a vacancy for an Associate Professor in Solar design and building performance simulation.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has at present 26 professors and adjunct professors, 18 in other academic positions and 90 research fellows

The Department has responsibility for the following disciplines: Water and Wastewater, Building and Construction, Marin Civil Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Roads Transport and Geomatics, Geotechnical Engineering and Bachelor in Civil Engineering, see

The position reports to Associate Professor Olav Torp.

Main duties and responsibilities

This position covers a special responsibility for teaching and research activities within the areas of sustainable and high performance buildings and urban districts with a special focus on solar design and environmental physics. Solar design includes especially exploitation/optimization of solar energy in buildings and districts and related energy aspects, but also other related aspects such as outdoor thermal comfort, influence on microclimate, solar shading and daylight conditions are important.

  • It is expected that the applicant is able to cover the span from the microclimate on the building surface to district and city level.
  • The research focus will extend from high-performance building concepts (e.g. zero emission building) with new and high-performing envelopes exploiting solar energy (e.g. BIPV, BAPV) to urban scale concepts such as smart districts and cities.
  • The topic holistically integrate knowledge about outdoor climate, energy use, building physics, renewable energy production, design and use of PV, building technology, building systems and embodied energy (life cycle assessment) - and competence/knowledge in several of these topics are important.
  • Experience and knowledge of building energy simulation tools, parametric modelling and design software and solar analysis tools is a requirement.
  • Knowledge of building information modelling (BIM) and coupling this to the above mentioned topics in advanced analysis is an advantage.
  • It is expected that the applicant has good thermophysical and mathematical knowledge and analytical skills. Experience with programming languages and generic computational tools is an advantage.
  • The Associate Professor is responsible of teaching in the field of Building and Construction Engineering. In particular he/she will according to competence be responsible for teaching in some of the courses like: Building Physics, Building Technology, Building Performance Simulation and Building and Material Engineering and to give PhD courses in the field.

Qualification requirements

Associate Professor:

The position of Associate Professor requires university education at doctoral level in Building Engineering and demonstrable scientific competence at least at doctoral level is required 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 is placed on academic work during the past five years, excluding statutory leave (depending on the disciplinary tradition).

Other requirements:

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.

Due to teaching at undergraduate level it is a prerequisite that the applicant has knowledge in Norwegian or a 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

  • Honesty and high ethical standards
  • Contributes actively to a good working environment
  • Good communication skills
  • Good ability to work in a project team

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 Associated Professor code 1011 is normally from NOK 524 200 - 893 900 before tax 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 criterias 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:

  • 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 taken into account in the assessment
  • Name and address of three referees
  • Research plan
  • 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.

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 Professor Stig Geving, telephone +47 97650619, email

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: IV-234/19

Deadline for applications: 16.10.2019

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 16th October 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering