Adjunct Professor in Research Linking Urban Form, Mobility and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Trondheim, Norway
Aug 13, 2020
End of advertisement period
Sep 25, 2020
Contract Type
Part Time

About the position

The Research Centre on Zero Energy Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (ZEN Research Centre) has a vacancy for an Adjunct Professor. The Adjunct Professor position has a full-time equivalence of 20% and has a fixed term of up to 2 years with the possibility of employment for further periods.

The ZEN Research Centre is a Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) funded by the Research Council of Norway and the consortium partners. The main objective of the ZEN Centre is to develop knowledge, competitive products and solutions that will lead to realization of sustainable buildings and neighbourhoods that have zero emissions of greenhouse gases related to their production, operation and transformation. The ZEN Centre ( is a follow-up of the Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings ( and is led by NTNU and SINTEF.

In order to proceed and supplement current research, ZEN would like to engage an adjunct professor / guest-professor with good knowledge in transportation / commuting / mobility linked to urban form. ZEN already conducts research on urban form and on modelling of greenhouse gas emissions. For this new position, we look for an experienced scholar to take part in planning, guiding and conducting research that bridges the themes urban form, amounts and shares of transport-/commuting-modes, and greenhouse gas emissions.

The position will be administratively located at the ZEN Centre, Department of Architecture and Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Further information about the Faculty is available at Information about NTNUs Thematic Strategic Areas is available at

You will report to ZEN Centre Director.

Duties of the position

Within the overall task of developing knowledge about how urban form can contribute to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from mobility, a series of research questions can be pointed out:

  • First, how do land use and explicit urban form variables, including accessibility- and proximity-measures, influence modes and amounts of mobility?
  • Second, what does this imply in terms of greenhouse gas emissions?
  • Third, leaning on research on the two questions above, how will or should transport patterns and transport modes be in the future and what recommendations can be made regarding
  • principles and layouts of urban form and street design for achieving a favourable development?
  • Can a focus on emissions from mobility provide new kinds of layouts while also cater for the other conditions required for neighbourhoods to be attractive and sustainable in a broad sense.

The candidate is expected to contribute to the development of knowledge related to these questions through guidance of MSc students, PhD candidates, and through collaboration with ZEN Centre partners and researchers. In addition, the candidate is expected to contribute to new national and international applications within this field of research, together with other ZEN Centre researchers.

Required selection criteria

The candidate should have experience in initiating, conducting and leading projects within, or closely linked to, one or several of these issues, preferably in combining more than one:

  • GIS-based analyses of urban form, accessibility and mobility
  • Methods and models for estimating amounts and modal shares of transport and commuting
  • Methods and models for estimating greenhouse gas emissions for different modes of mobility / transportation / commuting

English language fluency (spoken and written) is required. Since the work will include communication with stakeholders in the Norwegian ZEN Demonstration projects, communication skills in a Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish) is advantageous but not a condition.

The position of Professor within linking urban form, mobility and greenhouse gas emissions requires that you meet the criteria in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-2. 

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

  • Applicants with hands-on experience from municipal processes on development of new neighbourhoods and districts will be preferred
  • Candidates with experience from supervision of students and/or teaching experience from higher education will be preferred

Personal characteristics

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement. NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA

We offer 

The new position contributes to the interdisciplinary work in ZEN, particularly in Work Packages 1 and 6, and will work together with the research group in ZEN working on modelling and analysing topological properties of urban space. Based on GIS-models including street-networks, topography, land-use, building-layouts, and population data, ZEN has developed spatial indicators mapping potentials for urban environment to be attractive places to live and work and where daily life can be handled by sustainable modes of transport. The latter has implied paying particular attention to walkability and bikeability. The spatial indicators can be applied to compare likely effects of alternative urban development proposals. Besides providing methods and data useful for research within ZEN, the studies include visualization-methods making the results easily accessible for multiple disciplines working on planning and design on neighbourhood- and city-scale.

In addition to this position ZEN will recruit a candidate for a PhD-project linking urban form, mobility and emissions. The adjunct professor will be invited to be co-supervisor of this PhD-project. This should be an opportunity for the candidate to contribute directly in research.

Salary and conditions

In a position as Professor (code 1013) you will normally be remunerated from gross NOK 691 000- to NOK 740 900 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 (Departments to choose from the following):

  • 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
  • Cover letter/research plan stating how the candidate can contribute to the research activities of the ZEN Research Centre
  • 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.

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 XXX, telephone XXX, email xxx. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact xxx, e-mail: XXX

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: xxx.

Application deadline: 25.09.2020

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.

Faculty of Architecture and Design

The Faculty of Architecture and Design conducts research and teaching in design, art, architecture, urban and regional planning, real estate development and facilities management, as well as traditional building crafts.The Faculty consists of four departments and a Faculty administration.

Deadline 25th September 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fixed percentage
Duration Temporary
Jobbnorge ID 191143