Associate Professor in Urban Development Planning

Trondheim, Norway
Feb 19, 2021
End of advertisement period
Mar 31, 2021
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Architecture and Planning (IAP) is seeking a candidate for a position as Associate Professor in Urban Development Planning with special emphasis on engaging actively with the Sustainable Development Goals in the context of uncertainty preferably in the Global South.

The Department has a national role and responsibility for teaching and research in architecture, planning (nationally and in the Global South), real estate and facilities management with a wide range of expertise at a high international level. Our responsibility for teaching is primarily for the study programs in architecture, physical planning, urban ecological planning, real estate and facilities management.

Knowledge development at IAP takes place in the intersection between physical environment, art, aesthetics, policy and economy and where the understanding of architecture and urban planning, spatial dimensions, quality of space, material and social relationships are central. IAP sees this combination of perspectives as an asset which allows the department to operate in a large interdisciplinary spectrum of knowledge development.

The Associate Professor will be part of the group in Urban Ecological Planning and the successful candidate for this position will mainly contribute to strengthening and complementing our research in the key area of urban planning in the context of uncertainty.

Urban Ecological Planning is a two-year international master’s program that focusses on enabling students to develop skills and knowledge to address complex urban issues in rapidly changing social, cultural, political and environmental contexts. The program stresses approach to strategic spatial change, with a specific focus on participatory, inclusive and developmental planning practice.

Increasing uncertainty in urban planning due to extreme weather events related to climate change, migration, economic unrest, global pandemics, conflict, other natural and manmade disasters cause conditions that need new approaches to planning, especially in resource constrained and weak institutional contexts that are already riddled with coping with existing vulnerabilities. Urban planning and development approaches that are more adaptive and resilient to uncertainties are the need of the hour. Testing and further development of such approaches in various contexts, with a focus on addressing the existing vulnerabilities as well as bringing about positive change is necessary. Inclusive urban processes, democratic decentralisation and addressing the needs of marginalised groups will be key to the success of such approaches.

These approaches are relevant in a wide range of issues within the domain of urban planning and development including housing, land use and infrastructure planning, regional natural resource planning, long term humanitarian responses, addressing the needs of the urban poor and marginalised etc. The position is aimed at strengthening the Department’s research and teaching in this field, across disciplinary groups within and outside of the Department.

The successful candidate will be associated primarily with the group in Urban Ecological Planning with obligation to teach and research with colleagues in other study programs such as Physical Planning and Architecture.

The successful candidate will report to the Head of Department at the Department of Architecture and planning.

Duties of the position

  • The position will have specific responsibility for teaching in the study programs in Urban Ecological Planning and Physical Planning at the Department and research in the field of urban planning in the context of uncertainty.
  • The successful applicant will be expected to both deliver and develop high-quality teaching at postgraduate level and undertake supervision of master’s and doctoral candidates. Example of relevant courses to teach are Urban Contingency Practice and Planning.
  • It is expected that the successful applicant will initiate new research programs and engage extensively in applications for external research funding, e.g. from the Research Council of Norway, DIKU, European research and educational agencies, the industry sector, and other available resources.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to further reinforce the practice-based approach to teaching and research in the Urban Ecological Planning study program.
  • The position also includes administrative work related to managing teaching and research and running the department.
  • Candidates that have previous leadership experience in academia may be considered for such roles in the study program.

Required selection criteria

The position of Associate Professor within Urban Development Planning 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 the field of urban planning or equivalent
  • Experience within the field of uncertainty and the built environment through research and teaching
  • International work experience in research and/or teaching or development practice, preferably in the Global South
  • Proficiency in English

Pedagogical skills and qualifications will be emphasized. 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

  • Educational background in urban planning, architecture and geography is preferred but candidates with relevant background in other social sciences combined with a relevant research and teaching experience are also welcome to apply
  • International work experience in research and/or teaching or development practice, preferably in the Global South
  • Applicants with teaching experience from higher education will be preferred.
  • Research experience demonstrated through writing applications, research projects and publication activity will be an added advantage.
  • Cooperation between research and practical experience demonstrated through work in an international context in urban development and/or humanitarian agency is desirable.

Personal characteristics

  • A spirit of social engagement and commitment to equitable development for all and a value-based approach to professional practice
  • The candidate should be able to demonstrate a developing research portfolio and should be interested in expanding it in collaboration with colleagues
  • Ability to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural environments
  • Sense of responsibility and willingness to take leadership role in the study program
  • Interest in interdisciplinary teaching and research
  • Ability to work independently and in close collaboration with colleagues

We offer 

Salary and conditions

In a position as Associate Professor (code 1011) you will normally be remunerated from gross NOK 526 000,- to NOK 694 400,- 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 reside in Trondheim and are accessible to the institution during core working hours.

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.. The evaluation of pedagogical qualifications will be based on documented material related to teaching, the form of presentation of academic works, experience in supervision, tutoring, and teaching of doctoral and Master's degree students, as well as other types of pedagogical backgrounds. Quality and breadth will be evaluated. For evaluating of pedagogical skills, relevant candidates will be invited to pedagogical interviews and trials.

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 Head of Department Lise L. N. Linge, telephone +47 464 21 672, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Advicor: Olav B. Wist, +47 415 10 150, 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. 

Application deadline: 31.03.2021

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 Architecture and Planning

Our fields of expertise are architecture, urban design, physical and urban ecological planning, Smart Cities as well as real estate development and facilities management. We also work with ambient aesthetics, land use and transport planning, urban renewal, densification and urban redevelopment, as well as urban ecological planning in lower income countries. The Department of Architecture and Planning is one of four departments in the Faculty of Architecture and Design

Deadline 31st March 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service NTNU Gløshaugen