Associate Professor in Modern/Contemporary English-Language Literature

Trondheim, Norway
Sep 20, 2021
End of advertisement period
Oct 15, 2021
HF 19-005
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

A full-time, permanent position as Associate Professor in modern/contemporary English-language literature is available with the English section of the Department of Language and Literature (ISL), NTNU, with an anticipated start date of 1 January 2020. The English section currently has 21 permanent employees within three broad areas of specialization linguistics, literature, and cultural studies of which six are permanent staff in literature studies.  The literature group of the section is actively engaged in individual and collaborative research projects, and is involved in local and wider networks which cross disciplinary and linguistic boundaries.  It offers Bachelor, Master’s, and PhD education in campus-based programs, and offers continuing education credits in an active distance program. Both campus and distance programs are grounded in research-based teaching.

Currently, literature studies within the English section concentrate primarily on British 18th - and 19th-century literature and culture, and North American 19th- through 21st-century literature and culture, with an emphasis on book history and print culture; digital humanities; environmental humanities; transnational studies, rights, and migration; gender studies and critical theory; adaptation studies; theater history; life writing; speculative fiction; poetry; and archival work and development of the archive.

A broad spectrum of students pursue literary studies in Trondheim, with a significant number following the 5-year Language studies with Teacher Education Program.  The themes and issues addressed within Anglophone literature play an important role in the national teaching plan for English at the secondary school level.  The literature courses are also part of the English 1-year (årsstudium), BA, and Master’s degree programs, as well as the European Studies programs.


It is expected that the employee will

  • pursue research within the discipline and publish regularly in respected international outlets.
  • teach and supervise in relevant courses at all levels, both within the regular and teacher training programs and EVU (distance and continuing education) offering.  While most of the teaching may be research based, the employee must be prepared to teach and supervise outside of his/her research area.
  • participate in exam work as well as administrative assignments.
  • contribute actively to student recruitment and program quality development.
  • lead and initiate research, pursue research supervision, and work actively to establish externally financed research projects.

The language of teaching and supervision for this position is English.  Administration in the department is predominantly conducted in Norwegian.

Required qualifications 

  • a PhD in a relevant area of modern/contemporary English-language literature;
  • an active research profile and well-developed plans for future projects and possible collaborations;
  • a track record of publications (in print or under contract) in international, refereed venues;
  • experience in designing and delivering research-based and survey courses in Anglophone literature;
  • excellent competence in oral and written English.

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. 

Qualifications which are desirable (in no particular order)

  • advanced pedagogical experience, including curriculum development, supervision at graduate   levels, development of new teaching methods, and working in both campus and online/distance education courses;
  • active involvement in externally funded research projects
  • a record of administrative service;
  • ability and experience with interdisciplinary work;
  • experience of public engagement and outreach;
  • knowledge of the role of English in the Norwegian education system and society.

All applications should explicitly address the above criteria in their cover letter (see Application Requirements below).  Candidates with a research and teaching record within areas of particular relevance to the research of the department and the teaching portfolio of the section will be preferred.  The candidate's own personal suitability, ability to work well with others and to contribute to an inclusive work environment, and sense of motivation for the position will also be considered.

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Application Requirements

The application will be submitted electronically via Jobbnorge, and marked with the position code “HF 19-005.”

NB!  Applications which are not submitted via Jobbnorge or which are submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • a CV, including names and contact information for 3 referees;
  • a cover letter in which you explicitly address the criteria in the “Candidate Requirements” section of this advertisement;
  • a document containing a complete list of publications.  In this document, you should also indicate a maximum of 5 scholarly works which you believe to be most relevant to your application.  Forthcoming publications and PhD chapters will be considered.  Collaborative work will also be considered.  If it is difficult for a reader to identify your input in the collaborative work, a short summary of your contribution to the work should be included.
  • a 1-2 page document detailing your personal teaching philosophy;
  • a document in which you specify your pedagogical qualifications and competence.  Please address the points noted in “Documentation of an applicant’s pedagogical qualifications” at  Note that the range of demonstrated pedagogical skills—both breadth and depth—will be considered.  The evaluation of these skills will be based on documented pedagogical material, including pedagogical education and/or training, the presentation of relevant academic work, experience from supervising master students and doctoral candidates, and teaching experience, along with other relevant pedagogical qualifications. Teaching evaluations should also be included in this document. Questions regarding these items may be addressed to the Faculty’s administrative advisor, Hege Tverå Nilsson (
  • a 1-page outline of a possible research project proposal to the Research Council of Norway (
  • certificates and diplomas; and
  • any other relevant information.

Do NOT attach academic works to your application.

Application Process

The application process consists of three stages: 

  1. initial evaluation of submitted applications, leading, in the case of certain candidates*, to a committee request for copies of academic publications;
  2. committee evaluation of applications and academic publications, summarized in a report of candidates’ qualifications;
  3. following the advice of a second committee, the holding of interviews and evaluative trial lectures (if required).

*After the initial deadline, shortlisted applications will be forwarded on to Stage 2 of the evaluative process. All candidates will receive feedback at the end of Stage 1, irrespective of the success of their applications.

Applicants who progress to Stage 2 will be invited to submit a body of academic work that is perceived to be important for the competency committee’s evaluation. It will be possible to submit up to 5 separate works. These works may comprise journal articles, book chapters, or excerpts from larger academic works (such as monograph chapters), as well as unpublished materials (such as PhD chapters).

At Stage 3, a short list of applicants will be invited to deliver trial teaching sessions, and to attend interviews.

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. 

Payment and working conditions

The position of Associate Professor (Førsteamanuensis), is remunerated based on the national salary scheme, with a minimum gross salary of NOK 490.900,-. The successful applicant will normally be remunerated by NOK 544.400 - NOK 607.700,- . Two percent of gross salary is deducted, and paid into the State Pension Scheme.

If the candidate does not have a formal qualification in pedagogy, s/he will be required to take an approved course in university pedagogy within two years of employment.  NTNU offers one such appropriate course.  If the candidate has extensive pedagogical competence that can be documented, exemption from such a course might be obtained in some instances.

It is expected that the employee will establish residency such that s/he can attend work on a daily basis.

It is expected that a new employee who is not proficient in a Scandinavian language will, within three years of employment, be able to demonstrate knowledge of Norwegian, or another Scandinavian language, on a par with Level 3 of the “Norwegian for Foreigners” study program within the Department of Language and Literature.  Time will be allocated in the workplan of a new employee to attend the “Norwegian for Foreigners” course.

Employment will be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The public workforce will, to the greatest extent possible, reflect society’s diversity in terms of age, sex, disability, ethnic background, and sexuality and gender identity, among others. We therefore welcome applications from qualified individuals with various backgrounds and life experiences. 

Note that applicants who request confidential treatment for their application do not have the absolute right to such treatment. If the request is refused, the applicant will be notified and given the opportunity to withdraw the application.

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.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to English section coordinator Rhonna Robbins-Sponaas (, or Department head Annlaug Bjørsnøs ( For questions concerning the application process itself, please contact Kristian Arne Iversen HR-Consultant with the Faculty of the Humanities (

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: 15.10.2021

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Department of Language and Literature

We conduct research and teaching in comparative literature, English, French, Spanish, German, Scandinavian studies, linguistics, phonetics, applied linguistics, sign language and interpreting, and cultural history. We are also responsible for the five-year master’s programmes in teacher education (lektorutdanning) in language subjects. The Department has an active research environment with responsibility for several large research projects. The Department of Language and Literature is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Humanities.

Deadline 15th October 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service