Associate Professor in Science Education, Science Didactics

Trondheim, Norway
14 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Oct 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of Teacher Education has around 360 members of staff, and near 4000 students. The department offers a complete degree programme that qualifies students for teaching positions in all subjects and stages of Norwegian primary and secondary education. The department also offers a wide range of continuing education and in-service courses for teachers and school leaders, and has a separate bachelor programme in archive and collection management. Many courses are offered in collaboration with other departments at NTNU. The Norwegian Centre for Mathematics Education and The Norwegian Centre for Writing Education and Research are part of the Department of Teacher Education. NTNU and The Department of Teacher Education host The Norwegian National Research School in Teacher Education (NAFOL) and have their own PhD programme in Research with focus on Teacher Education and School Practice. Members of the department carry out a wide range of school and education based research projects.

The Department of Teacher Education is announcing a permanent full-time position as Associate Professor in Science Education (Science Didactics).


  • Teaching according to current study programmes, participation in further development of teaching. Probable teaching duties for this position is the master programme in science education, science didactics within teacher training programmes and master programmes in science didactics for primary and lower secondary school.
  • Research within relevant area, initiate research and application processes. 
  • Administrative tasks. 
  • Academic responsibilities in collaboration with the section members. 
  • Supervising master and PhD students.

The successful candidates are obliged to follow the regulations that concern changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at NTNU.


  • PhD in science education or similar. 
  • Teaching experience from university, primary or secondary school is considered a valued qualification and likewise is knowledge of Norwegian school and school systems. 
  • To be considered for appointment, candidates must document university pedagogical qualifications. Candidates without such qualifications will be required to complete a training course within two years of employment. Uniped at NTNU offers such courses. For further information see:
  • Practical pedagogic education or training is desirable 
  • In addition to the formal academic qualification, the candidate’s personal skills, enthusiasm for teaching students, and the ability to work constructively and effectively as part of a team are crucial in the assessment of the successful candidate. 

Scientific work which is relevant to schools and/or teacher education will be emphasized in the assessment. Applicants with documented ability to publish in recognized international scientific journals within their specialist area will be prioritized. Scientific work from the past five years will be given particular weight. The ability to initiate and lead research and development will also be emphasized.

Pedagogical skills and qualifications will be emphasized. The assessment will be based on documented teaching material, the form and quality of the scientific work, teaching experience, supervision of master and doctoral students, and other pedagogical experience. Quality and breadth will also be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview and will be asked to prepare a short lecture intended for a student audience.

Salary, terms and conditions:

Salary for Associate Professor (Førsteamanuensis): Salary Code 1011, starting salary min. NOK 515 200. The successful candidate will normally be paid between NOK 515 200 to 713 600 per year depending on qualifications.

Terms and conditions of the position are subject to the current Acts and Regulations for Norwegian State Employees.

The successful candidate is required to live within commuting distance from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

Total work distribution will be divided between research, teaching and administration. The division between the different areas will vary, but over time, research and teaching will be equally distributed.

Employees 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 at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU. The University provides such courses.


The candidate must submit the following within the application deadline. These documents must be posted electronically via

  • A cover letter/application
  • A complete CV 
  • Digital copies of relevant diplomas and certificates 
  • No more than 5 academic papers
  • A brief description of the candidate’s most important academic papers that the evaluation committee should focus on specifically in their assessment.

Joint work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a join piece of work, applicants should enclose a short descriptive summary of what he/she contributed to the work.

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology wishes to promote equal opportunities in all its employment practices. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Information about the applicants may be open to public inspection according to the Freedom of Information Act.

Further information about the positions is available by contacting head of science section John Magne Grindeland phone 73559877 or head of department Torberg Falch phone 99393691.

Queries about the application process should be directed to the HR-section via email to Aaste Line Strand

The application and attachments should be sent electronically via Relevant diplomas and certificates should also be posted electronically. Certified copies of diplomas and certificates will be required from candidates who are invited for an interview. Please mark the application with this code: SU-220.

Application deadline: October 12th 2018


  • Deadline Friday, October 12, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Kalvskinnet
  • Jobbnorge ID 156720
  • Internal ID 2018/23241
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Permanent


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