Associate Professor in Didactics of Mathematics

Trondheim, Norway
14 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
02 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The position is a full-time permanent position affiliated with the Department of Mathematical Sciences at NTNU. The department is Norway’s largest university environment in mathematical sciences with 75 permanent staff members and about 90 doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.

The main research areas in the department are algebra, analysis, differential equations and numerical analysis, geometry and topology, statistics, and didactics of mathematics. With this announcement, the department is interested in strengthening the research in didactics of mathematics. In particular, the department wishes to strengthen the research activity associated with teaching and learning of mathematics in higher education.

The department has a wide range of teaching responsibilities. This includes all basic education in mathematical sciences for engineering and natural science students, Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in Mathematical Sciences, and a special Master’s programme in Industrial Mathematics for engineering students. The department also plays a central role in a Master’s programme for education of secondary school mathematics and science teachers.

Work description

The associate professor is expected to focus on basic aspects of educational research within mathematics. In particular, the department wishes to strengthen the research activity associated with teaching and learning of mathematics in higher education. Experience with quantitative research methods will be an advantage.

The associate professor is expected to play a leading role in research-based education within mathematical sciences in cooperation with the existing staff. She or he will in particular be expected to be responsible for the advanced courses in Didactics of Mathematics in the Master’s programme for secondary school mathematics and science teachers, and to be actively involved in NTNU’s programme for continuing education in mathematics for teachers, in collaboration with the Department for Teacher Education.

The associate professor should also contribute to teaching regular mathematics/statistics courses at bachelor level. Given the department’s important role in teaching all basic courses in mathematics and statistics for engineering students, active involvement in research and development projects to further improve these education activities is expected.  

The research activities of the department have a strong international profile and impact. The associate professor is therefore expected to contribute to creating international alliances and collaboration by initiating and taking part in national and international research projects. Interdisciplinary collaboration and interaction with other departments at NTNU are strongly encouraged.

The research activities of the department rely crucially on external funding, and the development of educational programmes may also receive external funding. The associate professor is expected to work actively to acquire research grants and other external income from the Research Council of Norway, Nordic and European research and educational agencies, and other available sources.

The associate professor is expected to contribute to an excellent learning environment, in collaboration with colleagues, students, and external stakeholders. The associate professor is expected to teach courses at all levels and should supervise MSc and PhD students according to her/his research qualifications.  

In addition to research and education, the associate professor is expected to be able to disseminate relevant parts of her/his research to a wider audience.

The associate professor is expected to participate in the formal management of research, education, and other relevant areas of activity in agreement with the Head of Department.

The workplace will be in Trondheim.

Qualification requirements

Applicants should have a PhD in Mathematics or in Didactics of Mathematics. Documented research expertise in Didactics of Mathematics is required. A solid record in mathematics is also required; at the minimum of a master’s degree with excellent results. Completed teacher education is desirable.

The successful applicant must have a strong academic track record showing internationally competitive research, or demonstrate a clear potential to make a future international impact.

Documented teaching qualifications and experience are required. Particular emphasis will be placed on relevant teaching experience from school or from teacher education. The applicant should demonstrate communication skills that qualify for excellent teaching, supervision, and dissemination.

Documented external funding and experience with research leadership will be rated positively. A person employed in the category of associate professor will later have the possibility of applying for a full professorship.

If the candidate does not document sufficient pedagogical qualifications in university-level teaching, the candidate must complete a recognized course which gives a pedagogical qualification within the first two years of employment. NTNU offers such courses.

New faculty members who are not already fluent in a Scandinavian language are expected to achieve proficiency in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within three years. This proficiency should correspond to level three in the “Norwegian for foreigners” courses provided at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations for State Employees and Civil Servants in Norway. The candidate must adhere to regulations that concern changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at NTNU.

Personal characteristics

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 

  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment 
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues 
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund 
  • employee benefits

Salary and conditions

The position as associate professor is normally remunerated according to the wage levels 59 - 77 on the Norwegian government state salary scale, with gross salary from NOK 515 200 to NOK 731 400 a year. 2% of the salary will be deducted as an obligatory premium to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

About the application

The application and description of the academic works to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.  

The application should contain:

  • CV including information relevant for the qualifications and a full list of publications with bibliographical references
  • Testimonials and certificates
  • The most important publications that are relevant for the evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications (maximum 10 publications)
  • A research proposal for the next few years (maximum 5 pages)
  • Information about the applicant's pedagogical qualifications; see
  • Information about teaching experience, including involvement in development of study programmes, curricula, teaching methods and educational environment
  • Information about dissemination activities
  • Contact information for at least 3 references
  • Other documents which the applicant finds relevant

The applications will be evaluated by international experts. Applicants who have been short-listed will be invited for interviews and to give lectures. Strategic considerations may be taken in the final selection of candidates.

General information

Working at NTNU 

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 his/her name entered on the list of applicants. 

Questions about the position can be directed to Head of Department, Professor Einar Rønquist, phone: +47 73593547, e-mail: .

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: 2018/34889

Deadline for applications: 2018-12-02.

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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Mathematical Sciences 

We are Norway’s largest university environment in mathematical sciences. The Department has a particular responsibility for all basis education in mathematical sciences for engineering and natural science students at NTNU. We focus on long-term basic research and applied research at a high international level. Our aim is to meet society’s needs for mathematical and statistical expertise in business and public administration as well as in the research and education sector.  The Department of Mathematical Sciences is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

Deadline 02.12.2018
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Trondheim