Associate Professor in Mathematics, Optimization

Trondheim, Norway
NOK 515 200 to NOK 731 400 per year
23 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
02 Jan 2019
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 applied optimization. In particular, the department is interested in  strengthening the activities related to development, analysis and application of advanced optimization methods to solve problems of interest to industry or to technology development.

Work description

The associate professor is expected to strengthen the department’s research activity in applied optimization. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background and interest in the development, analysis and application of advanced optimization methods to solve problems of interest to industry or to technology development.

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 teaching courses in optimization for students in our special Master’s programme in Industrial Mathematics for engineering students. Given the department’s important role in teaching all basic courses in mathematics and statistics for engineering students, the associate professor should also contribute to teaching regular mathematics courses at bachelor level.

Interdisciplinary collaboration and interaction with other departments at NTNU are strongly encouraged. One of the prioritized research areas of the Faculty is “Mathematics in Technology”, and the announced position is expected to strengthen this area.

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.

The research activities of the department rely crucially on 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 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.

The workplace will be in Trondheim.

Qualification requirements

Applicants must hold a PhD in mathematics. The applicant will primarily be evaluated on the basis of scholarly achievements and research potential, teaching experience and teaching potential, communication skills, and leadership potential.

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. 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.

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 gross salary for the position of Associate Professor (code 1011) is normally from NOK 515 200 to NOK 731 400 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution 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 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 trial lectures. Strategic considerations may be taken in the final selection of candidates.

General information

Working at NTNU 

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their 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: 2018/35931. 

Deadline for applications: 2019-01-02. 

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 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 the 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 02.01.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Trondheim