Associate Professor in Theoretical Chemistry

Gløshaugen, Norway
07 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Jan 2019
NV 123/18
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The associate professor in electronic molecular properties will be a member of a larger team in theoretical chemistry and thermodynamics. The team’s areas of competence includes advanced simulation methods, statistical mechanics, quantum chemistry and non-equilibrium thermodynamics.

We are seeking an early career researcher, with the ambition and ability to develop and use electronic structure theory to optical and electronic transport processes in chemistry. The application areas should be related to chemistry, and include for instance organic solar cells, nano-junctions or surface-enhanced spectroscopies.

We expect the ideal candidate to develop collaborations with members of the organic chemistry group working on organic solar cells and other faculty members in the theoretical chemistry and thermodynamics group. Other national and international collaborations are encouraged.

Work description

The successful candidate will share her/his time between research and teaching.

  • The candidate is expected to strengthen the research profile and the leadership of the department and to have the potential to develop a strong program of externally funded research and scholarships.
  • The candidate will enter the pool of faculty members that take responsibility for teaching all basic courses in physical chemistry. Furthermore, we expect that the candidate will be able to take responsibility for the general chemistry course given the first year. The Department has at present the responsibility for such teaching at the Faculty and the candidate is expected to share the basic teaching load with colleagues (about 1 course a semester), in addition to supervising master and PhD students.
  • The candidate is also expected to collaborate with experimental scientists at NTNU.

Personal characteristics

We are looking for a co-worker who is both independent and team-oriented, and can document good collaboration abilities to work in a team.

Qualification requirements

The position of Associate Professor requires a PhD in theoretical chemistry or related fields, and experience as post doc or equivalent.  

The ability to initiate, lead and develop research projects will be emphasized and is expected to be described in the research plan. Strong emphasis will be placed on the quality of published research results within the subject area and documented ability to obtain external funding for research.

Emphasis will also be placed on a documented teaching experience, development of teaching material, and supervision of students at all levels. We expect the candidate to provide a statement about her/his visions for teaching physical chemistry and general chemistry.

The candidate is expected to be able to apply for Research Council of Norway/ERC grants and apply for a promotion to full professor position based on qualifications and expertise within 2 – 10 years.

General requirements :

Basic pedagogical qualifications are required. Anyone who is appointed without having formal basic qualifications in the discipline of education (formerly referred to as practical qualifications in teaching at university level) and who is unable to document equivalent qualifications is required to complete an approved course within two years of appointment. Uniped at NTNU offers qualifying courses.

Pedagogical skills and qualifications will be emphasized. The evaluation will be based on documented material related to teaching, forms of presentation for the academic works, experience in teaching, supervision of doctoral and master’s degree subjects as well as other types of pedagogical background. Applicants with teaching experience at university level will be preferred. Quality and breadth will be evaluated. 

The person appointed must comply with the decisions about changes due to developments in the subject area, and the organizational changes that may result from decisions regarding the university's activities.

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 in 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

We offer 

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Associate Professor (code 1011) is normally from NOK 555 100,- 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,

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The person appointed must live in a location enabling him/her to be present at and available to the institution.

About the application

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

After the application deadline, the department will make an evaluation of the applications. This evaluation will be forwarded to the expert committee, and only the most qualified applicants will be assessed.

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 works)
  • A list of your works with information on where they have been published
  • Name and address of three potential references
  • Research plan (max 10 pages)
  • Statement on teaching (max 3 pages) and a description of teaching qualifications based on a list of factors ("Documentation of applicant’s teaching qualifications in connection with appointment to an academic position at NTNU") 
  • Details of projects for which you have been project manager, with information about funding, duration and size

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity and equality. Moreover, the Department of Chemistry actively pursues diversity and gender balance for a good scientific environment. 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.

Norway, like other Scandinavian countries, has generous rules for both maternity and paternity leave. 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 ( Having a population of 200,000, Trondheim is a small city by international standards, and thus has low crime rates and little pollution. It also has easy access to a beautiful countryside with tall mountains and a dramatic coastline.

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 Professor Henrik Koch, phone: +47 73 59 41 65, or Department Head Hallstein Hemmer, phone +47 73 55 96 48/+47 922 38 232,

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: NV 123/18.

Deadline: 11.01.2019

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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 Chemistry  

We educate graduates for careers in environmental science, industry, the school system, research and public administration. Chemistry is also a basic discipline for medicine, biology and technology, and an important key in issues related to energy, climate, the environment, food, water and health. Research activities at the Department range from environmental chemistry to applied theoretical chemistry. The Department of Chemistry is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences

Deadline 11.01.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Gløshaugen