Associate Professor in Qualitative Methods

Dragvoll, Norway
15 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
27 Mar 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Psychology has a vacancy for an Associate Professor in qualitative methods.

Work description

  • Teaching within qualitative method for psychology at bachelor and master level, and pedagogical development.
  • Research within the field.
  • Supervision of students at all levels (bachelor, master and PhD).
  • Academic responsibility together with other scientific staff at the Department .
  • Participate in the implementation of the teaching plan according to the current curriculum, and in the work on further development of the subject area and the teaching plan, including programs for continuing education.
  • Teaching responsibilities in other areas depending on the applicant's background and the department's needs.
  • Examination Work.
  • Administrative tasks.

The person employed is obliged to follow the regulatory changes and developments within the discipline and organizational changes for activities at NTNU.

Qualification requirements

The position requires scientific competence in Social sciences at a minimum doctoral level within qualitative methods, and with research and competence directly relevant to psychology. A university degree within Psychology is an advantage.

Competence in qualitative methods must be documented through scientific work in one or more areas of qualitative research methods, or through the use of qualitative methods in empirical research relevant to Psychology.

Emphasis will be placed on the capability to initiate and lead research and development. Research publications in recognized international journals within the applicant’s subject area will be given great weight in the evaluation. The greatest emphasis is placed on academic work in the last five years (with statutory leave taken into account). If no applicant is sufficiently qualified  for the position, NTNU might consider temporary employment for up to three years with the aim of qualifying for a permanent position. Permanent employment will, in that case, occur without a new announcement, but based on an evaluation by a committee; see Section 6-5 (1) of the Act relating to Universities and University Colleges.

Other requirements: 

Basic qualifications for teaching are required. Anyone who is appointed without having formal qualifications in teaching at university level (formerly referred to as practical qualifications in teaching at university level) and who is unable to document equivalent qualifications is required must complete an approved pedagogical development programme 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 successful applicant should refer to international experience, with publications in peer-reviewed journals and other relevant publication channels. Applicants should be able to document the ability to obtain external research funding from relevant funding sources.

The successful applicant will share academic responsibility with the department's other academic staff. The person who is employed is further obliged to participate in the implementation of the teaching program according to the current study plan, and in the work on further development of the subject area and the teaching program, including also continuing and further education. The successful applicant shall supervise master's and PhD students within their field of study. The person who is hired must also contribute to the administrative work.

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. 

The applicant must be fluent in English or a Scandinavian language. New employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language are required to, within three years of appointment, to 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. 

Personal characteristics

The following will be highly weighted:

  • independence
  • good teamwork skills
  • solution- and result orientation
  • ability to work structured
  • motivation to contribute to a good work environment

The applicant must also have the ability to create a positive environment for learning and to cooperate well with students.

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 

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for Associate Professor (code 1011) is normally from NOK 576 100 to NOK 658 300 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.

The total obligation to work shall be divided into research within the field, teaching and administration. The division between these fields of work obligation will vary, but approximately equal time should be devoted to research and teaching.

About the application

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

Within the application deadline applicants must submit the following documents via the application website

  • Letter of application
  • CV and formal documentation of certificates and degrees, and transcripts
  • Inclusion of up to 10 academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • A description of a maximum of 5 academic works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be taken into account in the assessment
  • A publication list with bibliographical references.
  • Name and address of three potential references 
  • Recommendation letters.  

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

Applications and documents received after the deadline will not be included in the assessment. Applicants invited for an interview must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas.

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 their name entered on the list of applicants. 

Further information about the position is available by contacting Head of Department Ute Gabriel; phone +4773591778, e-mail Information about the application process is available by contacting the HR section representative Kirsten Sjolte; 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: SU-303

Deadline for applications: 27.03.2019

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Department of Psychology

Our research and teaching are based on five perspectives: biological, cognitive, social, personality and developmental psychology. We offer a clinical programme in psychology as well as study programmes in the psychology of learning and in work and organizational psychology. We have also three outpatient clinics in which we treat patients as part of the clinical programme. The Department of Psychology is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

Deadline 27.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Dragvoll