Associate Professor in Psychopathology and Development

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

About the position

Department of Psychology is seeking a highly qualified and motivated candidate for an associate professor position in Psychopathology and Development. The position is financed for 6 years. After that time, it is expected that the candidate will obtain full professor qualifications and permanent employment at the department.

The Department of Psychology is one of the largest departments at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and currently employs approximately 110 employees. The Department is an international arena for research and education in Psychology covering a variety of disciplines. For more information about the departments, please see

The candidate will be part of the Human Development Research Centre, which conduct the Trondheim Early Secure Study (TESS). The TESS is a longitudinal study of the 2003 and 2004 birth cohorts in Trondheim, followed biennially from age 4 to 14. The aims are to identify predictors of mental health problems and psychosocial development in children and adolescents. A translational approach, combining a range of disciplines such as developmental-, social-, biological-, cognitive- and clinical psychology, is fundamental to the research.

Work description

The NTNU tenure-track programme

The tenure-track associate professor’s duties will primarily include research, including obligations in regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations. To a limited extent, the position may also include other duties.

In the NTNU tenure-track programme, associate professors are subject to two types of review during the tenure-track period:

  • a mid-career assessment after 3-4 years
  • a final tenure assessment.

The overall purpose of the review system is to ensure and maintain the high academic standards of the university’s senior faculty staff. To help meet these standards, the associate professor is offered a mentor.

During the employment period as a tenure-track associate professor, the appointee must participate in the formal pedagogical training programme to qualify for a permanent position.

The duration of the employment is 6 years, except periods of statutory leave, which will extend the employment period. The appointee’s performance will be evaluated after the 6 years of employment and, if the final tenure assessment is positive, they will be employed as a full-time professor.

It is expected that the successful candidate during the first 6 years:

  • Develops and submits one or more competitive project applications to the European Research Council.
  • Develops and submits project applications to the Research Council of Norway and similar funding sources.
  • Teaches at the Department of Psychology.
  • Fulfils the requirements for formal pedagogical competence at university level (PEDUP).
  • Participates in public outreach activities.
  • Qualifies for a full professorship at the department.

Qualification requirements

The successful candidates must have a strong academic record, an active research programme, an academic standing that demonstrates an internationally competitive research profile, and internationally recognized potential to make a future impact. Moreover, the ideal applicant should have a high standard publication record with a significant number of first/senior authorships.

The successful applicants are expected to build up their own independent groups and interact with other groups in their department as well as internationally. We expect that the candidate will be able to secure substantial additional funding (such as ERC starting grants or similar).

Applicants must hold a PhD in biological, cognitive, social, developmental or clinical psychology and document excellence within any of these areas after completed PhD. Regardless of area, the candidate must have a clear developmental perspective in her/his research. Further, because of the longitudinal and multivariate nature of the TESS data, candidates must demonstrate excellence in advanced statistical modelling.

Applicants will primarily be evaluated on the basis of their documented scholarly achievements. The PhD should normally have been awarded no more than 5 years - except periods of statutory leave - prior to the application deadline.

Teaching qualifications are not mandatory, but documented teaching qualifications and experience will be considered an advantage. Outreach qualifications of applicants, including the ability to attract external funding, will also be taken into account and considered an advantage.

The candidate will be a member of the Human Development Research Centre and personal suitability and motivation to contribute to a good working environment and to the TESS will be ascribed high importance.

Following the application deadline, a shortlist of applicants will be drawn up, and all applicants will be informed whether they are placed on the shortlist. Shortlisted applicants will be reviewed by an external academic committee. The top candidates will be invited for a campus visit, including trial lecture and interview.

Selection criteria:

  • Scientific excellence documented through peer-reviewed publications.
  • Strong track record in one or several of the topics of the TESS
  • Experience with project acquisition and management.
  • Experience with teaching and supervision is an advantage.

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 ascribed high importance:

  • 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.

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 
  • A position with duties primarily related to research (70%), as well as some teaching/administration obligations (30%)
  • Two PhD positions to build up a research group or contribute to the existing research group (one PhD when starting the position and one PhD after approximately 3-4 years).
  • Help with immigration and home finding, if relevant.

Salary and conditions

The Associate Professor is paid according to salary scale 24, normally gross NOK 576 000 – 658 300 annually. Two percent of gross salary is deducted for the State Pension Scheme.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The employee is expected to accept possible changes in work tasks. Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

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 must include (decide what must be included): 

  • Application
  • CV and authorized documentation of certificates and study records.
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works).
  • A description of the academic works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be taken into account in the assessment.
  • A list of all publications with bibliographical references.
  • Name and address of three potential references.
  • Letters of recommendation.

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

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 PI of the TESS study, Prof. Lars Wichstrøm, Department of Psychology, phone +47 73590741 and e-mail lars.wichstrø , or Head of the Department Ute Gabriel, phone +47 73597468 or e-mail

Application including attachments must be sent electronically through: Documents received after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration.

Please mark the application SU-301.

Application Deadline: 20.03.2019

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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 20.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service Dragvoll