Associate Professor in English

Dragvoll, Norway
26 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
18 Mar 2019
HF 19-005
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

A full-time, permanent position as Associate Professor in modern/contemporary Anglophone literature is available with the English section of the Department of Language and Literature (ISL), NTNU, with an anticipated start date of 1 January 2020. 

The English section currently has 21 permanent employees within three broad areas of specialization—linguistics, literature, and cultural studies—of which six are permanent staff in literature studies.  The literature group of the section is actively engaged in individual and collaborative research projects, and is involved in local and wider networks which cross disciplinary and linguistic boundaries.  It offers Bachelor, Master’s, and PhD education within a broad spectrum of courses in campus-based programs, and offers continuing education credits in an active distance program. Both campus and distance programs are grounded in research-based teaching.  Currently, literature studies within the English section concentrate primarily on British 18th- and 19th-century literature and culture, and North American 19th- and 20th-century literature and culture, with an emphasis on book history and print culture; news, newspapers, and periodicals; digital humanities; environmental humanities; transnational studies and migration; gender studies and critical theory; adaptation studies; theater history; life writing; speculative fiction; poetry; and archival work and development of the archive.

A broad spectrum of students pursue literary studies in Trondheim, with a significant number following the 5-year Language studies with Teacher Education Program.  The themes and issues addressed within Anglophone literature play an important role in the national teaching plan for English at the secondary school level.  The literature courses are also part of the English 1-year (årsstudium), BA, and Master’s degree programs, as well as the European Studies programs.

Work description

It is expected that the employee will

  • pursue research within the discipline and publish regularly in respected international outlets.
  • teach and supervise in relevant courses at all levels, both within the regular and teacher training programs and EVU (distance and continuing education) offering.  While most of the teaching may be research based, the employee must be prepared to teach and supervise outside of his/her research area.
  • participate in exam work as well as administrative assignments.
  • contribute actively to student recruitment and program quality development.
  • lead and initiate research, pursue research supervision, and work actively to establish externally financed research projects.

The language of teaching and supervision for this position is English.  Administration in the department is predominantly conducted in Norwegian.

Qualification requirements

  • PhD in a relevant area of modern/contemporary Anglophone literature;
  • an active research profile and well-developed plans for future projects and possible collaborations;
  • a track record of publications (in print or under contract) in international, refereed venues;
  • experience in designing and delivering research-based and survey courses in Anglophone literature;
  • excellent competence in oral and written English.

Qualifications which are desirable (in no particular order)

  • advanced pedagogical experience, including curriculum development, supervision at graduate   levels, development of new teaching methods, and working in both campus and online/distance education courses;
  • active involvement in externally funded research projects
  • a record of administrative service;
  • ability and experience with interdisciplinary work;
  • experience of public engagement and outreach;
  • knowledge of the role of English in the Norwegian education system and society.

All applications should explicitly address the above criteria in their cover letter (see Application Requirements below).  Candidates with a research and teaching record within areas of particular relevance to the research of the department and the teaching portfolio of the section will be preferred.  The candidate's own personal suitability, ability to work well with others and to contribute to an inclusive work environment, and motivation for the position will also be considered.

Please see the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts for general criteria for the position. 

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Salary and conditions

The position of Associate Professor (Førsteamanuensis), is remunerated based on the national salary scheme, with a minimum gross salary of NOK 490.900,-. The successful applicant will normally be remunerated by NOK 544.400 - NOK 607.700,- . 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 on a daily basis.

Employees who do not have formal qualifications in teaching at university level and who cannot provide documentation of equivalent qualifications must complete an approved pedagogical development programme within two years of appointment.

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.   

About the application

The application will be submitted electronically via Jobbnorge ( and marked with the position code “HF 19-005.”NB!  Applications which are not submitted via Jobbnorge or which are submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • CV, including names and contact information for 3 referees;
  • a cover letter in which you explicitly address the criteria in the “Candidate Requirements” section of this advertisement;
  • a document containing a complete list of publications.  In this document, you should also indicate a maximum of 5 scholarly works which you believe to be most relevant to your application.  Forthcoming publications and PhD chapters will be considered.  Collaborative work will also be considered.  If it is difficult for a reader to identify your input in the collaborative work, a short summary of your contribution to the work should be included.
  • a 1-2 page document detailing your personal teaching philosophy;
  • a document in which you specify your pedagogical qualifications and competence.  Please address the points noted in “Documentation of an applicant’s pedagogical qualifications” at  Note that the range of demonstrated pedagogical skills—both breadth and depth—will be considered.  The evaluation of these skills will be based on documented pedagogical material, including pedagogical education and/or training, the presentation of relevant academic work, experience from supervising master students and doctoral candidates, and teaching experience, along with other relevant pedagogical qualifications. Teaching evaluations should also be included in this document. 
  • a 1-page outline of a possible research project proposal to the Research Council of Norway ( ;
  • certificates and diplomas; and
  • any other relevant information.

Do NOT attach academic works to your application.

Application process

The application process consists of three stages: 

  1. initial evaluation of submitted applications, leading, in the case of certain candidates*, to a committee request for copies of academic publications;
  2. committee evaluation of applications and academic publications, summarized in a report of candidates’ qualifications;
  3. following the advice of a second committee, the holding of interviews and evaluative trial lectures (if required).

*After the initial deadline, shortlisted applications will be forwarded on to Stage 2 of the evaluative process. All candidates will receive feedback at the end of Stage 1, irrespective of the success of their applications.

Applicants who progress to Stage 2 will be invited to submit a body of academic work that is perceived to be important for the competency committee’s evaluation. It will be possible to submit up to 5 separate works. These works may comprise journal articles, book chapters, or excerpts from larger academic works (such as monograph chapters), as well as unpublished materials (such as PhD chapters).

At Stage 3, a short list of applicants will be invited to deliver trial teaching sessions, and to attend interviews.

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. 

Questions regarding the position may be directed to English section coordinator Andrew Weir (e-mail: ), or Department head Annlaug Bjørsnøs (e-mail  ). For questions concerning the application process itself, please contact Hege Tverå Nilsson, administrative advisor with the Faculty of Humanities (e-mail ).

Deadline for applications: 18.03.2019

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Deadline 18.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service NTNU Dragvoll