Professor in Subsea Risk and Reliability

Trondheim, Norway
27 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
31 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The position is a full-time permanent position affiliated with the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at NTNU. As part of a larger research initiative within subsea production and processing DNV GL is sponsoring this professorship in subsea risk and reliability. As part of this initiative, DNV GL and the other industry partners will contribute actively with industrial cases and provide access to relevant facilities and resources as seen relevant for the research.

The professor will join the Reliability, Availability, Maintenance and Safety (RAMS) research group. The group focuses on four defined topics within the field of safety and reliability of complex systems, i.e., reliability assessment of barriers and safety systems, implementation of reliability in the development of new systems, risk assessment of complex systems, and risk-based maintenance planning and optimization.

The position reports to head of department, Professor Torgeir Welo.

Work description

The professor is expected to strengthen the department’s research activity in risk and reliability. The work shall in particular support the SUBPRO Centre for Innovation-based Research (SFI, see within subsea production and processing. Diagnostics and prognostics of safety systems and safety of software-instrumented systems (e.g., functional safety) are of particular importance. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background and interest in the development and application of mathematical models that are relevant for risk and reliability.

The professor is expected to play a leading role in developing prototype digital solutions addressing the scientific achievements in risk and reliability activities in the department. Preference will therefore also be given to candidates with programming experience.

The research activities of the department rely crucially on external funding. The candidate 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 professor is expected to contribute to an excellent learning environment, in collaboration with colleagues, students, and external stakeholders. The professor is expected to teach courses at all levels and should supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students according to her/his research qualifications.

There is an associated PhD position co-funded from NTNU. The professor will be responsible for the recruitment process and the supervision of the PhD candidate.

The workplace will be in Trondheim.

Qualification requirements

The position as Professor requires a PhD in an engineering or system engineering discipline with documented competence in safety, reliability and/or maintenance analysis.

The applicant’s research must be documented and of high international quality, showing both breadth and depth. Production must reflect an independent research profile and show the ability to take up new research issues. Continuous research activity is a prerequisite for the granting of professorial competence. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized international journals within relevant subject areas. The greatest emphasis is placed on academic work during the past five years.

Emphasis will be placed on ability and experience in initiating and leading research and development work, and in obtaining external funding for research. Emphasis will also be placed on a documented commitment to teaching, development of teaching materials, and supervision of students at all levels.

Candidates not qualifying for a full professorship might be considered for the position and given the opportunity to qualify for a full professorship during a period of 5 years

Other requirements: 

Basic qualifications in the discipline of education 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.   

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. 

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. 

Personal characteristics

  • Collaborative
  • Motivated and dedicated
  • Capability and willingness to extend your own competence into new areas
  • Ability to maintain and develop a strong network in both academia and industry
  • Service minded towards students and other “customers”

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 the position of professor (Code 1013) is normally from NOK 731.000 to NOK 871.000 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.  
The application must include (decide what must be included): 

  • CV, certificates and diplomas 
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works) 
  • A description of the academic/artistic works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be taken into account in the assessment 
  • A list of your works with information on where they have been published 
  • Name and address of three potential references 
  • Research plan 
  • 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 
  • 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.

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 about the position can be directed to head of department Torgeir Welo, telephone +47 414 40 061, email or head of the RAMS research group Jørn Vatn, telephone +47 414 73 030, email

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: 104/19.

Deadline for applications: 31.03.2019

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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 Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

We educate graduates who can create new products, operate and maintain products, and manage projects. The Department has a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes. We conduct wide-ranging research in fields such as technology, energy, product quality and development, and productivity. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 31.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Institutt for maskinteknikk og produksjon