Professor/Associate Professor in the Field of Polymer Composites

Gjøvik, Norway
16 May 2019
End of advertisement period
10 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

NTNU in Gjøvik is one of the new campuses of NTNU, located approximately 120km north of Oslo. NTNU works in close cooperation with SINTEF Manufacturing (SM) at Raufoss (10km away of Gjøvik) and SINTEF Materials & Nanotechnology (SINTEF M&N) in Oslo. NTNU, SM and SINTEF M&N work in close cooperation with the industrial sector in Norway and abroad. The Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering (IVB) consists of 3 main research groups; Group for Sustainable Composites, Group for Digitalization, Group for Industry 4.0.

The candidate will join the Group for Sustainable Composites. The department is in possession of brand-new facilities for polymers and composites research covering manufacturing (including 3D printing), testing, characterization, non-destructive evaluation and recycling. NTNU in Gjøvik is the main center for additive manufacturing in Norway and it is envisaged to become the main center for sustainable & advanced composites research.

We are looking for an exceptional candidate with well-established network that has strong experience with university research and demonstrated collaboration with industry in polymer composites and advanced materials. The candidate will support our group’s strategy on the increasingly growing demand on sustainable polymers & composites, bio-based composites, advanced composites, multifunctional (i.e. self-diagnosing) composites and other innovative composites for engineering applications.

The research is carried out in close collaboration with world-leading developers of industrial products such as GKN Aerospace, Strukturplast, Kongsberg Automotive, Hexagon Ragasco, etc.

The position reports to Head of Department.

Work description

  • teaching activities and tutoring of students at bachelor and postgraduate level
  • contribution to develop strong, externally funded research projects.
  • participate in current research activities at NTNU and our cooperation partners, both inside NTNU, in Norway and internationally
  • participating in developing our strategic goals towards advanced & sustainable polymers & composite products & structures.

Qualification requirements


The position of Professor requires university education in polymer composites. In addition, academic competence at least at doctoral level is required in the field of design, analysis and manufacturing of polymer composites, advanced materials, joints-interfaces and structures. 

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 his or her subject area. 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. 

Associate Professor: 

The position of Associate Professor requires university education in polymer composites or equivalent, and academic competence in composites at least at doctoral level. 

The ability to initiate and lead research and development work will be emphasized. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized international journals within his or her subject area. The greatest emphasis is placed on academic work during the past five years (depending on the disciplinary tradition).

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. 

Experience from another university, institute or organization than where the candidate was a doctoral student will be a benefit. Proven track record, and high potential for high quality research evidenced by publication and citation records, documented participation in networks within the research area, documented experience from teaching, documented experience from acquisition of research funding, experience with supervision of PhD or master’s students and development of education, or industrial utilization of research is considered as benefits to qualify for the position.

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

  • ability to work across disciplines
  • good teaching and tutoring skills
  • team player and willing to include college’s in research work
  • good skills in presenting research results on conferences and to the ordinary public

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 619 300 - 1 226 400 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. 

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. 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: 

  • 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 
  • max three (3) pages research statement including a 5-year 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

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 Professor Sotirios Grammatikos, telephone +47 90 57 75 61, 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: IV-161/19

Deadline for applications: 10.06.2019

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering

Our profile of expertise can help to solve the world’s most important societal challenge: the development of sustainable solutions in industry and society. This profile includes research on modern industrial processes, use of new and recycled materials, new technological solutions and the application of new forms of organization and business models. The Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 10. June 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Gjøvik Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Jobbnorge ID 168916