Professor/Associate Professor in Computational Design and Construction

Gjøvik, Norway
28 May 2019
End of advertisement period
17 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a Professorship/Associate Professorship in Computational Design and Construction at the Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering.

NTNU in Gjøvik is located approximately 120 km north of Oslo. "Innlandet", the region around Gjøvik, holds the biggest concentration manufacturing industry and forest and wood-mechanical industry in Norway. The Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering (IVB) is responsible for the following disciplines:

Construction Management, Renewable Energy, Geomatics, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Technology Design and Management and Sustainable Manufacturing.

The research activities are divided into several areas: Manufacturing, Sustainable composites, Digital twin for sustainability, Light metals, Renewable energy, Sustainable wood value chain etc.

We are looking for candidates who are dedicated to education and research and have the ability and desire to build a strong research team. The position provides a large degree of independence of which direction she/he wants to focus her/his research. The position is part of a long-term strategic plan to build a strong, sustainable research team.

The candidate will be organized in the disciplinary group Materials and Constructions.

The position reports to Head of Department.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Teaching activities and tutoring of students at bachelor and postgraduate level.
  • The candidate will be responsible for the planning and execution of courses in the field of computational design and construction.
  • 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.
  • Applicants with the ability to work across disciplines are especially encouraged to apply.

Qualification requirements


The position of Professor requires university education at doctoral level and demonstrable academic excellence in the relevant subject area.

The applicant’s research must be documented and of high, international quality, showing both breadth and depth. Research activity and output must demonstrate an independent research profile and the ability to take up new research issues. Continuous research activity is a prerequisite for professorial positions. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized international journals within the subject area. The greatest emphasis is placed on academic work undertaken during the past five years, excluding statutory leave.

Emphasis will be placed on ability and experience in initiating and leading research and development of the field of area, 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 at doctoral level in Computational Design and Construction or equivalent and demonstrable academic excellence in the relevant subject area.

Emphasis will be placed on ability and experience in initiating and leading research and development of the field of area. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized international journals within the subject area. Particular focus will be placed on academic work during the past five years, excluding statutory leave (depending on the disciplinary tradition).

Other requirements:

The successful applicant will be expected to deliver high-quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and undertake supervision of Masters and Doctoral candidates. Evaluation of these skills will be based on documented experience and relevant teaching qualifications. Applicants with teaching experience at university level are preferred. Quality and breadth of the teaching qualifications will be evaluated. 

Those 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 for 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. NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

The candidate should have competence in the following subject areas:

  • Finite element analysis (FEA)

The candidate is preferred to have competence in the following subject areas:

  • Computer aided manufacturing (CAM)
  • Computer aided design (CAD)
  • EcoDesign using life cycle assessment (LCA)
  • Building information modeling (BIM)
  • Design and construction of wooden structures

The following is considered beneficial to qualify for the position:

  • Experience in using FEA software such as ABAQUS, ANSYS and/or Comsol Multiphysics
  • Proven track record in initiating and managing research and development work
  • Experience from laboratory work
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience with supervision of PhD or master’s students and development of education
  • Experience from working with and in industry
  • International network in academia and industry

Personal characteristics

  • good teaching and tutoring skills
  • dedicated to education
  • team player and willing to include colleagues 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 as Professor (code 1013) is normally from NOK 619 300 to NOK 1 226 400 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.

The gross salary for the position as Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis) (code 1011) is normally from NOK 524 200 to NOK 893 900 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 supporting documentation 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 works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be taken into account in the assessment
  • Name and address of three referees
  • Research plan
  • Details of teaching qualifications based on "Documentation of applicant’s teaching qualifications in connection with appointment to an academic position at NTNU"
  • Details of the projects you have managed, 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.

When the application deadline has passed, a shortlisting committee will evaluate all applications. The best qualified applicants will then be considered by an external appointments panel and the most suitable applicants will be invited to interview and to deliver a lecture to undergraduate students.

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. 

About Norway

Norway is a politically stable, modern and highly developed country with a very strong economy. Norway is ranked first on the annual Human Development Index ( Public education and healthcare is almost free in Norway. Kinder gardens have a maximum price of around 3000 NOK/month, and there are generally enough spaces for all the children.

Questions about the position can be directed to Head of Department Torbjørn Skogsrød, email:, phone +47 918 10 799 or Associate professor Thomas Haavi, email:, phone: +47 982 30 442.

For more information about our department:

Submit your application and supporting documentation via Applicants invited for interview must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas.

Mark the application with reference number: IV-182/19

Deadline for applications: 17 June 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 17th June 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Gjøvik
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Gjøvik