Professor/Associate Professor in Machine Design and Product Development

Trondheim, Norway
18 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
08 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

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At NTNU, creating knowledge for a better world is the vision that unites our 7 000 employees and 40 000 students.

We are looking for dedicated employees to join us.

About the position

We have a vacancy for a professor/associate professor at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. The professor/associate professor will be responsible for teaching basic and advanced courses in machine design, product development, and CAD/CAM. He or she will supervise students on BSc, MSc, and PhD level, and participate in research projects on advanced computer integrated design and manufacturing.

The position reports to Head of Department.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Develop educational activities and teach courses in machine design and CAD/CAM for students on BSc and MSc level.
  • Participate in other teaching activities and participate in the Department’s activities on management and development of education
  • Supervise MSc and BSc students on project assignments
  • Participate in research projects and initiate new research activities
  • Supervise PhD students (as main supervisor or co-supervisor)

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 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 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 (førsteamanuensis):

The position of Associate Professor requires university education at doctoral level in machine design and/or product development and demonstrable academic excellence in the relevant subject area.

Emphasis will be placed on ability and experience in initiating and leading research in the subject 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.

Desired qualifications:

The professor/associate professor is expected to have research competence in machine design and integration of CAD/CAM in manufacturing systems. He or she should also have general competence in the following areas: Manufacturing processes for metals and polymers, FEM simulation, mechatronics, and manufacturing metrology/inspection. He or she must show the ability to develop teaching activities and teach courses. Experience with laboratory teaching is an advantage.

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.

Personal characteristics

  • solution and result orientation
  • good communication skills, both oral and written
  • ability to work with theoretical and practical tasks
  • good teamwork skills
  • interest and ability to work with students

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 627 700 to NOK 1 243 000 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.

The gross salary for the position of associate professor (code 1011) is normally from NOK 542 400 to NOK 906 000 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/artistic 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. 

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Knut Sørby, telephone 73590374, email or Head of Department Torgeir Welo, telephone 73593884, 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-196/19. 

Deadline for applications: 8 August 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 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 8th August 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent