Associate Professor in English Sociolinguistics

Dragvoll, Norway
29 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Sep 2019
HF 19-023
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We invite applications for a full-time, permanent position as Associate Professor in English sociolinguistics at the Department of Language and Literature. The position encompasses research, teaching, and outreach. Preference will be given to candidates who can also show experience in research/teaching in the area of translation studies or English in multilingual contexts.

The English section of the Department of Language and Literature currently has 19 permanent employees within three broad areas of specialization—linguistics, literature, and cultural studies—of which 10 are permanent staff in linguistics. The language/linguistics group is actively engaged in individual and collaborative research projects within theoretical linguistics, psycho- and neurolinguistics, first and second language acquisition, and translation studies, including a number of active research groups and laboratories. The section offers bachelor’s, 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.

Further information concerning the academic profile of the department, management and staff can be found here.

Main duties and responsibilities

It is expected that the employee will

  • pursue research within their field of specialization 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.  The employee will teach courses in sociolinguistics and in other courses appropriate to their specialism (e.g. Translation or Global English), and may also be required to teach general introductory English linguistics and proficiency. The department puts weight on research-based teaching, but the employee must potentially be prepared to also teach and supervise outside of his/her research area.
  • contribute actively to student recruitment and program quality development.
  • actively work to establish externally financed research projects.
  • take on administrative duties and, potentially, leadership roles in the department.

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

Qualification requirements

  • A Ph.D. within English sociolinguistics.
  • A strong track record of research and publication in recognized international venues within English sociolinguistics, as appropriate to the candidate’s career stage.
  • A strong track record of high-quality teaching at the university level, as appropriate to the candidate’s career stage. Evaluation of these skills will be based on documented experience and relevant teaching qualifications.
  • Excellent English abilities (written and spoken).

Qualifications which are desirable

  • Experience of research/teaching in the area of translation studies or English in multilingual contexts. Candidates whose research is of particular relevance to the Department’s overall teaching portfolio will be preferred.
  • Experience in successfully applying for and working on externally funded research projects, and/or well-developed plans to apply for such funding.
  • Independent teaching and supervision experience, at various levels (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • Experience of public engagement and outreach.
  • Knowledge of the Norwegian education system (at all levels), as well as the role of English in Norwegian education and society.

In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, education, experience and personal suitability will be emphasized, as well as motivation for the position. The successful candidate will show an ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to contribute to an inclusive work environment.

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Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Associate Professor (Førsteamanuensis) is remunerated based on the national salary scheme, with a minimum salary of NOK 490.900.  The successful applicant will normally be remunerated from NOK 544.400 to NOK 607.700 per year. 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.

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.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English. Submit your application and supporting documentation via

Mark the application with reference number: HF 19-023 .

The application must include:

  • a CV, including names and contact information for 3 referees;
  • a cover letter in which you explicitly address the criteria in the “Qualification 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.  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;
  • 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” .  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.  Questions regarding these items may be addressed to the Faculty’s administrative advisor, Hege Tverå Nilsson ( 
  • 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.

When the application deadline has passed, a shortlisting committee will evaluate all applications. The best qualified applicants will then be invited to submit a body of academic work for evaluation by an external appointments panel. 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). A shortlist of applicants judged most suitable by the appointments panel will be invited to hold trial teaching sessions, and to attend interviews.

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 head of English Annjo Greenall, email Questions about the application process can be directed to administrative consultant Hege Tverå Nilsson, email

Deadline for applications: 30.09.2019

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Deadline 30th September 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
omfang Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service NTNU Dragvoll