Professor/Associate Professor in Medicine, Biostatistics

Trondheim, Norway
02 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

This is a full time permanent position at the Department of Public Health and Nursing (ISM). The Department conducts research and teaching in the disciplines of epidemiology/genetic epidemiology, medical statistics, general practice, public health, social medicine, women's health, medical conduct, bioethics, nursing and medical history. The department includes the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT), which is the main supplier of research data for the research groups. For more information about ISM see:

The position is partly funded by the K.G, Jebsen centre for Genetic Epidemiology, and by the Research Council of Norway, as a fulltime (100 %), fixed term employment. The duration of the external funding is 4 years. Prolongation of funding is expected.

At ISM, genetic epidemiology is organized under the K.G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology, one of sixteen excellent research centers nationally within translational medicine.

In addition to the announced position there will be five full-time professors at the Jebsen center, within a multidisciplinary research environment of more than thirty group-members ranging from faculty (professors/associate professors), post docs/PhD-candidates within genetic epidemiology, clinical epidemiology/medicine, biostatistics, bioinformatics, statistical analyses, systems biology, data engineering and IT-management ( A recently established resource for large-scale genetic analyses, The HUNT data centre and HUNT Cloud is also localized as a service for the Jebsen Center (

Work description

As faculty member, the person holding the post is responsible for teaching, supervision of students and research, especially within the discipline of applied biostatistics. 

The research focus is on areas of biostatistics and statistical genetics related to population based human genetics, utilizing whole-genome sequencing and array based genotyping data, with an emphasis on integration and analysis of very large, heterogeneous datasets ("big data").

The successful candidate will be responsible for the initiation and development of an original, interdisciplinary and exciting research and teaching program under strong support and mentorship from the K.G. Jebsen Center in Genetic Epidemiology. More information:

One is obliged to take part in administrative duties at the department level and to participate in teaching and supervision.

The person appointed must also comply with any organizational changes related to other university activities.

Qualification requirements

We are seeking faculty with comprehensive research competences, excellent skills and experience in biostatistics to be responsible for professional development, research, education and supervision in the field.

We are looking for candidates with an academic standing that demonstrates an internationally competitive research profile, and internationally recognized potential to make a future impact. Moreover, the ideal applicant should have an exceptional publication record with significant first/senior authorships.

We are especially looking for candidates with an interest in methods for data integration, efficient computation and inference, data visualization, machine learning and other relevant methodology for dealing with complex and heterogeneous data. Insight in general epidemiology and molecular medicine will be evaluated.

Research experience from institutions outside Norway will be positively evaluated. Truly outstanding candidates with interest in other areas of biostatistics will also be considered and are encouraged to apply.

Specific requirements:

  • Doctorate in statistical genetics, biostatistics, statistics, mathematics or equivalent.
  • Experience or specialized training in statistical genetics or genetic epidemiology.
  • Technical knowledge including experience with statistical software (R, STATA or equivalent), programming languages (Python, Perl, C++ or equivalent) and distributed computation.
  • Evidence of collaborative research and peer-reviewed publications is required
  • Demonstrated scientific creativity, insight in molecular biology, and familiarity with population based high-throughput sequencing is a plus.

For appointment as a professor, an academic level conforming to established national standards is required. Further requirements are documentation of practical teaching competence based on education or on teaching and supervision, documentation of dissemination of knowledge and research, and documentation of education and experience in administration and management.

A requirement for appointment as an associate professor is a doctoral degree in the subject area concerned or competence at a corresponding level documented by academic work of the same scope and quality. A further requirement is documentation of relevant practical competence in teaching based on education or on teaching and supervision.

The successful candidate must be able to document extensive professional as well as scientific expertise in the field biostatistics and have documented scientific competence in one or more aspects of the discipline for which this position is responsible. 

The ability to initiate and lead research and teaching will be emphasized, in addition to supervision at PhD level. Importance will also be attached to teaching skills. The evaluation will be based on documented material related to teaching, including qualifications in educational theory and practice, presentation skills in academic work, teaching experience, and other pedagogical background. Quality and breadth will be evaluated. Emphasis will also be placed on personal aptitude.

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.

Personal characteristics

It is essential that the person appointed have

  • good collaborative skills
  • leadership experience
  • the ability to work across traditional academic boundaries
  • emphasis will also be placed on communicative and collaborative skills
  • a professional orientation toward service

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 Professors (code 1013) is normally from NOK 704 900,- to 900 000,- 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. 

Depending on qualifications and academic background, the gross salary for the position of Associated Professors (code 1011) is normally from NOK 573 100,- to 704 900,- 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 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 15 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
  • Details of teaching qualifications based on "Documentation of applicant’s teaching qualifications in connection with appointment to an academic position at NTNU"
  • 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 Kristian Hveem, telephone +47 47652530, email

Head of department Siri Forsmo, telephone +47 97181531, email

For further information about the application process, please contact:
HR Adviser Anita F.Bretun, Human Resources Division, Faculty of Medicine, email  

Submit your application with your CV, diplomas and certificates via Applicants invited for interview must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas.

Deadline for applications: September 30 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.

The Department of Public Health and Nursing (ISM) is responsible for research, teaching, innovation and dissemination in community medicine, nursing, primary health care and public health. The Department’sactivities in both research and education focus on the needs of the primary health service. ISM is one of eight departments at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and has about 360 employees in permanent and temporary positions. For more information on ISM, see:

Deadline 30th September 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Jobbnorge ID 170135