Professor/Associate Professor in Battery Materials

Trondheim, Norway
04 Apr 2020
End of advertisement period
31 May 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a position as professor/associate professor related to battery materials.

We are seeking candidates with exceptional potential for leadership in research and education, and strong commitment to high quality and groundbreaking research.

The available position is affiliated with the Functional Materials and Materials Chemistry research group (FACET), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Natural Sciences, NTNU Norwegian University for Science and Technology. The position reports to Head of the Department.

Research activities in the Department cover a wide range of topics including electrochemical energy technology, functional materials and materials chemistry, nanomaterials, ceramics, corrosion, physical metallurgy and metallurgical and electrochemical process engineering.

You will report to the dean.

Duties of the position

This position is focused on development of functional- and nanomaterials for emerging battery technologies and concepts, and the understanding of electrochemical and degradation phenomena. Extensive state-of-the-art infrastructure for materials and battery development and testing is established at the Department.

The successful candidate is expected to develop:

  • A strong program of externally funded research and scholarships.
  • It is desired that the candidate will strengthen the existing research profile of the department and contribute to strengthen the national and international collaboration with academia and industry.
  • The candidate will be responsible for taking part in teaching and development of courses in general and inorganic chemistry, materials science and engineering (including nanomaterials), and energy technology, as well as supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD candidates.

Required selection criteria

  • For the evaluation of the candidates, documented experience in development of battery materials and concepts will be emphasized.
  • Weight will also be placed on characterization of structural and electrochemical properties of the materials as well as testing of batteries.
  • In addition, competence in microscopic mechanistic studies, in operando characterization of batteries, development of all solid-state batteries or computational materials science is beneficial.
  • You must have a PhD within the field: chemistry, materials science or similar

Emphasis will be placed on the scientific competence as well as experience with supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD students. Evaluation of the applicant will be based on documented material, including teaching experience at university level, pedagogical training, presentation of academic work, experience from supervision and teaching of BSc, MSc and PhD candidates, as well as other related skills. The evaluation will take into account the loss of research productivity for applicants who have had parental leave during the last years.

You 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.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA. This means that we pay special attention to the quality and professional breadth of these works. We also consider experience from research management and participation in research projects. We place great emphasis on your scientific work from the last five years. 

You must document relevant basic competence for teaching and supervision at university/higher education-level, ref. Regulations. If this cannot be documented, you are required to complete an approved course in university teaching within two years of commencement. NTNU offers qualifying courses. 

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.

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.


The full professorship candidates must document a leadership in research that has led to an extensive and excellent research track record with publications in highly reputed journals. Candidates must document high-quality teaching and supervision experience. In addition, the candidate must show the ability to promote collaborative research and a strong documented funding ID.

The position of Professor within Battery Technology requires that you meet the criteria in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-2. 

Associate Professor:

The associate professorship candidates must document the ability to initiate and lead research and publish in recognized international journals. The applicants should document teaching and supervision experience.

The position of Associate Professor within Battery Technology requires that you meet the criteria in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-4. 

The associate professorship candidates must document the ability to initiate and lead research and publish in recognized international journals. The applicants should document teaching and supervision experience.

Personal characteristics

Emphasis will be placed on:

  • Creativity with respect to initiate and lead research and teaching activities
  • Good collaboration skills and ability to work in a large research group
  • Ability to work across traditional disciplines
  • Interest in teaching, good pedagogical and communication skills
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

In a position as Professor/Associate Professor comes with a starting package for new research staff, opportunities for mentoring and is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. 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 criteria 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.

It is a prerequisite that you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation must be in English.

Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline.  You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

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 considered in the assessment
  • A publication list
  • 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.

Your application will be considered by an expert committee and the most suitable applicants will be invited to interview and to deliver a lecture.

General information

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Acting Head of Department Tor Grande, telephone: + 47 97616918, email: or
Professor Mari-Ann Einarsrud, telephone: + 47 73594002/+ 47 48136521:

A good working 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.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants. 

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas.

Mark the application with reference number: NV-50/20.

Application deadline: 31.05.2020

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

Department of Materials Science and Engineering  

We are Norway's leading educational and research environment in materials engineering, materials chemistry and materials science.  In collaboration with business and industry, we are a driving force for the development of innovative materials as well as new applications and manufacturing processes.  Activities in our disciplines are vital for the green shift. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Deadline 31st May 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Trondheim