Associate Professor/ Professor within digital hardware systems design

Trondheim, Norway
29 May 2020
End of advertisement period
30 Jun 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

NTNU has a vacancy for a permanent position at the Department of Electronic Systems. Applicants at the Associate Professor and Professor levels are invited to apply.

He/she is expected to conduct research in cooperation with academic institutions, research centers and companies.

It is desirable that the candidate connects his / her activities to strategic research areas at NTNU and IES. See for example

The position reports to the Head of Department.

Duties of the position

The successful candidate is expected to initialize and lead research within the field of digital hardware systems design. From the perspective of this position, this concerns the methods, analysis and models that form the basis for the implementation of digital hardware systems, from low to high abstraction levels, small to complex systems. An emphasis is put on higher abstraction levels and verification.

The candidate is expected to take a leading role in research-based education, including supervision, teaching, and course development for Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. students within digital systems design at IES.

Participate in administrative activities, such as hiring committees, educational and research boards, that are conducted at IES.

Required selection criteria

The candidate must have a strong international research profile and impact in digital hardware systems design, with an emphasis towards higher abstraction levels and verification. The age and stage of his or her career will be taken into account during evaluation, which also means that young applicants yet not qualified for full professorship are encouraged to apply.

The experience and qualifications of the applicant will determine whether he or she may be hired as an associate professor, or a full professor. Specific requirements for each category are outlined below followed by requirements common for both categories.

Associate Professor:

The position of Associate Professor requires university education at doctoral level within digital hardware systems design and that you meet the criteria in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-4. 

The main emphasis of the overall assessment of your application is on your submitted scientific works, as well as ability and experience in initiating and leading research and development relevant to the requirements of this position.


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

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.

The main emphasis of the overall assessment of your application is on your submitted scientific works, including ability and experience in initiating and leading research and development in the field of digital systems design, and in obtaining external funding for research.

In addition to formal qualifications in teaching at university level, you should document

  • development in teaching and counselling of students over time.
  • extensive experience with supervision preferably at the Master and Ph.D. level.
  • participation in the development of educational quality in a work environment.

Common for both position categories:

You will be expected to deliver high-quality teaching at undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels, and undertake supervision of bachelor, master 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.

Please see the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts for general criteria for the position.

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.   

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience in teaching advanced courses in digital hardware design.
  • Proven ability to attract research funding and lead research projects.
  • Extensive expertise in and experience with state-of-the art Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and Electronic System Level (ESL) tools for ASIC and FPGA design, from specifications, via implementation, to verification and test.
  • Expertise in advanced testbench design and formal verification.
  • Expertise in power- and energy efficient digital hardware systems design.
  • Expertise in embedded hardware/software systems design and internet of things.

Personal characteristics

The successful candidate should possess the following character traits:

  • It is expected that he or she cooperates well with others and share knowledge and experience to support colleagues and teams.
  • It is expected that he or she is self-motivated, taking initiatives and responsibilities. She or he should be working for a stable and affirmative atmosphere and be supportive and encouraging towards colleagues when problems arise, being stable and trustworthy.
  • The successful candidate should be aware of own capabilities and limitations and is seeking to learn and develop

In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, education, experience and personal suitability will be taken into account, as well as motivation for the position.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

In a position as Professor (code 1013) you will normally be remunerated from gross NOK 704 900 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

In a position of Associate Professor (code 1011) you will normally be remunerated from gross NOK 640 200 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

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

Application Process

You can find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

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:

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 trial lecture.

General information

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. 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Head of Department Odd Kr Ø Pettersen, telephone +47 73591418, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Guro Børseth Paaske, e-mail: .

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: 2020/12002.

Application deadline: 30.06.2020

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 Electronic Systems

The digitalization of Norway is impossible without electronic systems. We are Norway’s leading academic environment in this field, and contribute with our expertise in areas ranging from nanoelectronics, phototonics, signal processing, radio technology and acoustics to satellite technology and autonomous systems. Knowledge of electronic systems is also vital for addressing important challenges in transport, energy, the environment, and health. The Department of Electronic Systems is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 30th June 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Campus Gløshaugen

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