Associate Professor in Biotechnology

Trondheim, Norway
18 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Aug 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Biotechnology and Food Science is seeking a candidate for a position as Associate Professor in Biotechnology with special emphasis on Microbial Synthetic Biology. The position will be either permanent or tenure-track.

For a tenure-track position, the successful applicant will receive professional guidance, training and advice by mentors appointed by the Department to build a successful academic career. The candidate will be subject to a mid-career assessment after approximately 3 years, and a final tenure assessment after approximately 5.5 years. It is expected that the candidate will qualify for a full professorship at the end of the 6-year tenure-track period.

The successful applicant will report to the Head of the Department.

The Department has a national role and responsibility for research and teaching in biotechnology and food science and a wide range of expertise. We have a special responsibility of teaching in the disciplines of biochemistry and microbiology. The scientific activity is organized in the four main areas of Biopolymers and Biomaterials, Food Science, Microbial Biotechnology, and Analysis and Control of Microbial Systems. The department focuses on developing integrated research groups where researchers and lecturers within related fields can establish strong research and teaching units. The Department of Biotechnology and Food Science  hosts the national center for biotechnology training, research and innovation: Center for Digital Life Norway

The Associate Professor will be part of the Microbial Biotechnology division which has its overall focus on combined synthetic and systems biology on different microbial model systems. Typically we develop and investigate microbial cell factories and our research is a balance between applied and basic research. Our research is in close interaction with other scientific divisions at our department in particular focusing on biomaterials and protein structures. With our well-established laboratories and specialized PIs we continuously aim to strengthen transdisciplinarity in our research, and the candidate for this position should contribute to strengthening and complementing our research in synthetic microbial biotechnology.

Duties of the position

  • The position will have specific responsibility for teaching and research in the field of microbial synthetic biology. Examples of relevant courses to teach are Molecular Genetics, Advanced Biotechnology, Biotechnology and Microbiology.
  • It is expected that the successful applicant will initiate new research programs and engage extensively in applications for external research funding, e.g. from the Research Council of Norway, European research and educational agencies, the industry sector, and other available resources.
  • We strongly encourage candidates with ambitions to compete for ERC-SG or ERC-CG to apply.

Required selection criteria

The position of Assistant Professor within Biotechnology (Microbial Synthetic Biology) requires that you meet the criteria in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-4. 

  • hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) in synthetic biology, molecular biology or a closely related area. For the Tenure track position, the Ph.D. should have been awarded in the last five years
  • documented ability to attract external funding from national and/or international funding agencies

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.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Documented experience with one or more of the following will be appreciated: bioreactors and bioprocesses; bioinformatics; high-throughput cultivations and screeing
  • Applicants with teaching experience at university level are preferred.

Personal characteristics

  • Ambitious
  • Demonstrated strong academic background
  • Teamwork skills
  • Interest in multidisciplinary activities
  • Ability to initiate new projects

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

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Salary and conditions

The position as 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 daily.

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.

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

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

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 Kjetil Rasmussen, telephone +47 73 59 40 34, email or Professor Trygve Brautaset, telephone +47 73 59 33 15, email 

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

Application deadline: 01.08.2020

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 Biotechnology and Food Science

Our activities contribute to increased exploitation of existing and new ingredients for sustainable food production as well as next-generation energy solutions and medical technology. We educate graduates for a wide range of careers in industry, public administration and academia. The Department of Biotechnology and Food Science is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Deadline 1st August 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Jobbnorge ID 189056