Associate Professor in Cyber Security

Trondheim, Norway
27 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

In collaboration with Statnett (the Transmission Systems Operator of Norway) the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical engineering at NTNU announced a newly established position as Associate Professor in Cyber Security with particular focus on cyber security in the power systems.

Automation, digitalization, advanced sensors and communication; these are all part of the solutions for reliable operation and sustainable development of electric power systems. At the same time, the society is increasingly dependent on reliable power supply, partly as a result of the digitalization and electrification trends. This underlines the importance and interdependency between power system security and information security. On this background, the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at NTNU seek to strengthen research and education in this field. This an industry sponsored position created in collaboration with Statnett and is a part of a larger focus area to address the challenges in the power sector. The position is intended to actively contribute to the development of the NTNU – Statnett collaborative interface.

The position is attached to the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology. The department conducts internationally competitive research in several areas of cyber security, information security, communication networks and networked services. The department operates study programs in information security and communication technology at PhD, master and bachelor levels.

The department is also the host and operator of Center for Cyber and Information Security (, a public-private partnership for competence development in cyber and information security. The department is also host for the Norwegian Research Council funded Center for Research-based Innovation NORCICS (Norwegian Center for Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors). Furthermore, the department hosts and coordinates the development of the Norwegian Cyber Range ( The Norwegian Cyber Range is an innovation platform for relevant testing, training, exercise, education and research in the cyber domain and the cyber domains interaction with other domains. The prospective candidate is expected to take an active role in further developing the Department’s teaching and research activities, with a focus on cyber and information security in electric power systems.

The aim of the Digital Electric Energy collaboration is to create synergies between Statnett and NTNU by fully focusing on the knowledge gaps as seen from the power system. The candidate will therefore need to work closely with experts from Statnett and the Department of Electric Power Engineering (, also a department of the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. The two departments are co-located on NTNUs campus Gløshaugen in Trondheim, and Statnett has R&D capacities relevant for the project in Trondheim.

The position reports to the Head of the Department of Information Security and the place of work will be in Trondheim

Duties of the position

The Associate Professor will have responsibility for teaching and research within Cyber Security in Power Systems. The focus is on cyber security and communication technology applied in power system monitoring, protection and control as well as in power market management.

Bachelor, master and doctoral candidates from the study programs of the Faculty are expected to be competitive in the international job market. The Associate Professor will play a leading role in developing the research and educational profile in the field of information security and communication technology applied to power system operation, and in ensuring an excellent learning environment, in collaboration with colleagues, students, and external stakeholders. The Faculty’s study programs are required to have a strong international profile, and as such the Associate Professor is expected to be able to contribute to the development of international alliances and collaboration.

The Associate Professor is required to teach relevant courses at all levels and should supervise MSc and PhD students. Continuing education is included in the portfolio of educational activities of the Department. Given the growing needs for updating professionals in the field of information security and communication technology related to modern power systems, the Associate Professor is expected to actively contribute to these activities.

The Departments research groups has close collaboration with Statnett, the Norwegian TSO, on research and continuing education. Statnett will be an active partner in identifying, establishing and executing projects in this collaboration. The Associate Professor is required to collaborate effectively with Statnett to strengthen and stimulate the scientific and technical cooperation between the NTNU and Statnett in areas of mutual interest. Further, the Associate Professor should be able to disseminate relevant parts of her/his research to a wider audience in Norway and abroad.

The Associate Professor is expected to work actively to secure research grants and funds from the Research Council of Norway, Nordic and European research and educational agencies, relevant industry partners, and other available sources. NTNU places great importance in projects under the EU Framework Programs for Research and Innovation, such as Horizon 2020. Thus, weightage in the selection process will be placed on experience in the acquisition and management of externally funded research projects.

The Associate Professor is expected to participate in the formal management of research, education, and other relevant areas of activity in agreement with the Head of Department.

Required selection criteria

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

  • Your PhD, or academic work of the same scope and quality, must be within cyber security
  • Experience with essential areas of application of cyber security in power systems
  • Fluency in a Scandinavian language and in English
  • The strategic collaboration between NTNU and Statnett has civilian objectives. However, some of the equipment being used is subject to export regulations or other limitations such as ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations), and the position requires that the applicant has permission to use such equipment. Applicants who are citizens of Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, Finland or NATO countries will satisfy the requirements

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

  • applicants with teaching experience from higher education will be preferred 
  • preferred selection criterion
  • preferred selection criterion

Personal characteristics

  • Independent and structured
  • Collaborative
  • Good relationship with students
  • Creative
  • Strong motivation to contribute to good working and social environment

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

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Salary and conditions

In a position as Associate Professor (code 1011) you will normally be remunerated from gross NOK 630 000 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 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 :

  • 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 works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be considered in the assessment
  • Name and address of three referees
  • A research statement on research questions you view as particularly relevant for the scope of the position (up to two pages long)
  • 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.

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 Nils Kalstad, telephone 454 92 425, email: If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact, 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: 2019/28367

Application deadline: 15.11.2020

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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 Information Security and Communication Technology

Research is vital to the security of our society. We teach and conduct research in cyber security, information security, communications networks and networked services. Our areas of expertise include biometrics, cyber defence, cryptography, digital forensics, security in e-health and welfare technology, intelligent transportation systems and malware. The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 15th November 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Trondheim - Gløshaugen