Adjunct Associate Professor in Software Engineering Software Startup

Trondheim, Norway
03 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for an Adjunct Associate Professor in Software Engineering within the Information Systems and Software Engineering research group at the Department of Computer Science (IDI). The Adjunct Professor position has a full-time equivalence of 20% and has a fixed term of up to 5 years with the possibility of employment for further periods.

Software engineering research is to a great extent concerned with investigating the development, operation, and maintenance of software products with industry and society. Modern software engineering is also concerned about the societal and organizational context for software.

The position reports to the Head of the Department.

Duties of the positions

  • Research: The candidate shall be responsible for participating in research activities within the general areas of Software Engineering with focus in Software Startup and Empirical software engineering
  • Teaching: It is expected that the candidate will contribute in research-based education which includes teaching and course development for bachelors, masters and PhD students within Software Engineering at IDI.

Required selection criteria

The position of Adjunct Associate Professor requires university education at doctoral level and demonstrable academic excellence in Software Engineering.

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. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized international journals within the subject area. The greatest emphasis is placed on academic work undertaken during the past five years, excluding statutory leave.

Emphasis will be placed on ability and experience in leading research and publishing of the field of area.

In addition to formal qualifications in teaching at university level, the candidate must document:

  • Development in teaching and counselling of students over time
  • Extensive experience with supervision preferably at the master / PhD level
  • Participation in the development of educational quality in a work environment
  • International experience and a documented track record of fundamental and applied research

Other requirements: The successful applicant will be expected to deliver high-quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and undertake supervision of 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.

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 position of Assistant Professor within Software Engineering 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 Software Startup Research   
  • International Publications in the best software engineering venues (both journal and conference) with focus in Software Startup, Secure software development, Team coordination, Open Source Software; Empirical software engineering 
  • Experience with teaching courses in software engineering 

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.   

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

Preferred selection criteria

  • Applicants with experience in teaching project-based software engineering courses
  • Experience in qualitative research methods

Personal characteristics

  • Result-oriented
  • 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.

Salary and conditions

In a position as Adjunct Associate Professor (code 1011) you will normally be remunerated from gross NOK 560 000 to NOK 760  per year, corresponding with a 20% position, 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. 

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. 

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 Professor Maria Letizia Jaccheri, telephone  +47 73593469, email , or Head of the Department Professor John Krogstie, email:

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: 2020/30481

Application deadline: 01.12.2020. 


Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

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 Computer Science 

We are the leading academic IT environment in Norway, and offer a wide range of theoretical and applied IT programmes of study at all levels. Our subject areas include hardware, algorithms, visual computing, AI, databases, software engineering, information systems, learning technology, HCI, CSCW, IT operations and applied data processing. The Department has groups in both Trondheim and Gjøvik. The Department of Computer Science is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 1st December 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Part time
Duration Temporary
Place of service

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