Associate Professor in Environmental Chemistry

Trondheim, Norway
26 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
31 Dec 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time


About the position

We seek new faculty staff in our Environmental and Analytical Chemistry group. Our goal is to deliver high quality teaching, and research on an internationally competitive level. To do this we believe collaboration is the key.

The main field of research of the position will be within Environmental Chemistry, primarily directed towards analytical chemistry of organic compounds. In accordance with the strategy of the environmental and analytical chemistry group, it is expected that a major part of the research activities of the new position will be in relation to the marine environment, in particular towards the Northern seas and the Arctic Zones. We expect the research conducted in this position to have a special focus on organic compounds, including studying transportation, turn-over and accumulation of organic compounds in the Arctic areas.

As a new faculty staff you will report to the Head of the Department of Chemistry

Duties of the position

  • Teaching and developing courses.
    • You will be expected to contribute together with other faculty members and staff to the teaching and developing of courses at bachelor, MSc and PhD level. The teaching will involve several study programs, including international ones such as ENVITOX.
    • You will have specific responsibility for the teaching and development of organic analytical and environmental chemistry courses.
  • Research
    • You will be expected to collaborate broadly with other members of the environmental and analytical chemistry group in developing, acquiring and completing research projects within the subject area.
    • You will be expected to develop high quality research collaborations across departmental lines, nationally and internationally. 
  • Supervision of MSc, PhD and research fellows.
  • Funding acquisition from external sources, including the EU and the private sector.
  • Administrative activities

Required selection criteria

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

We also require that:

  • Your PhD, or academic work of the same scope and quality, must be within natural sciences (or similar) 
  • You have a minimum of two years of relevant research experience after your PhD
  • You have a broad expertise and experience in organic environmental and analytical chemistry, with particular focus on the analysis of organic compounds. We expect a strong track record of peer-reviewed publications within this field of research.

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

  • teaching experience from higher education
  • Experience in supervision of MSc and PhD candidates
  • Experience in development of educational quality in a work environment
  • Experience in development of teaching and counselling of students over time
  • Experience in grant writing
  • Former research activities in pertinent environments and locations

Personal characteristics

To perform the job in an efficient way you need to:

  • Have good teaching and communication skills.
  • Be a good problem solver.
  • Be a team player
  • Be good at taking initiative.
  • Be focused on results.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

The position as associate professor (code 1011) is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale, 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:

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your specific 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 Hallstein Hemmer, or group leader Alexandros Asimakopoulos. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Human resources, Ranveig Nerhoel.

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: 31.12.2020

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 Chemistry  

We educate graduates for careers in environmental science, industry, the school system, research and public administration. Chemistry is also a basic discipline for medicine, biology and technology, and an important key in issues related to energy, climate, the environment, food, water and health. Research activities at the Department range from environmental chemistry to applied theoretical chemistry. The Department of Chemistry is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.  

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