Associate Professor/Professor within Operating Systems

Trondheim, Norway
09 Jun 2021
End of advertisement period
01 Sep 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Computer Science (IDI) has a vacancy for the position of associate professor or professor within Operating Systems.

We are recruiting in the core area of operating systems. From the perspective of this announcement, an operating system defines an abstraction of hardware that manages a system’s resource. Modern computer systems are becoming increasingly complex with ever more heterogenous and parallel architectures, (e.g., ARM’s big.LITTLE, GPGPUs, FPGAs, etc.), evolution of the memory systems with more cache levels and new memory technologies (e.g., non-volatile memory enabling persistent computing), and increase in connectivity, either to the cloud or as part of a larger computational infrastructure.

The focus of this position is on efficient management of the complexity and the computational resources of modern computer systems.

The position reports to the head of department.

Duties of the position

We expect the applicant to initiate and lead research within the field of operating systems. We also expect the applicant to take a leading role in research-based education, which includes supervision, teaching both fundamental and advanced courses in computer science, and course development for Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. students at IDI. The applicant is also expected to participate in administrative activities, such as hiring committees and educational and research boards, that are conducted at IDI. 

Required selection criteria

The applicant should demonstrate professional qualifications within computer science, with specific focus on operating systems. The applicant should have a good publication record that is relevant to the topic of this position including articles in peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and other relevant international publication channels.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of example topics that are well within the scope of the position:

  • Operating and runtime systems principles
  • Real-time operating systems
  • Virtualization and container technology
  • Scheduling, process synchronization, and task management
  • Memory management

Knowledge of one or more of the following areas is beneficial:

  • Energy-efficient computing
  • High-performance computing
  • Embedded systems
  • Cloud computing
  • Security
  • Computer networks
  • Fault tolerance
  • Computer architecture
  • Persistent computing

Specific requirements for applying for Professor:

The position of Professor requires university education at doctoral level and demonstrable academic excellence in the relevant subject area.
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. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized peer-reviewed international journals and conferences 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 initiating and leading research and development of the field of area, and in obtaining external funding for research. Emphasis will also be placed on a documented commitment to teaching, development of teaching materials, and supervision of students at all levels.

Specific requirements for applying for Associate Professor:

The position of Associate Professor requires university education at doctoral level in computer science or equivalent subject area and demonstrable academic excellence in the relevant subject area.
Emphasis will be placed on ability and experience in initiating and leading research in the subject area. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized peer-reviewed international journals and conferences within the subject area. Particular focus will be placed on academic work during the past five years, excluding statutory leave (depending on the disciplinary tradition). 

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.  

The applicant should demonstrate the ability to develop educational activities and the learning environment. She or he should preferably have experience in the supervision of master and doctoral students or similar experience qualifying for such work. The applicant should demonstrate communicative skills that qualify for excellent teaching, supervision, and dissemination.
Those who do not have formal qualifications in teaching at university level and who cannot provide documentation of equivalent qualifications must complete an approved pedagogical development programme within two years of appointment.

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. NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

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

Personal characteristics

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

We offer 

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Associate Professor (Førsteamanuensis) (code 1011) is normally from NOK 560 000 to NOK 760 000 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. The gross salary for the position of Professor (code 1013) is normally from NOK 630 000 to NOK 950 000 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.

The person appointed must live in a location enabling him/her to be present at and available to the Department.

Application Process

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

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment 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 including information pertaining to the given qualifications and a full list of publications with bibliographical references
  • Research proposal for the first five years of employment (maximum 3 pages)
  • The most important publications that are relevant for the evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications for the specified research field (maximum 10 publications)
  • Other documents which the applicant would find relevant
  • Name and address of three referees

Group work will also be considered. If it is difficult to identify your specific input to a group project, you must include evidence of your contributions.  

While considering the best-qualified applicants, we will pay particular attention to personal qualities, your motivation for applying for the position, and your pedagogical skills and qualifications. Our assessment will be based on documented pedagogical material, forms of presentation in your academic works, teaching experience, PhD, and Masters supervision, and any other relevant pedagogical background. Both quality and scope will be taken into consideration. 

NTNU is required to oblige by the evaluation criteria for research quality in accordance with The San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA. This means that we will pay particular attention to the quality and academic range demonstrated by your scientific work to date. We will also pay attention to research leadership and participation in research projects. Your scientific work from the last five years will be given the most weight. 

When the application deadline has passed, a shortlisting committee will evaluate all applications. The best qualified applicants will then be considered by an external evaluation committee and the most suitable applicants will be invited to interview and to deliver a lecture to undergraduate students.

General information

NTNUs personell policy emphasizes the importance of equality and diversity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender, disability, or cultural background. NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions, and has a number of resources to promote equality. 

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 continually maintain and improve your professional development and be flexible regarding any organizational changes. 

In accordance with public law your name, age, job title, and county of residence may be made available to the public even if you have requested not to appear on the public list of applicants.   

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Associate Professor Magnus Själander , e-mail

The application and all attachments should be submitted electronically via If you are invited to interview, you must bring with you notarized copies of all references and diplomas. Mark your application with reference number: 2021/24344.

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 September 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Gløshaugen Campus

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