Professor/Associate Professor in Building Acoustics

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Trondheim, Norway
15 Jun 2021
End of advertisement period
08 Aug 2021
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

At Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Building Technology group, there is a vacancy for a Professor or Associate Professor in Building Acoustics.

The Building Technology group is responsible for research and teaching within the design of sustainable and functional buildings, with a special focus on material use and the building envelope. Building technology includes the engineering fields of building physics/energy use, fire engineering, and acoustics. In addition, the disciplines of climate adaptation, building materials, circular economy, and environmental system analysis are central to the research group. The group has laboratory cooperation with SINTEF Community.

You will report to research group leader.

Duties of the position

  • This position covers a special responsibility for teaching and research activities within Building acoustics, including the theoretical basis, and insight in practical building technology, regarding sound insulation of buildings and room acoustics. Iustics
  • Initiate and implement research within Building acoustics both within research group and in interdisciplinary communities, both nationally and internationally.
  • Participate in development of the Department's and research group’s professional competence and professional and administrative activities. and must be able to demonstrate sol
  • The Professor/Associate Professor is responsible of teaching and supervision at PhD, Master and Bachelor level according to the needs of the research group. In particular she/he will be responsible for teaching in the courses: TBA4160 Building Physics (30%) and TBA4167 Building acoustics (100%) and to give PhD courses in the field. In addition there will be shorter teaching modules/lectures about building acoustics in other general building technology courses.
  • The position will involve collaboration with the acoustics research group at the Department of Electronic systems, at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. One of the intentions of the professorship is to achieve good utilization of all available resources at NTNU, and thus also to provide students from other study programs at NTNU with a teaching offer aimed explicitly at building acoustics. The collaboration also includes the possible use of laboratory facilities at the Department of Electronic systems.

Required selection criteria


The position of Professor within the field of Building Acoustics requires that you meet the criteria in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-2. 

  • The development of the quality of your own teaching and guidance over time
  • Broad experience as a tutor, preferably at a master’s/PhD level
  • Participation in improving the quality of education in a professional environment

Associate Professor:

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

  • If you can document that you are in the final stages of your PhD studies, your application may also be considered.


  • Your PhD, or comparable academic work, must be within the field of Building Acoustics.
  • Your scientific experience must be primarily in the field of Building acoustics. The greatest emphasis is placed on works in the last five years excluding statutory leave.
  • You shall have a broad foundation in building acoustics and must be able to demonstrate strong scientific knowledge and research experience in air- and structure-borne sound transmission.edge and research experience in air- and structure-borne sound transmission.
  • You must have insight into typical building structures and building materials, for new and existing buildings, including environmental aspects. Knowledge of acoustic properties of wooden buildings, especially lightweight wood constructions used in the Nordic countries, is a requirement.
  • You must have experience and knowledge of simulation tools, and experience from laboratory and/or field measurements.
  • You must have good written and oral English language skills.

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

  • Expertise and/or experience in digitalization processes within the topic, such as building information modelling (BIM)
  • International network in academia and/or in the construction industry
  • Good written and oral knowledge in at least one Scandinavian language

Personal characteristics

  • Honesty and high ethical standards
  • Contributes actively to a good working environment
  • Good communication and dissemination capabilities
  • Innovative, development-oriented and initiative-oriented
  • Ability to work organizationally and goal oriented.
  • Independent, but team-oriented and cooperative.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

In a position as Professor (code 1013) you will normally be remunerated from gross NOK 620 000 to NOK 980 000 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. In a position as Associate Professor (code 1011) you will normally be remunerated from gross NOK 550 000 to NOK 770 000 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
  • A teaching portfolio, in which your teaching competence is compiled and presented systematically,   (See guidelines for applicants: Documentation of teaching qualifications in applications and appointments to academic positions at NTNU
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works)
  • A description of the academic/artistic works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be considered in the assessment
  • A list of your previous works, with details on where they have been published 
  • A research plan
  • Details of projects for which you have served as project manager, including information on financing, duration, and scope 
  • Name and address of three relevant 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. 

Your application will be considered by a committee of experts. Candidates of interest will be invited to a trial lesson and an interview. 

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 Professor Stig Geving, tel. +47 97 65 06 19, e-mail  If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Tone Måsøval Arntzen, email

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: IV-174/21

Application deadline: 08.08.2021

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 Civil and Environmental Engineering

We conduct research and teaching in civil and transportation engineering, technical planning, structural engineering, water and wastewater engineering and hydraulic engineering. Graduates from our programmes become employees – in both the public and private sectors – with a sustainability mindset combined with competitive knowledge and skills. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 8th August 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering