Associate Professor in Human Geography Globalization and Sustainable Development

Trondheim, Norway
03 Nov 2021
End of advertisement period
09 Jan 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

The Department of Geography is advertising a full-time permanent position for Associate Professor in human geography of globalization and sustainable development. The thematic focus for the position is global inequalities with reference to sustainability and social and environmental justice. We are looking for candidates with solid research experience and enthusiasm for research-led teaching and communication across the society-science spectrum of geography and sustainable development.

The associate professor is expected to contribute actively to the research environment at the department. This includes running research projects, initiating new research activities, recruiting PhD candidates as well as contributing to the collective efforts of developing research groups and strategic fields of engagement.

The Department of Geography runs several national and international educational programmes, and the associate professor will engage in teaching and supervision of both undergraduate and graduate students in different areas of specialization. The Department is also engaged in research and education collaborations with universities in the Global South. The successful candidate will engage with these partnerships and the academic and societal dialogues on global North-South relations that they inspire. Research and teaching experience as well as involvements in international networks spanning global divides will therefore be given significant weight in the assessment of candidates. We will give preference to candidates whose interests complement and strengthen the current profile of the Department.

The position reports to Head of Department.


  • Teaching and research within the position’s subject area at all levels
  • Develop research and education within the position’s subject area
  • Dissemination of research findings to the academic and public sphere
  • Supervise bachelor and master students, as well as doctoral candidates
  • Cooperation across disciplines and cultures both at NTNU as well as nationally and internationally
  • Participate in the department’s strategic work, exam work and other relevant administrative tasks

Required qualifications 

You must have the qualifications required for the position of associate professor in the field of Human Geography, as outlined in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts 

  • Your ph.d. should be within the discipline of Geography. Candidates within comparable relevant fields of studies who have contributed actively to the discipline of Geography may also be considered.
  • If you can document that you are in the final stages of your ph.d., your application may be considered. 
  • You must be able to show progression in teaching and research within the position’s thematic focus.
  • In the assessment, publications from the last five years (excluding parental and other care leaves) will be given special weight.
  • Good written and oral English.

You must document relevant basic competence in teaching and supervision at a university/higher education-level, as referenced in the Norwegian national Regulations. If this cannot be documented, you will be required to complete an approved course in university pedagogy within two years of commencement. NTNU offers qualifying courses. 

New employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language by appointment is required, within three years, to demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three of the course for Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU.  

Preferred qualifications

  • Ability and willingness to contribute to the long-term development of the department’s research, teaching, and collaborations.
  • Interest and capability of representing the discipline of geography in interdisciplinary collaborations, both in Norway and internationally.
  • Experience with field-based research in Global South contexts.
  • Experience from working in or engaging with the public and private sector or civil society.
  • Documented teaching experience from the University or College sectors.
  • Good communication skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is an advantage.

Personal qualities

  • Independent, enthusiastic, and creative.
  • Good communication and collaboration skills across disciplines and cultures.
  • Motivation to contribute to a good and inclusive collegial environment.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

A position as Associate professor (code 1011) will typically receive a gross salary of between 553 500 NOK – 702 100 NOK per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. As required by law, 2% of this salary will be deducted and paid into the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Employment will be granted in accordance with the principles outlined in 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 be aware that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite that you settle dpwn so that you can be present and accessible at the institution daily.

Application Process

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

About the application

Your application and supporting documentation must be in English.

Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

If you have been on academic leave or experienced other gaps in your career, it is important that this be made clear in your application, so the recruitment board can take this into account, and that the quantity of your research may have been reduced as a result.

Your application must include:

  • CV, diplomas, references, and list of publications
  • 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 wish to be considered during assessment of your application (up to 5 publications or works)
  • A research statement 
  • Name and address of three relevant references

Joint work will also be considered. If it is difficult to identify your specific input to a joint 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 obliged 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. For the sake of transparency, candidates will be given the expert evaluation of their own and other candidates. As an applicant you are considered part of the process and is stipulated to rules of confidentiality.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Gard Hopsdal Hansen, tel. +47 90965459, e-mail If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Renate Lillian Johansen, e-mail

The application and all attachments should be submitted electronically via If you are invited for an interview, you must bring with you certified copies of all certificates and diplomas. Please mark your application with reference number: SU-642.

Application deadline: 09.01.2022

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 Geography

We conduct research and teach in subject areas related to the major societal challenges of our time: climate change, migration, urbanization, economic transition and environmental threats. We have a robust fieldwork tradition, and our teaching activities are closely linked to our research. The Department of Geography is one of seven departments at the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

Deadline 9th January 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Dragvoll