Associate Professor in Embedded Systems and Hardware Security

Gjøvik, Norway
20 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
30 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

At the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology there is a vacant permanent position as Associate Professor in embedded systems and hardware security within our Information Security Discipline

The workplace, depending on the interest of the applicant, can either be Gjøvik or Trondheim.

You will report to the Head of Discipline.


  • Teaching embedded systems and hardware security related subjects at undergraduate and graduate level
  • Developing and maintaining an internationally recognized research activity within the subject area
  • Develop an adequate experimental infrastructure together with our collaboration partners
  • Take part in interdisciplinary research collaborations, both within NTNU and with other national and international partners
  • Securing research funding from national and international funding agencies
  • Contribute with developing an innovative course portfolio at the undergraduate and graduate level in embedded systems and hardware security
  • Educate and supervise students at BSc and MSc level, and supervising PhD and postdoctoral fellowships
  • Disseminate relevant parts of his/her research to a wider audience (public outreach).
  • Participate in the management of research, education and other relevant academic activities in agreement with the department

Required qualifications 

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

  • Your PhD, or comparable academic work, must be within the field of
    • hardware reverse engineering
    • security of embedded systems or IoT devices
    • side channel attacks
    • deployment and detection of hardware-based Trojans
    • forensics analysis of circuits and components
    • or a comparable relevant field
  • If you can document that you are in the final stages of your PhD studies, your application may also be considered

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.  

Our knowledge production has civilian objectives. However, the position is likely to be involved with or generate dual use products, technology or services restricted by export licenses or ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations). Applicants that are citizens of Norway, Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, EU or NATO countries are eligible. Other applicants are required to provide evidence of eligibility to use such equipment for their application to be considered/in their application. Furthermore, all international applicants will be subjects to induvial assessments according to the applicable guidelines for export control.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with leading research and supervising students at Bachelor, Master and PhD level
  • Experience in creating and operating a laboratory infrastructure relevant for the research area
  • Experience with initiating and leading research projects and writing grant proposals
  • Experience with industrial/external/international collaboration
  • Experience in teaching

Personal qualities

  • Ability to anticipate problems and identify logcal solutions and contradictions
  • Seeking new perspectives and ideas to improve performance and stimulate innovation
  • Sets challanging goals and works hard to reach these
  • Gives directions to projects and stimulates collaboration and interaction in a positive way

In the qualification assessment we emphasize education, experience, personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position.

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Salary and conditions

A position as associate professor (code 1101) will typically receive a gross salary of between 560 000 NOK – 760 000 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. Applicants should be aware that there may be changes in the working environment after employment has commenced.

It is a prerequisite that you are able to 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, 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.

Your application must include:

  • CV, diplomas, and certificates
  • 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 referees

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.

The city of Gjøvik has a population of 30 000 and is a town known for its rich music and cultural life. The beautiful nature surrounding the city is ideal for an active outdoor life! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

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 discipline leader Basel Katt, tel. +47 484 43 316, e-mail If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Katrine Rennan, tel. +47 922 81 772, 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.

Application deadline: 30.01.2022

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Department of Information Security and Communication Technology

Research is vital to the security of our society. We teach and conduct research in cyber security, information security, communications networks and networked services. Our areas of expertise include biometrics, cyber defence, cryptography, digital forensics, security in e-health and welfare technology, intelligent transportation systems and malware. The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 30th January 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Alvdal Dovre Eidskog Elverum Engerdal Etnedal Folldal Gausdal Gjøvik Gran Grue Hamar Kongsvinger Lesja Lillehammer Lom Løten Nord-Aurdal Nord-Fron Nord-Odal View all
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Gjøvik eller Trondheim