Research Assistant in Urban Ecological Planning

Trondheim, Norway
02 May 2022
End of advertisement period
31 May 2022
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

At the Department of Architecture and Planning, there is a vacancy for a fixed-term 100 % position as a Research assistant in urban planning associated with the two-year master program Urban Ecological Planning (MSc in UEP). The employment period is up to 2 years with the desired start no later than 01.08.2022.

The Department of Architecture and Planning is a leading collegium for knowledge development in architecture, planning and property development. The courses and study programs at the Department are built on a knowledge base from engineering, social sciences and the humanities.

Through teaching and research, the institute contributes to the development of climate-neutral buildings and cities, and living environments that seek to ensure development quality, aesthetic experience, reflection, well-being and safety. Smart cities are an international innovation

The research assistant will primarily contribute to strengthening and further developing the teaching in the international master program (MSc) in Urban Ecological Planning. The position is particularly linked to teaching tasks (including supervision of students) in the courses in the program and contribution to the administration of the projects being implemented by the group.

As a research assistant, you report to the study program coordinator for the MSc Urban Ecological Planning when it comes to the scientific and professional aspects, while personnel responsibility lies with the head of the department.

You will report to the Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • planning, coordination, and management of practicalities, and teaching at the two-year, international master’s degree in Urban Ecological Planning, which has English as the language of instruction.
  • contribute to teaching design, theory, and method, and the use of digital tools and facilitation of fieldwork-based studio. This includes independent supervision of students and groups of students who perform urban planning tasks and different assignments.
  • other tasks at the department or group level may include participation in research and development projects.
  • 20 % of the working hours can be set aside for relevant professional specialization. This time can by agreement be used for the preparation of PhD studies. The position provides very good opportunities for competence development in a solid professional environment.

The position as a research assistant will give you the opportunity for insight into scientific and artistic work and methods. The assignments are at an academic level and must consist of scientific or artistic tasks in line with the level.

Required selection criteria

Relevant applicants must have taken a master’s degree in architecture/planning, master’s degree in Urban Ecological Planning, or equivalent. You can apply if you are in the last phase of education and the education will be completed by July 2022.

We refer to the Regulations on employment conditions for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, research fellow, research assistant and specialist candidate for general criteria for the position.

Relevant work experience, diploma theses, and master's courses are given significant weight in the assessment of the application. In addition, theoretical and methodological competence should be documented. Both the quality and scope of relevant competence will be assessed.

Preferred selection criteria

  • interest in pedagogy and new methods for student active learning
  • interest in supervising and facilitating extended fieldwork abroad
  • skills in different tools for producing dissemination outputs in different media such as videos, blogs, etc.
  • excellent oral and written skills in English
  • basic knowledge of one Scandinavian language

Personal characteristics

  • initiative and ability to work systematically and independently
  • good collaboration and communication skills
  • ability to interact and engage with students individually and in groups

We offer

Salary and conditions

The position as a research assistant, position code 1020, is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 431 900 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. 2 % for the statutory contribution to the Government Pension Fund is deducted from the salary.

This is a temporary position with a duration for up to 2 years.

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 employment is carried out in accordance with the principles of the Government Employees Act, and legislation that regulates the export of knowledge, technology and services. After the employment, you must expect that there may be changes in the work area.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. 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. 

The application must include

  • application letter
  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • name and address of three referees

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

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

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.

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.

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 program leader Rolee Aranya, telephone +47 957 22 468, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Desiree Brigg, e-mail:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. 

Application deadline: 31.05.2022


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 Architecture and Planning

Our fields of expertise are architecture, urban design, physical and urban ecological planning, Smart Cities as well as real estate development and facilities management. We also work with ambient aesthetics, land use and transport planning, urban renewal, densification and urban redevelopment, as well as urban ecological planning in lower income countries. The Department of Architecture and Planning is one of four departments in the Faculty of Architecture and Design

Deadline 31st May 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim, Gløshaugen