Associate Professor within Computer Science

Alesund, Norway
10 May 2022
End of advertisement period
07 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

At the Department of ICT and Natural Sciences there is a position as Associate Professor in Computer Science.

The position is connected to the bachelor program in computer science (BIDATA) and the master program in Simulation and Visualization. In addition, our staff is doing research through the research group Sustainable Digital Transformation Group (SDT).

You will report to the head of Department. 


As an employee, you will prepare own teaching and supervise according to BIDATA-study profile and contents. The study is profession oriented and emphasizes modern teaching methods as formative assessment, algorithmic thinking, constructive teaching through enhanced use of laboratory education.

In this position you will be especially relevant for teaching in courses like: Programming, Operative Systems, Information security, Mobile applications, Computer Graphics, Algorithms and data structures. Other courses can also be relevant. You must also supervise students through their work of bachelor- and master-theses. In addition, you need to coordinate internal projects, bachelor theses and specialization projects.

It is expected that some of your work plan is related to research and development that strengthen our study programs, the strategic effort at SDT group and the department.

Required qualifications 

You must have the qualifications required for the position of associate professor (førsteamanuensis) in the field of Computer Science, as outlined in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts 

  • PhD in Computer Science or equivalent
  • You must teach in at least two of the following courses: Programming, Operative Systems, Information security, Mobile applications, Computer Graphics, Algorithms and data structures or similar
  • Relevant and recent experience from modern system development and agile methods is required.
  • Good written and oral English and/or Norwegian language skills. It is an advantage with good skills in both languages. 

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.  

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. 

Preferred qualifications

  • Relevant industrial experience
  • It is relevant if you can teach other courses on BIDATA and SimVis
  • It is an advantage to know the Norwegian educational system with expected competence of the students from the three sources (Samordna opptak, Y-vei, TRES).

Personal qualities

  • Communicator: able to convey information in a simple and easy way, both written and oral
  • Take initiative: able to see possibilities, initiate activities and projects
  • Team player: work together with colleagues, students in an efficient and nice way
  • Enthusiastic: Ready for the next step for engaging all students and to keep the dialog with them
  • Willingness to learn: Engage in the development of own competence and openness for learning from experience and feedback.

In the assessment of the best qualified person, we emphasize on education and formal competence, experience and real competence, personal skills, in addition to motivation.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

The position is paid as associate professor (code 1011) 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 or Norwegian. 

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 
  • 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 Francisco 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 Ålesund, with its population of 50 000, will provide you with plenty of opportunities to explore a region of Norway that is famous for its beautiful scenery with high mountains and blue fjords. Ålesund itself, with its Art Nouveau architecture, is by many considered to be the most beautiful city in Norway! 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 the head of Department Rune Volden, tel: +47-92887753, e-mail: If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Girts Strazdins, e-mail:

The application and all attachments should be submitted electronically via

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 ICT and Natural Sciences

Our campus in Ålesund works in a partnership with industry that is in a class of its own among Norwegian universities. This ensures a practical focus for our study programmes, while they are firmly anchored in modern theory. The Department offers programmes in automation engineering, computer engineering, electric power systems, simulation and visualization. Our research areas include autonomous vessels, robotics, cybernetics, medical technology and health informatics, and artificial intelligence. The Department of ICT and Natural Sciences is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 7th June 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Ålesund
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Ålesund Campus