Associate Professor in Railway Engineering

Trondheim, Norway
02 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
01 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

The railway network in Norway is expanding and the Norwegian National Transportation Plan (NTP) envisions several upgrades and extensions of the Norwegian railway network. This drives the need to educate top quality engineers and conduct high-level international research that is relevant for Nordic climatic/topographic conditions.

At NTNU, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering we educate the new generation of engineers and actively conduct research in the field of Railway engineering. We need to expand our capacity and therefore we are looking for a motivated and dedicated associate professor.

The civil engineering sector is undergoing rapid transformations challenged by the green shift. Enabling technologies within digitalization, monitoring and automation open new possibilities. NTNU focus on research on digitalization and sustainable solutions, both as separate fields and as integrated parts of established and new professional disciplines. The position will be associated with a major research Centre Green2050 by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering towards the green shift in built environment.

As associate professor you will be teaching basic or advanced courses in railway engineering and supervise students during their specialization project or BSc/MSc thesis. You are an important role model for students and an ambassador for the field.

As associate professor you are responsible for initiating new research projects by applying for research funding. You need to be able to cooperate with several stakeholders in Academia and the railway sector and be able to concretize general research needs into concrete research proposals. Leading research projects, supervision of PhD candidates and guidance of other researchers such as post docs and research assistants are also part of the job.

On a daily basis you will be part of our research group for roads, railways and transportation. We are a group of 12 permanent academic staff and in addition about 30 temporarily employees (PhD’s, Postdocs, research assistants, affiliated professors)

You will report to head of department.


  • Teaching railway engineering in ordinary and life-long learning in courses
  • Supervision of candidates at Ph.D., Master and Bachelor level
  • Develop and lead research projects that strengthen railway engineering competence among interdisciplinary communities, within and outside NTNU
  • Contribute to larger research proposals and strategic project development.
  • Collaboration with industry and end users to develop research projects with high societal relevance and scientific quality.
  • Strengthen knowledge-driven innovation activities at the department level.
  • Promote digitalization and sustainable solutions within railway engineering though research and education

Target field

Railway engineering is a broad field. To ensure this position sufficiently fits our strategic research areas and provides sufficient redundancy in our teaching, we define a target field consisting of the following topics:

  • Design, maintenance or rehabilitation of railway infrastructure (subgrade, frost protection layer, sub-ballast, ballast, sleepers, track, overhead lines)
  • Interaction between infrastructure and rolling stock

Examples of topics that are considered outside this target field are:

  • Railway-based transportation 
  • Rolling stock
  • Design of railway stations
  • Structural engineering of railway bridges
  • Electrical engineering of railway related components such as signalling

Required qualifications 

Associate professor:

The position of associate professor requires that you meet the criteria in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-4. 

  • Your PhD, or academic work of the same scope and quality, must be within railway engineering and within the specified target field
  • Deep insight into the scientific basis of mechanics applied on railway infrastructure
  • Good written and oral English language skills

Applicable to all:  

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

  • Experience from teaching of at university level and guidance of master and PhD students
  • Scandinavian language skills

Personal qualities

  • Highly motivated for career in research and education
  • Good collaborative and communicative skills
  • Motivation to work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Ability and tendency to initiate

We offer 

Salary and conditions

A position as associate professor (code 1011) will typically receive a gross salary of between 550 000 NOK – 750 000 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 
  • Names and contact information for three relevant 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 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 Associate Professor Albert Lau, tel. +47 94258319, e-mail If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR Consultant Tone Måsøval Arntzen, 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. IV-135/22

Application deadline: 01.08.2022

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 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 1st August 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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