Associate Professor in Personality Psychology and Psychometrics

Trondheim, Norway
01 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
01 Sep 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

The Department of Psychology currently has approximately 1300 students and more than 140 employees. The Department holds a large and diverse research community covering a variety of disciplines within psychology. We offer a study program in clinical psychology in addition to studies at bachelors-, masters- and PhD level. The Department has three outpatient clinics that offer outpatient treatment as part of the educational program in clinical psychology. The Department participates in extensive local, national, and international research collaborations. 

As an associate professor at the Department of Psychology, you will be part of an active research environment with the goal of further developing the field of study. You have good collaboration skills and aim to create a good performance environment within the field of study. You are involved in lesson planning and ensure that quality is upheld when teaching bachelor’s and master’s degree courses, and the clinical program in psychology. At the same time, you are available for the students and provide academic guidance throughout the study programs. It is expected that you participate in the administrative tasks related to program coordination, courses, examination work, meetings, and committee work.

Your immediate leader is the Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • Initiate and strengthen research and research dissemination within personality psychology   
  • Give academic guidance to students taking a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD in the field of study
  • Participate in the planning and execution of educational activities according to the applicable program description, and in work related to evaluation and further development of the field of study, education activities and relevant study program, including continuing and further education
  • Teach within the relevant subject area at all levels from bachelor to PhD
  • Contribute to the development and tuition of continuing and further education
  • It is expected that you take on an elected or honorary appointment for a period
  • Examination work
  • Administrative duties

Required qualifications 

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

  • Scientific qualifications at PhD level within the field of personality psychology and psychometrics
  • PhD-students can apply under the condition that the PhD thesis is submitted by the application deadline for the position. It’s a requirement for employment that the PhD degree is awarded
  • Experience from teaching and supervision at the university level 
  • Very good oral and written presentation skills in 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

  • Applicants with teaching experience at the university level will be preferred. Previous teaching experience within the subject area is an advantage. 
  • Publication of research results in renown international journals will be emphasized. Emphasis is primarily placed on scientific work during the last five years, with any statutory leave of absence deducted. 
  • Emphasis will be placed on the ability to initiate and lead research and development wor
  • Experience with different personality tests and measures of individual differences, both in research and teaching 
  • Experience with practical application of personality psychology, e.g. personality profile feedback
  • Research on and teaching of behavioral genetics
  • Motivation and experience with teaching and supervision of student in personality subjects on several level in the education

Personal qualities

  • Dissemination abilities and good communication skills
  • Dedication to both teaching and research 
  • Flexibility and desire to contribute to a good working environment
  • Coorperation skills
  • Creativity
  • An ability and interest in collaborating and developing projects with the current employees of the department

We offer 

Salary and conditions

Associate professors are placed in code 1011, and are normally remunerated from 626 100 NOK per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

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.   

Applicants should be aware that there may be changes in the working environment after employment has commenced.

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

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.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. 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 wish to be considered during assessment of your application
  • A description of the scientific/artistic works you consider most relevant, which you particularly wish to be factored into the assessment (up to five items)
  • 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.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. Our assessment of the pedagogical skills 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 an expert committee. Candidates of interest will be invited to an interview, and to deliver a trial teaching session.

General information

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and 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.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

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 about the position, please contact Magne Arve Flaten, email:   
If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Terese Brå, Email:

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. Please refer to the application number SU-726 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.09.2022

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Department of Psychology

Our research and teaching are based on five perspectives: biological, cognitive, social, personality and developmental psychology. We offer a clinical programme in psychology as well as study programmes in the psychology of learning and in work and organizational psychology. We have also three outpatient clinics in which we treat patients as part of the clinical programme. The Department of Psychology is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

Deadline 1st September 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Dragvoll