Associate Professor in Maintenance and Safety

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Trondheim, Norway
04 Jul 2022
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15 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

We have a vacancy for an associate professor in Maintenance and Safety at Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at NTNU.

The position is a full-time permanent position. You will join the Reliability, Availability, Maintenance and Safety (RAMS) research group. The RAMS group is focusing on generic, and application directed research within the field of safety and reliability of complex systems, i.e., reliability assessment of barriers and safety systems, implementation of reliability in the development of new systems, risk assessment and risk analysis, asset/maintenance planning, optimization and management, and safety and security assessment of complex systems.

Maintenance and Safety, which include maintenance management/modeling, and risk & safety analysis, are vital in ensuring the long-term success of production stability and significantly minimizing the chances for unplanned downtime and other serious consequences. Efficient maintenance and safety strategies are able to improve the operational efficiency of plant facilities, which contributes not only to revenue by decreasing operating costs and improving the quality (and quantity) of manufactured products, but also to enhance productivity and minimize human/technical error, and thus avoid serious consequences and improve workplace safety globally.

The position reports to the Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • you are expected to strengthen the department’s research activities in maintenance and safety for the industry of clean energy like offshore wind, hydrogen etc. The work shall in particular support the department’s research and education initiatives on maintenance management and risk & safety analysis
  • the research activities of the department rely crucially on external projects/funding. You are therefore expected to work actively to acquire research grants and other external income from the Research Council of Norway, Nordic and European research and educational agencies, and other available sources. You are expected to play a key role in developing prototype digital solutions, and in generating/winning funding for the department
  • you are expected to build relationships in both industrial and academic domains to give directions to projects and stimulate collaboration and interaction in a positive way
  • you are expected to contribute to an excellent learning environment, in collaboration with colleagues, students, and external stakeholders. You are expected to teach courses at all levels and should supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students according to your research qualifications
  • you are expected to contribute and develop research-oriented laboratory activities in the fields of maintenance management and risk & safety analysis

Required qualifications 

The position of Assistant Professor within (subject area) requires that you meet the criteria in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-4. 

  • your comparable academic work must be within the field of RAMS (or a comparable relevant field). Relevant academic fields include maintenance management/modeling, and safety and security assessment of complex systems
  • you need a PhD in an engineering or system engineering discipline with documented competence in maintenance management and/or risk and safety analysis. Preference backgrounds also include industrial working experiences
  • you need a strong background of RAMS and well-developed industrial networks, and interest in the development and application of new and emerging technologies that are relevant for maintenance and safety
  • your research must be documented and of high international quality, showing both breadth and depth. Production must reflect an independent research profile and show the ability to take up new research issues. Continuous research activity is a prerequisite for the granting of professorial competence. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized international journals within relevant subject areas. The greatest emphasis is placed on academic work during the past five years
  • you need strong ability and experience in initiating and leading research and development work, and in obtaining external funding for research. Emphasis will also be placed on a documented commitment to teaching, development of teaching materials, and supervision of students at all levels related to maintenance management/modeling and risk & safety analysis
  • excellent written and oral English language skills

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. 

It is a prerequisite that within three years of appointment, new employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language can demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three in the course for Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU.

Please see the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts for general criteria for the position.

Preferred qualifications

  • strong experiences in research proposals, project application and lab development and management are preferred
  • pedagogical skills and qualifications will be emphasized. The evaluation will be based on documented material related to teaching, forms of presentation for the academic works, experience in teaching, supervision of doctoral and master’s degree subjects as well as other types of pedagogical background
  • it is expected to be a good collaborative characteristic within colleagues

Personal qualities

  • motivated and dedicated
  • capability and willingness to extend your own competence into new areas
  • ability to maintain and develop a strong network in both academia and industry
  • service minded towards students and other “customers”

We offer 

Salary and conditions

Ina a position as Associate Professor (code 1011) you are normally paid from gross NOK 550.000 – NOK 750.000 per annum before tax, 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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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, certificates and diplomas
  • 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
  • name and address of three referees
  • research plan
  • details of teaching qualifications based on "Documentation of applicant’s teaching qualifications in connection with appointment to an academic position at NTNU
  • details of the projects you have managed, with information about funding, duration and size

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 assessment of the best-qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position. You will be expected to deliver high-quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and undertake supervision of Masters and Doctoral candidates. Evaluation of these skills will be based on documented experience and relevant teaching qualifications. Applicants with teaching experience at university level are preferred. Quality and breadth of the teaching qualifications will be evaluated.

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 pay special attention to the quality and professional breadth of these works. We also consider experience from research management and participation in research projects. We place great emphasis on your scientific work from the last five years.

Your application will be considered by an expert committee and the most suitable applicants will be invited to interview and to deliver a lecture.

General information

A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. NTNU wishes to increase the proportion of women in its academic positions, and women are therefore encouraged to apply.

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.

Under the Freedom of 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 Professor Shen Yin, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR consultant Linn-Cecilie Felle, e-mail:

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with reference number: IV-150/22

Application deadline: 15.08.2022

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 Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

We educate graduates who can create new products, operate and maintain products, and manage projects. The Department has a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes. We conduct wide-ranging research in fields such as technology, energy, product quality and development, and productivity. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 15th August 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
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