Associate Professor in Statistics

Trondheim, Norway
30 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
20 Nov 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

The announced position will be in the statistics group at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, NTNU. Statistics is one of the department’s six research groups. There are currently 18 Faculty positions and 32 PostDocs & PhD students in the statistics group.

The department’s research in statistics includes computational statistics, design of experiments, neural data science, spatio-temporal statistics, statistical genomics, theoretical statistics and statistical modeling in ecology, evolutionary and conservation biology. In the latest evaluation by the Research Council of Norway, the research of the statistics group obtained the highest mark - "Excellent/World leading".

The hired person will report to the Head of Department.

The work place will be Trondheim.


The associate professor is expected to

  • contribute towards excellent research and research-based education in statistics
  • initiate and take part in national and international research projects
  • work actively towards securing external research funding
  • disseminate relevant parts of her/his research to a wider audience
  • teach courses at all levels and supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students
  • participate in developing educational excellence for engineering and mathematics study programmes
  • participate in the formal management of research, education, and other relevant areas of activity in agreement with the Head of Department

Interdisciplinary collaboration and interaction with other research groups at the Department of Mathematical Sciences and other departments at NTNU are strongly encouraged.

Required qualifications 

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

You must have a PhD degree within the field of statistics or other relevant research field.

Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results and the ability to initiate and lead research work. The department is seeking applicants who have a strong academic track record in statistics, showing internationally competitive research, or who demonstrate a clear potential to make a future international impact on statistical research. Teaching and supervision are important parts of the job, and pedagogical skills will also play a central role in the evaluation of candidates. 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 are 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 with research leadership and getting funding for research projects
  • Teaching experience
  • Ability to strengthen the department's research in for instance industrial statistics, design of experiments, statistical process control, reliability engineering

Personal qualities

  • Good communication skills
  • Good collaborative skills
  • Ability to initiate and implement projects
  • Positive, creative and enthusiastic

We offer 

Salary and conditions

A position as Associate Professor (code 1011) will typically receive a gross salary of between 560 000 NOK – 760 000 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, max. 3 pages
  • 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.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on research results, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. Young candidates showing potential are encouraged to apply - research and teaching achievements are seen in relation to active years since PhD degree. 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 regarding the position, please contact Head of Department, Professor Einar Rønquist, tel. +47 73593547, e-mail:

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Marte Andresen, e-mail

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. 

Application deadline: 20.11.2022


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 Mathematical Sciences 

We are Norway’s largest university environment in mathematical sciences. The Department has a particular responsibility for all basis education in mathematical sciences for engineering and natural science students at NTNU. We focus on long-term basic research and applied research at a high international level. 
Our aim is to meet the society’s needs for mathematical and statistical expertise in business and public administration as well as in the research and education sector.  The Department of Mathematical Sciences is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 20th November 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service