The Onsager Fellowship Programme Tenure-track Associate Professor in Marine Structures

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Trondheim, Norway
21 Oct 2022
End of advertisement period
01 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

The Onsager fellowship programme 16 tenure-track positions

The Onsager Fellowship programme at NTNU is designed to attract talented early-career scholars with a track-record of high-quality published research, ready to work independently and with the potential to become a research leader.

NTNU is now announcing 16 tenure-track positions.

The NTNU tenure-track programme

The tenure-track associate duties will primarily include research, but also include supervision, teaching, and other duties necessary to qualify for a permanent professor position.

In the NTNU tenure-track programme, associate professors are subject to two types of review during the tenure-track period:

  • a mid-career assessment after 3-4 years
  • a final tenure assessment after no more than 6 years

The overall purpose of the review system is to ensure and maintain the high academic standards of the senior faculty staff. To help meet these standards, the associate professor is offered an international mentor.

The performance will be evaluated after no more than 6 years of employment and, if the is positive, s/he will be employed as a full-time professor.

About the position at the Department of Marine Technology

The ambition for the tenure-track position is to bring load-response analysis of marine structures to the next level. Large and very flexible structures are seen as particularly interesting in this context, with important applications in offshore energy, offshore sea farming, and other large floating structures. Interaction between bodies in close proximity and complex failure modes of the coupling between such bodies are seen as areas where there is need for more research. Development of numerical models, validated by experiments, both in controlled lab environments and in the field, are expected to be important elements on the way to improved methods for load-response analysis. The Department of Marine Technology has access to a large range of relevant high-quality experimental facilities.   

Your immediate leader is Head of department.

Duties of the position

  • teaching at master level (typically responsible for one course per year)
  • actively develop the curriculum, learning materials and teaching methods
  • research within marine structures, as outlined above
  • initiation, including acquisition of funding, for new research projects
  • take part, to a limited degree, in administrative duties in the faculty

Required qualifications 

You must have the qualifications required for the position of Associate Professor in the field of Marine Structures, as outlined in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts 

  • your PhD, or comparable academic work, must be within the field of marine structures (or a comparable relevant field). Relevant academic fields include civil-, ocean- or mechanical engineering
  • demonstrated an independent research profile, with excellent scientific track record
  • very good oral and written English 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. 

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 in development of deterministic and stochastic load and response models
  • teaching experience from higher education
  • laboratory experience
  • ability to take up new research activities and initiate research projects
  • international collaboration experience and mindset

Personal qualities

  • strong analytical skills
  • collaborative attitude with ability to work in - and build teams
  • good communication skills
  • self-driven

      Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities. 

We offer 

Salary and conditions

As a Associate Professor (code 1011) you are normally paid from gross 650 000 NOK – 750 000 NOK 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.  

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

Leave to which the candidate is entitled by law or collective agreement shall not be taken into account when calculating the employment period. Parental leave will, for example, give the right to an extension of the employment period.

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 (up to 5 items)
  • A description of the scientific/artistic works you consider most relevant, which you particularly wish to be factored into 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.

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 regarding the position, please contact Sverre Steen, tel. +4773595861, e-mail

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Marit Gjersvold, 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: 01.02.2023


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 Marine Technology

We develop methods and technology related to the blue economy: oil and gas extraction at sea, ship technology and the equipment industry, fisheries and aquaculture. We also have a strong commitment to the development of sustainable solutions for offshore renewable energy, coastal infrastructure, and marine robotics. Marine technology helps to solve major global challenges related to the environment, climate, energy, food and efficient transport. The Department of Marine Technology is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 1st February 2023
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service

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