Associate Professor in Communication Networks

Trondheim, Norway
25 Oct 2022
End of advertisement period
12 Dec 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

At our Department of Information Security and Communication Technology we have a vacant permanent position as associate professor in communication networks.

The design, development, adaptation and customization of architectures and systems towards critical services are fundamental for fulfilling stringent functional and non-functional requirements. The virtually unlimited possibilities of upcoming architectures and systems like 6G or TSN, resulting from the advances in hardware and software as well as the convergence of computing, communication, and control, render classical ways of for vertical service integration, operation, and management impractical. Such services, with specific emphasis on critical services for society, include but are not limited to verticals like Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), Smart Grids (electricity, water), Manufacturing, Public Services and Health, Financial Systems, Internet of Things (IoT).

The position is announced with a particular focus on communication network architecture and systems for mobile and transport networks, including wired and wireless access, aggregation, and core networks.

The main responsibilities of the position are teaching, research, innovation and dissemination. The position involves specific responsibilities for articulating and advancing the Department’s teaching, research, innovation and dissimination capacities.

You will be assigned to our discipline in communication technology and will report to the Head of Discipline. 

The workplace will be in Trondheim.

Duties of the position

The associate professor is expected to

  • Contribute towards research and research-based education in communication networks
  • Take part in interdisciplinary research collaborations, both within NTNU and with other national and international partners
  • Publish research results in high impact professional journals and conferences
  • Secure research funding from national and international funding agencies
  • Contribute to the developmen of the course portfolio at undergraduate and graduate level in communication technology
  • Educate and supervise students at BSc and MSc level
  • Supervise PhDs and postdoctoral fellowships
  • Drive innovation processes
  • Disseminate relevant parts of his/her research to both a wider audience (public outreach)
  • Participate in the management of research, education, and other relevant academic activities in agreement with the department

Interdisciplinary collaboration and interaction with other research groups inside or outside NTNU is strongly encouraged.

Required qualifications 

You need to demonstrate a strong background in networking, network architecture, and systems including interaction with critical services for the Society.  Moreover, you should have a solid understanding of the network mechanisms and algorithms for the control, data, and management planes. Experience with optimisation and machine learning techniques for network customization is also desirable.

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

  • Your PhD or comparable academic work must be within in communication technology, computer science, or a comparable relevant field, preferably with a focus on communication networks architecture and systems.
  • If you can document that the PhD thesis has been submitted or is close to be submitted, your application can be assessed even if you have not yet defended your dissertation. In this case, documentation of the obtained doctoral degree must be presented before you can take up the position.
  • Good 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. 

New employees, who do not speak a Scandinavian language by appointment, are required 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 within three years.  

Preferred qualifications

Candidates fulfilling the required qualifications (above) will be further evaluated including also the following criteria:

  • Experience with leading research and supervising students at bachelor, master, and doctoral level
  • Experience with higher education teaching
  • Experience in creating and operating a laboratory infrastructure relevant for the research area
  • Experience with initiating and leading research projects and writing grant proposals
  • Experience with industrial/external/international collaboration
  • Good written and oral Norwegian or Scandinavian language skills

Personal qualities

We are seeking applicants who

  • Develop comprehensive and realistic plans with both short- and long-term time horizons
  • Adapt behaviour quickly and efficiently to achieve goals, overcome setbacks, or solve a challenge
  • Constantly look for ways to establish credibility, trust, and influence with selected partners
  • Are good at anticipating problems and identifying logical solutions as well as contradictions and inconsistencies

We offer 

Salary and conditions

As a Associate Professor (code 1011 ) you are normally paid from gross NOK 615 000 – NOK 775 000 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.

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 10 items),
  • A description of the scientific works you consider most relevant, which you particularly wish to be factored into the assessment (no longer than 500 words),
  • A list of your previous works, with details on where they have been published,
  • A research plan (no longer than 1500 words),
  • 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, which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience as well as 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 are strengths. 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 more than 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens, and overall equality, is probably one of 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 discipline leader Peter Herrmann, tel. +47 735 94 327, e-mail

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR and recruitment process adviser Guro Paaske, 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: 12.12.2022


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 Information Security and Communication Technology

Research is vital to the security of our society. We teach and conduct research in cyber security, information security, communications networks and networked services. Our areas of expertise include biometrics, cyber defence, cryptography, digital forensics, security in e-health and welfare technology, intelligent transportation systems and malware. The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 12th December 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Trondheim