Associate Professor in System Level Digital Hardware Design

Trondheim, Norway
26 Dec 2022
End of advertisement period
15 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

The Department of Electronic Systems (IES) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has up to two vacancies for the permanent position as Associate Professor.

Digital hardware is an essential enabler for the development of future sustainable technological solutions, from the smallest IoT devices running on energy harvesting, through embedded systems in modern cars and autonomous vehicles, to high-end microprocessors and large datacenters. Frontier research and education into the design of these systems is necessary to ensure academic and industrial excellence and IES is currently strengthening our team with up to two Associate Professor positions in system level digital hardware design.

Together with experienced and enthusiastic faculty staff at the department, the successful candidates are expected to conduct research in cooperation with academic institutions, research centers and companies. We look for candidates interested in developing research and education within system level digital design and verification. Activities within the subfields of digital hardware and embedded systems design is also foreseen. The candidates should be able to connect their activities to strategic research areas at NTNU and IES as well as the European research agenda. See for example,,,,  and

Your immediate leader is the Head of the Department.

Duties of the position

A successful candidate shall:

  • Initialize and lead research within the field of system level digital hardware design. From the perspective of these positions, this concerns the methods, analysis and models that form the basis for the implementation of digital hardware and embedded systems. In particular for one of the positions, an emphasis is put on higher abstraction levels and verification.
  • Take a leading role in research-based education, including supervision, teaching, and course development for Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. students within digital systems design at IES.
  • Participate in administrative activities, such as educational and research boards, that are conducted at IES. 

Required qualifications 

Associate professor: 

You must have a PhD in electrical engineering or computer science in the field of digital hardware or embedded systems design, and qualifications required for the position of Associate Professor as outlined in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts 

For the overall assessment of the application your submitted scientific works will be a major factor, as well as ability and experience in initiating and leading academic and industrial research and development relevant to the requirements of this position. NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco 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 extra emphasis on your scientific work from the last five years. 

You will be expected to deliver high-quality teaching at undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels, and undertake supervision of bachelor, master 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. 

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. 

The age and stage of a candidate’s career will be taken into account during evaluation, which means that young applicants and applicants that have had a career in industry are encouraged to apply.

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

We look for candidates who has experience with state-of-the art Electronic Design Automation and Electronic System Level tools for ASIC, FPGA, and/or System-on-Chip design, from specifications, via implementation, to verification and test. Other preferred qualifications include:

  • Interest in didactic development for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in digital hardware and embedded systems design.
  • Ability to attract funding and lead research and development projects in academia or industry.
  • Expertise in advanced testbench design and formal verification.
  • Expertise in power- and energy efficient digital hardware systems design.
  • Expertise in embedded hardware/software systems design and internet of things.
  • Expertise in safe, secure, and sustainable electronic systems design.
  • Expertise in mixed digital and analog systems design.

For one of the positions industrial experience is preferred.

Personal qualities

The successful candidate should possess the following character traits:

  • It is expected that he or she cooperates well with others and share knowledge and experience to support colleagues and teams. 
  • It is expected that he or she is self-motivated, taking  initiatives and responsibilities. She or he should be working for a stable and affirmative atmosphere and be supportive and encouraging towards colleagues when problems arise, being stable and trustworthy. 
  • He or she is strategic and analytical, communicate in a clear, precise, and structured manner, thereby achieving acceptance for ideas and plans.
  • The candidate is aware of own capabilities and limitations and is seeking to learn and develop.  

In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, education, experience and personal suitability will be taken into account, as well as motivation for the position.

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Application Process

You can find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

Salary and conditions

As a Associate Professor (code 1011) you are normally paid from gross NOK 560 000 – NOK 760 000 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. 

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/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 outlining proposed scope of research. Maximum 10 pages.
  • 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 Professor Per Gunnar Kjeldsberg, tel. +47 73594405, e-mail

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact 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: 15.02.2023.

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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Electronic Systems

The digitalization of Norway is impossible without electronic systems. We are Norway’s leading academic environment in this field, and contribute with our expertise in areas ranging from nanoelectronics, phototonics, signal processing, radio technology and acoustics to satellite technology and autonomous systems. Knowledge of electronic systems is also vital for addressing important challenges in transport, energy, the environment, and health. The Department of Electronic Systems is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 15th February 2023
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Gløshaugen