Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Planning

Trondheim, Norway
19 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
09 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

The Department of Architecture and Planning (IAP) is seeking a candidate for a position as Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Planning with special emphasis on engaging actively with the Sustainable Development Goals in the context of planning theory and practice.

IAP is one of four departments at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at NTNU. The department offers education at bachelor, master’s, and PhD level in Architecture, and at master´s and PhD level in Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Ecological Planning, as well as Real Estate and Facilities Management. The department conducts research within the professional fields of the study programs as well as research on Smart Cities.

The successful candidate will be associated with the group in Planning at IAP and take part in teaching and research within this field. The candidate will be responsible for teaching in the field of Planning and is expected to actively contribute to research activities at the department as well as collaborating with other NTNU faculties and external partners as regional and municipal planning authorities as well as private and non-governmental organizations.

NTNU offers an excellent context for interdisciplinary research and the department cooperates with departments at the faculties of engineering, social and educational sciences, natural sciences, and medicine and health sciences.

Your immediate leader is Head of Department

Duties of the position

  • The management and development of high-quality teaching activities at our Master's programs in Planning, and at other programs offered by the department when required.
  • Teaching of courses in Regional- and Municipal Planning, and Integrated Land Use and Transportation Planning, Placemaking and Site Analysis.
  • Initiate and develop new research and engage in applications for external research funding, e.g., from the Research Council of Norway, European research and educational agencies, the industry sector, and other available resources.
  • Conduct research on the level of international standards, coordinate research projects, and to publish individually and in teams in international per-review journals.  
  • Supervise PhD students and engage in PhD education.
  • Administrative work related to managing teaching and research. 

Required qualifications 

Associate Professor: 

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

  • Your PhD, or competence at a corresponding level documented by academic work of the same scope and quality, and scientific experience must be primarily in the field of Urban and Regional Planning or a field that is relevant within a public planning system and its procedures, formal rules and laws.
  • You must document profound research-based knowledge, or extended practice experience, or a combination of research and practice within urban and regional planning fields with a clear focus on sustainable urban development.
  • Good written and oral communication in English

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

  • Master`s degree in Architecture, Civil Engineering or Geography are preferred, candidates from other disciplines with relevant research and teaching experience in the field of Urban and Regional Planning.
  • Applicants that can document a combined experience from planning practice and research.
  • Documented research or practice experience within the context of the Norwegian Planning and Building Act or a Scandinavian planning system.
  • Skills in GIS and digital planning tools.
  • Research experience demonstrated through successful funds applications, coordination, and participation in research projects, as well as publications and peer-review in scientific journals.
  • Good written and oral communication in a Norwegian or another Scandinavian language.

Personal qualities

  • Good communication and dissemination capabilities
  • Ability to work independently as well as in teams
  • Interest in interdisciplinary teaching and research  
  • Strong interpersonal skills

We offer 

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 604.700 – 825.900 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
  • Academic works – published or unpublished – that you wish to be considered during assessment of your application (up to 10 works)
  • 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 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)
  • 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.

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 Lise Linge, tel. +47 46421672, e-mail

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Astrid Steine Lyngby, 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: February 9th 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 Architecture and Planning

Our fields of expertise are architecture, urban design, physical and urban ecological planning, Smart Cities as well as real estate development and facilities management. We also work with ambient aesthetics, land use and transport planning, urban renewal, densification and urban redevelopment, as well as urban ecological planning in lower income countries. The Department of Architecture and Planning is one of four departments in the Faculty of Architecture and Design

Deadline 9th February 2023
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Gløshaugen