Associate Professor in Brain MRS

Trondheim, Norway
09 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
22 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
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.

The tenure-track associate professor’s duties will primarily include research, but also include supervision, teaching, and other duties necessary to qualify for a permanent professor position within 6-7 years.

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 at the end of the tenure track period.

If the ‘final tenure assessment” is positive, s/he will be employed as a full-time professor.

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

NTNU is now announcing 16 tenure-track positions.

About the position

The candidate will work and conduct research at NorHEAD, the Norwegian Centre for Headache Research , and have access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure at the Norwegian 7T MR Centre along with the opportunity to cooperate with an exceptional research community of neurologists and researchers at the University Hospital of St. Olav and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), including the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience and the K.G. Jebsen Center for Alzheimer’s disease.

The candidates’ immediate leader is the head of The department for Neuromedicine and Movement Science.  

Duties of the position

  • The candidate is expected to initiate, lead, and contribute to the development and clinical application of in vivo ultra-high field metabolic MR and conduct research within the field of headache disorders. This includes developing sequences for in vivo spectroscopy and adjacent metabolic MR methods that enable non-invasive investigations into brain structure and function from molecules, through cells and to high order networks, to the benefit of a wide range of clinicians and researchers within neurology and neuroscience at NTNU and St Olav’s University Hospital.
  • The candidate is also expected to take part in international networks, establish new collaborations, and supervise students at all levels, while taking an active part in teaching at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at NTNU.

Required qualifications 

The Onsager Fellows programme is designed to attract talented early-career scholars, with documented excellent supervised work, with ambitious research plans to work independently and with the potential for scientific breakthrough.

You must have the qualifications required for the position of Associate Professor in the field of in-vivo ultra-high field metabolic MR of the human brain, as outlined in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts 

  • Your PhD, or comparable academic work, must be within the development and application of metabolic MR. The PhD should have been awarded no more than 5 years prior to the application deadline, excluding law entitled leave 
  • An excellent academic record within the field of MR physics and/or metabolic MR, demonstrating a strong potential for becoming a leading expert in the field.
  • Experience with MR sequence development.
  • Excellent oral and written 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 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 Siemens IDEA sequence development environment.
  • Experience in MRS data processing and analysis.
  • Experience from human in-vivo 1H and x-nuclei MRS, MRSI, CEST, hyperpolarized MRS, MRS-fMRI and related techniques.
  • Experience from ultra-high field human brain MR
  • Experience with clinical research.

Personal qualities

  • The applicant should be ambitious and motivated by the prospect of working in a high-paced scientific environment.
  • The applicant should have excellent cooperative skills.
  • The applicant should be able to work independently and motivated to initiate your own research leading up to a potential ERC application.

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer 

  • Collaboration with internationally recognised experts in an engaged and innovation- centered research environment, focusing on headache diseases and related fields within neurology and neuroscience, including fMRI research.
  • Access to advanced infrastructure at the Norwegian 7T MR Centre hosted by NTNU, including coils for x-nuclei MRS and MR elastography.
  • Access to clinical PET MR and PET CT systems, as well as a cyclotron and infrastructure for developing radiotracers.
  • Access to high quality preclinical MR systems, including 7T MR with PET insert and cryoprobe for rodents and 600 MHz systems for solid and liquid samples.
  • A start-up package, including one PhD position and a yearly research fund of up to NOK 200 000 for the first four years
  • Help with immigration and accommodation, if relevant
  • Possibility to conduct translational studies, combining basic research and clinical investigations.
  • Easy access to participants for clinical studies at the hospital and by partner organisations.
  • exciting and challenging tasks in a strong international academic environment 
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues 
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund 
  • employee benefits in accordance with Norwegian labour laws.
  • Nordic work-life balance.

Salary and conditions

As a Associate Professor (code 1011) you are normally paid from gross NOK 593 500 – NOK  728 100 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.Leave to which the candidate is entitled by law or collective agreement shall be excluded when calculating the time since finishing the PhD. 

Your application must include:

  • CV, diplomas, and certificates (CV should include details of projects for which you have served as project manager, duration, and scope).
  • 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 and interest areas you consider most relevant, which you particularly wish to be factored into the assessment – max 2 pages.
  • CV should include details of projects for which you have served as project manager, duration, and scope
  • Names and contact information for three relevant references.
  • 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)

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.

During the evaluation of best qualified candidacy, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also be assessed. Our assessment of the pedagogical skills will be based on documented pedagogical material, forms of presentation in your academic works, teaching experience, Ph.D., 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 Erling Andreas Tronvik, tel. +47 72575086, e-mail

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Hege Tverå Nilsson, 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: 22.02.2023


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Deadline 22nd February 2023
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service NTNU Campus Øyaww