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Assistant Professor in Urban Ecological Planning

Trondheim, Norway
NOK 836.833.- per year
Closing date
24 Jun 2024

About the job

The Department of Architecture and Planning has the pleasure of announcing a temporary substitute Assistant Professorship for 50% for a period of three years. 

The position is associated with the two-year international MSc program in Urban Ecological Planning (UEP). The program is focused on addressing complex urban challenges within the context of uncertainty and resource scarcity, with a developing focus on enabling just climate transition. A practice-based program, UEP is centered around a participatory and transformational approach to urban planning and development. Research interests in the group range from decolonizing planning discourses, adaptive approaches in planning practice, informality and governance, public space and the commons and urban heritage as a resource. 

Your immediate leader will be head of department.

Duties of the position

  • The position entails teaching in the Master’sprogram in Urban Ecological Planning.  
  • Relevant courses that deal with participatory methods in planning, radical planning theory and theories of public space will be prioritised. A transdisciplinary focus on the relationship between planning and social science is an integral part of the courses. 
  • This position will also involve supervision of master students on relevant research themes.  
  • The candidateis expected to contribute to the developmen tof courses in collaboration with other departments within NTNU such as the Department of Sociology and Department of Geography.  
  • Participation in the field-based teaching in the program.

Required selection criteria

Assistant Professor (universitetslektor):

The position of Assistant Professor/universitetslektor within (subject area) requires that you meet the criteria in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-6.

  • You must have a professionally relevant background with a Master’s Degree within urban planning, physical planning, architecture. Applicants witha social science background (geography, sociology, political science, development studies) may apply, how ever would have to demonstrate professional experience in planning practice.  
  • The candidate should have relevant research experience aligned with existing research portfolio and interests within the UEP research group.  
  • In accordance with NTNU's Regulations and local procedures for academic staff you must document relevant basic competence for teaching and supervision at university/higher education-level:
    • Completed programme in higher education teaching (minimum 200 hours) / relevant courses and practical teaching experience, and acquired basic skills in planning, executing, evaluating and developing teaching and supervision activities (basic teaching and supervision competence at higher education level. If you do not fulfil the criteria at the time of the appointment, you will be required to complete an approved course in university teaching within two years of commencement. NTNU offers qualifying courses.

It is a prerequisite that within three years of appointment, new employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language can demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three in the course for Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience in lecturing and supervision at Master’s studies level is preferred.  
  • Good written and oral English language skills.

 Personal characteristics

  • Team player
  • Good communicationskills  
  • Interest in working in a multi-cultural team  
  • Values inclusion, diversityand equity  

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Assitant Professor (universitetslektor) (code 1009) is normally from NOK 509.300.- to NOK 836.833.- per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to 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 that you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out 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.

The application must include: 

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • 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 list of your previousacademic works, with details on where they have been published 
  • A description of the academic/artistic works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be taken into accountin the assessment  
  • Name and contact information of three relevant referees 

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

In the assessment of the best-qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position. You will be expected to deliver high-quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and undertake supervision. 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.

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 great emphasis on your scientific work from the last five years.

Your application will be considered by an Expert Committee and the most suitable applicants will be invited to an interview and to deliver a teaching demonstration.

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.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Head of Department Lise Linge, email . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Adviser Astrid S. 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: 24.06.24


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 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 24th June 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Høgskoleringen 1, 7491 Trondheim

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