Professor or Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry

Trondheim, Norway
20 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Apr 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), announces an open position as Professor or associate Professor within the field of organic chemistry, specifically directed to synthesis of organic electronic materials. We seek applicants that demonstrate research competence and experience at a high international level within organic chemistry, who can strengthen current research activities in organic chemistry for energy applications. The applicant should also demonstrate experience of and visions for building an internationally recognized research group with accompanying educational activities.

About the department
The current research areas of the Department for Chemistry include organic chemistry, theoretical chemistry, energy technology, medicinal technology, environmental and analytical chemistry and marine chemistry. The department teaches organic chemistry, analytical and environmental chemistry and applied theoretical chemistry.

The department has at present 13 professors, 8 associate professors, 3 adjunct professors, 10 postdoctoral researchers and 18 research fellows.

For more information about the department and its activities, see the web page

Job description
The Department of Chemistry aims to maintain a wide base of competence within organic chemistry including methods in organic synthesis. The announced position is directed to develop recently initiated research efforts within synthesis of organic electronic materials, with applications in solar cells, light emitting diodes (OLEDs), and field-effect transistors (OFETs).  It is expected that the candidate takes a leading position within organic electronic materials at the department of chemistry. A long-term strategic goal of the department is to establish an internationally highly recognized research environment in this field. The research area of the announced position will complement and strengthen ongoing activities at the department and at the faculty, having several research groups in energy technology.

The Professor/Associate Professor is to be jointly responsible for matters regarding the discipline together with other academic staff in the Department and is expected to contribute to teaching activities in the relevant curriculum and assist in further developing the teaching programme, including continuing education. The Professor/Associate Professor will have specific responsibility for teaching courses in organic chemistry. In addition to his/her own specialty, the candidate should be able to lecture basic organic chemistry and physical organic chemistry. Furthermore, he/she is expected to supervise master students, research fellows and doctoral candidates in his/her discipline and to partake in the departmental administrative work. It is also expected that the candidate will contribute to the further development of national and international collaboration.

We are seeking candidates with strong potential for leadership in research and education, and commitment to high quality and ground-breaking research. Applicants should show potential to develop a strong program of externally funded research and scholarships, both through national and European sources. The preferred candidate is expected to strengthen the existing research activity at NTNU within organic chemistry and the effort to bring selected research activities to the international forefront.

Candidates should hold a PhD in organic chemistry and document strong research activities in organic synthesis with focus on organic electronic materials. Extensive teaching experience in organic chemistry is also required.

Significant emphasis will be placed on teaching and communication skills. Evaluation of the applicants will be based on documented materials, including pedagogical training, presentation of academic work, previous experience from supervision and teaching of master level and PhD candidates, as well as other related skills. Quality and scope will be evaluated.

Candidates for the position must have established excellent research and publication track record in the field of competence. He/She should demonstrate extensive teaching and supervision experience, established international scientific collaborations, administrative experience, and have a proven ability to attract external funding. Candidates for an Associate Professor position must as a minimum have two years of experience after the PhD degree, demonstrate strong scientific development and international experience as well as relevant teaching and supervision experience. Evaluation of candidates for both hiring levels (Associate Professor and Professor) will be based on scientific accomplishments and future potential.

The Professor/Associate Professor is obliged to adhere to regulations that concern changes and developments within the relevant fields of research and teaching, and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at the University.

Academic staff that is unable to document formal pedagogical qualifications in university-level teaching is required to successfully complete a recognized course that gives a pedagogical qualification in university-level teaching within two years of taking up the appointment. Courses are available at the University.

Newly employed academic staff who do not speak or write a Scandinavian language are required to obtain knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within three years of taking up an appointment. This must be of a standard that is equivalent to Level three in the “Norwegian for Foreigners” courses provided by the Department of Linguistics, NTNU.

Terms of employment
The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants.

At NTNU you will have various and challenging tasks in an international research and development environment.

The position as Professor/Associate Professor is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

As a member of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund you are offered:
• A good pension for life
• A favorable housing loan interest
• Good insurance schemes

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

For more information about the position, contact Department Head Marie-Laure Olivier,
e-mail:  or Professor Bård Helge Hoff,

The application
The application should contain:
• CV including list of publications with bibliographical references, and contact details for three referees 
• Testimonials and certificates
• The most relevant publications – published or unpublished – that has relevance to the evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications (maximum 10)
• A brief description of the scientific and technological relevance of the candidate’s research
• Research plan (maximum 10 pages)
• A brief statement of teaching experience. Applicants are asked to describe their pedagogical qualifications in accordance with “Documentation of an applicant’s pedagogical qualifications“, which can be found at:  
• Other documents which the applicant would like to present
• If relevant, a list of supervised projects with information on funding agency, years of duration and the funds received.

Joint work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a joint piece of work, applicants are to enclose a short descriptive summary of what he/she did in this connection.

The application and the description of academic works for evaluation must be submitted in English.

The application should only be sent electronically through
The position’s reference number is NV-20/17.

Closing date: 2017-04-24

About this job

  • Deadline 4/24/2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 133955
  • Internal ID NV-20/17
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Permanent

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