Professor/Associate Professor in Aquaculture Cybernetics

Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Department of Engineering Cybernetics

In collaboration with the leading aquaculture company SalMar ASA, NTNU is establishing a new professorship in Aquaculture Cybernetics. The main goals of the professorship will be to apply the framework of cybernetics to achieve increased understanding of biological farming conditions, improved fish welfare, more sustainable production, reduced environmental footprint and more efficient operations in aquaculture. For this purpose, SalMar’s Ocean Farm 1 pilot facility will be used actively, which is a full-scale aquaculture research infrastructure with a unique potential to drive the knowledge generation and development of new technology and standards necessary to achieve these goals.

The position will be affiliated with the Department of Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU’s Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

About the department

The Department of Engineering Cybernetics (Institutt for teknisk kybernetikk, ITK) has 24 professors, 17 adjunct professors, about 15 postdocs and researchers as well as 70 PhD candidates. Approximately 160 candidates graduate annually from the three MSc programs in cybernetics, which comprise over 700 students in total. Also, about 35 candidates graduate annually from the BSc study in electrical engineering with specialization in automation.

The research and educational activities at ITK include both fundamental and applied activities in areas such as automatic control and systems theory; estimation and optimization; cyber-physical systems; autonomous unmanned vehicles; robotics; ships and marine systems; process control; smart grids; offshore renewable energy; automated drilling; biomedical technology; safety-critical systems; embedded and real-time systems; systems engineering; and fisheries and aquaculture cybernetics.

ITK has an international profile with a strong ambition to be a leading international research unit within its field. Currently, two of ITK’s professors are IEEE Fellows. The department is involved in numerous research projects and centers, including the Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (NTNU AMOS). ITK's research activities are growing and we therefore aim to strengthen our capability and capacity in strategically important fields.

Job description

The professor/associate professor is expected to play a leading role in research and research-based education in aquaculture cybernetics in cooperation with the existing staff at ITK. She or he is also expected to establish collaboration with relevant colleagues at other departments at NTNU and within NTNU’s strategic research areas.

The professor/associate professor must be able to document outstanding research competence and merits in the interdisciplinary area of engineering cybernetics and aquaculture systems development, termed as aquaculture cybernetics.

In particular, research competence in the following areas is regarded as highly relevant for the position: Mathematical modelling; estimation and control of aquaculture processes and production systems; precision fish farming; computational and systems biology; oceanography; underwater instrumentation and robotics; and big data and advanced decision support systems.

The candidate must also demonstrate profound knowledge of the state-of-the-art, developing trends and future technological challenges for the Norwegian and international aquaculture industry.

Research activities are expected to have a strong international profile and impact, with a long-term perspective and to be concentrated around fundamental research challenges and development of new enabling technologies with relevance for and the aquaculture industry.

The department has strong relationships to Norwegian and international industry, with numerous joint research projects including applications in the maritime, offshore, energy, process, aquaculture and medical industries.

The research activities at the department rely mainly on external funding, and the development of educational programs may also receive external funding. The successful applicant is expected to engage extensively 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 sources.

MSc and PhD candidates from the cybernetics study programs are expected to be competitive in an international job market. The professor/associate professor will contribute toward the department’s educational profile and promote an excellent learning environment, in collaboration with colleagues, students and external stakeholders. Specifically, the professor/associate professor is expected to teach one course of the department’s MSc program and a specialization course at MSc or PhD level. She or he should supervise MSc students, PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows.

In addition to research and education, the professor/associate professor is expected to disseminate relevant parts of the research to a wider audience.

The professor/associate professor is also expected to participate in the formal management of research, education and other relevant areas of activity in agreement with the head of department.


The applicant is required to have a doctoral degree or equivalent in a relevant area, and demonstrate professional qualifications in essential areas of aquaculture cybernetics as defined in the job description, with profound scientific competence within one or more of these areas.

For a position as associate professor, the applicant should have a good publication record in terms of papers in peer-reviewed journals and other relevant international publication channels. Successful acquisition of external research grants, experience with research leadership and relevant collaboration with industry should be documented and will be rated positively. The candidate should have a research potential which makes it likely to qualify for a full professorship within five years of employment, even with normal teaching duties.

For a position as professor, the applicant should demonstrate international experience and have a strong publication record in terms of papers in peer-reviewed journals and other relevant international publication channels. The applicant should document the ability to obtain external research grants from relevant funding sources, be internationally recognized and be able to initiate and lead research at a high international level.

Concerning general criteria for the position, we refer to Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts:

For both position categories, the applicant should demonstrate the ability to develop educational activities and the learning environment. She or he should have experience with supervision of students or similar experience qualifying for such work.

The applicant should demonstrate communicative skills that qualify for excellent teaching, supervision and dissemination, and have good collaboration skills necessary for joint interdisciplinary projects.

Industrial experience and relevant collaboration with industry will be considered as highly beneficial.

Application requirements

The application should contain:

  • CV including information relevant for the qualifications and a full list of publications with bibliographical references
  • Diplomas and references
  • The most important publications that are relevant for the evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications (maximum 10 publications)
  • A brief description of the scientific/technological relevance of the candidate's research
  • Research proposal for the first five years of employment (maximum 10 pages)
  • Information about educational experience, including development of study programs, curricula, teaching experience, and development of teaching methods and the learning environment. See “Documentation of an applicant’s pedagogical qualifications”:
  • Information about dissemination activities
  • Other documents which the applicant would find relevant

Joint works will also be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a scientific collaboration, applicants are to enclose a short summary of her/his contribution.

Following the application deadline, a shortlist of applicants will be drawn up, and all applicants will be informed whether they are placed on the shortlist. Shortlisted applicants will be evaluated by an international expert committee. The top candidates from this evaluation will be invited for interviews and trial lectures. The evaluation will take into account not only the accumulated academic production but also the applicant’s potential for scientific development and personal qualities.

Formal regulations

If the candidate does not have prior formal pedagogical qualifications in university-level teaching, the candidate must complete a recognized course which gives a pedagogical qualification within the first two years of employment. NTNU offers such courses.

Proficiency in the English language must be documented. Proficiency in a Scandinavian language will be rated positively. New members of the academic staff who do not master a Scandinavian language are expected to achieve proficiency in Norwegian within three years of employment. This proficiency should correspond to level three in the “Norwegian for Foreigners” courses provided at NTNU.

Diversity is important to achieve a good, inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, regardless of gender, disability or cultural background.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations for State Employees and Civil Servants in Norway. The candidate must adhere to regulations that concern changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at NTNU.

Further details about the position can be obtained from Head of Department Morten Breivik, e-mail: .

The position as professor is normally remunerated with gross salary from NOK 605 400 to NOK 1 273 700 a year. The position as associate professor is normally remunerated with gross salary from NOK 485 700 to NOK 722 000 a year. 2% of the salary will be deducted as an obligatory premium to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have his or her name entered on the list of applicants.

Applications are to be submitted electronically through this page. Preferably, all attachments should be combined into a single file.

Reference no: IE 011-2018.

Application deadline: 2018-02-26.