Professor/Associate Professor in Fire Safety for Resilient and Sustainable Buildings

Trondheim, Norway
01 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) announces the following vacant Professor/Associate Professor in Fire Safety Engineering.

The Department has at present 26 professors and adjunct professors, 18 in other academic positions and 90 research fellows.

The Department has responsibility for the following disciplines: Water and Wastewater, Building and Construction, Marin Civil Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Roads Transport and Geomatics, Geotechnical Engineering and Bachelor in Civil Engineering, see

The Professor will have responsibility for teaching and research activities within the area of fire safety in buildings, structures and complex built environments.

The Professor shall develop R&D activities for arriving at knowledge to handle future challenges of the society in the context of Fire safety Engineering. This includes among other things; fire dynamics and simulation, material properties and behavior in fire, fire risk and vulnerability analysis and verification of fire safety. The latter two both encompass fire safety in buildings as well as societal safety and security issues related to fire threats.

The Professor belongs to the research group Building and Construction and the position will operate in a multidisciplinary environment of building and material technology, building physics, construction engineering, building information modeling, building performance simulation and facility management. All this is aiming for resilient and sustainable buildings, where fire safety is an area strongly coupled to the other areas. Fire safety of modern timber buildings and built environments with incorporated new technologies, technical systems and low carbon solutions and zero emission qualities, are topics of special interest. Experience with practical fire safety design from the Norwegian or Scandinavian building industry will be considered an advantage.

The Professor will contribute to research and teaching within relevant master programs. A genuine interest in teaching and following up on the students’ progress and work in the master programs is important. The Professor is responsible of teaching in courses like: Fire Technology, Fire Safety Engineering and Structural Fire Prevention, and furthermore to give the PhD course Fire Safety and Structural Engineering. Cooperation can be assumed with other courses regarding existing buildings and facility management.

NTNU has strong ties to and shares campus with SINTEF, the largest research company in Norway. At NTNU/SINTEF the professorship can find cooperation opportunities with other strong research communities, for instance within the fields of combustion, fluid dynamics and risk and vulnerability analysis. The Professor will to some extent, cooperate on master programs and research with RISE Fire Research AS, which is a company and a fire test laboratory in close proximity to Trondheim. Cooperation with the industry and its fire safety community is also expected.

The successful applicant for a professorship must be able to document his/her extensive disciplinary qualifications in important fields within the discipline. His/her individual work must document scientific expertise in one or more parts of the discipline, particularly the specialist fields the Professorship has specific responsibility for. Weight will be placed on the ability to supervise and initiate research and development work.

Weight will be placed on pedagogical skills. The evaluation of the candidate will be based on documented pedagogical material, including pedagogical education/training, the presentation of academic work, experience from supervising masters-level students and doctoral candidates, and teaching as well as other pedagogical matters. The evaluation will consider both the quality and the scope.

Academic staff who are employed without having a formal pedagogical qualification in university-level teaching and are unable to document equivalent qualifications, are required to successfully complete a recognized course that gives a pedagogical qualification in university-level teaching within two years of taking the appointment. The University offers such courses.

The applicants that have been short-listed will be invited for interviews and a demonstration of their pedagogical ability, usually in the form of a trial lecture. 

The Professor is to be jointly responsible for disciplinary matters together with other academic staff in the Department. The Professor is required to participate in teaching activities in accordance with the relevant curriculum and assist in further developing the teaching programme, including continuing education. The Professor is to supervise masters students, research fellows and doctoral candidates in his/her discipline. The Professor must agree to participate in administrative work.

The Professor is obliged to follow the regulations that concern changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at the University.

It is assumed that newly-employed staff in academic positions who do not already master a Scandinavian language are to obtain within three years knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language at an equivalent standard to level three in the Norwegian for Foreigners courses provided at the Department of language and communication studies. The University provides such courses. Mastering of a Scandinavian language beforehand will however be considered an advantage.

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

NTNU would like to increase the percentage of female scientists in academic positions, and its policy is outlined in its equal opportunities plan. The following initiatives are relevant here: Start package for women in male-dominated fields. Qualification scholarships and mentor program for women in academic positions.

The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Persons with immigrant background are encouraged to apply.

The position follows code 1013, and is remunerated with a minimum gross salary from NOK 605 400 per annum. Normally the position is remunerated with a minimum gross salary from NOK 617 400 to NOK 901 700 per annum. There will be a 2 % deduction to The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross salary.

Further details about the Professorship can be obtained from Professor Olav Torp, tel. +47 93 42 26 73, email

Applicants are asked to give an account of their pedagogical qualifications according to prepared guidelines ("Documentation of applicant’s pedagogical qualifications") which can be obtained from the following address on internet:

The following documents must be enclosed with the application:

  • Certified copies of certificates, testimonials and a list of academic work.
  • Academic work - published or unpublished - that has relevance to the evaluation of the applicant's qualifications by the evaluation committee (not more than 10 such submissions)
  • A description of all the academic work that the applicant feels is most significant and that he/she feels the evaluation committee should pay particular attention to
  • A list of all publications with bibliographical references.

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.

Applicants are asked to submit the application in English with regards to the evaluation process.

Applications are to be submitted via the link on this page. The file number for the position (IV-106/18) is to be clearly stated on the application.

The application deadline is 03.04.2018

According to the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicants has requested not to be included in the list of applicants.


  • Deadline Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Institutt for bygg og miljøteknikk
  • Jobbnorge ID 149004
  • Internal ID 2018/5041
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Engagement


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