Associate Professor in Human Geography

Trondheim, Norway
23 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
02 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Full Time

Associate Professor in Human Geography specializing in quantitative methods at the Department of Geography

The Department of Geography is advertising a permanent position as Associate Professor in Human Geography specializing in quantitative methods. The Department has defined four strategic areas: Natural Hazards and the Effects of Climate Change; Environment, Resources, and Management; Mobility, Transnationalism and Inequality; and Innovation and Regional Change ( The position is open across all strategic areas.

About the Department

Currently, the Department employs 9 Professors, 10 Associate Professors, 6 researchers and 9 PhD candidates. The Department offers a stimulating, vibrant and international work environment. The Department has about 400 students.

Qualifications and obligations

The successful applicant must demonstrate a strong research and teaching profile as well as documented experience within Human Geography, including quantitative methods, relevant for one or more of the strategic areas. Demonstrated competence in GIS will be positively evaluated.

The person appointed to the advertised position will have specific responsibility for teaching in courses in quantitative methods at bachelor and master’s levels. The successful candidate will also be required to contribute to teach other courses in human geography at bachelor and master’s levels as well as to participate in teaching activities in accordance with the relevant curriculum and to take part in further developing the teaching programmes. The Associate Professor will participate in work connected to student exams without special remuneration.

The Associate Professor will take an active part in developing the Department’s research activities. He or she will also have the right and obligation to carry out research within his/her academic field, including to contribute and to develop the relevant research group and strategic field(s). He or she will be jointly responsible for academic matters together with academic as well as administrative staff in the Department. The Associate Professor will be obliged to follow the regulations that concern changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at NTNU.

The successful applicant must document comprehensive professional qualifications within one or across the relevant field(s) on a level at a minimum equal to a Norwegian PhD degree. Applicants with documented ability to publish in recognized international scientific journals are preferred. In the evaluation process, scientific work from the past five years will be given particular weight. The successful applicant must also demonstrate ability to obtain external research funding.

Any person employed without university pedagogical qualifications or other documented equivalent qualifications will be required to attend and complete a course in university pedagogics within two years. NTNU offers such courses. For further information see:

Pedagogical qualifications will also be evaluated. This evaluation will be based on documented pedagogical material, pedagogical education, presentational skills in the applicant’s scientific work, experience in supervising PhD or master’s candidates, and other teaching and pedagogical experience.

Personal skills will be ascribed high importance, i.e. motivation and ability to contribute constructively to a team, collegiality, and good communication skills. 

The best qualified candidates will be invited to deliver a trial lecture and attend an interview at the Department.

Payment and working conditions

Salary for Associate Professor: Salary Code 1011, starting salary NOK 490 500 minimum per year. The successful candidate will normally be paid between NOK 499,100 and NOK 649,800 per year. By law, 2% of the gross salary will be paid to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from salary deductions.

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The employee is expected to accept possible changes in work tasks. Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

The total work obligation is divided into research, teaching and administration. The division between these fields of work obligation will vary, but approximately equal time should be devoted to research and teaching.

Employees in academic positions who are not already fluent in a Scandinavian language must within three years obtain knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language at an equivalent standard to Level 3 in the Norwegian for Foreigners courses provided at the Department of Language and Literature, NTNU. The University provides such courses.


Applicants must submit within the application deadline the following documents through the application website

The application should include:

  • application letter
  • CV and authorised documentation of certificates and study records
  • Published work (normally 5-10 submissions)
  • A description of all academic work by the applicant that she/he considers most significant and that he/she wishes the evaluation committee to pay particular attention to
  • A list of all publications with bibliographical references.
  • Co-authored work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the individual contributions to a co-authored work, applicants must enclose a short descriptive summary of what he/she has contributed to the work.

A major political objective is to achieve an age and gender balance in the national labour force and to recruit people with an immigrant background. Immigrants are encouraged to apply for the position. Information about applicants may be open to public inspection according to the Freedom of Information Act.

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting Head of Department, Per Arne Stavnås, phone +47 99 29 03 86 or e-mail

Queries about the application process should be directed to the HR-section via e-mail to Aaste Line Strand,

The application including attachments must be sent electronically through:

Attachments may also be sent to: NTNU, Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway. Please mark the application SU-121. 


  • Deadline Wednesday, May 2, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Dragvoll
  • Jobbnorge ID 150197
  • Internal ID 2018/4427
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Permanent


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