Associate Professor in Applied Data and Service Science

Trondheim, Norway
16 Apr 2018
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01 Jun 2018
IE 087-2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applications for a full-time permanent associate professor in applied data and service science affiliated with the Department of Computer Science, in Trondheim (

Information about IDI - NTNU

The Department of Computer Science (IDI) has about 246 employees including 33 professors, 38 associate professors, 13 adjunct associate professors, 18 assistant professors, 30 postdoctoral researchers, approximately 90 active PhD. students, and 23 technical/administrative staff. More than 7,000 students study one or more courses at the department each year. IDI has offices in both Trondheim and Gjøvik, and the position described in this announcement will be located in Trondheim. To find out more about the department's research and educational activities please visit:

Background for the position

Over the last years, big data technologies have gradually found their way into mainstream information systems. A main result of the ongoing digitalization is the possibility of disruptions brought about by the abundance of big data sources on government and business services, their users and customers, as well as the environments in which they are generated. This data abundance creates new opportunities to develop smart and personalized information systems, but also raises new challenges for information systems engineers. To get organizational value and derive knowledge from big data, one needs to take into consideration many perspectives and focus on the combination of people – processes and technology.

To get value from big data in an organizational setting, knowledge about the core statistical and computer science techniques is not always sufficient. As the amount of available data continues to increase, so does the demand for professionals who have the necessary skills to manage and analyze this data. It is commonly acknowledged, that the biggest challenge faced in light of the data revolution is finding people with the required set of skills to transform data into actionable insight.

The applicant should have knowledge at least 3 or more of the following areas

  • Structuring and analyzing content (web-based, sensor-based) in a meaningful way suitable for timely decision making in agile and proactive enterprises
  • Foresee and analyse the impacts of data in an organizational context
  • Techniques for working with high volumes of unstructured data
  • Derive knowledge from data and data and knowledge visualization
  • Design Science and Service design
  • Data-enabled business model development and innovation
  • Data-driven personalized information systems

Expertise in these areas can be based on work in related fields such as big data analytics, semantic web, data and process mining, knowledge modelling, service innovation, design science, emergent enterprise modeling and enterprise architecture.

This position is one of nine strategic professorships announced at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), see

Requirements and qualifications

Applicants must have a doctorate in one of the above-mentioned areas.

Applicants should have a solid list of peer reviewed publications within one or more of these fields. Documented research funding from relevant sources and experience from leading research projects will be added weight. Further emphasis will be placed on educational skills and education. This assessment will be based on documented pedagogical competence, including educational education / experience, form of presentation in scientific work, experience from supervision and teaching, as well as educational background of another kind. In the assessment, both quality and breadth will be considered.

The candidate's personal aptitude and motivation for the position will be assigned great weight in the selection process.

Newly employed academic staffs who do not already master a Scandinavian language are required to obtain knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within three years of taking up the position. This must be of a standard equivalent to Level 3 in the Norwegian for Foreigners courses provided by the Department of Linguistics. Courses are available at the University.

Concerning general criteria for the position, we refer to the Norwegian regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and rese posts:

Application requirements

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

The application should contain:

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s experience, competence and motivation for applying the position
  • Research proposal for the first five years of employment (maximum 8 pages)
  • CV including information pertaining to the given qualifications and a full list of publications with bibliographical references
  • Testimonials and certificates
  • A description of the educational research or development work of the candidate.
  • The most important publications that are relevant for the evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications (maximum 10 publications)
  • Documentation of an applicant’s pedagogical qualifications:
  • Information about dissemination activities
  • Other documents which the applicant would find relevant.
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to applicant, e-mail and telephone number)

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.

NTNU expressively invites applications from qualified female scientists.

After the application deadline, a shortlist of applicants will be drawn up, and all applicants will be informed as to whether or not they have made the list. An expert committee will evaluate all shortlisted applicants. The top applicants from this evaluation will be invited for interviews and trial lectures.

The successful applicant should start before 1st of January 2019, but an earlier start date is preferable.

Formal regulations

Academic staff employed without prior formal pedagogical qualifications in university-level teaching, are required to complete a recognized course that gives a pedagogical qualification within two years of taking up the appointment. NTNU offers such courses.

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

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations for State Employees and Civil Servants and assessments regarding the legislations regulating export control.

The associate professor should adhere to regulations that concern changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at NTNU.


Associate professor follows code 1198 with gross salary level 490 900 - 722 400 per year depending on seniority and qualifications. 2% of the salary is deducted as a compulsory contribution to the Government 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

Further details about the associate professorship can be obtained from Department Head Professor John Krogstie. Phone: +47 934 17 551, email:

For information about processing of applications, please contact Senior Executive Officer Anne Kristin Bratseth, Phone (+47) 73 59 67 15, e-mail: 

Mark the application: IE 087-2018

Deadline: 2018-06-01

About this job

  • Deadline Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 151356
  • Internal ID IE 087-2018
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Permanent

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