Associate Professor in Cognitive Network and Service Management

Trondheim, Norway
16 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE) ( at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applications for a full-time associate professorship in Cognitive Network and Service Management affiliated with the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK)

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

Information about the department

The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology has 33 permanent scientific staff members, and in total approximately 80 employees. 50 persons work at NTNUs campus in Gjøvik and 30 at NTNUs campus in Trondheim. IIK carries out internationally competitive research organized in seven cross-disciplinary labs covering the academic areas of Internet of Things (IoT), Applied Cryptology, Intelligent Transport Systems, Quantifiable Performance and Dependability of Communication Systems, Biometry, Digital Forensics, and Information Security. The department provides teaching in BSc in IT Operations and Information Security, MSc programmes in Communication technology and Information Security, and PhD programmes in Telematics and Information Security. The department hosts and operates NTNUs Center for Cyber and Information Security, a public-private partnership with 25 members.

The successful candidate will join IIK either in Trondheim or in Gjøvik.

Fields of research and teaching

The associate professor is expected to play a leading role in research and research based education in Cognitive Network and Service Management in cooperation with the existing staff. Network management faces a significant number of challenges and opportunities resulting from the availability of several disruptive technologies. The softwarisation through Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) of the network substrate is an example of such technologies, where commonly distributed networking information is replaced by simpler elements and logically centralized knowledge. The development of network and service management towards a cognitive paradigm is fundamental for exploiting this knowledge handling highly dynamic services and network topologies. The virtually unlimited possibilities resulting from the implementation of SDN and NFV render classical optimisation impractical, while requirements become increasingly more demanding on performance, security, availability and reliability. New cognitive techniques enabled by Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) will be a pivoting point for supporting several complex activities with a high societal impact. Such activities include Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), Smartgrids, Manufacturing, Public Services and Health. For this position, we seek an expert w­ith track record within both network management and AI/ML.

Relevan­t areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:

  • Network and service management
  • Artificial intelligence / Machine learning
  • New network architectures and paradigms (SDN/NFV, 5G...)

Research activities are expected to have a strong international profile and impact. The research on cognitive network and service management should have a long-term perspective according to the strategy of the institute and be concentrated around basic challenges and enabling technologies.

Responsibilities and duties

MSc and PhD candidates from the study programs of the faculty are expected to be competitive in an international job market. The associate professor will play a leading role in developing the educational profile in cognitive network and service management and ensuring an excellent learning environment, in collaboration with colleagues, students, and external stakeholders. The faculty’s study programs should have a strong international profile, and the associate professor is expected to be able to contribute to the development of international alliances and collaboration. The associate professor is expected to teach relevant courses at all levels and should supervise MSc and PhD students. Continued education is included in the portfolio of educational activities.

The research activities of the department rely crucially on external funding, and the development of educational programs may also receive external funding. The associate professor is expected to work actively to receive research grants and other external income from the Research Council of Norway, Nordic and European research and educational agencies, relevant industry, and other available sources.

In addition to research and education, an associate professor is expected to be able to disseminate relevant parts of her/his research to a wider audience.

The associate professor is expected to participate in the formal management of research, education, and other relevant areas of activity in agreement with the Department Head.


The applicant should demonstrate professional qualifications within essential areas of cognitive network and service management and scientific competence within one or more areas of specialty. She or he should have a good publication record in terms of papers in peer-reviewed journals and other relevant international publication channels. Documented external funding and experience with research leadership will be rated positively. A person employed in the category of associate professor should have research potential which makes it likely to qualify for full professorship within five years of employment, even with normal teaching burdens.

The applicant should demonstrate the ability to develop educational activities and the learning environment. She or he should have experience in the supervision of master and doctoral students or similar experience qualifying for such work. The applicant should demonstrate communicative skills that qualify for excellent teaching, supervision, and dissemination.

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

Formal regulations

If the candidate does not have prior formal pedagogical qualification 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 candidates to apply, regardless of the gender, disability or cultural background.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and assessments regarding the legislations regulating export control. The candidate must adhere regulations that concern changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at NTNU.

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 position can be obtained from Associate Professor Frank Alexander Kraemer, e-mail:, Professor Bjarne E. Helvik, e-mail:, or Head of Department Nils Kalstad Svendsen, e-mail:

Salary Conditions

The position as Associate Professor is normally remunerated with gross salary from NOK 490.900 to NOK 722.400 a year. 2% of the salary will be deducted as an obligatory premium to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Application requirements

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

The application must contain:

  • CV including information pertaining to the given qualifications and a full list of publications with bibliographical references.
  • Testimonials and certificates.
  • The most important publications that are relevant for the evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications (maximum 10 publications). Joint works will also be evaluated. If the contributions from individuals in a scientific collaboration are not obvious, the applicant must enclose a short summary of her/his contribution.
  • A brief description of the scientific/technological relevance of the candidate's research with respect to the requirements of this advertisement.
  • A research proposal for the first few years of employment (maximum 5 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 or not. Shortlisted applicants will be evaluated by an international expert committee. The top candidates from this evaluation will be invited for trial lectures and interview. The evaluation will take into account not only the accumulated academic production, but also the candidate’s potential for scientific development and personal suitability. Young researchers are therefore encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: June 1, 2018.

Reference no: IE-060-2018.

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 151125
  • Internal ID 2018/10018
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Permanent

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