Professor/Associate Professor in Systems Engineering for Control Applications

Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary field focusing on design and management of complex systems over their life cycle from a holistic perspective. Systems-thinking principles and modelling methods are used to organize this process. A variety of competences such as requirements engineering, reliability, cross-disciplinary team coordination, testing and evaluation, maintainability and other disciplines are important when dealing with complex technological systems. A systems engineering approach ensures that all likely aspects of a project or system are being considered and included for an integrated solution.

In order to strengthen this field at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), two new complementary positions are established: One position at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics and one position at the Department of Electronic Systems. The successful candidates are expected to jointly develop a world-leading research community within systems engineering, together with existing faculty. It is also expected that they will contribute to safety, environmental and regulatory framework studies.

The position announced here will be affiliated with the Department of Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU’s Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. This position is one out of nine strategic professorships announced simultaneously at NTNU.

About the department

The Department of Engineering Cybernetics (Institutt for teknisk kybernetikk, ITK) has 25 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.

The workplace will be in Trondheim.

Job description

The professor/associate professor is expected to play a leading role in research and research-based education in systems engineering for control applications, in cooperation with 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 position is within the field of systems engineering for control applications. Relevant such applications include unmanned aerial systems, autonomous marine vessels, small satellite systems, underwater robots and other cyber-physical systems. In this context, systems engineering provides a holistic view on issues such as mission and requirements analysis, system/HW/SW architecture, functional design, modelling and simulation, system integration, regulatory frameworks, certification, safety, reliability, verification, environmental factors (temperature, pressure, humidity, mechanics and vibrations, emissions, radiation, etc.), electromagnetic compatibility, energy management, packaging, documentation and quality management.

Relevant areas of expertise include:

  • Optimization, systems and control theory
  • Modelling and simulation of dynamics
  • Sensor and navigation systems
  • Autonomous systems, robotics and artificial intelligence
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Safety and reliability engineering
  • Industrial computer systems
  • Industrial electronics and EMC
  • Embedded and real-time software engineering
  • Human-machine interaction
  • Design thinking and user centered design

Research activities are expected to have a strong international profile and impact, with a long-term perspective and to be concentrated around basic challenges and enabling technologies with relevance and importance for applications and industry.

The department has strong relationships with 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 systems engineering for control applications as listed 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.

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.

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 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 in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and assessments regarding the legislations regulating export control. The candidate must adhere to 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.

Salary conditions

The position as professor is normally remunerated with gross salary from NOK 611 700 to NOK 1 274 100 a year. 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 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. Young researchers are therefore encouraged to apply.

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

Reference no: IE 062-2018.

Application 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 151343
  • Internal ID 2018/10499
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Permanent

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