Innovation Manager in Health and Sport Sciences

Trondheim, Norway
26 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
21 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

We are looking for a creative Innovation Manager who can work closely with researchers to realize new innovative solutions to optimise a healthy lifestyle and sport performance in the new age of remote health care, welfare, and elite sport performance. In collaboration with industrial partners and/or public sector(s), we aim to identify and transfer scientific knowledge from ideas into commercial products or services.

The position is a part of NTNU’s Strategic Programme for Knowledge-Based Innovation, where NTNU is appointing 15 new innovation managers who will work together with world leading research environments to extract more innovations in the coming years. The innovation managers, whilst located on different campus sites, will participate in tailored group workshops and meetings aimed at facilitating broader discussion, collaboration and strengthening both communication and networks, starting in the autumn 2018.

Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science will be the host institution for one position and the successful applicant will work closely with Centre for Elite Sports Research (SenTIF) and K.G. Jebsen Centre for Exercise in Medicine at Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging.

The candidate will have his/her workspace at K.G. Jebsen Centre for Exercise in Medicine at Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, and at SenTIF localized at St. Olavs Hospital and Granåsen (both Trondheim), respectively.

These two centres represent a continuum of health status from the very diseased patients with poor health up to world-class athletes with optimized performance and extremely good health, focusing on improving and optimising health and world-class sports performance. 

Work description - Transforming knowledge into benefit

The innovation manager’s most important responsibility is to realize more of the innovation potential in research and research collaboration.

You will have a position in the discipline of innovation, in which key responsibilities will be to: 

  • Explore research results to identify and realize ideas for potential innovations
  • Help to increase innovative activity within the two centres
  • Realize research-based innovation together with partners
  • Develop a culture of innovation and work methods in the two centres
  • Increase the visibility of innovation activity in our academic communities and collaborative partners
  • Participate in relevant strategic arenas  

You will be a door-opener for new opportunities for cooperation, working with leading expert communities at NTNU and in a team with other innovation managers.

You will have an opportunity to develop unique expertise and will be an important contributor to realizing NTNU’s strategy and mission.

Requirements for the position

We are looking for a candidate with relevant experience in transferring knowledge into commercial products or services. Documented experience in research and/or innovation is a requirement as well as academic expertise in relevant areas. Completed education in a relevant field at least at master’s level, or equivalent documented prior learning and work experience is a requirement. Doctoral skills may be an advantage. The successful candidate must have sound knowledge of Norwegian business and industry as well as public policy and funding programmes for research and innovation.

Hands-on experience in the following areas will be an advantage: Innovation processes and management, business development, experience from innovation processes in private and/or public sector.

In addition, we are looking for candidates who:

  • Have the ability to create results and stimulate new activity
  • Understand the importance of research-based innovation and have excellent business and market insight
  • Have strong strategic skills and are capable of structuring complex problem formulations
  • Have good communication skills, both oral and written, and can work effectively together with people from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and affiliation
  • Create contacts and help to strengthen a culture of innovation
  • Can work both independently and in teams
  • Have a talent for inspiring confidence and building relationships

Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability in the selection process.  

Salary and conditions of employment

Depending on qualifications and academic background, researchers (code 1109) / (1108) will be remunerated at a minimum of NOK 417 000 per year before tax. Normal wage level is NOK 500 000 – 700 000, depending on qualifications. A deduction of 2 % is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. 

This position is permanent, with funding for three years from NTNU’s Strategic Programme for Knowledge-Based Innovation. The successful candidate is expected to start the position 1st September 2018.

The appointment is subject to the conditions in effect at any time for government employees. The person appointed must comply with decisions on changes resulting from developments in the subject area, and the organizational changes that may result from decisions regarding the university’s activities. 

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. If necessary, we will adapt the workplace for people with disabilities. Increasing the number of women in academic positions is an important priority for the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and we encourage especially women to apply for the position.

NTNU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from both EU/EEA and non-EU countries. The university is strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from members of ethnic minorities.

More information regarding moving to Trondheim, Norway and working at NTNU:

Successful applicants will be invited to an interview.

How to apply:

Applicants are asked to apply via this page. The application should contain the following:

  • Applicants’ CV (including list of publications, relevant former positions and references) and copy of relevant transcripts and diplomas.
  • Short statement on the applicant’s personal qualifications and motivation for the position.
  • Short statement from a former colleague/employer.
  • Contact information for two references.
  • Other relevant attachments.

Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree: .

Deadline for applications: 21.05.2018

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Øyvind B. Sandbakk, telephone +47 91187691, e-mail or Professor Ulrik Wisløff, telephone +47 7282 8113, e-mail:

For information concerning the application process, please contact HR Advisor Marta Aandahl, telephone + 47 90553511, e-mail

Please note that under the Norwegian Civil Service Act, information about applicants may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be included on the list of applicants.

About this job

  • Deadline Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 149870
  • Internal ID 2018/8782
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Permanent

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