Innovation Manager in Chemical Engineering

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

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Department of Chemical Engineering

A position as innovation manager is available at the Department of Chemical Engineering, which is hosting two centres for research based innovation (SFI):  

  • SUBPRO (Subsea Production and Processing)
  • iCSI (industrial Catalysis Science and Innovation)

Both SUBPRO and iCSI have a huge potential for developing academic research into innovation in close collaboration with the industry, through commercialization of new ideas into new processes, products and services, licensing and start-up of spin-off projects or new companies. 
The appointment is permanent and is financed for 3 years.

The Department of Chemical Engineering performs research and education on sustainable conversion of raw materials into products and energy that the world needs. Current research areas include catalysis, colloid and polymer chemistry, environmental engineering, reactor technology and process systems engineering. 

The department has long traditions for cooperation with industry and business, and external financing typically accounts for half of the department's economy. This results in a large group of PhD candidates / researchers / postdocs who work in close contact with the industry on projects with high potential for innovation. Students take direct part in this work during their master degree. Projects at the department have already resulted in new businesses and development of new solutions and knowledge-based improvements. 
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SUBPRO is a Centre for research-based innovation (SFI) within subsea production and processing of oil and gas. SUBPRO also includes participation from Department of Geoscience and Petroleum and Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, also with strong traditions on industry oriented research and innovation in their branch segments.

The centre has an total budget of 250 million NOK for the period 2015-2023 and is supported by the Research Council of Norway and several major international oil companies and suppliers. The oil and gas industry in Norway has a successful history of transferring R&D results into innovative solutions. The scientists in SUBPRO work in close cooperation with the industry partners to obtain industrial utilization of the results from the academic research. 

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iCSI - industrial Catalysis Science and Innovation - is a Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) between three research institutions (NTNU, SINTEF, UiO) and five industrial partners (Yara, KA Rasmussen, Dynea, Inovyn, Haldor Topsøe AS).  The iCSI basic vision is to establish an integrated competence and technology platform in catalysis that promotes world-class energy and raw material efficiency and allows spin-off activities in the different directions of prime interest for the industrial partners. The iCSI total budget is 192 MNOK for the period 2015-2023.

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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 in depth to identify and realize ideas for potential innovations
  • Help to increase innovative activity with clusters, centres and strategic areas of focus as a starting point
  • Realize research-based innovation together with partners
  • Further develop a culture of innovation and work methods in the discipline of  chemical engineering innovation in our academic communities
  • 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 

You must have 

  • Documented experience in research and/or innovation
  • Completed education in a relevant field at least at master’s level, or equivalent documented prior learning and work experience. Doctoral skills may be an advantage.  
  • Academic expertise in relevant areas
  • Good Knowledge of Norwegian business and industry structures as well as public policy and funding programmes for research and innovation 
  • Good written and oral skills in Norwegian or other Scandinavian language, and English

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 

This an academic position placed in code 1108 or 1109 (researcher). Remuneration will be based on seniority and qualifications. A deduction of 2 % is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The position is permanent, with funding for three years from NTNU’s Strategic Programme for Knowledge-Based Innovation. 
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. NTNU is an Inclusive Working Life (IA) enterprise.  

We especially encourage women to apply.

Terms of employment

The appointment of the candidate will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. The positions are remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.
For more information please contact Head of Department Jens-Petter Andreassen, tel 73594209/92032209, email

The application

The applicants should submit an application letter, a CV, certified copies of certificates of education, publications, patents and other scientific works (if any), certified copies of documentation on English language proficiency, and contact details for two reference persons.

Applications must be submitted electronically through
Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.
The reference number of the position is: NV-56/18

Application deadline: 2018-05-21


  • Deadline Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 151128
  • Internal ID NV-56/18
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Permanent


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