Associate Professor in Didactics of Information Technology Education

Trondheim, Norway
15 May 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Jun 2018
IE 114-2018
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 permanent associate professor in Computer Science affiliated with the Department of Computer Science (IDI), in Trondheim (

Information about the department

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 and

IDI is the host Center of excellence in IT education (Excited) that started in 2017 lasting 5 + 5 year . The person appointed in this position is expected to be a key player in the center.

The position

The candidate is expected to have a leading role in research and research-based teaching in the field of IT didactics, the department’s continuing and further education course for teachers, the informatics specialization of teacher education in science and basic subjects in programming, especially for first year students. Research activities are expected to have a strong international profile and weight. Research should have a long-term perspective in accordance with the Institute's strategy and be centered around basic issues in education research in information technology. The institute specifically wishes to strengthen research activities related to the improvement of learning outcomes for major programming subjects in the early stages of the study.

The one who receives the position will participate in regular education including further education, and provide relevant courses at all levels. He or she is going to supervise bachelor, master and PhD students. In particular, supervisory assignments associated with teacher education in science will be central.

He or she is expected to actively seek research support and other external resources from national and international sources and is expected to convey relevant parts of his research to a further audience, as well as participate in the administration of research and teaching and other relevant tasks by agreement with Head of Department.

Requirements and qualifications

Applicants must have a doctorate in information technology or IT-subject didactics or equivalent. There will be a decisive emphasis on research competence in IT-didactics, and research in first-year students or other beginners learning of programming is considered to be particularly prioritized. There is also a solid background in information technology in general, at least correspondingly completed masters degree with very good results.

Applicants should have a solid list of peer-reviewed publications. 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.

Good oral and written proficiency in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is required since the teaching is in Norwegian. In addition, the applicant must master English, both verbally and in writing.

Application requirements

The application should contain:

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s experience, competence and motivation for applying the position, as well as main interests and scientific ambitions for the nearest future.
  • 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)
  • Information about educational experience, including development of study programs, curricula, teaching experience, and development of teaching methods and the learning environment.
  • 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.

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 1011 with gross salary level 499 500 - 722 000 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.

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

Further details about the associate professorship can be obtained from 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 114-2018 (2018/8951)

Deadline for application: 11.06.2018

About this job

  • Deadline Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 152979
  • Internal ID 11.06.2018
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Permanent

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