Associate Professor in Human Geography

Trondheim, Norway
29 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Sep 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Full Time

Human Geography focusing on innovation and sustainable development

The Department of Geography is advertising a permanent position as Associate Professor in Human Geography affiliated with the Department’s strategic area: Innovation and regional change. The thematic focus of the available position reflects NTNU’s vision ‘Knowledge for a Better World’, including NTNU’s ambition to prioritize efforts and resources in accordance with the UN’s sustainability goals. Goal 9 on building resilient infrastructure, promoting sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation, is particularly relevant for the current position.

About the Department

Currently, the Department employs 9 Professors, 10 Associate Professors, 6 researchers, and 12 PhD candidates. The Department has defined four strategic areas: Natural hazards and the effects of climate change; Environment, resources, and management; Mobility, transnationalism and inequality; and Innovation and regional change ( The Department offers a stimulating, vibrant and international work environment. About 400 students are annually enrolled in our study programs.

Qualifications and obligations

The successful applicant must demonstrate a strong research and teaching record in Human Geography and comprehensive research experience within innovation and sustainable development.

The person appointed to the advertised position will have specific responsibility for teaching courses in the Master in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Society and take part in the further development of the master program. The successful candidate must also be willing to teach courses in human geography at bachelor and master’s levels in accordance with the relevant curriculum as well as to take part in further developing the various teaching programs at the Department. The Associate Professor will participate in work connected to student exams without special remuneration.

The Associate Professor will take an active part in developing the Department’s research activities, including actively recruiting PhD candidates. He or she will also have the right and obligation to carry out research within his/her academic field, including to contribute to, and develop the relevant research group(s) and strategic field(s). He or she will be jointly responsible for academic matters together with academic as well as administrative staff in the Department. The Associate Professor will be obliged to follow the regulations that concern changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at NTNU.

The successful applicant must document comprehensive professional qualifications within the relevant field on a level at a minimum equal to a Norwegian PhD degree in human geography. Applicants with documented ability to publish in recognized international scientific journals are preferred. In the evaluation process, scientific work from the past five years will be given particular weight, as will be the ability to obtain external research funding.

Pedagogical qualifications will also be evaluated. This evaluation will be based on documented pedagogical material, pedagogical education, presentational skills in the applicant’s scientific work, experience in supervising PhD or master candidates, and other teaching and pedagogical experience.

Any person employed without university pedagogical qualifications or other documented equivalent qualifications will be required to attend and complete a course in university pedagogics within two years. NTNU offers such courses. For further information see:

Personal skills will be ascribed high importance, i.e. motivation and ability to contribute constructively to a team, collegiality, and good communication skills.

The best qualified candidates will be invited to deliver a trial lecture and attend an interview at the Department.

Payment and working conditions

Salary for Associate Professor: Salary Code 1011, starting salary NOK 490 900,- minimum. The successful candidate will normally be paid between NOK 499,600 and NOK 650 200 per year. By law, 2% of the gross salary will be paid to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from salary deductions.

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The employee is expected to accept possible changes in work tasks. Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

The total work obligation is divided into research, teaching and administration. The division between these fields of work obligation will vary, but approximately equal time should be devoted to research and teaching.
Employees in academic positions who are not already fluent in a Scandinavian language must within three years obtain knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language at an equivalent standard to Level 3 in the Norwegian for Foreigners courses provided at the Department of Language and Literature, NTNU. The University provides such courses.

Applicants must submit within the application deadline the following documents through the application website
The application should include:

  • application letter
  • CV and authorised documentation of certificates and study records
  • Published work (normally 5-10 submissions)
  • A description of all academic work by the applicant that she/he considers most significant and that he/she wishes the evaluation committee to pay particular attention to
  • A full list of publications with bibliographical references.
  • Co-authored work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the individual contributions to a co-authored work, applicants must enclose a short descriptive summary of what he/she has contributed to the work.

A major political objective is to achieve an age and gender balance in the national labour force and to recruit people with an immigrant background. Immigrants are encouraged to apply for the position. Information about applicants may be open to public inspection according to the Freedom of Information Act.
Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting Head of Department, Per Arne Stavnås, phone +47 99 29 03 86 or email

Queries about the application process should be directed to the HR-section via email to Aaste Line Strand,
The application including attachments must be sent electronically through:

Please mark the application SU-206.

About this job

  • Deadline Saturday, September 1, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Dragvoll
  • Jobbnorge ID 155040
  • Internal ID 2018/17684
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Permanent

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