Associate Professor in Human-Computer Interaction

Trondheim, Norway
03 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
07 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applications for a full-time permanent associate professor in Human-Computer Interaction affiliated with the Department of Computer Science, 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 Ph.D. 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:         

About the position

Human-computer interaction (HCI) is a discipline concerned with the design, evaluation, and implementation of interactive computing systems for human use and with the study of major phenomena surrounding them. HCI covers a wide range of areas, including:

  • Methods for understanding users and use contexts (e.g. interviews, observation)
  • Ideation and requirement gathering methods (e.g. design workshops, stakeholder analysis)
  • Tools and techniques for designing prototypes (e.g. wireframing, paper prototyping)
  • Evaluation techniques (e.g. usability testing, field testing)
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Theoretical foundations (e.g. cognitive science, Gibsonian psychology, Activity Theory, Phenomenology)
  • Reflections on technology in use (e.g. social media, mobile phones, digitalization)
  • User-centred design as part of professional software development (e.g. Scrum, UX design)
  • Design considerations for specific user groups and use contexts (e.g. elderly, patients, health workers and children).

The above list reflects the major topics taught in the HCI courses at IDI (bachelor, master and PhD level), and it is expected that the associate professor should have research and teaching competence in most of these core areas of HCI.

The associate professor will be part of the Information Systems and Software Engineering (ISSE) group at IDI, with 12 full time faculty positions covering the research areas Software Engineering, Information Systems Research, and Human-Computer Interaction. The ISSE group combines empirical research (e.g. studies of ICT in use) with research on how to utilise ICT as an enabling technology in various fields of society (e.g. the energy sector, health care, education).

For this position we seek candidates that have a strong research interest and documented publication record in empirical design-oriented research with real users, exploring design alternatives for digital technologies aimed at giving value to them as workers and/or private citizens.

The ISSE group manages a User Experience Lab, a Makerspace and a UbiComp lab. Current research projects within HCI at IDI with PhD students include exergaming for healthy ageing (EXACT), User-centred design of visualisations of medical records (KONPAS), Digital infrastructures and citizen empowerment (DICE), and Zero Emission Neighbourhoods (ZEN).

Candidates with experience from one or more of NTNU´s four strategic research areas Energy, Health, Oceans and Sustainability will be given priority. Due to the focus on user-centred methods with close interaction with users in different Norwegian companies and public sector, proficiency in one of the Nordic languages is preferred.

Responsibilities and duties

The associate professor is expected to contribute towards excellent research and research-based education in HCI in cooperation with the existing staff.

The research activities of the department have a strong international profile and impact. The associate professor is therefore expected to initiate and take part in national and international research projects. Interdisciplinary collaboration and interaction with other departments at NTNU are strongly encouraged.

The research activities of the department rely crucially on external funding, and the development of educational programs may also receive external funding. The associate professor is expected to work actively to receive research grants and other external income from the Research Council of Norway, Nordic and European research and educational agencies, relevant industry, and other available sources.

The associate professor is expected to contribute to an excellent learning environment, in collaboration with colleagues, students, and external stakeholders. The associate professor is expected to teach courses at all levels and should supervise MSc and PhD students.

In addition to research and education, the associate professor is expected to be able to disseminate relevant parts of her/his research to a wider audience.

The associate professor is expected to participate in the formal management of research, education, and other relevant areas of activity in agreement with the Head of Department.

Requirements and qualifications

Applicants must have a doctorate in computer science, with a specialisation in human-computer interaction or a strongly related area (e.g. CSCW, Interaction Design). Applicants should have a solid list of peer reviewed publications within Human-Computer Interaction. 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.

Newly employed academic staffs who do not already master a Scandinavian language are required to obtain knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within three years of taking up the position. This must be of a standard equivalent to Level 3 in the Norwegian for Foreigners courses provided by the Department of Linguistics. Courses are available at the University.

Concerning general criteria for the position, we refer to the Norwegian regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and rese posts:        

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:

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s experience, competence and motivation for applying the position
  • Research proposal for the first five years of employment (maximum 8 pages)
  • 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)
  • 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.

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.

Diversity is important to achieve a good, inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of the gender, disability or cultural background.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations for State Employees and Civil Servants and assessments regarding the legislations regulating export control.

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 490 900 - 722 400 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 Dag Svanæs, email:, or the Head of the Department 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 143-2018

Deadline for applications: 2018-09-07

About this job

  • Deadline Saturday, September 7, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 155174
  • Internal ID 2018/18355
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Permanent

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