Associate Professor / Assistant Professor within Computer Science job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the position

At the Department of ICT and Natural Sciences there are up to two positions as Associate Professor (Førstelektor) /Assistant Professor (Universitetslektor) within Computer Science.

The positions are connected to the bachelor program in computer science (BIDATA) and the master program in Simulation and Visualization. In addition, our staff is doing research through the research group Sustainable Digital Transformation Group (SDT).

You will report to the head of Department. 

Duties of the position

As an employee, you will prepare own teaching and supervise according to BIDATA-study profile and contents. The study is profession oriented and emphasizes modern teaching methods as formative assessment, algorithmic thinking, constructive teaching through enhanced use of laboratory education.

In this position you will be especially relevant for teaching in courses like: Programming, Operative Systems, Information security, Mobile applications, Computer Graphics, Algorithms and data structures. Other courses can also be relevant. You must also supervise students through their work of bachelor- and master-theses. In addition, you need to coordinate internal projects, bachelor theses and specialization projects.

It is expected that some of your work plan is related to research and development that strengthen our study programs, the strategic effort at SDT group and the department.

Required selection criteria

The position of Associate Professor (førstelektor) within Computer Science requires that you meet the criteria in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-5.

The position of Assistant Professor (universitetslektor) within Computer Science requires that you meet the criteria in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-6.

  • Master’s degree in computer science or equivalent
  • You must teach in at least two of the following courses: Programming, Operative Systems, Information security, Mobile applications, Computer Graphics, Algorithms and data structures or similar
  • Relevant and recent experience from modern system development and agile methods is required.
  • Good written and oral English and/or Norwegian language skills. It is an advantage with good skills in both languages. 

New employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language by appointment is required, within three years, to demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three of the course for Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU.

You must document relevant basic competence in teaching and supervision at a university/higher education-level, as referenced in the Norwegian national Regulations. If this cannot be documented, you will be required to complete an approved course in university pedagogy within two years of commencement. NTNU offers qualifying courses.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Relevant industrial experience
  • It is relevant if you can teach other courses on BIDATA and SimVis
  • It is an advantage to know the Norwegian educational system with expected competence of the students from the three sources (Samordna opptak, Y-vei, TRES)

 Personal characteristics

  • Communicator: able to convey information in a simple and easy way, both written and oral
  • Take initiative: able to see possibilities, initiate activities and projects
  • Team player: work together with colleagues, students in an efficient and nice way
  • Enthusiastic: Ready for the next step for engaging all students and to keep the dialog with them
  • Willingness to learn: Engage in the development of own competence and openness for learning from experience and feedback.

In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position.

We offer

Salary and conditions

The position is paid as Associate Professor (code 1198) or Assistant Professor (code 1009) depending on qualifications and seniority.From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English or Norwegian.

Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • A teaching portfolio, in which your teaching competence is compiled and presentedsystematically,   (See guidelines for applicants: Documentation of teaching qualifications in applications and appointments to academic positions at NTNU
  • Academic works – published or unpublished – that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works)
  • A description of the academic/artistic works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be considered in the assessment
  • Research plan
  • Details of the projects you have managed, with information about funding, duration and size
  • Name and address of three referees

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the assessment of the best-qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position. You will be expected to deliver high-quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and undertake supervision. Evaluation of these skills will be based on documented experience and relevant teaching qualifications. Applicants with teaching experience at university level are preferred. Quality and breadth of the teaching qualifications will be evaluated.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA. This means that we pay special attention to the quality and professional breadth of these works. We also consider experience from research management and participation in research projects. We place great emphasis on your scientific work from the last five years.

Your application will be considered by an expert committee and the most suitable applicants will be invited to an interview and to deliver a lecture.

General information

A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. NTNU wishes to increase the proportion of women in its academic positions, and therefore has a number of measures to promote equality.

The city of Ålesund, with its population of 50 000, will provide you with plenty of opportunities to explore a region of Norway that is famous for its beautiful scenery with high mountains and blue fjords. Ålesund itself, with its Art Nouveau architecture, is by many considered to be the most beautiful city in Norway! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact the head of Department Rune Volden, tel: +47-92887753, e-mail: [email protected]. If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Girts Strazdins, e-mail: [email protected]

If you think this looks interesting and is in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via

NTNU – knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of ICT and Natural Sciences

Our campus in Ålesund works in a partnership with industry that is in a class of its own among Norwegian universities. This ensures a practical focus for our study programmes, while they are firmly anchored in modern theory. The Department offers programmes in automation engineering, computer engineering, electric power systems, simulation and visualization. Our research areas include autonomous vessels, robotics, cybernetics, medical technology and health informatics, and artificial intelligence. The Department of ICT and Natural Sciences is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 7th June 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Ålesund

Scope Fulltime (2 jobs)

Duration Permanent

Place of service Ålesund Campus


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