Professor/Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering (Nanotechnology)

Professor/Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering (Nanotechnology)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Trondheim, Norway

At NTNU, creating knowledge for a better world is the vision that unites our 7 000 employees and 40 000 students.

We are looking for dedicated employees to join us.

At the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, there is a vacancy for a professor/associate professor in Materials Science and Engineering (Nanotechnology).

We are seeking candidates with exceptional potential for leadership in research and education, and strong commitment to high quality and groundbreaking research.

The available position is affiliated with the Functional Materials and Materials Chemistry research group (FACET), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Natural Sciences, NTNU Norwegian University for Science and Technology.

Research activities in the Department cover nanomaterials, functional materials and materials chemistry, ceramics, electrochemical energy technology (batteries), corrosion, physical metallurgy and metallurgical and electrochemical process engineering.

The position reports to Head of the Department.

Work description

This position in nanotechnology is focused on functional properties and deposition techniques of nanomaterials, particularly thin films and heterostructures and the position will be responsible for our state-of-the-art PLD/sputtering laboratory.

The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong program of externally funded research and scholarships. It is desired that the candidate will strengthen the existing research profile of the department and contribute to strengthen the national and international collaboration within relevant research fields. 

The candidate will be responsible for taking part in teaching and development of courses in general and inorganic chemistry, further development of courses in nanomaterials and functional materials, as well as supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD candidates.

Qualification requirements

For the evaluation of the candidates, documented experience in physical deposition techniques with particular emphasis of pulsed laser deposition will be emphasized. Weight will also be placed on characterization of structural and functional properties at the nanoscale.

Emphasis will be placed on the scientific competence as well as experience with supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD students. Evaluation of the applicant will be based on documented material, including teaching experience at university level, pedagogical training, presentation of academic work, experience from supervision and teaching of BSc, MSc and PhD candidates, as well as other related skills. The evaluation will take into account the loss of research productivity for applicants who have had parental leave during the last years.

Basic qualifications in the discipline of education are required. Anyone who is appointed without having formal basic qualifications in the discipline of education (formerly referred to as practical qualifications in teaching at university level) and who is unable to document equivalent qualifications is required to complete an approved course within two years of appointment. Uniped at NTNU offers qualifying courses.

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

The person appointed must comply with the decisions about changes due to developments in the subject area, and the organizational changes that may result from decisions regarding the university’s activities.

For the full professor:

The full professorship candidates must document a leadership in research that has led to an extensive and excellent research track record with publications in highly reputed journals. Candidates must document high-quality teaching and supervision experience. In addition, the candidate must show the ability to promote collaborative research and a strong documented funding ID.

For the associate professor:

The associate professorship candidates must document the ability to initiate and lead research and publish in recognized international journals. The applicants should document teaching and supervision experience. In addition it is beneficial if the candidate can document the ability to promote collaborative research and generate funding.

Personal characteristics

• creativity with respect to initiate and lead research and teaching activities

• good collaboration skills and ability to work in a large research group

• ability to work across traditional disciplines

• interest in teaching, good pedagogical and communication skills

• personal suitability and motivation for the position

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

We offer 

  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment 
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues 
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund 
  • employee benefits 

Salary and conditions

The position as Professor/Associate Professor comes with a starting package for new research staff, opportunities for mentoring and is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale.  From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

It is required that the newly appointed member of staff takes up residence in Trondheim or nearby. Norway, like other Scandinavian countries, has generous rules for both maternity and paternity leave. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore,

Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life. Having a population of 200,000, Trondheim is a small city by international standards with low crime rates and little pollution. It also has easy access to a beautiful countryside with mountains and a dramatic coastline.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

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 criterias 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 description of the academic works to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.  
 
The application must include: 

  • CV, certificates and diplomas 
  • 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 taken into account in the assessment 
  • A list of your works with information on where they have been published 
  • Name and address of three potential references 
  • Research plan 
  • Description of teaching qualifications based on a list of factors (“Documentation of applicant’s teaching qualifications in connection with appointment to an academic position at NTNU”)  
  • Details of projects for which you have been project manager, with information about funding, duration and size 
  • 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.

General information

A good work 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 women are therefore encouraged to apply. 

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants. 

Questions about the position can be directed to Head of Department Jostein Mårdalen, telephone: 47 73594915/47 98283919, email: jostein.mardalen@ntnu.no or Professor Mari-Ann Einarsrud, telephone: 47 73594002/47 48136521.

Submit your application with your CV, diplomas and certificates via jobbnorge.no. Applicants invited for interview must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with reference number: NV-41/19. 

Deadline for applications: 07.06.2019 

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