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Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Geographic Information Technology

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    NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Established Researcher (R3)
    25/04/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Trondheim


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At NTNU, creating knowledge for a better world is the vision that unites our 7 400 employees and 42 000 students.

We are looking for dedicated employees to join us.


About the position

The Department of Architecture and Planning (IAP) is one of four departments at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at NTNU. The department offers education at master’s level in Architecture, Physical Planning, Urban Ecological Planning, as well as Real Estate and Facilities Management. IAP also carries out academic research related to the study programmes as well as research on Smart Cities.

The position is part of a strategic initiative to strengthen the department’s capability towards the use of geographic information technology in planning, spatial and urban research. The position will be anchored in the IAP education programmes while strongly linked to the Smart Cities group. A key element for both will be the interface between urban research and geographical technology-based methods, founded on an insight that technological changes and digitalisation are becoming increasingly important to our academic fields.

You will report to the Head of the department.

Duties of the position

  • Managing of courses and development of learning methods that will ensure further advancement within the field, and strengthen the master's programme in physical planning
  • Tutoring and lecturing at all levels of the master's programme in physical planning, and at other programmes offered by the department when required
  • Research linked to spatial planning on urban and regional levels and application of geographical information technology, preferably focussing topics categorized under the emerging fields of Smart Cities and digitalisation
  • Combining teaching with relevant research
  • Tutoring of PhD candidates within GIS-oriented research (Geographical Information Systems)

The position provides good opportunities for professional experimentation, in-depth studies and reflection in an academic environment characterised by the underlying values of trust, collaboration, responsibility, and quality.

Required selection criteria

The position of Associate Professor requires that you meet the criteria in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-4. 

Your PhD, or academic work of the same scope and quality, must be within urban planning or geographic information technology or a closely related subject area.

You must document relevant basic competence for teaching and supervision at university/higher education-level, ref. Regulations. If this cannot be documented, you are required to complete an approved course in university teaching within two years of commencement. 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 for Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU.

Please see the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts for general criteria for the position.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Master's Degree in urban planning, geography, civil engineering, or architectureInnovative capabilities in use of geographical information systems, towards analysis or method’s development
  • Practice in the use of GIS aimed at spatial planning and urban research, from public or private sector
  • Interdisciplinary research and publishing, in national and international arenas
  • Proficient in English, basic oral and written ability in a Scandinavian language
  • Good overview of the field and ability to conduct reflected, analytical and critical subject-matter discussions with students and colleagues

Personal characteristics

  • Good communication and dissemination capabilities
  • Ability to work independently as well as in teams
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Desire and vision to advance research development
  • Flexibility, hereunder ability to update work plans at any time to achieve the goals in the best possible way

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Salary and conditions

In a position as Associate Professor (code 1011) you will normally be remunerated from gross NOK 526 000 to NOK 694 400 per year, 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.

It is a prerequisite that you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

Application Process

You can find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.


About the application

The application and supporting documentation must be in English.

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:

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 of Masters and Doctoral candidates. 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 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 women are therefore encouraged to apply.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. 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 and has low crime rates and clean air quality.


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 about the position, please contact Department head Lise L. N. Linge, email lise.linge@ntnu.no or Professor Yngve K. Frøyen, e-mail: Yngve.froyen@ntnu.no. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Olav Wist, e-mail: olav.wist@ntnu.no

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via jobbnorge.no. If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. 

Application deadline: 25.04.2021


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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 Architecture and Planning

Our fields of expertise are architecture, urban design, physical and urban ecological planning, Smart Cities as well as real estate development and facilities management. We also work with ambient aesthetics, land use and transport planning, urban renewal, densification and urban redevelopment, as well as urban ecological planning in lower income countries. The Department of Architecture and Planning is one of four departments in the Faculty of Architecture and Design

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