Associate Professor - Materials Engineering

School/Institution:Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway, Trondheim

Discipline: Materials Engineering

Employment Type:Full-time


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Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering Ferro / Piezoelectric Materials

About the position

We are seeking candidates with large potential for leadership in research and education, and strong commitment to high quality research, within ferro- / piezoelectrics, including new material systems.

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. The position reports to Head of the Department.

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

Duties of the position

This position is focused on the development of ferro- and piezoelectrics, including new material systems; of interest are materials which will enable novel applications or improve existing ones, increase sustainability and add processing advantages relative to the classical oxide ferro- / piezoelectrics. The position advances the fundamental understanding of the structure - properties relationship and its engineering in these materials.

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • develop a strong program of externally funded research and scholarships.
  • strengthen the existing research profile of the department and expand the international collaboration / network.
  • take part in teaching and the development of courses in functional materials, general and inorganic chemistry, materials science and engineering (including nanomaterials).
  • educate and supervise students on the BSc, MSc and PhD level.

Required selection criteria

The position of Associate Professor within ferro- / piezoelectrics 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 the field of materials science and engineering (or equivalent)
  • your academic work must be essentially within ferro- / piezoelectric materials including synthesis (ceramics, thin), characterization of electrical films and electromechanical properties, and fundamental studies of structure - properties relationships.
  • equivalent areas are sustainable ferro- / piezoelectric materials (eg, lead-free) and conceptually new materials systems.
  • you must document the ability to write research proposals, initiate and lead research and publish in recognized international journals.

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. Teaching in Norwegian is mandatory for undergraduate level courses at NTNU.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Applicants with teaching experience from higher education applicants will be preferred

Personal characteristics

Emphasis will be placed on:

  • creativity in research and teaching
  • ability to build national and international network
  • excellent collaboration skills and ability to work in a large research group
  • excellent pedagogical and communication skills
  • personal suitability and motivation for the position

We offer

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

Salary and conditions

  • In a position as associate professor (code 1011) 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.
  • 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 daily.

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:

  • 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 considered in the assessment
  • Name and address of three references
  • Research plan
  • Details 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.

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, 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 Head of Department Einar Magne Hjorthol, email: or

Professor Mari-Ann Einarsrud, telephone: +47 48136521:

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas.

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

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

We are Norway's leading educational and research environment in materials engineering, materials chemistry and materials science. In collaboration with business and industry, we are a driving force for the development of innovative materials as well as new applications and manufacturing processes. Activities in our disciplines are vital for the green shift. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Fulltime

Duration Permanent

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