Spennende jobbmulighet ved Institutt for geovitenskap og petroleum ved NTNU!

Professor / Associate Professor in Structural Geology

Deadline: 16.10.2022

We have a vacancy for an ambitious and enthusiastic  Professor/Associate Professor in Structural Geology

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Department of Geoscience and Petroleum

We conduct teaching and research related to management of Earth’s geological resources. Norway’s rich resources of wind, water, oil, gas and minerals have been and are essential to the country’s prosperity, and will continue to be in the future. The Department plays a key role in the development of technology and the education of graduates who enable value creation based on our natural resources. The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

At NTNU, 9,000 employees and 42,000 students work to create knowledge for a better world.

About the position

We have a vacancy for an ambitious and enthusiastic professor/ associate professor in structural geology at the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at NTNU.

Geology research at our department covers fundamental and applied topics and has particular focus on understanding processes leading to the formation and distribution of geological resources in the subsurface. We are looking for a candidate with strong research experience within the field of structural geology and who is highly motivated and able to contribute to cross-disciplinary work between our research teams.

The candidate should have clear scientific visions, interest in applying novel approaches, good educational and interpersonal skills, and abilities to establish and lead research projects.

Your immediate leader is Head of the Department.

About the department

The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP) has mainly an applied research and education profile, with several research teams that operate in the forefront of their fields. Through research, innovation and teaching, the Department wants to contribute solving the todays and future challenges and associated risks to society including supplying energy and mineral resources for a growing population in a sustainable manner and without harming the environment and securing our habitat under the pressure of global change. The department is well embedded in NTNU’s strategic research areas including Energy, Oceans and Sustainability.

Our department carries out teaching and research across the geosciences, with topics on geo-resources and energy transition, as well as civil- and mining engineering challenges including sustainable use of the ground and the subsurface being key prioritized areas. We are about 140 employees including 37 permanent scientific staff. Our department is part of more than 8 larger research centers and initiatives and we run a range of laboratories and other research infrastructures, some of which are designated national research infrastructures.

Work tasks

We are looking for a candidate with a keen interest in strengthening both the education and research portfolio of our department. The ideal applicant is an early- to mid-career scientist, with expertise in structural geology, who is prepared to take on a leading role in establishing and organizing externally funded research programs. A good track record of externally raised research projects commensurate with the applicant's career stage is therefore expected. The ideal applicant is also someone who thrives in the interface between fundamental and applied research, and the interaction between academia, industry, and the society around us.

The candidates should contribute to the supervision of MSc and PhD projects.

This includes

  • In-house and field-based teaching of fundamental and advanced courses in structural geology
  • Contribution to courses with multiple lecturers
  • Initiate and take part in establishing external research proposals for the department.
  • Contribute actively to the teaching and research environment and to the development of the Geology Group

Required qualifications

  • A PhD degree in geology with emphasis on structural geology
  • Relevant research experience as documented by formal publication record of high international quality
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Field experience
  • Experience with digital mapping and structural analysis tools
  • Teaching and supervision experience
  • Experience with the design and writing of research proposals
  • Experience with management of larger research projects/programs
  • You need excellent oral and written English language skills

The position of Professor within Structural Geology requires that you meet the criteria in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-2.

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

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 qualifications

The successful applicant should preferably have:

  • Teaching experience from higher education
  • Additional competence in one or more bordering disciplines such as tectonics, sedimentology, geophysics, petrology, mineralogy, landscape evolution, geohazards, engineering geology
  • Enthusiasm for field-based teaching
  • A well-developed national/international research network
  • Knowledge of onshore and/or offshore Geology of Norway
  • Experience with project-based work or project leader experience
  • A command of the Norwegian language sufficient for teaching students in the Norwegian Bachelor program (a successful applicant that does not meet this requirement must be able to do so in 2 years)

Personal qualities

  • Fresh and innovative perspective at the research discipline
  • Excellent communication and cooperation skills
  • Interest in developing future applications of structural geology in society
  • Ability to cooperate in the design and execution of interdisciplinary projects will be emphasized

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Salary and conditions

As a Professor (code 1013) you are normally paid from gross NOK 800 000 – 1 050 000 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. As required by law, 2% of this salary will be deducted and paid into the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

As a Associate Professor (code 1011) you are normally paid from gross NOK 700 000 – 900 000 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. As required by law, 2% of this salary will be deducted and paid into 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 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

Your application and supporting documentation must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified 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.

Your application must include (pay attention to what must be included here – remove anything that does not apply):

  • CV, diplomas, and certificates
  • A teaching portfolio, in which your teaching competence is compiled and presented systematically, (See guidelines for applicants: Documentation of teaching qualifications in applications and appointments to academic positions at NTNU)
  • Academic works – published or unpublished – that you wish to be considered during assessment of your application (up to 10 items)
  • A description of the scientific/artistic works you consider most relevant, which you particularly wish to be factored into the assessment
  • A list of your previous works, with details on where they have been published
  • A research plan
  • Details of projects for which you have served as project manager, including information on financing, duration, and scope
  • Names and contact information for three relevant referees

Joint work will also be considered. If it is difficult to identify your specific input to a joint project, you must include evidence of your contributions.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. Our assessment of the pedagogical skills will be based on documented pedagogical material, forms of presentation in your academic works, teaching experience, PhD, and Masters supervision, and any other relevant pedagogical background. Both quality and scope will be taken into consideration.

NTNU is obliged by the evaluation criteria for research quality in accordance with The San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA. This means that we will pay particular attention to the quality and academic range demonstrated by your scientific work to date. We will also pay attention to research leadership and participation in research projects. Your scientific work from the last five years will be given the most weight.

Your application will be considered by an expert committee. Candidates of interest will be invited to an interview, and to deliver a trial teaching session.

General information

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality. (tas bort hvis ikke aktuelt) 


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 continually maintain and improve your professional development and be flexible regarding any organizational changes.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

For the sake of transparency, candidates will be given the expert evaluation of their own and other candidates. As an applicant you are considered part of the process and is stipulated to rules of confidentiality.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact:

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Senior Adviser HR Eli Meistad, e-mail [email protected]

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. 

Application deadline: 16.10.2022

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