Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in Mechatronics with specialization in Mechanics

Closing date: 31.08.18

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1300 employees and 13 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

The University of Agder invites applications for a full-time permanent position as Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Science. The position is located in Grimstad, Norway. The starting date is negotiable.

The Department of Engineering Sciences has more than 110 employees in scientific positions, and more than 1300 students at all levels. A variety of research is being conducted within all the groups Mechatronics, Renewable Energy and Civil Engineering, and we also welcome interdisciplinary projects within the department or with other research groups. This position will be associated with the Mechatronics Group. This group has 21 scientific employees, 22 PhD-candidates and five lab engineers. We have broad international cooperation, and we have close cooperation with industrial partners and public services in the region. This is a benefit both to teaching and research. The partners contribute with assignments, competence and resources.

We are offering programs at all levels, from bachelor’s to PhD, and our new colleague will contribute to our ordinary tasks within teaching and research. This includes teaching and supervision at all three levels. The research and development projects will be focused on requirements from our industrial partners.


Applicants are preferably expected to have industrial experience with design of mechanical machinery or experience from cooperation with mechanical industry. This includes strong skills in applied mechanics (statics and dynamics) and mechanics of materials. The applicants are also expected to possess skills in several of the following areas: multibody dynamics, design against fatigue, fracture mechanics, strain gauge measurement, programming, modelling and simulation of mechatronic systems (hydraulics, mechanics and control), or finite element analysis. Applicants should also master simulation software like LabView, Matlab/Simulink or SimulationX, and production of drawings and models in 3D CAD.

It is expected that the successful applicant is or has been active in research and that she/he will contribute both to on-going research projects and by defining and establishing new ones. Also, we expect a good colleague who contributes to building the institution as such together with other colleagues.

The successful applicant must be able to work independently, have personal qualities like the ability to focus on service and flexible attitude towards internal and external project partners.

Applicants must document their competence in relevant educational theory and practice developed through education, teaching experience and supervision. Applicants who lack formal teacher training qualifications will be required to complete the University of Agder's Foundation Course in Education for University Lecturers within a period of two years.

Good teamwork skills and personal suitability will also be emphasised.

For the ranking of the applicants, emphasis will be given to the applicants’ competence and specialisation as described above and also suitability to the department’s needs.

The languages of instruction are Norwegian and English. The successful applicant must be proficient in oral and written English, and should also be proficient in Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language).

Applicants who do not speak Norwegian or another Scandinavian language are expected to acquire the necessary proficiency to lecture in Norwegian. The University of Agder offers Norwegian language courses to international employees with little or no knowledge of Norwegian and facilitates participation in such courses. Permanently employed staff is expected to acquire good command of oral and written Norwegian within a period of two years. This is to be documented by passing the Bergen test with a score of 450 points.

Information about the appointment criteria for a position as Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor can be found in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the Civil Service. Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview and a demonstration of their teaching competence, usually in the form of a trial lecture. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before the appointment.

We offer

  • flexible working hours
  • a variety of responsibilities in a large, exciting and influential organisation
  • a position with opportunities for personal development in a diverse environment
  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • a kindergarten is located on campus and UiA-staff has advantages when applying for childcare

The University of Agder is an open, friendly and professional employer, with a Scandinavian view on life/work balance, and with a clear vision to do research to enlighten human understanding.

The University of Agder’s Appointments Committee makes appointments for teaching and research positions.

The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position, irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

A full-time position is remunerated within the State salary scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1013 Professor, salary NOK 631 700-922 300 gross per year, code 1011 Associate Professor, salary NOK 524 200-658 300 gross per year and code 1009 Assistant Professor, salary NOK 497 000-586 500 gross per year. In the case of particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered. A 2 % compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.


Applicants must submit their application and CV online. Please click on the link “Apply for this job”. As attachments the electronic application shall include the following:

  • diplomas, transcripts and letters of reference
  • a complete list of scientific publications
  • doctoral dissertation – or link to open source
  • a maximum of ten (10) publications that the applicant wishes to include in the evaluation – or links to open sources.

All documentation must be in the original language and either English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish (if the original language is not one of these), and the translation should preferably be from the issuing university.

The applicants are fully responsible for submitting complete documentation before the closing date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Closing date: 31.08.18.

For further information, please contact Head of Department Professor Geir Grasmo, tel. +47 37 23 31 75, email: [email protected], or Associate Professor Morten Kjeld Ebbesen, tel.: + 47 37 23 32 07, e-mail: [email protected].

In accordance with §25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University's intention to exercise this right.


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