Norges Teknisk-naturvitenskapelige Universitet Ntnu

Address: Høgskoleringen 1, 7034 TRONDHEIM
Phone: +47 73595000

Vacancy Details

Created 03.10.2013
Expires 01.12.2013
Company Norges Teknisk-naturvitenskapelige Universitet Ntnu
Employment Full-time
Job type Permanent
County Sør-Trøndelag
Phone +47 73595000
Fax +47 73592240


The Professorship/Associate Professorship will be part of the Department of Biotechnology in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The Department has at present 10 professors, 3 associate professors, 5 adjunct professors and more than 50 PhD-students, post docs and research scientists. 

Information about the Department 

The Department has a national role and responsibility for research and teaching in biotechnology and a wide range of related expertise. The scientific activity is organized in the four research groups working with Biopolymer Chemistry and Bionanotechnology, Food Chemistry, Environmental Biotechnology and Microbial Ecology, and Microbial Biotechnology. 

Job description 

The position will have specific responsibility for teaching and research in the field of Synthetic Biology applied to microbial biotechnology. Candidates with experience in experimental and theoretical methods who will complement and augment ongoing research programs at the Department, preferably with expertise in cutting-edge synthetic biology approaches, will be given particular consideration. Fields within synthetic biology of high interest may include, but are not limited to: development of novel synthetic microbial hosts and consortia, re-wiring of photosynthetic microbial systems, design of novel biosensors and regulatory circuits, design of bionano structures, development of novel metabolic pathways in microbial cells and re-factoring of existing ones aimed at their optimization. The candidate is expected to participate in the teaching duties of the Department. The ability to contribute in lecturing the course "TBT4165 Systems Biology and Biological Networks" will be valued. 

Evaluation of candidates for both hiring levels (Associate Professor and Professor) will be based on scientific accomplishments and future potential. 


For the Associate Professor position the candidate will have PhD and postdoctoral experience as well as a strong publication record. For the Associate Professor position, previous experience in supervision of Master and PhD students, teaching of undergraduate classes, and grant writing is desirable. 

For the Professor position the candidate will have established a strong track record of research and publications in the fields related to Synthetic Biology. Suitable candidates for the Professor position should have demonstrated skills in teaching and administration, established international scientific collaborations, and have a proven ability to attract external funding. 

Candidates for this position who have no documented pedagogical qualification in the university-level teaching, if employed, are required within two years of taking the appointment to successfully complete a NTNU-approved course that gives such qualification The University offers such courses. 

Applicants who have been short-listed will be invited for interviews and a demonstration of their pedagogical proficiency, usually in the form of a trial lecture. Short-listed candidates will also present a seminar outlining their current research and future research plans. The Professor/Associate Professor, along with other academic staff in the Department, is expected to take up responsibility for relevant fields of research and teaching. 

The Professor/Associate Professor is obliged to adhere to regulations that concern changes and developments within the relevant fields of research and teaching, and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at the University. 

Newly-employed academic staff who do not already master a Scandinavian language are expected to achieve proficiency in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within three years from the beginning of employment. This proficiency should correspond to level three in the Norwegian for Foreigners course provided at the Department of Applied Linguistics. The University provides such courses. 

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the current regulations concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. NTNU especially welcomes applications from qualified female scientists. 

Payment and working conditions 

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the current regulations concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. NTNU especially welcomes applications from qualified female scientists. 

The position as Professor/Associate Professor is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. 

More information about the Department of Biotechnology and the open position can be obtained from Professor Sergey Zotchev (e-mail:, phone: 47 73 59 86 79) or Kjetil Rasmussen, Head of Department (e-mail:, phone: 47 73 59 40 34). 

The application: 

Applicants must state in their cover letter whether they apply for an Associate Professor or Professor position. 
Please submit:
  • Curriculum Vitae with contact details for three referees
  • Testimonials and certificates
  • A complete publication list with bibliographical references, where five publications most relevant to the advertised position are highlighted.
  • The most relevant publications - published or unpublished - that has relevance to the evaluation of the applicant's qualifications (max 10) where the applicant's contribution to the work is explained.
  • A short description of the future research plans.
  • A brief statement on teaching experience and philosophy. Applicants are asked to describe their pedagogical qualifications in accordance with "Documentation of an applicant's pedagogical qualifications", which can be found at

  • If relevant, a list of supervised projects with information on funding agency, years of duration, and the funds received.

The application and the description of academic works for evaluation must be submitted in English. 

The application should be sent electronically through link at this page. 

The positions reference number is NT-67/13. 

Closing date: 2013-12-01

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