The Onsager Fellowship Programme Tenure-track Associate Professor in Marine Structures

The Department of Marine Technology as a vacancy for the Onsager Fellowship Programme Tenure-track Associate Professor in Marine Structures at NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, 2022

Qualification Details

You must have the qualifications required for the position of Associate Professor in the field of Marine Structures, as outlined in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts 

  • your PhD, or comparable academic work, must be within the field of marine structures (or a comparable relevant field). Relevant academic fields include civil-, ocean- or mechanical engineering. The PhD should have been awarded no more than 5 years prior to the application deadline, excluding law entitled leave
  • demonstrated an independent research profile, with excellent scientific track record
  • very good oral and written English skills
----------------- You must document relevant basic competence in teaching and supervision at a university/higher education-level, as referenced in the Norwegian national Regulations. If this cannot be documented, you will be required to complete an approved course in university pedagogy within two years of commencement. NTNU offers qualifying courses. New employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language by appointment is required, within three years, to demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three of the course for Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU.

Preferred qualifications

  • experience in development of deterministic and stochastic load and response models
  • teaching experience from higher education
  • laboratory experience
  • ability to take up new research activities and initiate research projects
  • international collaboration experience and mindset

Personal qualities

  • strong analytical skills
  • collaborative attitude with ability to work in - and build teams
  • good communication skills
  • self-driven
Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The tenure-track associate duties will primarily include research, but also include supervision, teaching, and other duties necessary to qualify for a permanent professor position. In the NTNU tenure-track programme, associate professors are subject to two types of review during the tenure-track period:

  • a mid-career assessment after 3-4 years
  • a final tenure assessment after no more than 6 years
The overall purpose of the review system is to ensure and maintain the high academic standards of the senior faculty staff. To help meet these standards, the associate professor is offered an international mentor. The performance will be evaluated after no more than 6 years of employment and, if the is positive, s/he will be employed as a full-time professor.
  • teaching at master level (typically responsible for one course per year)
  • actively develop the curriculum, learning materials and teaching methods
  • research within marine structures, as outlined above
  • initiation, including acquisition of funding, for new research projects
  • take part, to a limited degree, in administrative duties in the faculty

How to Apply?

Application Method: online_applicationRef. No. -

Application Procedure

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:

  • 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 5 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.

About the Department/Section/Group

The ambition for the tenure-track position is to bring load-response analysis of marine structures to the next level. Large and very flexible structures are seen as particularly interesting in this context, with important applications in offshore energy, offshore sea farming, and other large floating structures. Interaction between bodies in close proximity and complex failure modes of the coupling between such bodies are seen as areas where there is need for more research. Development of numerical models, validated by experiments, both in controlled lab environments and in the field, are expected to be important elements on the way to improved methods for load-response analysis. The Department of Marine Technology has access to a large range of relevant high-quality experimental facilities. Your immediate leader is Head of department.

Note or Other details

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Salary and conditions

As a Associate Professor (code 1011) you are normally paid from gross 650 000 NOK – 750 000 NOK 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.

Contact Details

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Sverre Steen, tel. +4773595861, e-mail If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Marit Gjersvold, e-mail