Associate professor in STS and sustainability transitions

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture has a vacancy for a tenure-track position as part of the Onsager Fellowship Programme at NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Qualification Details

The Onsager Fellows programme is designed to attract talented early-career scholars, with documented excellent supervised work, with ambitious research plans to work independently and with the potential for scientific breakthrough. You must have the qualifications required for the position of associate professor in the field of Science and Technology Studies, as outlined in the regulations concerning regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts Your Ph.D., or comparable academic work, must be in the field of  STS or related fields (such as innovation studies, sociology, political science, anthropology or human geography). Other required qualifications are:

  • Broad knowledge about STS perspectives and use of socio-technical approaches to energy- or sustainability transitions
  • Experience with using qualitative research methods
  • Experience with project development
  • Experience in teaching and motivation for developing courses
  • Applicants must have excellent knowledge of English language (written and oral).
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 developing project proposals in relation to national, European or other calls
  • Project management expertise
  • Experience in teaching in the areas that fall under this job announcement
  • Experience with supervising Master and PhD students
  • Have international experience and networks
It is considered an advantage if the applicant masters a Scandinavian language.

Personal qualities

  • Ability to collaborate with others, e.g., through co-authoring research papers or collecting research data
  • Ability to conduct independent research
In evaluating which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities, education, experience and personal suitability in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement. NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The tenure-track associate professor’s duties will primarily include research, but also include supervision, teaching, and other duties necessary to qualify for a permanent professor position within 6 – 7 years. 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 at the end of the tenure track period
If the “final tenure assessment” is positive, s/he will be employed as a full-time professor. The overall purpose of the review system is to ensure and maintain the high academic standards of the university’s senior faculty staff. To help meet these standards, the associate professor is offered an international mentor and favourable terms. NTNU is now announcing 16 tenure-track positions. The appointee should contribute to:
  • further developing research at the interface between science and technology studies (STS) and sustainability transitions, both theoretically and empirically.
  • contribute to teaching and developing courses in STS and sustainability transition studies
  • present, communicate and disseminate work at relevant national and international venues
  • participate in the day-to-day activities at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, the Centre for Technology and Society, and the research group on Energy, climate and environment
The applicant should have competence, research experience and interest in one or several of the following perspectives related to sustainability transitions:
  • Transformative energy- and climate policy and multilevel governance of socio-technical change
  • Energy and climate justice (including gender and diversity perspectives, social acceptance, inclusion, and participation in the  energy  transition)
  • Deep transitions, ‘Strong Sustainability’ and post-capitalist perspectives
The research should preferably be related to one or several important domains such as:
  • Sustainable transport and mobility
  • Industrial decarbonization
  • Sustainable cities, infrastructure, and urban environments
  • Radical and emerging climate and energy technologies, including climate adaptation
  • Biodiversity and agri-food systems
  • Digitalization

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 the information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfill 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
  • Academic works – published or unpublished – that you wish to be considered during assessment of your application (up to 5 items and maximum 500 pages).
  • A description of the scientific 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 (2-3 pages)
  • 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)
  • Details of projects for which you have served as project manager or principal investigator 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.

About the Department/Section/Group

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture is part of the Faculty of Humanities at NTNU, located at the Dragvoll campus in Trondheim. The department has around 25 permanent employees, including research scientists. There are currently approximately 25 PhD candidates, post docs and temporary employees. The department teaches and conducts research in two areas: Gender studies and Science and technology studies (STS). Teaching is provided at all levels, including PhD. More info can be found at

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Salary and conditions

As a Associate Professor / Professor (code 1011) you are normally paid from gross 615 000 - 746 900 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 Professor Marianne Ryghaug, e-mail, or Head of Department, Guro Korsnes Kristensen, e-mail If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Elisabeth Leite, e-mail