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Associate Professor in Mechanical engineering, Structural engineering – OsloMet, Norway

Norway, Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)

The Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD) invites applications for an Associate Professor in Solid Mechanics Department of Mechanical, Electronic and Chemical Engineering (MEK), Norway

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General Info

Position: Associate Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: -
Salary: 543 500 – 702 100 NOK/Year

Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD)
Department of Mechanical, Electronic and Chemical Engineering (MEK)

Oslo, Norway

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Qualification Details

The required qualifications for the position are as follows:

  • PhD in Mechanical engineering, Structural engineering a related field.
  • Academic excellence and documented high quality research work within one or more of the following topics:
    • Continuum mechanics
    • Functional materials
    • Structural modelling and analysis
    • Computational solid mechanics
    • Material characterization and experimentation.

Experience with initiating and managing research projects. Experience in interdisciplinary research. Experience in teaching and supervision. Experience in collaborating with, or direct experience from, the industry. Fluency in English.

The candidate is expected to acquire a working command of Norwegian within three years of being appointed.

Candidates who have no relevant qualifications in pedagogy at the time of appointment must commit themselves to complete OsloMet's programme for basic pedagogical competence (15 ECTS credits) within two years. The university will test pedagogical skills in connection with a personal interview.

General criteria for appointments to academic positions are covered by the Regulations for appointment and promotion to academic posts.

The following will be emphasized

On top of the required qualifications (listed above), the following will be evaluated positively:

  • Experience with applications such as:
    • Structural aspects of Renewable energies (wave energy, offshore wind, and floating solar panels)
    • Offshore structures
    • Structural aspects of offshore fisheries and aquaculture cages
  • Experience Knowledge and experience in any of the following areas:
    • Dynamics and Vibration
    • Damage mechanics
    • Fatigue
    • Digitalization and Machine Learning
    • Flexible structures
  • Experience with applying and securing external funding (for example from Research Council of Norway and/or EU).
  • Pedagogical education, a motivation to develop academic and teaching skills, and an interest in digital and innovative educational techniques and practices.
  • Experience with and interest in technology transfer, innovation, and patents.

Personal qualities necessary for the position

  • The ability to motivate and inspire students and colleagues.
  • Excellent cooperation and communication skills.
  • Inquisitiveness and a keenness to develop as an academic leader.
  • Flexibility and the ability to adapt teaching and research to the needs of the department and OsloMet, including interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • The ability to build communities and networks, research projects, and to demonstrate fresh thinking and innovation.

OsloMet conducts testing of pedagogical qualification in connection with interviews.

It is important for OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. If there are periods where you have not been in work, under education or in training, you are also welcomed to apply.

Responsibilities/Job Description

  • Planning, developing, and delivering courses at bachelor, master, and PhD levels
  • Initiating and leading applications for external funding for research in Solid Mechanics and related fields
  • Initiating and conducting research within solid mechanics as well as facilitating the funding and recruitment of PhD candidates
  • Actively contributing to the development of high-quality education at MEK and OsloMet as a whole
  • Communicating and disseminating research results to both academic environment and the broader audience
  • Performing administrative tasks related to educational, research, and innovation activities.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

  • CV (including teaching and supervision experience).
  • Full list of publications.
  • The copies of certificates/diplomas (including formal education in pedagogics, if applicable)
  • Up to ten full-text scientific articles, submitted together with a table of contents and a short introduction highlighting the relevance of each article to the profile of the position and a detailed description of the contribution to the article by the applicant.
  • A teaching statement (up to 2 pages) outlining the candidate's relevant pedagogical experience and plans for pedagogical activity and development in the position.
  • A research statement (up to 2 pages) outlining the candidate's relevant research and plans for research activity in the position. This document should include an overview of existing projects and research collaborators.
  • The names and contact information of at least three references.
  • Any other relevant documentation.

We only process applications sent via our electronic recruitment system. Incomplete applications will not be processed for any further assessments. All documents must be uploaded for your application to be processed. The documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be authorised. Originals must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document checks to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

Before submitting the application documents to the Expert Committee, all applications will be reviewed by the faculty and applicants who do not meet the formal qualification requirements will not be submitted for assessment.

About the Project/Department

The Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD) offers higher education and research and development (R&D) activities within technical subjects, arts and design. The Faculty has approximately 3.000 students and 280 staff members and is situated at Pilestredet Campus in downtown Oslo and at Kjeller Campus in Viken.

The department offers bachelor’s degree programmes in engineering, in addition to research and development activities. The department has approximately 40 staff members and 460 students. Research within biotechnology and medical technology are priority areas at the department.

Department of Mechanical, Electronic and Chemical Engineering (MEK) at Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD) is one out of five departments at TKD. The department offers three bachelor's degree programmes and a master's degree programme in electronics, in addition to research and development activities. A master’s program in Mechanical Engineering is under development and is planned to start in August 2024. The department has approximately 35 staff members, 10 PhD students, and 450 students.

We are looking for a candidate with a talent and a passion for teaching, research, and innovation. The candidate will be expected to have conducted extensive research in the field of solid mechanics. The research should be reflected in an extensive publication list in journals and conferences of high quality. Experience from research and development work in or in close collaboration with the industry is rated positively.

The candidate is expected to actively strengthen and shape the academic environment and research work at the department and the university's research community in general, including interdisciplinary work across departments at TKD, as well as in collaboration with other faculties at OsloMet.

The candidate is expected to initiate and secure external funding for new research activities. Previous experience with applying and securing external funding (for example from Research Council of Norway and/or EU) is considered positive for this position.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

  • An exciting job opportunity at Norway's third largest and most urban university.
  • Opportunity to be a part of a dynamic professional environment and unique academic network
  • Beneficial pension arrangements with the Norwegian State Pension Fund
  • Good employee welfare arrangements
  • Free Norwegian language classes to employees and their partners
  • Relocation support, cultural courses and on boarding services
  • Working location in downtown Oslo.

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

The position is remunerated in accordance with the Basic Collective Agreement for the Civil Service and OsloMets salary policy: Assosiate Professor, position code: 1011. The salary is NOK 543 500 – 702 100 per year, salary scale 60 – 74. A higher salary may be considered for particularly well qualified applicants.

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Contact details

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact

Head of Department Astrid Oust Janbu, e-mail phone +47 91 51 43 26.

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