Associate Professor in Digital Infrastructure and Cybersecurity

About the job

In the position as an associate professor, you will be researching and teaching within a field that is critical to our increasingly digitalised society. Modern cloud-based software services serve millions of concurrent end-users and are expected to provide rich and flawless user experience under an ever-increasing risk of cyberattacks. In addition, the infrastructure needs to be scalable and flexible to support continuous and rapid software deployments without causing outages. Being able to meet current and future expectations of internet-based services, the underlying digital infrastructure is crucial. Infrastructure that, among other things, consists of networks, servers, cloud platforms, and operating systems. In this position you will be contribute to the development of new knowledge, methods, and technology that serve to provide secure, robust, and dynamic digital infrastructures.

The position is affiliated to the Institute of Computer Science (IDI) and the Applied Information Technology (AIT) research unit. Here you will be working within an excellent work environment, and in collaboration with some of Norway’s top research groups within software engineering, digital infrastructure, communication technology and cybersecurity.

The position includes teaching duties, mostly connected to the bachelor and master programmes in digital infrastructure and cybersecurity.

Your immediate leader is Head of Discipline.

Duties of the position

  • Responsibility for research and teaching within digital infrastructure and cybersecurity.
  • Initiate and participate in national and international research projects, and to be a driving force in the department’s research activities within digital infrastructure and cybersecurity.
  • Research dissemination and popular science dissemination.
  • Participate in the implementation of study programs both at bachelor’s and master’s level according to the current program description, and in the development of courses and teaching plans, including continuing and further education.
  • Student supervision.
  • Participate in administrative activities, such as hiring committees, educational and research boards, etc., that are conducted at IDI.
  • Contribute to an excellent learning environment in collaboration with colleagues, students, and external stakeholders.

Required qualifications

You must have the qualifications required for the position of Associate Professor in the field of computer science, 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 computer science or communication technology (or a comparable relevant field)
  • If you can document that the PhD thesis has been submitted, your application can be assessed even if you have not yet defended your dissertation. Documentation of the obtained doctoral degree must be presented before you can take up the position.

We are looking for a colleague that primarily will be conducting research, teaching, and supervision within the focus area of our bachelor and master programmes in digital infrastructure and cybersecurity. The candidate therefore needs to have practical skills (e.g., from industry or teaching/supervision) within some of the following key areas of these study programmes:

  • DevOps teamwork, tools, and processes. DevOps as an approach to continuous delivery.
  • Recent approaches to IT operations, such as Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), AIOps or reverse engineering supporting DevOps/IaC.
  • Automation of digital infrastructure, infrastructure as code (IaC).
  • Advanced use of the command line interface in Windows and/or Linux.
  • Programming and scripting in high-level imperative and declarative languages.
  • Capacity planning and performance optimization of IT infrastructure
  • Cloud computing services, particularly IaaS and PaaS. Virtualization and containerization technologies.
  • Operating systems: security, performance, and virtualization.
  • Cybersecurity, vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, and ethical hacking.
  • IT system administration, for example, logging and monitoring, identity and access management.

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

  • Teaching experience from higher education.
  • Relevant experience from industry related to digital infrastructure and cybersecurity.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language.

Personal qualities

  • You must have the ability to work independently, ability to interact and collaborate with colleagues, students and business.
  • You must have the ability to inspire others and to be a driving force for research activity and dissemination
  • You must be professionally curious and interested in teaching and dissemination as both the subject area and the pedagogy are in continuous development

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities

We offer

Application Process

You can find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

Salary and conditions

As a Associate Professor  (code 1011 ) you are normally paid from gross NOK 615 000 – NOK 775 000 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.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.

After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

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 10 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 for the next 5 years. The research plan needs to be relevant for the position.
  • 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.

NTNU is obliged by the evaluation criteria for research quality in accordance with The San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA. This means that we will pay particular attention to the quality and academic range demonstrated by your scientific work to date. We will also pay attention to research leadership and participation in research projects. Your scientific work from the last five years will be given the most weight.

Your application will be considered by an expert committee. Candidates of interest will be invited to an interview, and to deliver a trial teaching session.

General information

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality. (tas bort hvis ikke aktuelt)

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must continually maintain and improve your professional development and be flexible regarding any organizational changes.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

For the sake of transparency, candidates will be given the expert evaluation of their own and other candidates. As an applicant you are considered part of the process and is stipulated to rules of confidentiality.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact IDI/AIT head of unit Monica Storvik, e-mail monica.storvik@ntnu.no. or head of department Heri Ramampiaro, epost: heri@ntnu.no.

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact the recruitment team, e-mail rekrutteringsteam@ie.ntnu.no.

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.

Application deadline: 01.02.2023.

Department of Computer Science 

Department of Computer Science 

We are the leading academic IT environment in Norway, and offer a wide range of theoretical and applied IT programmes of study at all levels. Our subject areas include hardware, algorithms, visual computing, AI, databases, software engineering, information systems, learning technology, HCI, CSCW, IT operations and applied data processing. The Department has groups in both Trondheim and Gjøvik. The Department of Computer Science is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering