Associate Professor in Sociology

About the position

The Department of Sociology and Political Science (ISS) has one permanent position available as Associate Professor in general sociology. The position will contribute to further developing the department’s teaching and research in sociology. We are seeking a theoretically strong sociologist with a particular interest in further developing the field. Applicants must be able to link their research background to the strategic focus areas and research groups at the Department.

ISS is one of Norway’s largest and leading social science communities. The Department conducts research, teaching and dissemination within sociology, political science, sports science and media science. The Department has around 115 employees (equalling 105 full-time man/year work ) and 10 study programmes. Our research and education shall contribute to identifying and meeting central societal challenges, in order to contribute to solving challenges that Norway and the world community are facing. Our education programs must provide competence that makes our candidates attractive on the labor market and key contributors to societal development. The research must be at a high level and contribute to public debate and professional development. For more information, see:

Your immediate leader is the Head of the Department.

Duties of the position

  • responsibility for teaching and research within sociology in general and specifically within the subject area of ​​the position, at all levels
  • carry out teaching according to the current study plan
  • work on further development of the subject area and teaching plan
  • contribute to relevant teaching within further education
  • conduct research within your own subject area and special interest
  • carry out examination work
  • take responsibility for administrative tasks
  • take care of the Department’s professional responsibilities together with the unit’s other scientific employees
  • supervise bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students in their field of study
  • carry out research-based dissemination
  • represent your own and the Department’s discipline in research work locally, nationally and internationally
  • participate in the Department’s subject strategic work

The person employed must be able to teach general sociology and relevant subjects in sociology linked to their own specialisation, at all study levels.

The Associate Professor must comply with decisions on changes that developments in the subject entail, as well as organizational changes.

Required qualifications

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

  • Your PhD, or comparable academic work, must be within the field of Sociology
  • Particular emphasis will be placed on the candidate’s future research potential, and that this is in line with the Department’s strategic initiatives. In scientific publishing, originality, quality and contribution to theory and method development will be emphasized. Equal weight is given to Norwegian/Scandinavian and international publications. Willingness and ability to work creatively within sociology and in collaboration with other disciplines will count positively. Emphasis will be placed on the candidate’s willingness to participate in national and international research collaboration.
  • Applicants must be able to show progress in research and publication and must be able to present future research and publication plans.
  • The person appointed to the position must also be able to demonstrate the ability and willingness to contribute to the long-term development of the Department’s research and teaching. Great emphasis will be placed on the applicant being able to link research plans and interests to research (people and areas) where the Department has ongoing activity and development opportunities.
  • We emphasize pedagogical abilities and qualifications. Previous experience with innovative forms of learning and the development of educational contributions counts positively.

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, including pedagogical development work, from higher education
  • Experience with project work related to external financing, e.g. RCN, EU, or other research funds.
  • Experience with interdisciplinary collaboration.

Personal qualities

  • Independent and responsible
  • Ability to engage and motivate
  • Good abilities for collaboration and solution orientation
  • High motivation to contribute to a good professional and social environment

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 / Professor (code 1011) you are normally paid from gross 615 000 NOK – 746 900 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.

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 or Norwegian/Scandinavian.

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 complete list of your previous works, with details on where they have been published
  • A short future research plan
  • Details of projects for which you have been involved or 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.

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

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.

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 the Head of Department, Johan Fredrik Rye, mob. 99273099, e-mail or Group Leader for Sociology, Gunhild Tøndel, mob. 99250660, e-mail

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Renate Lillian Johansen, e-mail:

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via 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.

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Department of Sociology and Political Science

We conduct research, teaching and dissemination in sociology, political science, media, communication and information technology, and sport sciences. The Department offers five-year master’s programmes in teacher education (lektorutdanning) in social sciences as well as in physical education and sports. As a social science department we have a special obligation to contribute to the public debate on important social issues. The Department of Sociology and Political Science is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.