Onsager Fellowship Programme

Onsager Fellowship programme (16 Tenure track positions open) at NTNU is designed to attract talented early-career scholars with documented excellent supervised work, ready to work independently and with the potential to become a research leader.

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NTNU tenure-track Onsager fellowship programme

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

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.

During the employment period as a tenure-track associate professor, the appointee must participate in the formal pedagogical training programme to qualify for a permanent position.

The appointee’s performance will be evaluated the last year of the tenure-track period and, if the ‘final appraisal’ is positive, s/he will be employed as a full-time professor.

Eligibility for the Fellowships

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.

NTNU is obliged by the evaluation criteria for research quality in accordance with The San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA (PDF). 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. International experience and collaboration will be emphasized.

The successful applicants are expected to demonstrate the ability to work independently and to interact and strengthen ongoing work at the department as well as strengthen international collaboration. The position will include a start-up package, mentorship and support for applying for additional funds. We expect that the candidate will be able to secure substantial additional funding such as ERC starting grants or similar.

Applicants must hold a PhD and will primarily be evaluated on the basis of their documented international scholarly achievements. The PhD should have been awarded no more than 5 years to the application deadline, excluding law entitled leave.

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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. 

Outreach qualifications of applicants, including the ability to attract external funding, will also be taken into account and considered an advantage.

Following the application deadline, a applicants will be reviewed by an external academic committee. The top candidates will be invited for a campus visit.

Selection Process (2022)

  • Call: October 2022
  • Application deadline is 1 February 2023

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About the Fellowships

Onsager Fellowship Programme is named after the Norwegian-American chemist and physicist Lars Onsager (1903–1976).

He received a Ch.E. degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology, that later became NTNU, in 1925.

In 1968 he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work done in 1931 on irreversible thermodynamics.

The Lars Onsager Lecture and Professorship at NTNU

Lars Onsager in Wikipedia

For general enquiry

For general information about the Onsager Fellowship Programme, please contact: Senior Adviser Ruth H. Rødde

For more details about the Fellowship

About Norwegian University of Science and Technology