Associate Professor of Mechatronics Engineering

  • Norwegian University of Science & Technology - Ntnu
  • Trondheim, Norway
  • Jul 11, 2022
Full time Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description

About the job

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering,NTNU has a vacancy for an associate professor of Mechatronics Engineering.

As an Associate Professor you are responsible for conducting research and teaching within the field of mechatronics engineering with focus on industrial product and automated production systems. As an associate professor of Mechatronics Engineering you need competencies within combination of mechanical, electrical, computer and software competencies, and demonstrate the capability to combine these fields to develop smart technologies for various applications.

The research will include both experimental and theoretical studies, utilizing NTNU's well-equipped laboratories for mechatronics engineering and rapid prototyping.  Moreover, you will be challenged to advance the field of mechatronics engineering by combining multidisciplinary research across research groups within different fields of  mechanical and industrial engineering.  A particular responsibility will be to operate, maintain and develop mechatronics activities within the national research infrastructure MANULAB. 

You will report to Head of Department and to head of one of the research groups on scientific matters.

Duties of the position

  • advancing the field of mechatronics engineering by integrating mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, control systems and programming
  • expanding the department's  portfolio of research projects by national (RCN) and international (EU) funding
  • obtain external funding for PhD/Post Doc positions
  • supervise PhD, MSc and BSc candidates
  • contribute in teaching and administering courses within our study programs (MSc and BSc) including, among others, MAST2007/TMM4150 Mechatronics, TPK4125 Mechatronics,  MAST2001 Machine Elements 1, etc. Nominal teaching duty is 50 %; i.e., 1 regular 7.5 credit course pr semester
  • publishing research in renowned, high quality per-reviewed academic journals
  • work actively to develop network with industry for collaboration, exchange and joint research projects
  • contributing to leverage collaboration and integration across established domains within the department

Required qualifications 

You must have the qualifications required for the position of associate professor in the field of Mechatronics Engineering, as outlined in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts 

  • PhD degree within Mechanical Engineering or similar (relevant to the position)  
  • a proven publication track record within the main discipline of this position
  • academic achievements and scientific productivity within the field of the associate professorship
  • experience in working in collaborative research projects with industry
  • experience from advanced laboratory work and physical experiments
  • experience from working scientifically at universities
  • strong digital competence, including experience in using and programming software 
  • teaching experience from supervision and lecturing within topics relevant to the position
  • excellent written and oral English language skills

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

  •  ability to supervise MSc and PhD candidates
  • ability to initiate research activities and secure funding
  • publishing track record - and future research plan 
  • an international network in academia (and industry), particularly relevant to the department
  • proven skills for pushing the frontier within mechatronics engineering
  • some practical working experience from manufacturing, engineering, consultancy or similar 
  • fluency in Scandinavian language (required for teaching at BSc level)

Personal qualities

  • strategic
  • motivational
  • analytical
  • relation building skills
  • good communication skills
  • balanced academic and practical pursuits

We offer 

Salary and conditions

As a Associate Professor (code 1011 ) you are normally paid from gross NOK 600 000 - NOK 750 000 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. 

Application Process

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

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 (pay attention to what must be included here - remove anything that does not apply):

  • CV, diplomas, and certificates
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you wish to be considered during assessment of your application (up to 10 works)
  • A description of the academic 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
  • Names and contact information for three relevant referees
  • 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, including information on financing, duration, and scope

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

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.

Questions about the position can be directed to head of department, Torgeir Welo telephone +4741440061 email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR consultant Linn-Cecilie Felle, 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. 

Application deadline: 21.08.2022

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

We educate graduates who can create new products, operate and maintain products, and manage projects. The Department has a variety of bachelor's and master's degree programmes. We conduct wide-ranging research in fields such as technology, energy, product quality and development, and productivity. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 21st August 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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