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Professorship in Mechanical / Product Engineering
Published(1082 days ago)
Deadline for applications(1053 days ago)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)Trondheim (Norwegen)
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Professorship in Mechanical/Product Engineering - NTNU
Aluminum Product Innovation Centre IVT - 101/16
NTNU Aluminium Product Innovation Center (NAPIC) is a newly established collaboration
between three faculties at the Norwegian University of science and Technology (NTNU). The
faculties involved are Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology (IVT), Faculty of Natural
Sciences and Technology (NT) and Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art (AB). IVT, represented
by the Department of Engineering Design and Materials (IPM), is the host of NAPIC. Its overall
aim is to explore new product opportunities in aluminium by employing a research-driven
innovation approach. NAPIC is a research center within IPM’s existing facilities with access to
NTNU laboratories, teaching infrastructure and resources. Basis funding is provided by Norsk
Hydro, a network of metal manufacturing companies and the three faculties in terms of PhD
positions. The ambition is to grow the center into a research operation of 10-15 fulltime
positions and 10-20 MSc students within the next 3 years. The center will provide access to and
partnership with a unique network of industrial companies. Its operational basis will be crossdisciplinary
collaboration between product design and development, manufacturing, materials
technology and product applications. The vision of the center is to become a world leader in
research-driven aluminium product innovation.
About the position
This new professorship will have responsibility for research and research-based teaching within
the field of mechanical engineering with a primary focus on design, technology development
and manufacturing of aluminium products. Interplay between these fields will form the basis for
successful aluminium-based product innovations for new and existing application areas. The
professor will have responsibility for developing and maintaining a teaching portfolio within the
field of own research. S/he will also contribute in other NTNU courses depending on
competence profile. The professor will establish research projects through national and
international funding schemes and industry, as well as recruiting and supervising doctoral
candidates. Publication of research in scientific journals and dissemination of research into own
teaching, are important. The professor will be responsible for managing and coordinating
NAPIC activities with administrative support from the Department of Engineering Design and
The position is part of a long-term strategic plan to build a strong, sustainable research group
within innovation-driven aluminium product and technology research. The candidate’s research
background must be within product design, development, innovation (management) or/and
manufacturing with aluminium as the common denominator. The candidate must hold a PhD
degree within one of the relevant fields and/or have strong industrial experience within
aluminium applications. Appropriate judging criteria will be adapted accordingly.
The candidate should be dedicated to innovation-driven research and provide capabilities in
building and managing interdisciplinary research teams. The position provides a high degree of
independence in choosing direction for research and teaching activities within the strategic
priorities of the center.
The profile of our search ’persona’ is as follows:
Industrial experience from product development, preferably aluminium-based products
Significant international network in academia and industry
A multidisciplinary competence profile (’T-shaped’)
Proven skills to manage and motivate people, building strong teams
High research ambitions-personally and on behalf of the group
Relevant education on PhD level within the main field(s) of the professorship
Excellent publication record and academic standing
Proven track record in initiating, managing research and development work
Experience from laboratory work and physical experiments
Excellent teaching capabilities and experience within Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
from recognized educational institution(s)
In the evaluation of candidates, the following capabilities are of high priority:
1. Academic merits in aluminium product, technology and production research
2. Industrial experience from relevant area
3. People management skills and experience
4. Involvement in initiating and managing research and development work
5. Experience from laboratory and experimental work
6. Research ambitions (group and own)
7. The ability to supervise, mentor and initiate applied research work.
8. Teaching experiences and skills from recognized educational institution(s)
9. Operational network in academia and/or aluminium product manufacturing industry.
The successful applicant for a Professorship must be able to document his/her extensive
disciplinary qualifications in important fields within the discipline. His/her individual work must
document scientific expertise in one or several parts of the discipline, particularly the field the
Professorship has specific responsibility for. Weight will be placed on the ability to supervise
and initiate research and development work.
Weight will be placed on pedagogical skills. The evaluation of the candidate will be based on
documented pedagogical material, including pedagogical education/training, the presentation of
academic work, experience from supervising masters level students, and teaching, as well as
other pedagogical matters. The evaluation will consider both the quality and the scope.
Academic staff who are employed without having a formal pedagogical qualification in
university-level teaching and are unable to document equivalent qualifications, are required to
successfully complete a recognized course that gives a pedagogical qualification in university
level teaching within two years of taking the appointment. The University offers such courses.
The applicants that have been short-listed will be invited for interviews and a demonstration of
their pedagogical ability, usually in the form of a trial lecture.
Terms of employment:
The Professor is to be jointly responsible for disciplinary matters together with other academic
staff in the Department. The Professor is required to participate in teaching activities in
accordance with the relevant curriculum and assist in further developing the teaching program,
including continuing education. The Professor is to supervise master students, research fellows
and doctoral candidates in his/her discipline. The Professor must agree to participate in
administrative work. The Professor is obliged to follow the regulations that concern changes and
developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at
The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State
Employees and Civil Servants.
NTNU would like to increase the percentage of female scientists in academic positions, and its
policy is outlined in its equal opportunities plan. The following initiatives are relevant here: Start
package for women in male-dominated fields. Qualification scholarships and mentor program
for women in academic positions.
The preferred candidate should speak Scandinavian language since positions also includes
teaching at BSc level. Other candidates who don’t master Scandinavian but are particularly
qualified for other reasons must obtain within two years knowledge of Norwegian language at
an equivalent standard to level three in the Norwegian for Foreigners courses provided at the
Department of Applied Linguistics. The University provides such courses.
The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy of balanced ethnicity, age and
The position as Professor is remunerated with a minimum gross salary from NOK 605 400 per
annum. Normally the position is remunerated with a minimum gross salary from NOK 617 400
to NOK 901 700 per annum.
There will be a 2 % deduction to The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross
Further details about the Professorship can be obtained from Professor Torgeir Welo, tel. +47
41440061 or +47 73593884.
Applicants are asked to give an account of their pedagogical qualifications according to
prepared guidelines ("Documentation of an applicant’s pedagogical qualifications") which can
be obtained from the following address on internet:
The following documents must be enclosed with the application:
Certified copies of certificates, testimonials and a list of academic work.
Academic work - published or unpublished - that has relevance to the evaluation of the
applicant’s qualifications by the evaluation committee (not more than 10 such submissions).
A description of all the academic work that the applicant feels is most significant and that
he/she feels the evaluation committee should pay particular attention to.
A list of all publications with bibliographical references
Joint work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a joint
piece of work, applicants are to enclose a short descriptive summary of what he/she did in this
Applicants are asked to submit the application in English with regards to the evaluation process.
Applications are to be submitted via the link on this page. The file number for the position (IVT-
101/16) is to be clearly stated on the application.