Artificial selection

Associate Professor within Artificial Intelligence at NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About work

We have a new 100% permanent Associate Professor position at the University Department of ICT and Natural Sciences (IIR).

This position is associated with the AI ​​node, which is a collaboration with the Norwegian Open AI Lab (NAIL) You will participate in research activities related to the Norwegian Open AI Lab in Trondheim, activities at the AI-node in Ålesund and the Department of ICT and Natural Sciences. Candidates should have experience in research activities within artificial intelligence, machine learning with related topics. We are looking for a researcher who can create new business through networking with internal and external people.

In this position there is a good opportunity to work on solving defined problems in cooperation with NAIL’s partners within the business and public sectors. The researcher will contribute to improving NAIL, and in particular the AI ​​node in Ålesund. The first three years of work will consist of creating a research portfolio. After this period, it is planned to contribute to the Department of ICT and Natural Sciences with lectures.

You will report to the head of the ICT and natural sciences department.


  • Plan, coordinate and conduct research and development activities in NAIL’s research areas. The work will be done in close collaboration with the local academic staff of the department and NAIL
  • Prepare research and other requests in collaboration with academic staff and management
  • Transmit knowledge within artificial intelligence, regarding NAIL’s research results with cooperating partners
  • Establish a network of companies linked to our AI node in Ålesund

Qualifications required

Associate Professor (Førsteamanuensis):

You must meet the qualifications required for the position of Associate Professor in the field of Artificial Intelligence, as indicated in the regulations for appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts

  • Your PhD, or comparable academic work, must be in the field of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (or comparable relevant field)
  • If you can document that you are in the final stages of your doctoral studies, your application may also be considered.
  • Research experience in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • English oral and written skills

Applicable to all:

You must document the relevant core competencies for teaching and supervision at university/higher level, as referenced in Norwegian national legislation. 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 are required, within three years, to demonstrate proficiency in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three of the Norwegian course for speakers of other languages ​​at NTNU Language and Literature Department.

Preferred qualifications

  • Teaching experience in higher education
  • Experience with research presentations
  • Experience with data acquisition, storage and manipulation
  • Abilities and experience with multiple programming languages, frameworks and libraries used for machine learning
  • Working with government funding of research and development projects in Norway and the EU
  • Experience in building and maintaining a network of people
  • Knowledge of research ethics

Personal qualities

  • Establishes credibility; addresses challenges convincingly and conveys energy in interactions with others
  • Team spirit
  • Able to work independently
  • Develops effective, sensible and practical solutions to problems

We offer

Salary and conditions

In this position, you will usually receive a gross salary according to associate professor code 1011 (Førsteemanuensis), depending on qualifications and seniority. As required by law, 2% of this salary will be deducted and paid into the Norwegian Civil Service Pension Fund.

Employment will be granted in accordance with the principles set out in applicable regulations regarding government employees and officials and laws relating to the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technologies. Candidates who, after evaluation of the application and attachment, are found to conflict with the criteria of the latter Act will be barred from recruitment at NTNU. Candidates should be aware that there may be changes in the work environment after starting employment.

It is essential that you can be present and accessible daily at the establishment.

Application process

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

About the application

Your application and supporting documents must be in English or Norwegian.

Please note that your application will be considered solely on the basis of the information submitted by the application deadline. You should therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience meet the criteria specified above.

If for any reason you have interrupted your career 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 amount of your research may be reduced.

Your application should include:

  • CV, diplomas and certificates
  • A teaching portfolio, in which your teaching competence is systematically compiled and presented, (See guidelines for applicants: Documentation of Teaching Qualifications in Applications and Appointments for Academic Positions at NTNU)
  • Academic work – published or unpublished – that you wish to be considered when evaluating your application
  • A description of the scientific/artistic works that you consider most relevant and that you particularly wish to be taken into account in the evaluation
  • A list of your previous work, with details of where it was published
  • A research project
  • Details of projects for which you have served as project manager, including information on funding, duration and scope
  • Names and contact details of three relevant referees

Joint work will also be considered. If it is difficult to identify your specific contribution to a joint project, you should include evidence of your contributions.

When considering the most qualified candidates, we will pay particular attention to personal qualities, your motivation for applying for the position, as well as your teaching skills and qualifications. Our assessment will be based on documented teaching materials, forms of presentation in your academic work, teaching experience, doctoral and master’s supervision, and any other relevant educational context. Quality and scope will be considered.

NTNU is bound by the Research Quality Assessment Criteria in accordance with The San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA. This means that we will pay particular attention to the quality and academic scope 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 past five years will carry the most weight.

Your application will be examined by a committee of experts. Interested candidates will be invited for a trial lesson and interview.

general informations

NTNU’s personal policy emphasizes the importance of equality and diversity. We encourage applications from all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, disability or cultural background. NTNU works actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.

The city of Ålesund, with its 50,000 inhabitants, will offer you many opportunities to explore an area of ​​Norway famous for its magnificent landscapes of high mountains and blue fjords. Ålesund itself, with its Art Nouveau architecture, is considered by many to be the most beautiful city in Norway! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

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

In accordance with public law, your name, age, function and country of residence may be made public even if you have requested not to appear on the public list of candidates. In the interest of transparency, applicants will receive expert assessment of their own applicants and other applicants. As a candidate, you are considered part of the process and are subject to confidentiality rules.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Rune Volden, tel. +47-92887753, email: [email protected] If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Maren Skuterud Rasmussen, email: [email protected]

The application and all attachments must be submitted electronically via

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Department of ICT and Natural Sciences

Our campus in Ålesund works in partnership with industry which is in a class of its own among Norwegian universities. This ensures a practical orientation for our study programs, while they are firmly grounded in modern theory. The Department offers programs in Automation Engineering, Computer Engineering, Power Systems, Simulation, and Visualization. Our research areas include autonomous ships, robotics, cybernetics, medical technology and health informatics, and artificial intelligence. The Department of ICT and Natural Sciences is one of the seven departments of Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline May 15, 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Alesund

Scope Full time

Duration Permanent

place of service Ålesund Campus