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Call for Application: Permanent position as Professor in STS

Professor in social studies of science and technology, focus on energy and
We hereby advertise a permanent position as Professor (100 % position) in
social studies of science and technology (STS) at Department of
Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture (KULT), Norwegian University of Science
and Technology (NTNU).
About the department
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture is part of Faculty of
Humanities at NTNU and localised at Dragvoll in Trondheim. The department has
21 permanent scientific positions and presently, 29 research fellows,
postdocs, and temporary researchers. We are engaged in research and teaching
within two fields: Gender studies and social studies of science and
technology. We offer courses at all levels, including PhD. The department has
a high level of research activity with a high proportion of external funding.
More information about the department may be found at
Faculty employed within social studies of science and technology are engaged
in teaching, research and outreach, focusing on a broad spectrum of social
challenges. We are in particular engaged with sustainable energy,
climate-related transitions, transport, research policy, digitalization,
knowledge utilisation, and feminist technoscience. This implies a focus on
studies of sustainability transitions, research and innovation, political
processes, governance and public administration, and public engagement and
democratic participation.
Relevant tasks for the successful applicant
Teaching at bachelor, master and PhD levels.
Supervising master and PhD students.
Participating in implementing the teaching plan of the department according
to existing curriculum.
Research and research management, including tasks related to the department's
participation in Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies (CenSES) and possible
new similar initiatives related to energy and climate change issues.
Acquisition and management of externally funded research projects.
Participating in and further develop relevant national and international
Participating in administrative duties at the department.
The work obligation will be split about equally between research and teaching
after necessary administrative work is subtracted.
Applicants must have:
PhD in social studies of science and technology (STS) and a good overview of
main theoretical approaches within social studies of science and technology.
Broad and excellent experience from research, teaching and outreach related
to social studies of science and technology. This includes in-depth knowledge
of and comprehensive experience from employing qualitative research methods.
In particular, documented first-rate research competence from social studies
of energy and climate change issues.
A passion for teaching and the ability to inspire and communicate well with
Documented, strong pedagogical competence and didactic skills in university
education. This evaluation will be based on documented pedagogical education,
experience from supervising PhD and/or master's candidates, and other teaching
and pedagogical experience. Any person employed without formal university
pedagogical qualifications or other documented equivalent qualifications will
be required to attend and complete a course in university pedagogics within
two years. NTNU offers such courses. For further information, see:
Very good collaboration skills and interest in and experience from teamwork
and interdisciplinary research.
Documented, comprehensive experience from grant application efforts towards
research councils and the EU.
Documented successful experience from research leadership, including project
The following aspects will be particularly emphasised in the evaluation:
The quality and relevance of the scholarly publications.
Publications in international journals and with presses with peer review.
The level of publication activity during the last five years.
High level skills and strong motivation with respect to teaching and
Ability to and interest in initiating new research projects and similar, more
comprehensive activities, like participation in research centres and
researcher networks.
Motivation for and ambitions with respect to academic work in social studies
of science and technology.
Sufficient high quality scholarly competence with respect to studies of
energy and climate change issues and documented experience from research
leadership to exercise research leadership within the department's prioritised
activities, including participation in existing and future centres linked to
national and international research priorities.
Excellent interpersonal skills and personal suitability.
Working knowledge of (good ability to speak and read) Norwegian, Danish
and/or Swedish is considered an important advantage because this is
significant to be able to fulfil the tasks of the advertised position, like
teaching, supervision and academic service work.
Strong knowledge of English, oral as well as written.
The application must be sent electronically through the website Jobbnorge
(, and be marked with the file number for the position (HF
The application must include:
An application letter outlining your motivation for the position, including
the name and contact information of 3 reference persons.
CV and authorized documentation of certificates and study records
A brief (3-5 pages) description of the applicant's intellectual profile with
a commented overview of the scholarly work that s/he considers most
significant and wants to submit for the evaluation. The description should
include, but does not need to be limited to, the up to 10 scholarly
publications that may be submitted for the evaluation (see below). Co-authored
work will be part of the evaluation. However, applicants must enclose a short
description of her/his contribution.
A list of all publications with bibliographical reference.
Documentation and account of the applicant's pedagogical qualifications
according to "Dokumentasjon av skers pedagogiske kvalifikasjoner ved
tilsetting i vitenskapelig stilling ved NTNU", downloadable from
A teaching philosophy statement (one-page).
Please note: Applications that are not sent through Jobbnorge and/or are sent
after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration
Scholarly publications shall NOT be attached to the application. After the
application deadline, selected applicants will be nominated for further
evaluation. All applicants will be notified if they are nominated or not.
Nominated applicants will be invited to submit a selection of their scholarly
work, which they consider important for the expert evaluation committee's
assessment of academic qualifications. It will be possible to submit 5 copies
of up to 7 - 10 publications, of which no more than one can be a monograph. It
will be possible to submit extracts from larger scholarly publications as well
as unpublished work as part of the 7-10 publications.
The publications submitted for the assessment should be sent by email to case
handler Hege Tver Nilsson, e-mail:
The best candidates will be invited to deliver a trial lecture and attend an
interview at the department.

Regulations and salary
The position of Professor is remunerated based on the national salary scheme,
with a minimum gross salary of NOK 517.700,-. The successful applicant will
normally be remunerated by NOK 673.800 - NOK 792.700,-. Two percent of gross
salary is deducted and paid into the State Pension Scheme.
Primary residence in Trondheim is a prerequisite. The place of work will be
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture. We aim at an appointment
date of January, 2019.
Newly employed staff in academic positions who are not already fluent in a
Scandinavian language, must within three years obtain knowledge of Norwegian
or another Scandinavian language at an equivalent standard to level three in
the "Norwegian for Foreigners" courses provided by the Department of Language
and Literature. The University will make it possible for the person appointed
to attend such a course.
The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning Government Employees and Civil Servants.
It is policy within the state sector that employees should come from
backgrounds that reflect as fully as possible the diversity of the population
at large. The state has accordingly set the goal of a workforce whose
composition reflects that of the population at large with regard to age and
You may request to have your name withheld from public access. If you wish to
do so, you are required to explain why your application should be treated as
confidential. If you request that your name be withheld from public access,
your request will be considered in relation to the Open File Act 25. If your
request is denied, you will be so informed and you will be given the
opportunity to withdraw your application.

Further information
Further information about the position may be obtained from Head of
department, Professor Margrethe Aune, phone +47 73 59 18 98, e-mail:

Questions regarding the application process should be directed at the case
handler at the Faculty of Humanities Hege Tver Nilsson, e-mail:
Application deadline: August 15, 2018
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