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Associate Professor of European Studies

Norwegian University of Science and Technology - Department of Historical and Classical Studies

About the position

Applications are invited for the position of Associate Professor of European Studies. This is a full-time position (100%) in the Department of Historical and Classical Studies (IHK) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway ( The position is based in Trondheim.

You will report to the Head of Department.

Duties of the position

The person appointed will be required to participate in teaching activities in the Bachelor in European Studies and in the International Master in European Studies and to teach existing courses in those degree programmes. The appointee will also supervise Bachelor and Master Theses in European Studies. Additional teaching and/or supervision duties may be required in accordance with teaching and supervision needs in the Department. You may also be expected to develop attractive modules for our BA programme and for the development of our MA programme. Courses in the Master in European Studies are fully taught in English. The language of instruction is both Norwegian and English in the Bachelor in European Studies. The successful candidate will be required to take a share of the department's and programme’s administrative work.

We are particularly interested in candidates having teaching and research experience broadly in the field of International and European Relations, including international and trans-national politics and policies of Europe and the European Union, and in Europe's and the EU’s role within the broader global system.

The successful applicant must be an active researcher, who will collaborate with colleagues to further develop research in the study of Europe, the EU and the EEA at NTNU, and to initiate and lead projects.

Required selection criteria

The position of Associate Professor within (subject area) requires that you meet the criteria in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-4. 

The successful candidate must fulfil the following essential qualification requirements. S/He must:

  • Hold a doctorate in European Studies, International Relations, History, Politics or cognate disciplines at the time of application
  • Be able to document scholarly expertise in one or more areas of European Studies after 1945
  • Have a strong track record of international and peer-reviewed publications in the field (in the past 5 years) with evidence of an active research agenda going forward
  • Have the breadth of knowledge required to teach in one or more of our core BA and MA courses
  • Have a fluent proficiency in English
  • Have teaching experience at university levelHaving a command of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. It will be considered an asset but is not a prerequisite.

It is a prerequisite that within three years of appointment, new employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language can demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three in the course for Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU.

Desired qualifications include:

  • An ability to contribute substantially to the research methods and theory courses at BA and MA level
  • Having the depth of knowledge to offer attractive modules in any sub-fields of European and EU Politics or IR at undergraduate and postgraduate level

In assessing candidates, particular weight will be placed on the breadth and depth of the candidate’s existing pedagogical competences and innovations in teaching experience as well as the extent of the candidate’s research achievements since gaining their doctorate. Evidence of effective research collaboration and success in obtaining research funding will be an important assessment criterion.

You will be expected to deliver high-quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and undertake supervision of Masters and Doctoral candidates. Evaluation of these skills will be based on documented experience and relevant teaching qualifications. Applicants with teaching experience at university level are preferred. Quality and breadth of the teaching qualifications will be evaluated.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA. This means that we pay special attention to the quality and professional breadth of these works. We also consider experience from research management and participation in research projects. We place great emphasis on your scientific work from the last five years.

You must document relevant basic competence for teaching and supervision at university/higher education-level, ref. Regulations. If this cannot be documented, you are required to complete an approved course in university teaching within two years of commencement. NTNU offers qualifying courses. 

Please see the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts for general criteria for the position.

Personal characteristics

The person who is appointed must have high motivation to work interdisciplinary, both in research and teaching. Candidates are invited to discuss in the cover letter how and to what extent their work is interdisciplinary.

In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position.

We offer 

We offer a vibrant, dynamic, collegial and international research and teaching environment in the Department of Historical and Classical Studies. The European Studies programme is Norway’s only interdisciplinary study programme offering both a three-year BA degree and a two-year (international) Master in European Studies. Interdisciplinarity in research and teaching is a core characteristic of the European Studies Programme.

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Associate Professor is normally from NOK 544.400,- to NOK 607.700,- per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. 2% of the gross salary is 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.

Applicants may request that their application is treated confidentially. If you request that your name be withheld from public access, your request will be considered but may be denied. If your request to have your name kept from public access is denied, you will be so informed, and you will be given the opportunity to withdraw your application.

It is a prerequisite that you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

The application must be submitted electronically via Jobbnorge. Applications that are not submitted through Jobbnorge, arrive after the submission deadline or are incomplete will not be considered.

Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline.  You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out 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.

The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • A cover letter outlining the applicant’s suitability and motivation for the position and how s/he can contribute to teaching and research in the European Studies programme.
  • A CV, containing information about education, previous employment, teaching, research and other relevant work experience, and including three referees with contact information.
  • A complete publication list with bibliographical references.
  • A description of the applicant’s academic works that are most relevant for the position and that the applicant feels the evaluation committee should pay particular attention to, including but not necessarily limited to the 5 items referred below. In case of co-authored or joint publications, the applicant should state his/her contribution to the publication and briefly describe it.

Documented pedagogical experience, including any pedagogical education or training in university-level teaching, course design and teaching, and/or experience in supervising BA and MA students. The documentation must be in accordance with the relevant guidelines listed in the "Documentation of applicant’s teaching qualifications in connection with appointment to an academic position at NTNU”.

  • Certificates and diplomas.
  • Other relevant information (if applicable).

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.


Applicants are requested NOT to send copies of their academic works at this point. After the application deadline, a shortlist of applicants will be drawn up and all applicants will be informed of whether they are placed on the list. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit relevant samples of their academic work. The material to be submitted should comprise, at most, five items not exceeding 250 pages, published in the last five years and may include excerpts from longer works and unpublished works. These academic works must be submitted electronically by email to Hege Kissten, The email must be marked with the reference number for the position (HF 20-016).

In assessing applicant’s work, emphasis will be placed on quality and relevance of peer-reviewed publications, especially those published in the past 5 years.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview and a trial lecture.

General information

A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. NTNU wishes to increase the proportion of women in its academic positions, and women are therefore encouraged to apply.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants. 

Enquiries about the position can be addressed to the head of the European Studies Programme, Professor Michael J. Geary, by email:

Questions about the application process can be addressed to the administrative executive officer/Human Resources Executive Officer at the Faculty of Humanities; Hege Kissten:

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via Mark the application with reference number: HF 20-016.

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 one of 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.

Application deadline: 01.09.2020

Location: Trondheim - Norway
Salary: NOK544,400 to NOK607,700
£45,246.72 to £50,507.77 converted salary* per year, depending on qualifications and seniority
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 2nd July 2020
Closes: 1st September 2020
Job Ref: HF 20-016
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