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Associate Professor in European Studies

Norwegian University of Science and Technology - Historical and Classical Studies

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The Onsager Fellowship programme

The Onsager Fellowship programme at NTNU is designed to attract talented early-career scholars with a track-record of high quality published research, ready to work independently and with the potential to become a research leader.

The Tenure-Track Associate Professor’s duties will primarily include research, but also include supervision, teaching, and other duties necessary to qualify for a permanent professor position within 6 – 7 years.

In the NTNU tenure-track programme, associate professors are subject to two types of review during the tenure-track period:

  • a mid-career assessment after 3-4 years 
  • a final tenure assessment at the end of the tenure track period

If the “final tenure assessment” is positive, s/he will be employed as a full-time professor.

The overall purpose of the review system is to ensure and maintain the high academic standards of the university’s senior faculty staff. To help meet these standards, the associate professor is offered an international mentor and favourable terms.

NTNU is now announcing 16 tenure-track positions. 

The Department of Historical and Classical Studies (IHK) has a vacancy for a tenure-track position as part of the Onsager Fellowship Programme.

Associate Professor in European Studies

The tenure-track position in European Studies will be associated with the research environment in European Studies at the Department of Historical and Classical Studies (IHK). In its research, the environment explores the process of European integration, and political, economic, societal and security developments in Europe and the EU, with a particular emphasis on cooperation and conflict. As such, the European Studies environment conducts research on some of the most timely and relevant questions Europe is currently faced with, namely, how to promote democratic governance and resilience, as well as security in Europe and its surrounding countries.

To further strengthen the work of the research environment we are seeking a candidate working on security and democracy in Europe and its neighborhood, with a particular focus on cooperation and conflict. The new position will be at the level of Associate Professor. Applicants should hold a Phd in European Studies or political science and have a strong track record of international publications in the field of European foreign and security policy (in the past 5 years) with evidence of an active research agenda going forward.

The European Studies research environment has the ambition of further expanding its involvement in high-quality research through participation in highly competitive research schemes. The Onsager fellow is expected to actively contribute towards achieving this strategic objective by submitting grant applications to the European Research Council, Horizon Europe and/or the Research Council of Norway prior to being evaluated for tenure.

Your immediate leader is the Head of Department.

Duties of the position

In addition to doing research, the successful applicant is expected to teach and supervise students at bachelor, master, and Phd level. It is expected that the successful applicant will contribute to key research and pedagogical activities within the Department. Research activities are expected to have a strong international profile and impact.

Required qualifications 

The Onsager Fellows programme is designed to attract talented early-career scholars, with documented excellent supervised work, with ambitious research plans to work independently and with the potential for scientific breakthrough.  

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

  • Your Ph.D., or comparable academic work must be within the field of European Studies or political science.
  • Document scholarly expertise in security, democracy, and foreign policy in Europe and its neighborhood, with a particular focus on cooperation and conflict.
  • A strong track record of international publications in the field (in the past 5 years) with evidence of an active research agenda going forward.
  • Effective research collaboration and success in obtaining research funding from relevant research grant schemes.
  • Teaching and supervision experience at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Excellent proficiency in English.

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 are 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.

Personal qualities

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities. The person who is appointed must have high motivation, be able to work both autonomously and collaboratively, and contribute to a collegial work environment. S/he must be initiative-driven, have a high sense of responsibility, and demonstrate familiarity with research grant-giving bodies as well as capacity in managing small- and large-scale research projects.

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Salary and conditions

As a Associate Professor/Professor (code 1011) you are normally paid from gross 615,000 - 746,900 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.   

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, by clicking the 'Apply' button.

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 the information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfill 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:

  • CV, diplomas, and certificates
  • Academic works – published or unpublished – that you wish to be considered during assessment of your application (up to 5 items and maximum 500 pages).
  • A description of the scientific 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
  • A Research plan (2-3 pages)
  • 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 or principal investigator including information on financing, duration, and scope
  • Names and contact information for three relevant referees

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, Ph.D., and master`s 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 Francisco 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

TNU 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.

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.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact the head of the European Studies Programme, Professor Lise Rye, by email:

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR Adviser at The faculty of humanities, Elisabeth Leite, by email:

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. 

Location: Trondheim - Norway
Salary: NOK615,000 to NOK746,900
£51,814.98 to £62,927.82 converted salary* per annum before tax
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 24th October 2022
Closes: 1st February 2023
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