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Associate Professor in Public or Political Economics

Norwegian University of Science and Technology - Economics

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NTNU is a broad-based university with a technical-scientific profile and a focus on professional education. The university is located in three cities with headquarters in Trondheim.

At NTNU, 9,000 employees and 42,000 students work to create knowledge for a better world.

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.

About the position

The Department of Economics is seeking a highly qualified and motivated candidate for an Associate Professor position in Public or Political Economics. The position is part of NTNU's strategic focus on young, ambitious and excellent researchers and is financed for 6-7 years. After this time, it is expected that the candidate will obtain full professor qualifications and permanent employment.

The position in public or political economics is central in the department’s strategy for high quality research. The department has an active research group and has research strengths in public sector management, political and corporate governance, the effects of political systems on economic outcomes, and the analysis of public policy interventions. The research group has generated a range of impactful, highly cited research published in leading international journals. See for publications at the department. The research group has a network including top European and international researchers. The successful candidate will carry out cutting-edge research in these or related areas.

The Department of Economics cover a wide range of research areas such as public and political economics, urban economics, labor economics, economics of education, natural resource economics, and financial economics. The department currently has 28 employees, among them 10 full professors and 5 associate professors in permanent positions. For more information about the department, see

Your immediate leader is the Head of Department at Department of Economics

Duties of the position
  • conduct your own research
  • contribute to the development of the research group’s and the department’s research
  • publish research in leading international journals and convey findings both in academia and to the general public
  • extend the international network of the group and the department
  • take part in and lead applications for external funding of research projects
  • teach and supervise students at bachelor, master and Ph.D. level
  • contribute to the development and use of varied teaching activities and forms of assessment

It is expected that the successful candidate during the first 6-7 years:

  • develops and submits one or more competitive project applications to the European Research Council
  • develops and submits project applications to the Research Council of Norway and similar funding sources
Required qualifications 
The Onsager Fellows programme is designed to attract talented early-career scholars with ambitious research plans and the potential for scientific breakthrough.

You must have the qualifications required for the position of Associate Professor in the field of Economics, as outlined in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts

  • Your Ph.D. must be within the field of Economics. The PhD should have been awarded no more than 5 years prior to the application deadline, excluding law entitled leave
  • You must be able to document recent peer-reviewed publications in Economics relevant for public and political economics, and a potential for future research at a high academic level

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 is 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.  

Preferred qualifications
  • experience with project acquisition and management
  • experience with teaching and supervision
Personal qualities
We are looking for a person who
  • has a high working capacity
  • is ambitious
  • is motivated to contribute to academic development
  • has good collaboration and communication skills
  • wishes to contribute to a good and constructive work environment
We offer 
  • a position with duties primarily related to research (75%), as well as teaching (25%)
  • a start-up package, including a yearly research fund of NOK 200 000 for the first four years
  • one PhD position
  • international mentor
  • exciting and challenging tasks in a dynamic and international academic environment 
  • an ambitious, open and inclusive work environment, with enthusiastic colleagues 
  • professional help with immigration and house finding, if relevant
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund 
  • employee benefits 
Salary and conditions

As an Associate Professor (code 1011) you are normally paid from gross NOK 636.700 – NOK 726.400 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.   

After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work. 

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 here.

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 information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil 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. Leave to which the candidate is entitled by law or collective agreement shall be excluded when calculating the time since finishing the PhD.

Your application must include:

  • CV with a complete overview of your education and work experience
  • Diplomas, and certificates
  • A complete list of all your scientific work and information about where it is published
  • (Up to) five academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • A description of the (up to five) academic works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be considered in the assessment
  • A research plan
  • Details of projects for which you have served as project manager, including information on financing, duration, and scope
  • Details of teaching qualifications based on: Documentation of teaching qualifications in applications and appointments to academic positions at NTNU)
  • 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, PhD, and Masters 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 Fransisco 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

NTNU 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

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 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.

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 Head of Department Anne Borge Johannesen, tel. +47 412 15 281, e-mail

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR-consultant Randi Holvik, e-mail

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. 

Application deadline: 01.02.2023

Location: Trondheim - Norway
Salary: NOK636,700 to NOK726,400
£53,915.76 to £61,511.55 converted salary* Gross per annum before tax
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 15th November 2022
Closes: 1st February 2023
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