Professor/Associate Professor in Hydropower



At NTNU, the Department of Energy and Process Engineering there is a vacancy for a

Professor/Associate Professor in Hydropower


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About the position

The Department of Energy and Process Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering is seeking to appoint a permanent/tenured Professor/Associate Professor in experimental fluid dynamics focusing on hydropower applications. We are looking for  ambitious and outstanding candidates with a commitment to teaching and a documented track record of research excellence to strengthen and expand hydropower research activities within the department. Hydropower research is based at the Waterpower Laboratory which was established in 1917 and is of strategic importance in Norway having several unique test facilities.

The successful candidate must be able to show academic independence, document an excellent research track record through high quality publications, commensurate with their stage of career. They are expected to have high academic ambitions, scientific productivity and be internationally visible. Emphasis will be placed on the ability to obtain external research funding as well as experience in initiating and managing research projects. Pedagogical skills and qualifications will be emphasized in the evaluation. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment and a vision for teaching and dissemination.


Main duties and responsibilities

The successful candidate is responsible for teaching and research within fluid dynamics, such as technology of hydraulic machinery and systems. Teaching duties will likely include but not be restricted to basic fluid mechanics for specialized courses at all levels in Master- and PhD- programs, in addition to supervision of Masters students. Furthermore, it should be noted that the subjects that may be taught include surveillance, maintenance and specification of mechanical equipment in hydropower stations, as well as operational optimization and coordinated operation between hydropower and other renewable energy technologies.

The successful candidate will be responsible for building a portfolio of research projects alongside the strategic focus of the Waterpower Laboratory and within the Norwegian Hydropower research community. The candidate will be expected to work both independently and in collaboration with colleagues at the department. The candidate must be able to generate national and international funding, supervise doctoral candidates and publish research in peer-reviewed journals.

Qualification requirements


The position of Professor requires university education at doctoral level in Mechanical/Fluid Engineering and demonstrable academic excellence in the relevant subject area. The applicant’s research must be documented and of high, international quality, showing both breadth and depth. Research activity and output must demonstrate an independent research profile and the ability to take up new research issues. Continuous research activity is a prerequisite for professorial positions. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized international journals within the subject area. The greatest emphasis is placed on academic work undertaken during the past five years, excluding statutory leave. Emphasis will be placed on ability and experience in initiating and leading research and development of the field of area, and in obtaining external funding for research. Emphasis will also be placed on a documented commitment to teaching, development of teaching materials, and supervision of students at all levels.

Associate Professor:

The position of Associate Professor requires university education at doctoral level in Mechanical/Fluid Engineering and demonstrable academic excellence in the relevant subject area. Emphasis will be placed on ability and experience in initiating and leading research in the subject area. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized international journals within the subject area. Particular focus will be placed on academic work during the past five years, excluding statutory leave.

General requirements:

  • Academic track record in terms of publications within the required field. Emphasis in the evaluation will be put on research papers in this field published in the past five years;
  • A proven track record in participation, initiation and/or management of research projects;
  • Relevant experience in experimental research;
  • Relevant in the use and development of advanced experimental techniques;
  • Experience from R&D collaboration together with national and/or international industry;
  • Teaching experience within mechanical and/or fluid engineering. Applicants with teaching experience at university level will be preferred;
  • An active international academic network;
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills

Desired qualifications from the candidate:

  • Experience from the industrial design, operation and maintenance of mechanical equipment in hydropower plants;
  • Experience from numerical analysis such as CFD and FSI;
  • Knowledge of a Scandinavian language;


Other requirements:

The successful applicant 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.

Those who do not have formal qualifications in teaching at university level and who cannot provide documentation of equivalent qualifications must complete an approved pedagogical development programme within two years of appointment.

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.


Please see the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts for general criteria for the position. NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.


Personal characteristics

  • The position requires a high level of personal responsibility and initiative;
  • Ability and motivation to conduct high-quality research, including publishing the results in relevant journals and presenting at conferences;
  • Creativity and willingness to work in an inter-disciplinary project team;
  • Strategic
  • Motivational
  • Analytical
  • Relation building (skills)
  • Balanced academic and practical pursuits

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


We offer 

  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong and international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Professor code 1013 is from NOK 619 300 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. The gross salary for the position of Associate Professor code 1011 is from NOK 515 200 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to 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 criterias 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.

The person appointed must live in a location enabling him/her to be present at and available to the institution.


About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works)
  • A description of the academic/artistic works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be taken into account in the assessment
  • Name and address of three referees
  • Research plan
  • Details of teaching qualifications based on "Documentation of applicant’s teaching qualifications in connection with appointment to an academic position at NTNU"
  • Details of the projects you have managed, with information about funding, duration and size

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.

When the application deadline has passed, a shortlisting committee will evaluate all applications. The best qualified applicants will then be considered by an external appointments panel and the most suitable applicants will be invited to interview and to deliver a lecture to undergraduate students.


General information

A good work 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.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to the Head of Department Professor Terese Løvås, email

Submit your application with your CV, diplomas and certificates via Applicants invited for interview must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with reference number: IV-188/19.

Deadline for applications: 31.07.2019

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