Associate Professor in Innovative Metal Working Processes

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Jul 2022

About the position

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering , NTNU has a vacancy for an associate professor in Innovative Metal Working Processes.

As an Associate Professorship you are responsible for conducting research and teaching within the field of mechanical engineering, with a primary focus on new and advanced metal forming of lightweight materials for Industry 4.0 application strategies. The research will be a combination experimental and theoretical studies, utilizing NTNU’s top notch laboratory equipment for metal working as well as state-of-the-art numerical models. Moreover, you will be challenged to advance the field of metal working/forming both upstream towards physical-based and microstructure models as well as downstream towards adaptive manufacturing processes.

A particular responsibility will be to operate, maintain and develop aluminum forming activities within the national research infrastructure MANULAB. A particular research challenge is to develop knowledge-based models for adaptive forming strategies for light-weight materials, and to establish relationships between material, process and product properties in an extended lifecycle perspective. Thus, conducting research with theobjective of linking manufacturing processes (including nonconventional ones) and capabilities, and product design and performance is of particular importance for this position (Design for X).

The position formally reports to Head of Department and to Head of research group on scientific matters.

Duties of the position

As an associate professor within the field of innovative metal working processes you will be responsible for:

  • advancing the field of metal working for lightweight materials by integrating material, process and manufacturing perspectives for Industry 4.0 application strategies
  • expanding department’s portfolio of research projects by national (RCN) and international (EU) funding
  • obtain external funding for PhD/Post Doc positions
  • supervise PhD, MSc and BSc candidates
  • teaching and administering courses within our study programs (MSc and BSc) including, among others, TMM4112 Machine Elements. Nominal teaching duty is 50 %; i.e., 1 regular 7.5 credit course pr semester
  • publishing research in renowned, high quality per-reviewed academic journals
  • work actively to develop network with industry for collaboration, exchange and joint research projects
  • contributing to creating a strong manufacturing group, culturally and academically, leveraging collaboration and integration across established domains within the department

Required selection criteria

The position of Associate Professor within the field of innovative metal working processes requires that you meet the criteria in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-5 .

The department is looking for outstanding candidates with high academic ambitions, productivity and quality output. The candidate must document:

  • PhD degree within Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Manufacturing Engineering or equivalent relevant field
  • a proven publication track record within the main discipline of this position
  • academic achievements and productivity within the field of the associate professorship
  • experience in working in collaborative research projects with industry
  • experience from laboratory work and physical experiments, in particular extrusion, stretch forming, draw bending, compression bending, roll bending, and additive manufacturing
  • experience from tool design for metal working processes
  • experience from working scientifically at universities in at least two countries
  • numerical modeling experience (analytical and numerical); continuum and multi-physics based models
  • strong digital competence, including experience in using and programming software for inline control of manufacturing processes
  • teaching experience within course topics relevant to the position
  • good written and oral English language skills 
  • you must document relevant basic competence for teaching and supervision at university/higher education-level: 
    • Completed programme in higher education teaching (minimum 200 hours) / relevant courses and practical teaching experience, and acquired basic skills in planning, executing, evaluating and developing teaching and supervision activities (basic teaching and supervision competence at higher education level. 
    • If you do not fulfil the criteria at the time of the appointment, you will be required to complete an approved course in university teaching within two years of commencement. NTNU offers qualifying courses. 

General qualification requirements

  • your PhD, or academic work of the same scope and quality, must be of academic excellence within Metal Working, Forming or equivalent
  • you must document high scientific expertise and a proven publication track record within the main discipline of the Associate Professorship
  • your ability to supervise and initiate research is of particular importance

Emphasis will be placed on the ability and experience in initiating, managing and executing research in the subject area. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized international journals within the subject area. A qualifying criteria is achieved and documented academic work during the past five years, excluding statutory leave (depending on the disciplinary tradition).

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 such qualifying courses.

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. 

Preferred selection criteria

You should document:

  • ability to supervise MSc and PhD candidate
  • ability to initiate research activities and secure funding
  • publishing track record – and further research plan
  • experience in analyzing product and material behavior with both academic and industrial perspectives
  • an international network in academia (and industry), particularly relevant to the department
  • proven skills for pushing the frontier within metal working technology development in general and metal forming in particular
  • some practical working experience from manufacturing, engineering, consultancy or similar
  • fluency in Scandinavian language (required for teaching at BSc level)

 Personal characteristics

In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, education, experience and personal suitability will be emphasized, as well as the candidate’s motivation for the position. Preferred personal characteristics include:

  • strategic
  • motivational
  • analytical
  • relation building skills
  • communication skills
  • balanced academic and practical pursuits

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Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Associate Professor (code 1011) is normally from NOK 600 000 to NOK 750 000 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 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 that you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

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

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 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 considered in the assessment
  • a list of your works with information on where they were published
  • name and address of three referees
  • details of teaching qualifications based on "Documentation of applicant’s teaching qualifications in connection with appointment to an academic position at NTNU”
  • details of projects for which you have been project manager, 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.

In the assessment of the best-qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position. You will be expected to deliver high-quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and undertake supervision. 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.  

Your application will be considered by an expert committee and the most suitable applicants will be invited to an interview and to deliver a 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 therefore has a number of measures 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 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.

Questions about the position can be directed to head of department, Torgeir Welo telephone +4741440061 email . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Linn-Cecilie Felle, e-mail:

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-143/22.

Deadline for applications: 15.07.2022

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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

We educate graduates who can create new products, operate and maintain products, and manage projects. The Department has a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes. We conduct wide-ranging research in fields such as technology, energy, product quality and development, and productivity. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering  is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 15th July 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Dpt. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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