Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Planning

Updated: 18 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 09 Feb 2023

About the job

The Department of Architecture and Planning (IAP)  is seeking a candidate for a position as Professor/Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Planning with special emphasis on engaging actively with the Sustainable Development Goals in the context of planning theory and practice.

IAP is one of four departments at the Faculty of Architecture and Design  at NTNU. The department offers education at bachelor, master’s, and PhD level in Architecture, and at Master´s and PhD level in Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Ecological Planning, as well as Real Estate and Facilities Management. The department conducts research within the professional fields of the study programs as well as research on Smart Cities.

The successful candidate will be associated with the group in Urban and Regional Planning at IAP. The candidate will be responsible for teaching in the field of Urban and Regional Planning and is expected to actively contribute to research activities at the Institute as well as collaborating with other NTNU faculties and external partners.

You will report to the Head of department.


  • Teaching and research in the field of Urban and Regional Planning.
  • The management and development of high-quality teaching activities at the master's programmed in Urban and Regional Planning, and at other programmes offered by the department when required.
  • Initiate and develop new research and engage in applications for external research funding, e.g., from the Research Council of Norway, European research and educational agencies, the industry sector, and other available resources.
  • Conduct research on the level of international standards, coordinate research projects, and publish individually and in teams in international per-review journals.
  • Supervise PhD students and engage in PhD education.
  • Administrative work related to managing teaching and research.

Required qualifications 

You must have the qualifications required for the position of Professor/Associate Professor in the field of Urban and Regional Planning, as outlined in § 1-2 (Professor) or § 1-4 (Associate Professor) of the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts .

  • Your PhD and scientific experience must be primarily in the field of Urban and Regional Planning or a field that is relevant within a planning system and its the procedures, formal rules, and laws.
  • You must document profound research-based knowledge, or extended practice experience, or a combination of research and practice within urban and regional planning fields, as for example spatial and land use planning, urban mobility and transport planning, travel behavior, all with a clear focus on sustainable urban development.
  • Documented research or practice experience within the context of the Norwegian Planning and Building Act or a Scandinavian planning system.
  • Good written and oral communication 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 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

  • Master`s Degree in architecture, civil engineering or geography are preferred, candidates from other disciplines with relevant research and teaching experience in the field of urban and regional planning are also welcome to apply.
  • Applicants that can document a combined experience from planning practice and research are appreciated.
  • Research experience demonstrated through successful funds applications, coordination and participation in research projects, as well as publications and peer-review in scientific journals will be an added advantage.
  • Good written and oral communication in a Norwegian or another Scandinavian language.

Personal qualities

  • Good communication and dissemination capabilities
  • Ability to work independently as well as in teams
  • Interest in interdisciplinary teaching and research
  • Strong interpersonal skills

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Salary and conditions

A position as Associate Professor (code 1011) or Professor (code 1013) will typically receive a gross salary of between respectively 604 400 NOK – 825 900 NOK and 734 400 NOK – 977 600 per year, 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.

Employment will be granted in accordance with the principles outlined in 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. Applicants should be aware that there may be changes in the working environment after employment has commenced.

It is a prerequisite that you are able to be present and accessible at the institution daily.

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. 

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.

Your application must include (pay attention to what must be included here – remove anything that does not apply):

  • CV, diplomas, and certificates
  • 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 ) 
  • 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 previous works, with details on where they have been published 
  • A research plan
  • Details of projects for which you have served as project manager, including information on financing, duration, and scope 
  • Name and address of three 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.

While considering the best-qualified applicants, we will pay particular attention to personal qualities, your motivation for applying for the position, and your pedagogical skills and qualifications. Our assessment 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 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 a committee of experts. Candidates of interest will be invited to a trial lesson and an interview. Candidates of interest will be invited to an interview, and to deliver a trial teaching session

General information

NTNUs personell policy emphasizes the importance of equality and diversity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender, disability, or 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.

In accordance with public law your name, age, job title, and county of residence may be made available to the public even if you have requested not to appear on the public list of applicants. 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 Lise L. N. Linge , tel. +47 464 21 672, e-mail . If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR adviser Astrid Steine Lyngby, e-mail

The application and all attachments should be submitted electronically via If you are invited for an interview, you must bring with you certified copies of all certificates and diplomas.

Application deadline: January 8th 2023

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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 Architecture and Planning

Our fields of expertise are architecture, urban design, physical and urban ecological planning, Smart Cities as well as real estate development and facilities management. We also work with ambient aesthetics, land use and transport planning, urban renewal, densification and urban redevelopment, as well as urban ecological planning in lower income countries. The Department of Architecture and Planning  is one of four departments in the Faculty of Architecture and Design

Deadline 8th January 2023
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Gløshaugen

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