Professor/Associate Professor in Food Chemistry

Updated: 9 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Jan 2020

About the position

The Department of Biotechnology and Food Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology announces an open position as Professor/Associate Professor within the field of Food Chemistry.

The Department has a national role and responsibility for research and teaching in biotechnology and food science and a wide range of expertise. We have a special responsibility of teaching in the disciplines of biochemistry and microbiology. The scientific activity is organized in the four main areas of Biopolymers and Biomaterials, Food Science, Microbial Biotechnology, and Analysis and Control of Microbial Systems. The department focuses on developing integrated research groups where researchers and lecturers within related fields can establish strong research and teaching units. The Department of Biotechnology and Food Science is the host for the national center for biotechnology training, research and innovation: Center for Digital Life Norway .

The successful candidate will join the Food Science Division. The Food Science Division is responsible for a bachelor- and master programme in food science. The research activity is mainly linked to marine food production, -quality and -safety.

The announced position is partly a gift from Nutrimar AS.

The position reports to the Head of Department.

Work description

  • The position will have specific responsibility for teaching and research in the field of food chemistry with specific emphasis on the chemistry and biochemistry of marine food resources and its side streams.
  • The first five years of this position is funded by Nutrimar AS. It is therefore expected that the position will play a central role in a current project on “Increased sustainability in salmon farming by increased use of rest raw materials in fish feed”.
  •  It is expected that the professor/associate professor will initiate new research programs and engage extensively 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.

Qualification requirements

The successful candidate shall have a proven record in Food Chemistry. Knowledge in process-induced chemical changes along the food value chain will be appreciated. The position requires university education at doctoral level and demonstrable academic excellence in the relevant subject area.

Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized international journals within the subject area. For both levels 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. Particular focus will be placed on academic work during the past five years, excluding statutory leave.

For a full professorship 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 topics. Continuous research activity is a prerequisite for professorial positions.

In addition to formal qualifications in teaching at university level, the candidate must document

  • Development in teaching and counselling of students over time
  • Extensive experience with supervision preferably at the master / PhD level
  • Participation in the development of educational quality in a work environment

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

  • Independent and structured
  • Collaborative
  • Good relationship with students
  • Creative
  • Strong motivation to contribute to good working and social environment

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

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Salary and conditions

The position as Professor/Associate Professor comes with a starting package for new research staff, opportunities for mentoring and is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. Members of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund are offered a generous pension for life and access to favorable housing loan and insurance schemes.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work. 

It is required that the newly appointed member of staff takes up residence in Trondheim or nearby. Norway, like other Scandinavian countries, has generous rules for both maternity and paternity leave. 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 ( ). Having a population of 200,000, Trondheim is a small city by international standards with low crime rates and little pollution. It also has easy access to a beautiful countryside with mountains and a dramatic coastline.

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.

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
  • A research statement (max 5 pages) describing the importance of the applicant’s scholarship, outline opportunities to positively impact the discipline, and describe plans for initial grant applications.
  • 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

NTNU human resources policy objectives emphasize diversity and equality. Moreover, the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science actively pursues diversity and gender balance for a good scientific environment. Therefore, all qualified applicants regardless of their gender, functional ability, national or ethnic background are strongly 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.

More information about the Department and the open position can be obtained from associate professor Jørgen Lerfall, e-mail: or Head of Department Kjetil Rasmussen, e-mail:

Submit your application with your CV, diplomas and certificates via Applicants who have been short-listed will be invited for interviews and a demonstration of their pedagogical ability, usually in the form of a trial lecture. Short-listed applicants will also present a seminar outlining their current research and future research plans. Applicants invited for interview must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas.

Mark the application with reference number: 112/19

Deadline for applications: 15.01.2020

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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 Biotechnology and Food Science

Our activities contribute to increased exploitation of existing and new ingredients for sustainable food production as well as next-generation energy solutions and medical technology. We educate graduates for a wide range of careers in industry, public administration and academia. The Department of Biotechnology and Food Science is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences .

Deadline 15th January 2020
EmployerNTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent

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