Professor/Associate Professor within Cyber and Information Security in Power Systems

Updated: 10 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 06 Jan 2020

About the position

In collaboration with Statnett (the Transmission Systems Operator of Norway) the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical engineering at NTNU announced a newly established position as Professor/Associate Professor within the area of Cyber and  Information Security in Power Systems.

Automation, digitalization, advanced sensors and communication; these are all part of the solutions for reliable operation and sustainable development of electric power systems. At the same time, the society is increasingly dependent on reliable power supply, partly as a result of the digitalization and electrification trends. This underlines the importance and interdependency between power system security and information security.

On this background, the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at NTNU seek to strengthen research and education in this field. This a industry sponsored position created in collaboration with Statnett. This is a part of a larger focus area to adress the challenges in the power sector.

The position is attached to the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology. At the department internationally competitive research in several areas of cyber security, information security, communication networks and networked services is conducted.

The department operates study programs in information security and communication technology at PhD, master and bachelor levels. The department is also the host and operator of Center for Cyber and Information Security (www.ntnu.no/ccis ), a public-private partnership for competence development in cyber and information security. Furthermore, the department hosts and coordinates the development of the Norwegian Cyber Range (www.ntnu.no/ncr ). The Norwegian Cyber Range is established the be a venue for relevant testing, training, exercise, education and research in the cyber domain and the cyber domains interaction with other domains. The prospective candidate is expected to take an active role in further developing the Department’s teaching and research activities, with a particular focus on cyber and information security in electric power systems.

The aim of the Digital Electric Energy collaboration is to create synergies between Statnett and NTNU by fully focusing on the knowledge gaps as seen from the power system. The candidate will therefore need to work closely with experts from Statnett and the Department of Electric Power Engineering (www.ntnu.edu/iel ), also a department of the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. The two departments are co-located on NTNUs campus Gløshaugen in Trondheim, and also Statnett has R&D capacities relevant for the project in Trondheim.

The position reports to the Head of the Department of Information Security and the place of work will be in Trondheim.

Main duties and responsibilities

The Associate Professor/Professor will have responsibility for teaching and research within Information Security in Power Systems. The focus is on cyber security, information security and communication technology applied in power system monitoring, protection and control as well as in power market management.

Bachelor, master and doctoral candidates from the study programmes of the Faculty are expected to be competitive in the international job market. The Associate Professor/Professor will play a leading role in developing the research and educational profile in the field of information security and communication technology applied to power system operation, and in ensuring an excellent learning environment, in collaboration with colleagues, students, and external stakeholders. The Faculty’s study programmes are required to have a strong international profile, and as such the Associate Professor/Professor is expected to be able to contribute to the development of international alliances and collaboration. The Associate Professor/Professor is required to teach relevant courses at all levels and should supervise MSc and PhD students. Continuing education is included in the portfolio of educational activities of the Department. Given the growing needs for updating professionals in the field of information security and communication technology related to modern power systems, the Associate Professor/Professor is expected to actively contribute to these activities.

The Departments research groups has close collaboration with Statnett, the Norwegian TSO, on research and continuing education. Statnett will be an active partner in identifiying, establishing and executing projects in this collaboration. The Associate Professor/Professor is required to collaborate effectively with Statnett to strengthen and stimulate the scientific and technical cooperation between the NTNU and Statnett in areas of mutual interest. Further, the Associate Professor/Professor should be able to disseminate relevant parts of her/his research to a wider audience in Norway and abroad.

The Associate Professor/Professor is expected to work actively to secure research grants and funds from the Research Council of Norway, Nordic and European research and educational agencies, relevant industry partners, and other available sources. NTNU places great importance in projects under the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation, such as Horizon 2020. Thus, weightage in the selection process will be placed on experience in the acquisition and management of externally funded research projects.

The Associate Professor/Professor is expected to participate in the formal management of research, education, and other relevant areas of activity in agreement with the Head of Department.

Qualification requirements

Professor:

The position of Professor requires university education at doctoral level and demonstrable academic excellence within information security in power system or within other relevant fields.

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.

Strong 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.

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

Associate Professor:

The position of Associate Professor requires university education at doctoral level within information security in power system or within other relevant fields. In addition, and demonstrable scientific competence at least at doctoral level is required in the relevant subject area.

Strong emphasis will be placed on ability and experience in initiating and leading research and development of the field of area. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized international journals within the subject area. Particular focus is placed on academic work during the past five years, excluding statutory leave (depending on the disciplinary tradition).

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.

Fluency in a Scandinavian language and in english.

Since the advertised research competence falls in the scope of activities related to the Norwegian critical infrastructure, the shortlisting process will also take security clearance requirements into account

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.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Professor code 1013 is normally from NOK 723 200,- 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 gross salary for the position of Associate Professor code 1011 is normally from NOK 605 500,- 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 appointed candidate(s) must expect to undergo the required security clearance to work within this area of expertise, critical infrastructure etc.

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
  • A research statement on research questions you view as particularly relevant for the scope of the position (up to two pages long)
  • 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 Head of Department Nils Kalstad, telephone 454 92 425, email: nils.kalstad@ntnu.no

Submit your application with your CV, diplomas and certificates via jobbnorge.no . Applicants invited for interview must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas.

Mark the application with reference number: 2019/28367

Deadline for applications: 06.01.2020

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Department of Information Security and Communication Technology

Research is vital to the security of our society. We teach and conduct research in cyber security, information security, communications networks and networked services. Our areas of expertise include biometrics, cyber defence, cryptography, digital forensics, security in e-health and welfare technology, intelligent transportation systems and malware. The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 6th January 2020
EmployerNTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Campus Trondheim


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