Professor within Biochemical Engineering

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Aug 2021

About the job

The Department of Chemical Engineering  at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at NTNU has a vacancy as full professor. The position will be part of the Environmental Engineering and Reactor Technology group.

The Environmental Engineering and Reactor Technology Group works with experimental and theoretical analysis of separator and reactor performance, modelling of physical processes, numerical methods, statistics, heat and mass transfer, bubble, drop and particle size distributions, crystallization, mixing, thermodynamics, transport phenomena including rheology of complex fluids and surfaces. These concepts are used for design of reactors and separators and total chemical and bio-chemical process plants, including techno-economical evaluations.

The department is strengthening its efforts in biochemical engineering and is seeking candidates with a large potential for leadership in research and education, and a strong commitment to high-quality research within the field of biochemical engineering. The research comprises applications of chemical engineering concepts in biotechnology and teaching within basic engineering concepts related to the upscaling and reactor design for the realization of biological systems.

You will report to the Head of Department.


  • Develop and maintain an internationally recognized research track record within the subject area
  • Acquiring research funding from national and international funding agencies, and expanding the international and industrial collaboration
  • Coordinate the department’s efforts in biochemical engineering and facilitate adequate understanding and communication between theoretician and experimentalists on complexity, data interpretations and data uncertainty
  • Teach core subjects in chemical engineering ranging from chemical engineering thermodynamics to fluid dynamics and reactor technology
  • Educate and supervise students at BSc and MSc level, as well as PhD and postdoctoral fellowships in both theoretical assignments, programming, and laboratory experiments

Qualifications required

You must have the qualifications required for the position of professor in the field of Biochemical Engineering as outlined in Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-2. 

  • Strong academic background in chemical engineering at international level
  • Documented research competence in modelling and application of numerical methods to solve multiphase flow problems
  • Documented research experience within reactor technology, thermodynamics and multiphase flow behavior, also in planning and execution of empirical laboratory studies
  • Documented experience in writing high-quality scientific research proposals
  • Documentation of established research networks and ability for collaboration across institutions
  • Documented teaching experience in chemical engineering thermodynamics at university level
  • Ability and interest to evaluate and improve teaching, supervision and development of courses in a systematic way.
  • In addition to the requirements for basic educational competence, you must also document:
    • The development of the quality of your own teaching and guidance over time
    • Broad experience as a supervisor, preferably at a master’s/PhD level
    • Participation in improving the quality of education in a professional environment

Candidates 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 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.

Please see the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts for general criteria for the position .

Preferred qualifications 

  • Good command of both spoken and written Norwegian
  • Ability to teach core chemical engineering courses
  • Documented experience in supervision of PhD students and mentorship and qualification of postdocs
  • Ambition to establish and develop international leading research
  • Adequate knowledge on both computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and experimental fluid dynamics (EFD) to ensure sufficient understanding and communication between theoretician and experimentalists

Personal qualities 

  • Collaborative
  • Ambitious
  • Original and creative
  • Solution oriented

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Salary and conditions

In a position as Professor (code 1013) you will be remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale, depending on your 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 Civil Service Act, and the regulations concerning the export of expertise, technology, and services. Applicants should be aware that there may be changes in the working environment after employment has commenced.

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

Application Process

You can find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here .

About the application

The 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 you have been on academic leave or experienced other gaps in your career, it is important that you clarify this in your application, so the recruitment board can take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may have been reduced as a result.

Your application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • A teaching portfolio, in which your teaching competence is compiled and presented systematically, (See guidelines for applicants: "Documentation of applicant’s teaching qualifications in connection with appointment to an academic position 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 scientific works you consider most relevant, and which you particularly wish to be factored into 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 contact information for three relevant references

Group work will also be considered. If it is difficult to identify your specific input to a group 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 required to oblige by the evaluation criteria for research quality in accordance with The San Fransisco 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 an expert committee. Candidates of interest will be invited to do a trial teaching session and an interview.

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.   

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Professor Jens-Petter Andreassen, e-mail: .  

The application and all attachments should be submitted electronically via . If you are invited to interview, you must bring with you notarized copies of all references and diplomas. Mark your application with reference number: NV-nr. 54/21

Application deadline: 01.08.2021

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

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

Department of Chemical Engineering

We take chemistry from laboratory scale to industrial production. This demands a wide range of knowledge, from molecular processes and nanotechnology to building and operation of large processing plants. We educate graduates for some of Norway's most important industries. The Department of Chemical Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.  

Deadline 1st August 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Gløshaugen, Trondheim

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