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Associate Professor in Food Safety job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU




About the position

The Department of Biotechnology and Food Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology announces an open permanent position as an associate professor in the field of food safety.

The Department has a national role and responsibility for research and education in biotechnology and food science and a wide range of expertise. We have a special teaching responsibility in the disciplines of biochemistry and microbiology. Scientific activity is organized into the four main areas of biopolymers and biomaterials, food science, microbial biotechnology, and analysis and control of microbial systems. The department focuses on the development of integrated research groups where researchers and teachers in related fields can establish strong research and teaching units. The Department of Biotechnology and Food Science hosts the national center for training, research and innovation in biotechnology: Center for Digital Life Norway

The successful candidate will join the Food Science Division. The Food Science Division is responsible for courses in the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in food science and biotechnology. The research activity is mainly related to the production, quality and safety of marine foods.

The position reports to the Head of Department.

Job duties

  • teaching and research in the field of food safety, risk management and traceability
  • Contribute to teaching and mentoring at bachelor’s and master’s level in food science
  • initiate new research projects and engage broadly in applications for external research funding, for example from the Research Council of Norway, European research and education agencies, industry and other available resources.

Qualifications required

You must have the qualifications required for the position of associate professor in the field of food safety, as described in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research positions

  • Your PhD, or comparable academic work, must be in food science and technology, biotechnology, or equivalent.
  • You have research experience in addition to your PhD and can demonstrate a proven track record in food safety, including risk management.
  • You have knowledge in the field of experimental food science and/or technology.

You must document the relevant basic teaching and supervision skills at university/higher level as stated in the Norwegian national regulations. If this cannot be documented, you will be required to take 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 are required, within three years, to demonstrate proficiency in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three of the Norwegian course for speakers of other languages ​​at NTNU Department of Language and Literature.

Preferred qualifications

  • Knowledge of molecular biology and documented analytical skill in the analysis of chemical and biological contaminants.
  • Teaching experience in higher education
  • Skills in a Scandinavian language

Personal qualities

  • Independent and structured
  • Collaborative
  • Good social skills
  • Creative

We offer

Salary and conditions

The Associate Professorship comes with a start-up package for new research staff, mentorship opportunities, and is paid according to the Norwegian state salary scale. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian civil service pension fund. Members of the Norwegian Civil Service Pension Fund enjoy a generous lifetime pension and access to favorable housing loans and insurance schemes.

Employment will be granted in accordance with the principles set out in applicable regulations regarding government employees and officials and laws relating to the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technologies. Applicants who, after evaluation of the application and attachment, are found to conflict with the criteria of the latter Act will be barred from recruitment at NTNU. Candidates should be aware that there may be changes in the work environment after starting employment.

It is required that the newly appointed member of staff be based in or near Trondheim.

Application process

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

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About the application

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

Please note that your application will be considered solely on the basis of the information submitted by the application deadline. You should therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience meet the criteria specified above.

If for any reason you have interrupted your career or have had an atypical career and wish to reflect this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the amount of your research may be reduced.

Your application should include:

  • CV, diplomas and certificates
  • A teaching portfolio, in which your teaching competence is systematically compiled and presented, (See Guidelines for Applicants: Documentation of Teaching Qualifications in Applications and Appointments for Academic Positions at NTNU)
  • Academic work – published or unpublished – that you wish to be considered when evaluating your application (up to 10 works)
  • A description of the academic work that you consider most relevant and that you would particularly like to see taken into account in the assessment
  • A list of your previous work, with details of where it was published
  • Name and address of three arbitrators
  • Details of projects you have managed, with information on funding, duration and size
  • A research statement (maximum 5 pages) describing the significance of the applicant’s scholarship, outlining opportunities to positively impact the discipline, and outlining plans for initial grant applications.

Joint work will also be considered. If it is difficult to identify your specific contribution to a joint project, you should include evidence of your contributions.

When considering the most qualified candidates, we will pay particular attention to personal qualities, your motivation for applying for the position, as well as your teaching skills and qualifications. Our assessment of teaching skills will be based on documented teaching materials, forms of presentation in your academic work, teaching experience, doctoral and master’s supervision, and any other relevant educational background. Quality and scope will be considered.

NTNU is obligated by the Research Quality Assessment Criteria in accordance with the San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA. This means that we will pay particular attention to the quality and academic scope 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 past five years will carry the most weight.

Your application will be examined by a committee of experts. Interested candidates will be invited for an interview and to give a trial teaching session.

general informations

NTNU’s human resources policy objectives emphasize diversity and equality. Additionally, the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science actively seeks diversity and gender balance for a good science environment. Therefore, all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, functional ability, national or ethnic origin, are strongly encouraged to apply.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is Norway’s innovation capital with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including health care, schools, kindergartens and general equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Subsidized professional day care for children is easily accessible. Additionally, Trondheim offers great education opportunities (including international schools) and opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has a low crime rate and clean air. own.

As an employee of 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, function and country of residence may be made public even if you have requested not to appear on the public list of candidates. In the interest of transparency, applicants will receive expert assessment of their own applicants and other applicants. As a candidate, you are considered part of the process and are subject to confidentiality rules.

More information about the department and the vacancy can be obtained from Head of Department Andreas Møllerløkken, email: or Professor Jørgen Lerfall, email: .

The application and all attachments must be submitted electronically via If you are invited for an interview, you must be able to provide certified copies of all certificates and diplomas, if requested.

Application deadline: 28.11.2022

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 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 technologies. We train graduates for a wide range of careers in industry, public administration and academia. The Department of Biotechnology and Food Science is one of the eight departments of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Deadline November 28, 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Full time

Duration Permanent