Professor / Associate Professor (tenured) in Computational Biotechnology

Norwegian University of Science and Technology - NTNU
Department of Biotechnology
Norway Trondheim


The successful candidate will join the Microbial Biotechnology unit at Department of Biotechnology and Food Science at NTNU. The Microbial Biotechnology group is performing basic experimental and theoretical / computational research on microorganisms to understand fundamental microbial structures and mechanisms and apply these insights to develop new and competitive industrial bioprocesses.

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 sources.

The professor/associate professor will contribute toward the department’s educational profile and promote excellence in learning environment, in collaboration with colleagues and students. She or he is expected to take part in teaching at all levels (BSc, MSc and PhD) in courses offered at the department. In addition, she or he should supervise MSc students, PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows.

The professor/associate professor is also expected to participate in the formal management of research, education and other relevant areas of activity.


The successful candidate shall have a proven record in Computational Biotechnology with strong experience in microbiology. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: systems modelling and algorithm development for analysis and integration of large data sets (e.g. omics data sets), bioinformatics and statistical analysis, biological network modelling, kinetic modelling, genome-scale metabolic analysis, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Interdisciplinary or collaborative research experience that complements existing strengths at the department is encouraged.

Evaluation of candidates for Professor/Associate Professor will be based on scientific merit, experience in teaching/mentoring, pedagogical training and project management. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in a relevant field, a proven track record of research in a field related to microbial biotechnology the last five years, and the ability to attract external funding. The evaluation will take into account the loss of publishing productivity for applicants who have had parental leave during the last years.

The position of Professor requires university education in a relevant field. In addition, academic competence at least at doctoral level is required in the relevant subject area.

The applicant’s research must be documented and of high international quality, showing both breadth and depth. Production must reflect an independent research profile and show the ability to take up new research issues. Continuous research activity is a prerequisite for the granting of professorial competence. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized international journals within his or her subject area. The greatest emphasis is placed on academic work during the past five years.

Emphasis will be placed on ability and experience in initiating and leading research and development work, and in obtaining external funding for research. Emphasis will also be placed on a documented commitment to teaching, development of teaching materials, and supervision of students at all levels.

Associate Professor:
The position of Associate Professor requires would preferably have a Ph.D. within the last ten years.

The ability to initiate and lead research and development work will be emphasized. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized international journals within his or her subject area. The greatest emphasis is placed on academic work during the past six years.

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Start date

To be determined

How to Apply

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Prof. Eivind Almaas