Associate Professor in Political Science/Sociology

About the position

At the Department of Sociology and Political Science (ISS) there is a vacant permanent position as Associate Professor in political science/sociology. The professional field of the position is one or several of these areas:

  • Media sociology
  • Digitalization, information technology and societal change
  • Political Communication
  • Political Behavior

The Department of Sociology and Political Science (ISS) is committed to carrying out research, teaching, and dissemination of knowledge in sociology, political science, sport science, and media studies.

The Department has approximately 118 employees and 12 study programs. ISS is characterised by strong disciplines with emphasis on sociology and political science, contributing to multidisciplinary study programs and research at NTNU. Sociology and political science also influence the Department’s sport science and media studies profile. For more information, please see

You will report to Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • Responsibility for teaching and research in the professional field(s) of the position.    
  • Participation in teaching activities in accordance with the current study programs.
  • Contributing to further development of research, the study programs and teaching practice in the field(s) of the position.
  • Contributing to continuing and further education.
  • Carry out research within his/her professional field and special research interests.
  • Examination work.
  • Responsibility for administrative tasks.
  • Shared responsibility with other academic staff in the Department for academic matters.
  • Supervision of bachelor, master- and doctoral candidates within his/her discipline.
  • Responsibility for dissemination of research findings.
  • Representing his/her own field of study and the Department’s discipline in local, national and international multidisciplinary research.
  • Conduct research-based dissemination
  • Contributing to development of the Department’s scientific policy.

The Associate Professor must lecture in the academic field of the position, and other relevant courses at all levels. The teaching is primarily connected to the study program Media, Communication and Information Technology (MKI) and other courses in media which the department offers. Teaching in the other study programs at the department is also possible.

The Associate Professor is obliged to conform with the regulations concerning changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at NTNU.

Required selection criteria

The position of Associate Professor in political science or sociology, or equivalent relevant discipline requires that you meet the criteria in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-4

  • Documented comprehensive professional qualifications at the doctoral level (PhD) in political science/sociology, or equivalent relevant discipline (for example media science).  
  • Importance is attached to originality, quality, and width in scientific publication during the last five years (excluding parental leave), and to Norwegian/Scandinavian and international publications in the discipline.
  • The importance of creative work in political science/sociology/media science, and in collaboration with other disciplines is an advantage.
  • Methodological and professional breadth will be emphasized.
  • Applicants must document progress in research and publication, and present future research and publication plans. The applicant should also show ability and willingness to contribute to the long-term development of research at the Department. Furthermore, we emphasize the applicant’s ability to tie his/her research plans and interests to the research areas (employees and areas) where the Department has ongoing activity and development potential.

Pedagogical qualifications will be emphasised. You 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.

Desired qualifications:

We will also consider the experience from national and international research collaboration, and the ability and willingness to initiate and lead research and development work.

Personal characteristics

We will also consider the experience from national and international research collaboration, and the ability and willingness to initiate and lead research and development work.

We offer

Salary and conditions

In a position as Associate Professor you will normally be remunerated from gross 545 000 – kr 694 400 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 criteria 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.

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

Working at NTNU

You can find more information about working at NTNU here

About the application

The application and supporting documentation must be in Norwegian, a Scandinavian language or English.
Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline.  You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.
The application must include:

  • CV, certificates, and diplomas
  • 5 academic works that the applicant regards as his/her most significant political science/sociology/media science contributions, and which the applicant wants to be taken into account in the assessment.
  • A short description of these works and their contribution to a specific field of research in the announced position in political science/sociology/media science.  
  • A comprehensive overview of all publications.
  • Name and address of three referees
  • Research plan
  • 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 work will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint publications, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the assessment of the best-qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience, and personal suitability, as well as your motivation for the position. You will be expected to deliver high-quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to undertake supervision of Master`s 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.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA. This means that we pay special attention to the quality and professional breadth of these works. We also consider experience from research management and participation in research projects. We place great emphasis on your scientific work from the last five years.

Your application will be considered by an expert committee and the most suitable applicants will be invited to interview and to trial teaching.

General information

A good working 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.

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 at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants. 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Head of Department Toril Aalberg, e.mail: 

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Renate Lillian Johansen, e-mail:

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with reference number: SU-544

Application deadline: 01.06.2021