November 28, 2023

Professor/Associate Professor in Architecture with Specialization in Integrated Energy Design job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

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Professor/Associate Professor in Architecture with Specialization in Integrated Energy Design job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the job

The Department of Architecture and Technology has an opening for a permanent faculty position (at the level of Professor or Associate Professor) in architecture with specialization in integrated energy design. We are looking for an architect or an engineer with experience in sustainable architecture and especially in integrated energy design for environmentally friendly architecture.

The position will be part of the group Energy and Environment. The new faculty member is expected to participate in the ongoing research projects that the research group is involved in or is leading.

The principles and methods for integrated energy design are important tools for developing and shaping the buildings of the future. The integration of the energy systems and services in architectural design is necessary to ensure that efficient energy use merges with high architectural quality. New technologies, systems, and digital tools contribute to a society with low emissions, but good and efficient buildings can only be designed when different competencies and methods are selected and used in an interdisciplinary design phase.

The new position will carry out research and teaching on how integrated energy design can be used in the design of healthy and sustainable buildings with high architectural quality and efficient energy use. How can such principles, methods and processes be utilized and further developed to improve the communication and the coordination between the various actors involved in a construction project, and especially the communication between architects and engineers? How can integrated energy design ensure better integration of architecture and the technical systems (building services), the energy systems (renewable energy exploitation, e.g. photovoltaics), and considerations on the life cycle of buildings (LCA, circularity)? The position should also apply methods and approaches that belong to the integrated energy design in the early planning phase at neighborhood and district scale.

You will report to the head of department.


  • To contribute to the teaching activities of the department, and especially to those of the group “Energy and Environment”, which are for the time being concentrated in the 2-year international master in “Sustainable Architecture” (where English is the language of instruction) and the 5-year master in “Architecture” (where Norwegian is the language of instruction)
  • The new faculty member will be responsible for one semester in the international master in “Sustainable Architecture”. The title of the semester is “Integrated Energy Design”. The field of integrated energy design focuses on the integration of the knowledge of technical systems for building climatization, energy efficiency, and the exploitation of renewable energy sources to shape good buildings and neighborhoods with high architectural quality.
  • The employee will hold, in collaboration with the department and the other scientific employees, the scientific responsibility of the field of integrated energy design. Furthermore, the employee shall participate in the implementation of the teaching plan in accordance with the current study plan, and in the further development of the field and the teaching in the area, including the offer for continuing education.
  • The employee will supervise students at master and PhD level within the field of competence.
  • The employee will participate in ongoing national (e.g. RCN) or international (e.g. EU) research projects in which the department and the professional group are involved, and contribute to the development of new research projects.
  • The employee must also take part in routine administrative work at the department.

The responsibilities of the position may change with the time and may be adjusted in relation to the needs of the department.

Required qualifications 


You must have the qualifications required for the position of professor in the field of sustainable architecture, as outlined in § 1-2 of the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts 

  • Scientific experience or artistic or work production must be primarily in the field of integrated energy design (or a comparable relevant field).
  • Applicants must have experience in the design and the execution of projects for zero emission buildings or neighborhoods.
  • Applicants must have experience in the use of methods and processes that belong to the field of integrated energy design.

In addition to the requirements for basic educational competence, you must also document: 

  • The development of the quality of your own teaching and supervision of students 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 

Associate professor: 

You must have the qualifications required for the position of associate professor in the field of sustainable architecture , as outlined in § 1-4 of the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts 

  • PhD, or comparable academic work, must be within the field of integrated energy design for architectural design (or a comparable relevant field). Applicants who can demonstrate that they are in the final phase of your doctoral education your application can be considered too.
  • Alternatively, documented artistic or professional production of high international level with a particular focus that is relevant for the field of sustainable architecture can also be used as a ground for qualification without a doctoral degree. In this case, the minimum requirement is a master’s degree in architecture or an equivalent-level degree.
  • Applicants must have experience in the design and the execution of projects for zero emission buildings or neighborhoods.
  • Applicants must have experience in the use of methods and processes that belong to the field of integrated energy design.

For all the positions the following requirements apply:

Applicants must document relevant basic competence in teaching and supervision at a university/higher education-level, as referenced in the Norwegian national Regulations. If this cannot be documented, you will be required to complete an approved course in university pedagogy within two years of commencement. NTNU offers qualifying courses. 

Good written and oral communication in English is required. New employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language by appointment is required, within three years, to demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three of the course for Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU.  

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in the design phase of built projects, preferably with energy and environmental ambitions beyond the minimum legal requirements, for example zero emission buildings or neighborhoods, plus energy buildings, etc.
  • Experience in the design phase in the Norwegian or Nordic construction sector
  • Knowledge on technology and systems for building climatization and integration of renewable energy in the built environment
  • Experience from interdisciplinary research and teaching
  • Good pedagogical skills and good written and oral communication in Norwegian
  • Ability to promote the interest in energy and environmental issues among all architecture students at bachelor- and master-level, not only among those students who choose a specialization in sustainable architecture

Personal qualities

  • A strong commitment to help create good buildings with high architectural quality.
  • A desire to contribute to sustainable development through teaching and research.
  • Ability to work both independently and in groups.
  • Good collaboration skills and want to contribute to a good working environment.
  • Ability to work with external partners and build networks.
  • Ability to inspire and motivate students and create engagement.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

A position as Professor (code 1013) will typically receive a gross salary of between 708 000 – 910 000 NOK per year. A position as Associate professor (code 1011) will typically receive a gross salary of between 597 000 NOK – 768 500 NOK per year. The salary depends on 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 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. Applicants should be aware that there may be changes in the working environment after employment has commenced.

It is a prerequisite that you are able to be present and accessible at 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 a Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish) or in English.

Please note that applications will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. Applicants must therefore ensure that the application clearly demonstrates how their skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

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

Your application must include:

  • CV, diplomas, and certificates
  • A cover letter where  motivations for the position are explained
  • Academic works – published or unpublished – that applicants wish to be considered during assessment of the application (up to 5 items) and/or artistic or professional production to be considered during the assessment of the application (up to 5 items).
  • A description of the scientific/artistic works considered to be most relevant, which applicants particularly wish to be factored into the assessment
  • A list of previous works, with details on where they have been published/built
  • Names and contact information for three relevant referees
  • Research plan
  • A teaching portfolio, in which your teaching competence is compiled and presented systematically,   (See guidelines for applicants: Documentation of teaching qualifications in applications and appointments to academic positions at NTNU
  • Academic works – published or unpublished – that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to xx works)
  • A description of the academic/artistic works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be considered in 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 

Joint work will also be considered. If it is difficult to identify your specific input to a joint 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 obliged 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 a committee of experts. Candidates of interest will be invited to a trial lesson 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. For the sake of transparency, candidates will be given the expert evaluation of their own and other candidates. As an applicant you are considered part of the process and is stipulated to rules of confidentiality.

For questions regarding the position, please contact Professor Tommy Kleiven, tel. 99251024, [email protected]. For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Natalia Swahn, epost: [email protected].

The application and all attachments should be submitted electronically via If you are invited for an interview, you must bring with you certified copies of all certificates and diplomas.

Application deadline: 06.03.2022

Deadline 6th March 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Fulltime

Duration Permanent

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