Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Associate Professor in Biophysics
The Department of Physics at NTNU announces an open position as Associate Professor in Biophysics with a focus on applications of microdevices for molecular biophysics and life science research (microdevice biophysics). The position will be based within the Section for Biophysics and Medical Technology in the Department of Physics, and the newly employed Associate Professor will have responsibility for research and teaching within biophysics and bionanotechnology.
The Section for Biophysics and Medical Technology at the Department of Physics has extensive research activities within experimental biophysics, bionanotechnology, biophotonics, multi-photon microscopy, ultrasound-mediated drug delivery, MR-guided radiotherapy and development of MRI methods.
Much of recent progress in biophysics and in biomedical research worldwide is connected close integration with engineering and technology. This include novel platforms to study molecular and cellular processes, single cell assays, microfluidics platforms to control molecular gradients or develop new diagnostic tools, high throughput screening and sequencing, and integration with mathematical models.
It is a strategic goal of the Department of Physics, to strengthen development and application of microdevices and micro- and nanotechnology in biophysics and biomedical research, enhancing current activities at NTNU and creating new research themes. The successful candidate is expected to initiate, lead and contribute to research within this area of biophysics. Examples include tailor- making of microdevices e.g., based on microfluidics, integrated with additional functionalities by electrical, acoustic and optical means, has an increasing impact within biophysics. The shared cleanroom facility NTNU Nanolab will be an important infrastructure and collaboration partner for the newly employed academic staff member.
The research program could include devices of interest within:
molecular biophysics (macromolecular characterization, mesoscale structures, biomarker harvesting and characterization)
cellular biophysics (control of chemical and topographical environments in 2D and 3D to study cellular processes, engineering of cell-cell contacts, topics related to cell based high throughput screening, novel correlative imaging approaches)
The position reports to the Head of the Department.
Duties of the position
We expect that you initiate, lead and contribute to original, interdisciplinary research within application of microdevices and micro- and nanotechnology in biophysics and biomedical research. You should take a leading role in developing our research environment and project portfolio within this field to enable strong research programs to be developed the next decades.
You will be responsible for teaching, supervision of students within biophysics and bionanotechnology together with other faculty members. You will have a specific responsibility for teaching courses within biophysics at master and PhD level, but can also be expected to take part in teaching in general courses in physics at bachelor level. You are expected to supervise master students, research fellows and doctoral candidates in your discipline.
We expect you to collaborate with other academic staff to administrate, manage and develop the Department and initiate individual and collaborative research, teaching and outreach activities.
We expect that you take part in the departmental administrative work.
Your PhD and main focus of research must be within biophysics and applications of microdevices and micro- and nanotechnology in molecular biophysics and life science.
There is a minimum criterion of at least two years of relevant research experience after your PhD.
There must be a strategic match of your research plans with other activities in the Section for Biophysics and Medical Technology and other groups at the Department of Physics.
Research activity, output and plans must demonstrate an independent research profile and the ability to take up new research issues.
You should have a documented background, required skillset, network and plans to initiate and lead research in the subject area.
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.
In a position as Associate Professor (code 1011) you will normally be remunerated be remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale, 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.
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 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
Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works)
A description of the academic works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be considered in the assessment
Name and address of three references
Research plan (maximum 10 pages including references)
One section with maximum 3 sentences describing your research field/ goal.
Maximum two pages outlining your background within the field and your contribution to the state of the art.
Maximum three pages research plan outlining your long term (10 year) research goals, sketching funding scenarios for reaching them.
Maximum six pages short term research plan with a 3-5 year perspective
Details of the projects you have managed, with information about funding, duration and size
Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, 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 undertake supervision of Masters 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 for an interview and to deliver a lecture.
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 Erik Wahlström, or Head of Section for Biophysics and Medical Technology Professor Bjørn Torger Stokke.
Please submit your application and supporting documentation via jobbnorge.no. If you are invited for an interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas.