NTNU Onsager Fellowship Programme


The Onsager Fellowship Programme is designed to recruit young, internationally recognized researchers to strengthen the university's academic community.

The Onsager Fellows work on topics ranging from robotic vision to theoretical condensed matter physics and marine structures for the future.


The Onsager Fellows


Video: Rector Gunnar Bovim welcomed NTNU’s new top researchers in the Onsager Fellowship Programme at a reception.

Downloadable photos of the NTNU Onsager Fellows (Flickr)
Photos: Thor Nielsen/NTNU


Associate Professor Erin BachynskiAssociate Professor Erin Bachynski

Department of Marine Technology
Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS)

Marine Structures for the Future – Marine Technology

I work with the development and application of numerical tools and experimental techniques in the area of marine structures for renewable energy. In order to design safe and efficient structures to harvest the vast renewable energy resources offshore, we need better understanding and modelling of the loads and responses of offshore wind, wave, and tidal energy devices.

Associate Professor Chiara BertolinAssociate Professor Chiara Bertolin

Department of Architechtural Design, History and Technology
Researh Centre Zero Building

Zero Emission Refurbishment of the Built Environment

My research focuses on microclimate studies for built environment and cultural heritage preservation. I intend to use an innovative, non-destructive technique suitable for aged/heritage materials to directly trace the risk of mechanical damage in real and controlled environments.

Associate Professor Charles ButcherAssociate Professor Charles Butcher

Department of Sociology and Political Science

Economics of Natural Resources and Quantitative Peace Research

My research focuses on understanding violent and nonviolent uprisings in authoritarian regimes. In particular, I am interested in how bargaining between the state and non-state groups drives the onset, duration, and outcomes of resistance movements.

Associate Professor Jeroen DanonAssociate Professor Jeroen Danon

Department of Physics

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics 

I work in the field of theoretical condensed matter physics, mostly focusing on problems related to quantum information applications and often in close collaboration with experimental groups. Current directions of my research include devising and improving (topological) qubits in solid-state devices and understanding transport properties of complex superconductor-semiconductor hybrid structures.

Associate Professor Richard Kumaran Kandasamy

Department of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine

Medicine – Systems Biology

Inflammation plays a major role in the initiation and pathogenesis of a number of diseases such as sepsis, atherosclerosis and diabetes, among others. My research group aims to understand the molecular aspects of inflammation and antiviral signaling using state-of-the-art modern technologies to identify drug targets for treatment of inflammatory and infectious diseases.

Associate Professor Josef Kiendl

Department of Marine Technology

Marine Structures for the Future – Marine Technology


Associate Professor Dave Kush

Department of Language and Literature



Associate Professor Barbara van LoonAssociate Professor Barbara van Loon

Department of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine

Medicine – Molecular Biology

My research aims to understand the impact that exposure to toxic environmental and endogenous agents has on the well-being of living organisms. Using a translational approach, I study how changes in essential biomolecules contribute to the development of diseases, such as cancer and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Associate Professor Michael David MartinAssociate Professor Michael David Martin

Department of Natural History

Evolutionary Genomics of Natural History Collections

Research in my lab involves analysing genome sequences in order to reconstruct and interpret the evolutionary histories of plants, animals, and their pathogens. I am particularly attracted to cases in which ancient DNA derived from natural history collections allows us to explain present-day distributions of biodiversity by looking directly into the past.

Associate Professor Dennis Meier

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Inorganic or Hybrid Functional Materials

My research studies the emergence of novel states of matter, arising from the intricate coupling of spin, charge, and orbital degrees of freedom in low symmetry systems with strongly correlated electrons. Of special interest are functional nano-objects that can serve, for example, as information carriers or miniaturized electronic elements in future devices.

Associate Professor Nicola PaltrinieriAssociate Professor Nicola Paltrinieri

Department of Production and Quality Engineering
ROSS Gemini Centre

Risk Assessment

My research addresses the development and enhancement of risk assessment methodologies for the prevention of major accidents. I focus on safety-critical complex systems within the chemical and petroleum industry.

Associate Professor Annette StahlAssociate Professor Annette Stahl

Department of Engineering Cybernetics

Robotic Vision

In my research I'm concerned with the development of approaches that utilize the combination of visual and other sensor information for unmanned vehicles (AUVs, UAVs, USV, rovers) that have to navigate/plan and act in real time under water, on ground, air or in space. Currently I focus on the innovative application of advanced mathematical methods in robotic/computer vision and machine learning for solving problems in maritime environments.