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NTNU Onsager Fellowships

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is Norway's primary institution for educating the future's engineers and scientists. The university also has strong programmes in the social sciences, teacher education, the arts and humanities, medicine, architecture and fine art. 

NTNU's cross-disciplinary research delivers creative innovations that have far-reaching social and economic impact and that help contribute to a better world.

12 tenure-track positions at NTNU

The Onsager Fellowship programme at NTNU is designed to attract the most talented scholars who have an established reputation for high-quality research and a commitment to learning and teaching at the university level. NTNU is now announcing 12 tenure-track positions.

Qualification requirements

The successful candidates must have a strong academic record, an active research programme, an academic standing that demonstrates an internationally competitive research profile, and internationally recognized potential to make a difference in the future. Moreover, the ideal applicant should have an exceptional publication record with significant first/senior authorships. Applicants must also have spent significant time in research institutions outside Norway.

Successful applicants are expected to build their own groups and interact with other groups in their department as well as internationally. The position will include a start-up package, mentorship and support for applying for additional funds. We expect that candidates will be able to secure substantial additional funding (such as ERC starting grants or similar).

Applicants must hold a PhD and will primarily be evaluated on the basis of their documented international scholarly achievements. The PhD should have been awarded no more than 5–6 years prior to the application deadline.

Teaching qualifications are not mandatory, but documented teaching qualifications and experience will be considered an advantage. Outreach qualifications of applicants, including the ability to attract external funding, will also be taken into account and considered an advantage.

Following the application deadline, a shortlist of applicants will be drawn up, and all applicants will be informed whether they have been included on the shortlist. Shortlisted applicants will be reviewed by an external academic committee. The top candidates will be invited for a campus visit.

The NTNU tenure-track programme

The tenure-track associate professor’s duties will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations. To a limited extent, the position may also include other duties.

In the NTNU tenure-track programme, associate professors are subject to two types of review during the tenure-track period:

  • a mid-career assessment after 3–4 years
  • a final tenure assessment after no more than 6 years.

The overall purpose of the review system is to ensure and maintain the high academic standards of the university’s senior faculty staff. To help meet these standards, the assosiate professor is offered a mentor.

During the employment period as a tenure-track associate professor, the appointee must participate in the university's formal pedagogical training programme to qualify for a permanent position.

The appointee's performance will be evaluated after no more than 6 years of employment and, if the final appraisal is positive, s/he will be employed as a full-time professor.

Tenure-track position at NTNU


  • Linguistics
  • Robotic vision
  • Molecular biodiversity
  • Medicine - bioinformatics
  • Medicine - molecular biology
  • Statistical machine learning
  • Theoretical condensed matter physics 
  • Safety and reliability of complex systems
  • Inorganic or hybrid functional materials 
  • Zero emission refurbishment of the built environment
  • Marine structures for the future - marine technology
  • Economics of natural resources and quantitative peace research

The application deadline has expired.


For general information about the Onsager Fellowship: Senior adviser Ruth H. Rødde.

Living in Trondheim

Trondheim was Norway's first capital city, founded more than 1,000 years ago. 

With a population of about 165,000, Trondheim counts itself as Norway's third largest city. It's big enough to host a full range of cultural offerings, yet small enough so that school-aged children can safely ride city buses by themselves. 

The city's 460 km of paths and trails for hiking and walking provides ample possibilities for a healthy lifestyle.

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Lars Onsager

Nobel laureate Lars Onsager. Photo.

The Onsager Fellowship Programme is named after the Norwegian-American chemist and physicist Lars Onsager (1903–1976).

He received a Ch.E. degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology, that later became NTNU, in 1925.

In 1968 he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work done in 1931 on irreversible thermodynamics.

Lars Onsager in Wikipedia

Research Excellence at NTNU

The Onsager Fellowship programme is a part of NTNU Research Excellence, where the aim is to help realize NTNU's goals for research at a top international level.

Nobel Laureates in Medicine

Brain researchers May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser at NTNU's Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience received the 2014 Nobel Prize with John O'Keefe.

Researcher Support

NTNU International Researcher Support (NIRS) offers counselling services for administrative staff and researchers working at or visiting NTNU.

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NTNU offers cutting-edge research opportunities, competitive pay and benefits – all in a stunning natural setting.