NTNU Strategic Programme for Knowledge-Based Innovation (SKI)




NTNU seeks 15 Innovation Managers

At NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, we create knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

NTNU has just adopted a new strategy for the period 2018 – 2025 with innovation as a core area. We are now appointing 15 innovation managers to help transform more research into benefits in practice. The positions form part of the NTNU Strategic Programme for Knowledge-Based Innovation.

Application deadline has passed.


The Innovation Managers' most important responsibility

The innovation manager’s most important responsibility is to realize more of the innovation potential in research and research collaboration.

You will have a position in the discipline of innovation, in which key responsibilities will be to: 

  • Explore research results in depth to identify and realize ideas for potential innovations
  • Help to increase innovative activity with clusters, centres and strategic areas of focus as a starting point
  • Realize research-based innovation together with partners
  • Further develop a culture of innovation and work methods in the discipline of innovation in our academic communities
  • Increase the visibility of innovation activity in our academic communities and collaborative partners
  • Participate in relevant strategic arenas

As an Innovation Manager you will be a door-opener for new opportunities for cooperation, working with leading expert communities at NTNU and in a team with other innovation managers.

You will have an opportunity to develop unique expertise and will be an important contributor to realizing NTNU’s strategy and mission.



Faculty of Architecture and Design (AD)

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Innovation Manager – Zero Emission Neighbourhoods

Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities develops solutions for buildings and neighbourhoods. Municipalities, trade and industry, public authorities and researchers collaborate on planning, development and operation of districts with no greenhouse gas emissions.

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Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE)

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Innovation Manager – Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Big Data and Internet of Things

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Innovation Manager – Electronic Systems

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Innovation Manager – Autonomous Systems

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Innovation Manager – Digital Electric Energy

The Innovation Manager will have a special responsibility in following up opportunities for research-based innovation and transformation enabled by the green shift, electrification and digitalization of the energy industry – which we call Digital Electric Energy, and where the Department of Electric Power Engineering plays a central role.

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Faculty of Engineering (IV)

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Innovation Manager – Hydropower - FME HydroCen

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Innovation Manager – Oceans

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Innovation Manager – Green Change in the Built Environment

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Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (MH)

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Innovation Manager – Ultrasound

Are you an innovator? Do you want to make a better world? Do you want to work with the best? Do you want to bring research from idea to market? We are looking for a creative Innovation Manager to work with researchers, identifying innovations in ultrasound and develop these to commercial products.

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Innovation Manager – Health and Sport Sciences

The manager will foster innovative solutions for optimising a healthy lifestyle and athletic performance in an era of remote health care, welfare and elite sports performance. The goal is to identify and ensure knowledge transfer from ideas into commercially successful products or services.

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Faculty of Natural Sciences (NV)

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Innovation Manager – Metal Production and Material Technology

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Innovation Manager – Chemical Engineering

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Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences (SU)

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Innovation Manager – Innovation in Teacher Education

The work tasks for the Innovation leader will focus on innovation within school and education departing from research projects at Department of teacher education and other research environments at NTNU. This includes innovation related to the ongoing School-University Partnership.

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Faculty of Economics and Management (OK)

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Innovation Manager – NTNU Energy Transition and Engage

The Innovation Manager position at the Faculty of Economics is a collaboration between NTNU Energy Transition and Engage - Centre for Engaged Education through Entrepreneurship. This is a collaboration with unique opportunities for mobilizing innovation within research, major industry players and students.

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Pro-Rector for Innovation Toril A. Nagelhus HernesHost

Pro-Rector for Innovation Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes

Project Manager:
Senior Adviser, Rector's Staff Per Arne Wilson

Press Contact:
Adviser, Rector's Staff: Linn Benedicte Brubakken Øfsteng


Innovation for a better world

NTNU has contributed to innovation processes and social development for more than a hundred years.

We aim to:

  • Increase the transfer of innovation and knowledge between us and our partners in the private and public sectors
  • Identify more ideas with the potential to become new innovations
  • Strengthen and support a culture of innovation and teamwork skills in the academic communities
  • Make innovation activities more visible and accessible


Stimulus package for more innovation


Launch at Technoport 2018

Pro-Rector for Innovation Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes and Rector Gunnar Bovim at Technoport 2018. Photo: Thor Nielsen/NTNU

Pro-Rector for Innovation Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes and Rector Gunnar Bovim launched NTNU’s new large-scale initiative in innovation at the Technoport 2018 conference in Trondheim 28 February.

More photos from the launch (Flickr)