The Onsager Fellowship Programme

The Onsager Fellowship Programme


Onsager Fellowship Programme, heading


Tenure-track positions

Tenure-track positions

NTNU has completed two calls (2015 and 2016) for tenure-track Associate Professors and have now admitted a total of 20 fellows into the Onsager Fellowship Programme.

They are all selected because of their strong academic records and because they are recognized as scientists with a strong potential to make a difference in the future.

Their duties primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations.

During the programme

During the tenure-track programme, the associate professors are subject to two types of review:

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

If the final appraisal is positive, s/he will be employed as a full-time professor at NTNU.


The fellows

The Onsager Fellows

The 19 Fellows in the programme work within many research areas at NTNU:

The 2016 announcement

  • Complex Analysis
  • Experimental Environmental Toxicology
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Modern Political and Economic History, 1870-2000
  • Political Communication
  • Psychopathology and Development
  • Risk-Based Marine Systems Design for Arctic Operations

The 2015 announcement

  • Economics of Natural Resources and Quantitative Peace Research
  • Inorganic or Hybrid Functional Materials 
  • Linguistics
  • Marine Structures for the fFture - Marine Technology
  • Medicine - Molecular Biology
  • Medicine - Systems Biology
  • Molecular Biodiversity
  • Robotic Vision
  • Safety and Reliability of Complex Systems
  • Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics 
  • Zero Emission Refurbishment of the Built Environment




For general information about the Onsager Fellowship Programme, please contact:
Senior Adviser Ruth H. Rødde


Living in Trondheim

Living in Trondheim

NTNU Main Building and Aurora BorealisTrondheim 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.

More on living in Trondheim


Lars Onsager

Lars Onsager

Photo: Nobel Laureate Lars Onsager

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.

The Lars Onsager Lecture and Professorship at NTNU

Lars Onsager in Wikipedia

Research Excellence at NTNU

Research Excellence

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

Nobel Laureates

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

Researcher Support

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

Other NTNU Vacancies

Other NTNU Vacancies

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