The Onsager Fellowship Programme

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The Onsager Fellowship Programma

The Onsager Fellowship Programme

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) represents academic eminence in technology and the natural sciences as well as in other academic disciplines ranging from the social sciences, the arts and humanities, medicine, teacher education, to architecture. Cross-disciplinary cooperation results in innovative breakthroughs and creative solutions with far-reaching social and economic impact.

Tenure-track positions

The Onsager Fellowship programme at NTNU is designed to attract talented early-career scholars with documented excellent supervised work, ready to work independently and with the potential to become a research leader.

NTNU’s Onsager Fellows 

The NTNU tenure-track programme

The tenure-track associate professor’s duties will primarily include research, but also include supervision, teaching, and other duties necessary to qualify for a permanent professor position within 6-7 years. 

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 at the end of the tenure track period

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 associate professor is offered an international mentor.

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

The appointee’s performance will be evaluated the last year of the tenure-track period and, if the ‘final appraisal’ is positive, s/he will be employed as a full-time professor.

Qualification requirements

The Onsager Fellows programme is designed to attract talented early-career scholars, with documented excellent supervised work, with ambitious research plans to work independently and with the potential for scientific breakthrough.

NTNU is obliged by the evaluation criteria for research quality in accordance with The San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA (PDF). This means that we will pay particular attention to the quality and academic range demonstrated by your scientific work to date. We will also pay attention to research leadership and participation in research projects. Your scientific work from the last five years will be given the most weight. International experience and collaboration will be emphasized.

The successful applicants are expected to demonstrate the ability to work independently and to interact and strengthen ongoing work at the department as well as strengthen international collaboration. The position will include a start-up package, mentorship and support for applying for additional funds. We expect that the candidate 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 years to the application deadline, excluding law entitled leave.

You must document relevant basic competence in teaching and supervision at a university/higher education level, as referenced in the Norwegian national Regulations. If this cannot be documented, you will be required to complete an approved course in university pedagogy within two years of commencement. NTNU offers qualifying courses.

New employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language by appointment is required, within three years, to demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three of the course for Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU. 

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 applicants will be reviewed by an external academic committee. The top candidates will be invited for a campus visit.

Previous announcements

Previous announcements

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

Previous announcements

  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Computational Porous Media Physics
  • Re-valuing Urban Planning and Design in the face of Climate Change
  • Integrated Circular Design of the Built Environment
  • Experimental Environmental Psychology
  • Political Behaviour
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Marine Structures
  • European Studies
  • STS and Sustainability Transitions
  • Post-quantum Cryptography
  • Experimental Quantum Communications
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Health
  • Brain MRS
  • Public or Political Economics
  • Biosystematics
  • Economics of Natural Resources and Quantitative Peace Research
  • Inorganic or Hybrid Functional Materials
  • Linguistics
  • Marine Technology, Marine Structures for the Future
  • Molecular Biodiversity
  • Medicine, Bioinformatics
  • Medicine, Molecular Biology
  • Robotic Vision
  • Safety and Reliability of Complex Systems
  • Statistical Machine Learning
  • Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
  • Zero Emission Refurbishment of the Built Environment
  • 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
  • Economics of Natural Resources and Quantitative Peace Research
  • Inorganic or Hybrid Functional Materials
  • Linguistics
  • Marine Technology, Marine Structures for the Future
  • 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


Any questions?

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

Researchers support and more

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.

Researcher Support

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

Other NTNU Vacancies

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

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.