About the position

Department of Architecture and Design at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has an open position as Innovation Manager. The position will be connected to the department and the Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighborhoods in Smart Cities (ZEN Centre). Collaboration with ongoing and new EU projects is also possible. The main responsibility of the Innovation Manager is to coordinate and further develop the innovation activities within the department and the ZEN Centre. An important part of the position consists of close contact and collaboration with the user partners in the ZEN Centre. The candidate will also be responsible for the implementation and follow-up of the ZEN Centre’s innovation strategy and plans.

The Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (ZEN Centre) is a Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) funded by the Research Council of Norway and the consortium partners. The main objective of the ZEN Centre is to develop knowledge, competitive products and solutions that will lead to realization of sustainable buildings and neighbourhoods that have zero emissions of greenhouse gases related to their production, operation and transformation.

More information about the ZEN Centre can be found here. 

You will collaborate closely with the ZEN Centre director and innovation committee, and report to Head of Department.

Duties of the position

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

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  

You will be a door-opener for new opportunities for cooperation, working with leading expert in the department and the ZEN Centre. This involves working with researchers in both NTNU and SINTEF and in a team with other innovation managers across NTNU.

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

Required selection criteria

You must have:

  • Documented experience in research and/or innovation
  • Completed education in a relevant field for the ZEN Centre (e.g. energy use in buildings, zero emission building and neighbourhood concepts, smart cities, building materials, performance assessment methods) at least at master’s level, or equivalent documented prior learning and work experience
  • Academic expertise in relevant areas
  • Good written and oral skills in Norwegian (or other Scandinavian language) and English

You must be able to demonstrate:

  • Sound knowledge of Norwegian business and industry as well as public policy and funding programmes for research and innovation 

Preferred selection criteria

  • Documented ability to create results and stimulate new activity (e.g. businesses and/or innovation projects)
  • Understanding of the importance of research-based innovation and excellent business and market insight
  • Strong strategic skills and capability of structuring complex problem formulation
  • Doctoral skills in a relevant field for the ZEN Centre may be an advantage.  

Personal characteristics

  • Good communication skills, both oral and written, and ability to work effectively together with people from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and affiliation
  • Ability to create contacts and help to strengthen a culture of innovation
  • Can work both independently and in teams
  • Talent for inspiring confidence and building relationships

We offer

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of code 1108 or 1109 (researcher). From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund,

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU

The position is subject to external funding. 

It is a prerequisite that you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily. 

About the application

The application and supporting documentation must be in English.

Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.  If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result. 

The application must include (Departments to choose from the following): 

  • CV, certificates and diplomas 
  • Academic works – published or unpublished – that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works) 
  • A description of the academic/artistic works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be taken into account in the assessment 
  • Research plan 
  • Details of the projects you have managed, with information about funding, duration and size 
  • Names and contact information for three relevant referees 

Joint work will also be considered. If it is difficult to identify your specific input to a joint project, you must include evidence of your contributions.

In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA. This means that we pay special attention to the quality and professional breadth of these works. We also consider experience from research management and participation in research projects. We place great emphasis on your scientific work from the last five years.

General information

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.  

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.  

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted. 

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Arild Gustavsen, e-mail: [email protected] and phone +47 99363674, or Thomas Thiis, e-mail: [email protected] and phone:+47 91764199. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR advisor Natalia Swahn, e-mail: [email protected]

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. 

Application deadline: 07.08.2022

NTNU – knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Architecture and Technology

Our goal is to develop coherent and sustainable architecture of high quality. We work with form, theory and history, building materials and building structures, and energy-efficient and sustainable buildings. Our activities also include the preservation and development of traditional building craft skills. The Department of Architecture and Technology is one of four departments in the Faculty of Architecture and Design.

Deadline 7th August 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Fulltime

Duration Permanent

Place of service