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Vacant position:
ZEN Centre, Innovation Manager

The Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (ZEN Centre) has a vacancy for an Innovation Manager.

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Application deadline: 02.08.2020

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There is a temporary position as an Innovation Manager for 1 ½ year with possibility for extension at The Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (ZEN Centre). The position will be placed close to the ZEN Centre management and the main responsibility of the Innovation Manager is to coordinate and further develop the innovation activities within the centre. An important part of the position consists of close contact and collaboration with the user partners in ZEN. The candidate will also be responsible for the implementation and follow-up of the ZEN Centre's innovation strategy and plans.

You will report to the centre director.

Duties of the position

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

You will be a door-opener for new opportunities for cooperation, working with leading expert communities the ZEN Centre connected to NTNU and SINTEF 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.

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, energy system integration) at least at master’s level, or equivalent documented prior learning and work experience. Doctoral skills may be an advantage
  • Academic expertise in relevant areas
  • Sound knowledge of Norwegian business and industry as well as public policy and funding programmes for research and innovation
  • Good written and oral skills in Norwegian or other Scandinavian language, and in English

Preferred selection criteria

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Have the ability to create results and stimulate new activity
  • Understand the importance of research-based innovation and have excellent business and market insight
  • Have strong strategic skills and are capable of structuring complex problem formulations
  • Have good communication skills in English and a Scandinavian language, both oral and written, and can work effectively together with people from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and affiliation
  • Create contacts and help to strengthen a culture of innovation
  • Can work both independently and in teams
  • Have a talent for inspiring confidence and building relationships

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

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Salary and conditions

This is an academic position placed in code 1108 or 1109 (researcher), based on seniority and qualifications, and is normally remunerated between NOK 523 200 and 679 000. 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 for 1.5 years with the possibility for extension. The position is funded by NTNU’s Strategic Programme for Knowledge-Based Innovation.

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 applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out 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:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • List of academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works)
  • Name and address of three referees
  • Details of the projects you have managed, with information about funding, duration and size

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

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.

Generell informasjon

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.

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.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants. 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Arild Gustavsen, ZEN Centre Director at NTNU. Contact information: E-mail [email protected] and phone +47 99363674. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR adviser Natalia Swahn, tlf +47 73412503, e-mail [email protected]

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with reference number: 2020/12966.