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Research assistant at the Virtual Center for Responsible Research and Innovation in Norway job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the position

Ansvarlig Forskning og Innovasjon i Norge (AFINO) is an interdisciplinary virtual center for responsible research and innovation in Norway. The center links a number of Norwegian research institutions in exploring how research and innovation can be directed towards solving major societal challenges. The center aims to increase the prospective competence of researchers, entrepreneurs and all those involved in technological development. The center also aims to strengthen reflexivity regarding the role and social responsibility of innovators, the ability to include new audiences (especially young people) in the innovation process and to adapt to a research and innovation system. more complex. The starting point is a shift in the relationship between the research community, industry and society, moving from a relatively clear division of labor to interactive models of co-creation across sectors and disciplines.

The position is placed in the Applied Ethics Program of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at NTNU Trondheim. The term of the position is 2 years. The AFINO Trondheim team is responsible for work packages 1 and 2 (WP1 & WP2). WP1 is responsible for directing and coordinating the project. WP2 is responsible for developing experimental initiatives aimed at promoting collaboration between different stakeholders in the development of ideas and initiatives promoting co-creation, generation and sharing of knowledge and innovative foresight practices. These experimental initiatives are called pilots.

The research assistant will mainly work on work package 2 (WP2), but will occasionally assist the management group (WP1) in the organization of events for the AFINO network.

The research assistant will work in close collaboration with Dr. Giovanni De Grandis, project coordinator and leader of WP2. However, he reports to the director of the center, Associate Professor Siri Granum Carson.

Main responsibilities

The main task of the new recruit will be to assist the WP2 leader and project coordinator Giovanni De Grandis in the further realization of the pilots. It is a stimulating, creative and demanding task. Developing a pilot is a process that requires many steps and different skills. Basically, the process follows the following sequence: find partners involved in an innovation project; identify an activity that would enhance knowledge generation and sharing and/or foresight; agree on the goal, objective, tasks and timetable; find the resources to carry out the initiative; the implementation of the plan. The process is clearly not so linear, but rather iterative (eg the idea and available resources are highly interdependent). It is also, by its nature and ambition, highly collaborative and therefore requires a strong sense of purpose, mutual trust, a sense of belonging and clear and timely communication. The process of developing the right idea or concept for the initiative is very creative and requires a very good understanding of the partners’ perspective and values, as well as the reality and constraints within which they work. The relevance of the idea as an AFINO pilot requires a good understanding of the fundamental aspirations of responsible research and innovation, corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Developing the idea into a workable action plan requires team building and trust to ensure genuine commitment and effective collaboration from all partners. Finally, implementation requires intense coordination and shared leadership, persistence, flexibility, and practical problem-solving skills.

As even this brief description suggests, the successful candidate will be required to perform many different tasks. Some tasks will be more academic or technical, such as becoming familiar with some relevant issues, concepts and methods by reading academic papers or policy papers or market research or technical papers. Other tasks will focus on interpersonal, mediation and communication skills, such as the ability to listen and understand different perspectives, helping different partners find language and common ground, mediating between different priorities and expectations. Finally, other tasks will be related to the practical aspects of managing the execution of a plan and will involve planning meetings and events, recruiting participants, taking care of logistics, dealing with related challenges delays, uncertainties, no-shows, etc. Finally, a final group of tasks will be to analyze the process and results of the pilot project in order to extract the maximum learnings and ideas from the experience and communicate them to both an academic audience and a group. wider range of interested stakeholders.

Selection criteria required

  • A master’s degree, preferably in business, engineering or applied and interdisciplinary fields such as environmental sciences, innovation management, sustainability sciences, organizational studies, urban or regional planning, etc
  • Demonstrated knowledge of some of the following subjects is required and necessary for the proper performance of the position: innovation, responsible innovation, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, science and technology policy, applied ethics.
  • Having been part of a project involving collaboration between the university and industry or business would be a considerable advantage.
  • Having been part of a transdisciplinary or cross-sectoral team is desirable.
  • A Ph.D. and peer-reviewed publications would be a plus, but not required.

Personal characteristics

  • We are looking for someone who can work both independently and as part of a team, reliable, punctual and respects deadlines.
  • We are looking for very good written and oral communication skills, including the ability to translate between different professional communication styles. Fluency in English and Norwegian or another Nordic language is required.
  • Ability to understand academic and business contexts and jargon is highly desirable.
  • The ability to adapt, to think creatively, to change plans and to deal with uncertainties and setbacks is very important.

We offer

Salary and conditions

Research assistants are remunerated according to codes 1018, 1019 and 1020 according to their competence. If you have a bachelor’s degree, you are normally paid a gross amount of NOK 373,200 – per year before tax. If you have obtained a master’s degree, you are normally paid from NOK 407,900 – per year before tax. The position is for two years.

The engagement must be carried out in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the laws relating to the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technologies. Applicants who, after evaluation of the application and attachment, are found to conflict with the criteria of the latter Act will be barred from recruitment at NTNU. After the appointment, you should assume that there may be changes in the working area.

The position is externally funded.

This is a prerequisite for being present and accessible to the establishment on a daily basis.

About the application

The application must be written and sent electronically via Jobbnorge, and must include:

  • Diplomas (MA and/or PhD);
  • Either a master’s degree or a doctoral thesis; either a description of the transdisciplinary project in which the candidate participated, or a transdisciplinary publication;
  • Two references (preferably one from an academic and one from a private company or public body).

NTNU is committed to following criteria for research quality assessment in accordance with the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

general informations

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity are our strength. We want to recruit people with different skills, backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to help solve our social responsibilities in education and research. We will facilitate the needs of our employees.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is Norway’s innovation capital with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including health care, schools, kindergartens and general equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Subsidized professional day care for children is easily accessible. Additionally, Trondheim offers great education opportunities (including international schools) and opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has a low crime rate and clean air. own.

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

A public list of candidates with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you wish to reserve an inscription on the public list of candidates, this must be justified. The evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the legislation in force. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

For further information on the position, please contact Associate Professor Siri Granum Carson, tel. +47 92254704, email: or Dr Giovanni De Grandis, If you have any questions about the nomination process, contact Elisabeth Leite, HR Advisor The project description for AFINO is available on request. Much information about AFINO can be found on the AFINO website:

If you think this sounds interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via 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: 22.08.2022

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Department of Language and Literature

We conduct research and teach in Comparative Literature, English, French, Spanish, German, Scandinavian Studies, Linguistics, Phonetics, Applied Linguistics, Sign Language and Interpretation, and Cultural History. We are also responsible for five-year master’s programs in teacher education (lektorutdanning) in language subjects. The Department has an active research environment with responsibility for several major research projects. The Department of Language and Literature is one of the seven departments of the Faculty of Humanities.

Deadline August 22, 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Full time

Duration Temporary

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