Associate Professor in Cybernectics University of Oslo, Department of Technology Systems (ITS) Norway

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society. 


The Department of Technology Systems (ITS) is a newly established department at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo. ITS has taken over the activities at UNIK from January 2017. The Institute is located in the Kjeller Research Park, which is one of the largest research and development centers in Norway. ITS collaborates with the research institutes at Kjeller, and with industry, while it is also tightly integrated with complementary activities at UiO in Oslo. The department has two sections: section for energy systems and section for autonomous systems and sensor technologies. An important goal of ITS is to provide wider opportunities at UiO within applied technologies.


Associate Professor in Cybernectics


The Department of Technology Systems at the University of Oslo invites applications for an associate professorship in cybernetics at the section for autonomous systems and sensor technologies. We are seeking a candidate with clear scientific and technological visions, good educational, administrative and interpersonal skills and abilities to establish and lead research projects.


The Department of Technology Systems (ITS) has been established at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences from January 1, 2017, and is located at Kjeller. The goal is to create a powerful technology environment for research, education and innovation in close interaction with the other research and technology communities at Kjeller, and tightly integrated with complementary activities at the UiO Blindern campus. The research at ITS will have a system focus and is expected to be at a higher TRL level (Technology Readiness Level) than most of the other activities at the faculty.


The Department of Technology Systems has two sections; section for energy systems and section for autonomous systems and sensor technologies. It is expected to be significant interdisciplinary overlap between the two sections.


The section of autonomous systems and sensor technologies currently has about 25 employees, where the majority are scientists from the research institutes at Kjeller or from industry in part-time positions at ITS. It is planned that the section during the coming three-year period shall comprise a total of about five full-time positions and about 15-20 part-time positions.


Description of the research area in the section


The main theme within the section for autonomous systems and sensor technologies will be mobile and stationary autonomous units, with navigation, guidance and control, communication between multiple units, and sensor technologies adapted to the units and their functions. An important challenge is to understand and deal with the increasing degree of system complexity between interacting units with increasing degree of autonomy. Security aspects concerning autonomous systems (information security and other) will also be important, in cooperation with the section for energy systems and with the Department of Informatics.


It will be a goal to develop cooperation with existing or new commercial and public companies.


Specific information about the position:


The research area for the position comprises navigation, guidance and control of autonomous systems, both mobile and fixed units.


The department will be responsible for an area of study in cybernetics and autonomous systems in a master's degree program at the faculty. An important task for the position will be to develop the course portfolio within this area of study, in conjunction with the course portfolios in other relevant fields of study and study programs at the faculty.


The successful applicant will initiate and lead research, supervise research students, participate in the teaching of students and examination work at all levels within the relevant subject areas, and will also undertake administrative duties at the department. The person appointed can also be requested to undertake administrative and other duties at the faculty.




The successful candidate must have education at the doctoral level and be able to document scientific qualifications in key areas in cybernetics / control technology. She or he should have expertise in one or more of the following areas; estimation theory, navigation, robotics and autonomous systems.


The successful candidate must have basic pedagogical or educational competence. A candidate who by the time of appointment cannot document such qualifications must acquire these within two years.
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Pedagogical qualifications beyond the basic requirement can give a competitive advantage in the ranking of academically / scientifically qualified applicants.


The research area for the position can include technologies referred to in the Ministry's export control regulations, and the candidate must be able to obtain a security clearance.


Teaching is given in Norwegian and English. Foreign language speakers will be expected to be able to teach in Norwegian within a certain time after being appointed.


As a general rule interviews and trial lectures will be used in the appointment process. More details about the appointment procedures can be found in; .


Personal abilities


In ranking of the academic / scientific competent applicants, the following personal qualifications and experience will be considered and given significant weight (the list is not in order of priority):

  • personal suitability for cooperation between the Department of technology systems, the research institutes at Kjeller, other departments at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and with the private and public sectors
  • national and international network of contacts
  • experience from industry or development projects
  • qualifications within research management, administration and dissemination
  • ability to initiate collaborative projects
  • experience from attracting external research funding from the Research Council, the EU and other


We offer

  • salary NOK 617 800 - 745 600, per annum depending on qualifications in position as Associate Professor ( position code 1011)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo's family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activites


How to apply


The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV
  • Up to 10 selected scientific publications the applicant wishes to include in the evaluation
  • List of scientific production with bibliographic references
  • A portfolio containing documentation of teaching experience, capability of external fund raising and other qualifications the applicant wants to have considered


The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruting system, please follow the link " apply for this job". Please note that all documents should be in English ( or a Scandinavian language).


According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act ( Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non - disclosure.


The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women in academic positions. Women are encouraged to apply.


In accordance with the University of Oslo's equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.


The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results, 


Contact persons:

Head of Department, Stian Løvold, phone + 47-22842206 / + 47-94190920, email:

For information regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen, phone: +47 22854272, email:

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