Centre for Digital Life Norway, Department of Biotechnology and Food Science is looking for a

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Senior Advisor Responsible Research and Innovation
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About the position

The Centre for Digital Life Norway has a vacancy for a senior advisor for Responsible research and innovation (RRI). 

The Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN) is a national centre for biotechnology research, training, and innovation, financed by the Research Council of Norway. DLN represents a new and pioneering approach towards biotechnology that goes beyond traditional disciplines. The centre aims to create economic, societal, and environmental value for Norway from biotechnology research and innovation that is both responsible and sustainable. The centre and its affiliated Digital Life Norway Research School promote career development in research and innovation, to train young scientists who will shape the future of biotechnology. 

For the centre's second funding period (DLN 2.0) (2021-2026), DLN has seven partner institutions (UiO, UiB, NTNU, NMBU, UiT, SINTEF, and OUS) and hosts a network of affiliated biotechnology projects from across Norway. Read more about the centre and DLN research projects at http://www.digitallifenorway.org

The centre is led by competence hub that includes staff in the Operational Management Team (OMT) based at NTNU, UiO, and UiB; scientific director, and an Expert Task Force (ETF) with professors/senior researchers from the seven partner institutions. As senior advisor for RRI, you will work closely with the current RRI senior advisor and collaborate with the entire OMT, whose core competence areas focus on data & models, innovation & industry, education & researcher training, communication & internationalization, and responsible research & innovation (RRI).

RRI's mandate is to be responsive to societal needs, challenges and values. Developing biotechnology research that is responsive to societal challenges requires a solid understanding of the technical, political and economic aspects. An RRI framework has been established in DLN and is an important basis for operational and strategic development. The senior advisor for RRI will work to support the embedding of the principle of Responsible Research and Innovation into transdisciplinary biotech research. Activities will emphasize anticipation, reflection and engagement with scientists, innovators, and other stakeholders. This also involves training the next generation of scientists in order to make transdisciplinary convergence the norm for biotechnology projects in Norway. This role will be diverse and challenging and offer real opportunities to influence DLN strategy and outcomes. Read more about our RRI approach and services here: https://www.digitallifenorway.org/services/rri/

The role is available in a 100% position for 2 years from start date, with possible extension based on funding. Start date is available as early as possible.



Duties of the position

As part of the RRI team at DLN, you will

  • Contribute to further developing a national infrastructure for the integration of RRI into biotechnology in Norway, with emphasis on both research and innovation activities within DLN
  • Facilitate RRI-relevant knowledge-sharing including transdisciplinary approaches, among projects and research groups in the DLN project portfolio
  • Contribute to the implementation of RRI in DLN innovation activities
  • Contribute to the integration of RRI as a cross-cutting principle in all relevant DLN activities with priority of activities related to transdisciplinarity and disciplinary convergence
  • Contribute to capacity-building on RRI within DLN and in Norwegian biotechnology, in collaboration with the DLN Research School
  • Plan and arrange RRI-relevant activities, courses, events
  • Contribute to RRI materials on the DLN website
  • Assist with scientific and educational events in the centre
  • Collaborate with other RRI personnel in DLN, as well as all members of the OMT
  • Take part in reports, annual plans, and communication to the Research Council of Norway

Required selection criteria
  • Master degree in science and technology studies, technology assessment, science and society, RRI/ELSA (Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of science and technology), science policy, or other relevant discipline
  • Professional experience or research in RRI
  • Excellent communication skills both written and oral in English

Preferred selection criteria
  • Good insight into University and Institute sector in Norway
  • Experience and knowledge on digital working platforms and remote work
  • Experience with RRI in education/training context
  • Communication skills in Norwegian

Personal characteristics?
  • Positive attitude, ambitious and goal-oriented team player
  • Creativity and strategic thinking; ability to drive and fulfil complex processes
  • Interpersonal skills to establish networks, create trust and work across traditional disciplines 

We are looking for a colleague who is curious and motivated to expand our RRI work, and is flexible and solution-oriented. The DLN Operational Management Team today consists of 9 staff members based in Trondheim, Oslo, and Bergen. The ability to work independently and in a team ? as well as ability to manage several projects at the same time ? will be prioritized.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

We offer
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment (https://innsida.ntnu.no/wiki/-/wiki/Norsk/Inkluderende+arbeidsliv) with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (https://www.spk.no/en/)
  • employee benefits

Salary and conditions

The position is placed in code 1364 and is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale, depending on qualifications and seniority. The position is subject to external funding.  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's in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

About the application

Please note that the application will only be evaluated on the basis of the information available at the expiry of the application deadline. Therefore, make sure that your application clearly shows how your skills and experience meet the criteria described above.

The application must contain (decide what needs to be included - remove what does not fit):

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Optional: one example of RRI-related work (e.g., publication, book chapter, thesis, website) 
  • name and adress of three references

General information

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


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. 

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 or the recruitment process, please contact Centre leader Trygve Brautaset, tel +47 98283977, email: Trygve.brautaset@ntnu.no

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via jobbnorge.no. If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with reference number: 2022/10749. 

Application deadline: 31.03.2022

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Our activities contribute to increased exploitation of existing and new ingredients for sustainable food production as well as next-generation energy solutions and medical technology. We educate graduates for a wide range of careers in industry, public administration and academia. The Department of Biotechnology and Food Science is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

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