Research Manager for the Department of Human-Centred Digitalization

Institutt for energiteknikk (IFE)
Research Manager for the Department of Human-Centred Digitalization

We are looking for a motivational and research-oriented manager to lead our department.  Join us in our mission to “Research for a better future”.  

The Human-centred Digitalization Department comprises highly experienced researchers within cognitive psychology, organisational psychology, human-machine interaction and Human Factors. The department has an applied focus and seeks to enable organisations to exploit the full potential of emerging technologies and analytics by producing state-of-the-art knowledge on how these best fit with the organization and the individuals in it. A substantial part of the research activities address how human-, technology-, and organisational factors contribute to safety and performance within different domains and areas, such as e.g., energy, transport, space, and smart cities. A large part of the projects are conducted within the international Human-Technology-Organisation Project focusing on nuclear safety and human performance. We also have projects funded by e.g., the Norwegian Research Council, as well as projects conducted directly for national and international industry partners.

Some of the questions we seek to address in our research include:

  • How do humans interact safely and efficiently with increasingly intelligent and advanced technologies? 
  • How can people be best enabled to perform and thrive in digital organizations and larger socio-technical systems?
  • How can emerging technologies be used to innovate work processes, methods, and service delivery?

The research manager’s role involves developing and managing the department and creating an inspiring environment where the best minds can thrive - founded on our values; passion, integrity and creativity.

The research manager reports to a research director and participates in the division management team. Candidates should be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to build strong relationships throughout the organisation. In addition to leading the department, you are expected to participate in or lead projects and conduct your own research.


Duties and responsibilities

  • Manage and deliver world class research projects as project owner
  • Develop and execute strategic plans for the department
  • Responsibility for professional development of the employees
  • Financial and personnel responsibility for the department
  • Responsible for the department research capabilities and in its recruitment
  • Conduct research (write proposals and papers, conduct research work)
  • Ensure and manage utilisation of resources
  • Initiate, head up and contribute to research proposals and sales initiatives
  • Ensure visibility and market the department capabilities internally and externally
  • Develop necessary capacity and competence to meet customer needs.

Additional tasks

  • Contribute to a positive economy for IFE.
  • Strive for a unified division strategy
  • Facilitate to projects across our organisation


  • Education level: PhD, M.Sc.
  • Research experience that aligns with the department’s research competence and focus
  • Experience from leadership roles in research-based organisations 
  • Demonstrated track record of leading projects through to success
  • Experience from marketing and selling research projects

Personal qualities

  • A motivational leader. Leadership through motivation, delegation and empowering
  • Team player that brings out the best in our people
  • Customer and sales oriented with an understanding for customer needs
  • Results oriented with an ability to deliver on expectations
  • Ability to find innovative solutions
  • Fluency in English oral and written

We offer

  • An exciting management position within applied research.
  • A stimulating work environment with skilful, experienced, and creative colleagues.
  • A job where applied research is put to practical use.
  • Challenging research projects based on industry applications.
  • Plentiful opportunities for collaboration with ongoing projects in other research groups.
  • Well-established national and international scientific and industrial networks.
  • Competitive salary (subject to qualifications).
  • A large degree of autonomy and flexible working hours.

We place great emphasis on your personal suitability for the position. IFE is subject to the National Security Act, and the candidate must be able to pass a background check and must be able to obtain security clearance and authorization.

Os Allé 5, 1777 Halden
Forskning, utdanning og vitenskap


Research, Manager, for, the, Department

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Susan Jansen
HR Advisor
454 81 295
Stine Strand
Research Director
416 04 020
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