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Research Director SINTEF ICT Department of Applied Mathematics
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Division : SINTEF IKT
Location : SINTEF Oslo, Oslo OSLO NO
Job Code : 9011-RD
Job Type : Full Time
Career Level : Management
Education : Doctorate
Category : Research and Development
Date Required : 21/05/12
Job Description :
SINTEF ICT is a research division in SINTEF, with departments both in Trondheim and Oslo and around 300 employees. SINTEF ICT carries out research in Information and Communication Technology for industry and the public sector.

The Department of Applied Mathematics is one of nine research departments at SINTEF ICT. With 44 highly qualified research staff, we focus on innovative use of mathematical and numerical methods across a variety of application areas. We offer world-leading expertise in geometry, optimization, simulation, visualization, and parallel computing. Through a combination of leading edge mathematical core competencies and software engineering best practices, we develop innovative solutions for our customers. Our main sources of funding are contracts with industry, the public sector, the European Union, and the Research Council of Norway. You find more information at

Our vision, role, and mission

"Technology for a better society" is SINTEF's vision. Our role is to create value for our customers by advanced, research based innovation. IT-systems influence most areas of life and society. For many systems, mathematical and numerical methods, and their implementation on modern platforms, are crucial to quality and performance. Our research scientists' responsibility is to create new ideas, conduct world-leading research, and produce the best results possible within given constraints. To this end, we also cooperate closely with other units in the SINTEF Group.

At Applied Mathematics, we work closely with our customers on development of novel methods, algorithms, and software. We deliver software solutions directly to industry, as sub-modules to software companies, or in some cases as open-source code.

The Department also performs basic research. We cooperate closely with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the University of Oslo, the University of Bergen, and numerous other well-reputed research groups in Norway and abroad. In particular, we are active partners in three national centers of excellence: the "Centre of Mathematics for Applications (CMA)", a center of excellent research at the University of Oslo; the "Centre for Integrated Operations in the Petroleum Industry", a center for research-based innovation at NTNU; and the "Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind Technology", a center for environmental-friendly energy research hosted by SINTEF.


The Research Director is responsible for further strategic development of the Department: research and competence areas, international network, market segments, and staff. The Director heads a team of research managers and chief research scientists. Among the Director's main tasks are to inspire and motivate the staff, to contribute to marketing and sales processes, to oversee the general direction of research projects, and to communicate with major customers and funding agencies, as well as day-to-day management of the Department.

The Research Director will be part of the management team in SINTEF ICT and as such will share the responsibility for developing and reaching SINTEF ICT's goals, as well as the overall goals of SINTEF.

The Department has offices in Oslo and Trondheim, but the Research Director will be based in Oslo.


We seek a candidate who combines in-depth knowledge and strategic foresight in the Department's research and market areas with proven, excellent leadership abilities for researchers. The candidate must be market and business oriented. Preferably, the Research Director should be well reputed in the international applied mathematics community. High ethical standards are important at SINTEF.

We offer:
For further information on the position, please contact Executive Vice President Aage Thunem on mobile no. +47 930 58 951, or e-mail:

Application deadline: 2012-05-21

Application including cover letter, CV and proof of education should be submitted using our on-line application system.

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