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Researcher/ Senior researcher – Productivity and Value Chains

Researcher/ Senior researcher – Productivity and Value Chains

SINTEF Manufacturing's Department of Industrial Ecosystems is a leading European research environment dedicated to developing innovative circular products, digital solutions, and sustainable production for value chains. The Productivity and Value Chains Research Group supports a diverse range of industrial sectors with research and services on sustainable, next-generation production and operations management and organizational systems, as well as leadership and organizational development. The group is growing rapidly, with an extensive project portfolio of national and international projects in various domains such as applied AI in manufacturing, Lean Production, Zero-defect Manufacturing, and the Sustainable development of industry, both in large multinationals and in SMEs. Our aim is to expand the group with a dedicated researcher who will contribute to a human centric, competitive Norwegian manufacturing sector through the development of inter-organizational learning for resilient and sustainable value chains, and sustainable products and production processes. 

Your Profile 

We are looking for candidates who can interact with industry partners as well as researchers from other fields, with research and/or advisory experience within leadership- and organizational development, or sustainable supply chains. Maybe with a background from Lean Production, Quick Response Manufacturing, Zero Defect Manufacturing, Circular Economy or similar fields of expertise, and an interest in people development in cross-organizational and circular value chains. Having experience working in or interacting with industry is advantageous, as well as an established publishing track record and experience with participating in both national and European projects, including developing and writing project applications. We value an interest in self-development, the ability to work both independently and together with other researchers and industry partners, as well as a drive for applied research, practicality, and curiosity. The right candidates possess a PhD or a master’s degree in relevant topics. 

Your Responsibilities 

Researcher You will be working on our departments existing project portfolio as well as contribute to the development of project applications and work packages in close cooperation with customers and partners. In addition, you will contribute to the dissemination of research results through scientific and popular scientific publications. A desire to lead work packages and projects and carry out research both independently and together with other researchers is expected. 

Senior Researcher You will play a key role in developing the research portfolio of the group through industry and research partnerships. You will lead the application process for national and/or international projects from idea and consortium development, to writing and finalizing applications together with industry and research partners. In addition, you will contribute to the dissemination of research results through scientific and popular scientific publications, as well as through national or international conference appearances. A desire to lead research projects and carry out research both independently and together with other researchers is expected. 

We offer

  • A multicultural, creative, and social working environment with colleagues who want to make a difference. 

  • Great opportunities for scientific and personal development in an organization that values responsibility and initiative. 

  • Flexible working hours, salary based on qualifications, good pension, and insurance plans. 


The position is based in Trondheim, Raufoss or Oslo. The working language is Norwegian, and fluency in English is also required. 

Applications will be processed continuously. If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Research Manager Eivind Reke.   

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SINTEF Manufacturing

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Oslo, Trondheim, Raufoss

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SINTEF Manufacturing er et institutt som jobber for å utvikle bærekraftige og konkurransedyktige produksjonsløsninger i Norge. Vi leverer spisskompetanse innen digitalisert og automatisert produksjon, produktutvikling og design, produksjonssystemer, bærekraft, sirkulærøkonomi, lean, verdikjedestyring og materialteknologi, samt laboratorie- og verkstedtjenester. Selskapet har cirka 100 ansatte med hovedkontor på Raufoss og forskningsavdelinger i Trondheim, og har i tillegg ansatte i Ålesund, Kongsberg og Horten.

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SINTEF is one of Europe’s largest research institutes, offering specialist multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of technology and the natural and social sciences. SINTEF is an independent foundation that since 1950 has generated innovation by means of research and development projects for the private and public sectors both in Norway and overseas.

SINTEF has 2,100 employees from 80 countries and an annual turnover of more than NOK three billion. SINTEF invests any profits into further research and innovation. 

Our vision: Technology for a better society.

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