It took two years to appoint a new lecturer:

It took two years to appoint a new lecturer:

In the Department of Electronic Systems, they were to take a Kjeller lecturer’s trip in the spring. Nearly two years ago, they were short of a lecturer on the subject of electromagnetism because the recruitment process took too long.

In August, he started a new permanent lecturer on the subject of electromagnetism. The recruitment process lasted for two years.

The institute has been without a permanent lecturer on the subject since June 2021. Then the former lecturer on the subject of electromagnetism left.

– This spring, we had to hire a lecturer to move from Kjeller to NTNU, says department chair in the Department of Electronic Systems, Thomas Tybell.

According to group leader and professor in the Department of Electronic Systems, Astrid Axnes, the lecturer has taught nine times at NTNU this semester. During each visit, he gave four lectures in one day.

– He usually took the night train to NTNU and flew back, says Aksnes.

Students are required to take care of the environment

Some students reacted to the fact that the department chose to travel for a lecturer from another part of the country to teach one subject rather than finding a local lecturer. This is in relation to the climate and the environment.

Aksnes justifies the choice in this way:

It is good for students to be aware of the environment. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in finding the right expertise locally, and then had to search all over the country. She says other lecturers at the institute blew their schedules, so there was no room to allow someone with the right aptitude to teach the subject.

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Astrid Axnes says it was very difficult to find a local lecturer with relevant expertise on the subject of electromagnetism. Image: NTNU

The institute had to hire a lecturer because the recruitment process is very time consuming. Like other departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, the department has the majority of foreign applicants for their positions.

Losing the best candidates

The entire recruitment process, from preparing a job advertisement to getting started at NTNU, often takes between one and two years.

– Unfortunately, we often lose the best candidates in the process, precisely because the recruitment process takes a long time. Axnes says candidates are getting other offers.

In addition, all candidates must be evaluated by an externally appointed committee. This process also takes a long time, according to Accence.

How can recruitment processes be made more efficient?

– We are constantly improving our recruitment procedures. There are several parts of the process that could be improved, including the time we spend on expert evaluations of candidates, Axnes concludes.

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