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Ph.D./Early Stage Researcher (ESR-02) position in Interoperability and Reverse Engineering of Data Policies, Data Fusion and Big Data Aanalytics

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE)

The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK) 



NTNUs Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK) (www.ntnu.no/iik) invites applications for a fully funded Ph.D./Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position in digital forensics. The position is based at campus Gjøvik, and is also affiliated with NTNUs Center for Cyber and Information Security (CCIS, www.ccis.no). The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK) has 80 employees and provide a research intensive academic environment.


The Ph.D./Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position is funded by the EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020, under a grant by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (MSCA-ITN).


The period of employment for the position is 3 years. All successful candidates must be able to secure a residence and work permit in Norway.


The position is described below. The position description is also available on the project website http://www.essentialresearch.eu/.  



Predicting the future of morphing the current, unified Internet into a heterogeneously networked Ecosystem of Ecosystems demands the study and design of ecosystem architectures and protocols. The objective of the research is to study data policies in the challenging intersection of resource-constrained digital environments, as well as organisational, national and European information policies and laws. The research demands understanding of the technology aspects of data fusion and Big Data analytics.


Expected outcomes:

The research will explore new knowledge and technological proof-of-concepts in answering the following research questions: (i) How can lightweight policies be expressed in a manner usable by complex system? (ii) Which policies are mandatory to comply with organisational, national, European policies and laws (which kind of restrictions and for which data?), (iii) How should data encode policy restrictions, and ensure that when sharing data, policies are adhered to? Final deliverables of the research are participation and report in one workshop, 2 research reports, 1 software demonstrator, dissertation.


Main supervisor: Prof. dr. Katrin Franke, NTNU.

Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici, University of Groningen (RUG), Netherlands.


Planned secondments:

Host 1: University of Groningen (RUG), Netherlands.

Host 2: MNEMONIC, Norway

Host 3: University of Malta (UOM), Malta.


Qualifications required for the announced position:


Formal regulations:

The appointment is made in accordance with the regulations of employment for PhD candidates issued by the Ministry of Education and Research, with relevant parts of the additional guidelines for appointment as a PhD candidate at NTNU. Applicants must participate in an organized PhD programme of study during their period of employment. The candidate appointed must comply with the regulations for employees in the public sector. In addition, a contract will be signed regarding the period of employment.


Applicants must be qualified for admission to a PhD study program at NTNU.

See http://www.ntnu.edu/ie/research/phdfor information about PhD studies at NTNU.


We can offer:

  • An informal and friendly workplace with dedicated colleagues

  • Academic challenges in a cross-diciplinary team

  • Attractive schemes for home loans, insurance and pensions through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund


Eligibility criteria:

Eligibility for admission will be determined by considering the combination of the candidate’s academic qualifications and relevant professional experience according to the table below.



First degree/Bachelor degree

Second degree/Master degree/or equivalent

Required knowledge


Required Expertise


Information Technology/Computer Science





Information Technology/Computer Science

Information Technology/Computer Science

Law/Privacy and Data Protection



Information Technology/Computer Science





Science, Social Sciences and Humanities

Science, Social Sciences and Humanities

Law/Privacy and Data Protection


Information Technology

/Computer Science


Candidates who have completed their Master degree in an institution where English is not the language of instruction must present one of the following Secure English Language Test (SELT) results as follows:

  • TOEFL Internet-Based (iBT) – minimum 95 with a writing score of at least 24

  • Academic IELTS – minimum 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element

  • Advanced Cambridge Certificate at grade C or better.

  • The test results must not be older than 24 months on the date of the application deadline.


Selection criteria:

  • Quality of the candidate assessed through the candidate’s academic merit and relevant professional experience.

  • Candidates with a proven track record in the law of privacy and data protection, human rights law, or computer science/IT will be given preference.

  • The candidate should also possess a sound working knowledge of quantitative & qualitative research methods, legal research methods, and legal research databases.


Personal attributes:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to communicate effectively across different stakeholder groups.

  • Flexibility and ability to take direction and accommodate feedback from diverse stakeholders.

  • Ability to work both individually and in a (virtual) team environment

  • Leadership skills.

  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce work of a consistently high standard


Please note there are strict eligibility requirements that apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researchers:

  • The candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Norway for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (short stays such as holidays are not counted).

  • At the time of recruitment, the candidate must not have been awarded a doctorate degree and must be in the first 4 years of her/his research career.

  • The candidate may be of any nationality.

  • The candidate must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract.

  • The candidate must fulfil the conditions to be admitted in the PhD programme indicated in the Job Vacancy.


Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Nationality is therefore not a criterion. Rather the location of the researcher's residence or main activity during the 3 years prior to their recruitment is determining.


For further information on Marie Skłodowska-Curie schemes and eligibility please visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/funded-projects/how-to-manage/iapp/index_en.htm


Salary conditions:

The position follows code 1017, salary grade 50 - 57 in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross NOK 432 700/EUR 47 445,18 - NOK 489 300/EUR 54 651,32 per year, depending on qualifications. Note that this rate includes the employer's costs i.e. national insurance contribution and government bonus.

A deduction of 2% is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pensions Fund.

In addition to the salary, you will receive a mobility allowance of EUR 7 200 and, if applicable, a family allowance of EUR 6 000.

All amounts stated are before taxation.


The appointment is subject to the conditions in effect at any time for employees in the public sector.

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE) wants to attract outstanding and creative candidates who can contribute to our ongoing research activities. We believe that diversity is important to achieve a good, inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of the gender, disability or cultural background.

Under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have his or her name entered on the list of applicants.


Living and working in Gjøvik:


Information can be found via the following links:

To apply:

Candidates must submit an application electronically (preferably in one combined PDF-file) through this page (www.jobbnorge.no. The application must consist of the following components:


  • Motivation letter (500 words).

  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publication and the names and contact information of 2 references.

  • Copies of academic certificates and transcripts.

  • A brief research proposal addressing the topic of the research project (500-1000 words).

  • English proficiency results if applicable.


Starting date: 14 August 2017

Application deadline: 14 May 2017. Mark the application IE-057-2017

Shortlisted applicants will be notified before 26 May 2017. Interviews are planned for 29 May - 2 June 2017.

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