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Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Department of Computer Science

PhD position within Health (IE-089-2018)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for a 100% position as a PhD research fellowship affiliated with the Department of Computer Science (IDI) at Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE)


This position is one of 5 positions within the project Digital Economy (DigEco), see: https:www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/150963and https://www.ntnu.edu/digital-transformation.


The project is in NTNU’s strategic portfolio of projects to pursue transformative research on the development and application of digital transformation technology. Multi-disciplinarity is a key objective in all the projects, and close cooperation between the PhD research fellows and the disciplines is essential for Digital Economy (DigEco) to succeed.


Information about the department

The Department of Computer Science currently has 24 professors and 14 associate professors. In addition there are 16 adjunct associate professors, 23 postdoctoral researchers, approx. 65 active PhD students, and 18 technical/administrative staff. Five of the tenured scientific positions are held by women, and eight are from other countries than Norway.


Work description

The PhD will study the ongoing digital transformation of health care within a Norwegian municipality context i.e. within primary rather than secondary care. The empirical focus is on the development, use and diffusion of what is known as welfare technology. Welfare technology consists of an expanding range of technologies including but not limited to sensor-based monitors for measuring blood sugar levels, fall detection and GPS. In addition to sensors (IoT), welfare technology also involves digital means for patients and citizens to document, communicate and share their disease histories with health workers and peers. The purpose of the welfare technology is to transform the content and organisation of municipality-based health care services to increase efficiency, quality of the services as well as enhance the life-quality of patients and citizens, e.g. by allowing them to live longer at home before moved into a home for.


This PhD project will rely on qualitative research methods (observation, interviews, document study, logging of use) hence mastering of a Scandinavian language is required.



Applicants must hold a excellent Master degree in computer science or similar with experience doing empirical qualitative research on user involvement (user-centred design) and/or information systems research.

The candidates must have excellent analytical and collaboration skills as well as an ability to work independently as well as in team.

Cooperation skills and communication skills are important for the position and will be highly weighted in the selection process.

Candidates completing their MSc-degree in the Spring 2018 are encouraged to apply. The position is also open for integrated PhD for NTNU students starting their final year of their master degree in Autumn 2018, see https://www.ntnu.no/ie/forskning/integrertphd for information about integrated PhD.

In particular, admission to PhD education at NTNU requires an average grade of at least B, within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best), for the last two years of the master’s degree.

The goal of the positions is to obtain a PhD degree. Applicants will engage in an organized PhD training program, and appointment requires approval of the applicants plan for a PhD study within three months from the date of commencement.


The appointment is for 4 years, including 25% teaching assistance.


See here for regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts: https://www.regjeringen.no/no/dokumenter/regulations-concerning-appointment-and-promotion-to-teaching-and-research-posts/id2519258/

Language requirements

The main working languages are Norwegian and English. As the informants are mostly Norwegian, skills in a Scandinavian Language is desired, but not required. Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)

  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

Formal regulations

Appointments are made in accordance with the regulations in force regarding terms 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 undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme of study during their period of employment. (see https://www.ntnu.edu/ie/research/phd).

The person who is appointed must comply with the conditions that apply at any time to employees in the public sector. In addition, a contract will be signed regarding the period of employment.


Applicants must be qualified for admission as PhD students at NTNU. See http://www.ime.ntnu.no/forskning/phd for information about PhD studies at NTNU.

Together with the application, include a description of the research work that is planned for completion during the period of the grant.


Salary conditions
The position is in code 1017 Research fellow, and is remunerated at a gross NOK 436.900 – 537.700 per year, depending on qualifications. A deduction of 2% is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.



We can offer

  • an informal and friendly workplace with dedicated colleagues

  • academic challenges

  • attractive schemes for housing loan, insurance and pension in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering 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. We encourage especially women to apply.


The appointment is subject to the conditions in effect at any time for employees in the public sector, and assessments regarding the legislations regulating export control and knowledge transfer.


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.


For further information contact Professor Eric Monteiro, https://www.ntnu.no/ansatte/ericm

See https://www.ntnu.edu/iv/doctoral-programme for more information.

The application
The application must be sent electronically through this page ( www.jobbnorge.no) with information about education and relevant experience (preferably, all in one combined PDF file). Mark the application with the IE code given below.


All applicants have to submit a 3-5 page project proposal where they outline

their theoretical and methodological approach.


The application must contain:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) with information about the candidate’s prior training, exams, and work experience

  • Certified copies of transcripts and diplomas

  • Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree

  • Research statement (max. 3 pages) including:

    • A short presentation of the motivation for a PhD study

    • How the applicant sees his/her background suitable,

    • The applicant’s view of research challenges within the area of the PhD position

  • Names and contact information of at least 2 reference persons

  • A copy of the master thesis (in PDF), or, for those who are near to completion of their MSc, an extended abstract combined with a statement of how and when the applicant plans to complete the thesis (1 page, delivery of master thesis no later than June 30th.)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Start-up date October 2018 or as soon as possible.


More information regarding moving to Trondheim, Norway, and working at NTNU: http://www.ntnu.edu/nirs


Application deadline is May 27, 2018


Mark the application: IE-089-2018

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