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PhD position in Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Transactions Analytics

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (http://www.ntnu.edu/ie) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for a 100% position as PhD fellow within Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Transactions Analytics at the Department of Computer Science (IDI) (http://www.ntnu.edu/idi).

The appointment is for a term of 4 years, with teaching duties equivalent to 25%, or 3 years without teaching duties. Teaching duty work, if relevant for a candidate, will primarily be related to support of education tasks. This is a researcher training position aimed at providing promising future researchers the opportunity of academic development in the form of a doctoral degree. The position is located to the Department of Computer Science (IDI).

Information about the department

The Department of Computer Science (IDI) has about 246 employees including 33 professors, 38 associate professors, 13 adjunct associate professors, 18 assistant professors, 30 postdoctoral researchers, approximately 90 active PhD students, and 23 technical/administrative staff. More than 7,000 students study one or more courses at the department each year. IDI has offices in both Trondheim and Gjøvik, and the position described in this announcement will be located in IDI’s office in Gjøvik. To find out more about the department's research and educational activities please visithttps://www.ntnu.edu/idi/research/ andhttps://www.ntnu.edu/idi/studies/.


Job Description

This project focuses on datamining, forensics analysis and tracking of large-scale decentralized peer-to-peer networks, blockchain transactions as well as utilization of smart-contracts. In particular, it focuses on the modern decentralized systems such as those found in contemporary blockchain technologies and decentralized execution environments, such as those found in Ethereum, Hyperledger and Neo. The analysis will be done both, on the network layer and the

connectivity topology, as well as on the actual transaction flow within the system and application logic layers. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with forensic experts and applied cryptographers. It will look at the forensics implications of autonomous, distributed socio-technical systems in the context of financial and governmental institutions. The candidate is expected to formulate research questions and actively shape the nature of the project.


Requirement and qualifications

The position requires a Master of Science degree in computer science. The candidate should have experience with existing blockchain technologies, should understand challenges and limitations of mobile application development, as well as security and crypto primitives. General understanding of contemporary peer-to-peer systems is also required.


The candidate must

  • Hold a Master of Science degree in computer science with an average grade of B or better

  • have experience with existing blockchain technologies, should understand challenges and limitations of mobile application development, as well as security and crypto primitives.

  • Good organisation and communication skills with interest in wider context of own research and ability to engage in cross-disciplinary teams.

  • Eagerness to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences.

  • Written and oral fluency in English.


    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.


The following is desired:

  • Knowledge in colour and/or vision science is advantageous.

  • Programming skills in Matlab and/or Python is desired

  • Experience with cultural heritage imaging is advantageous.


All candidates must be able to secure a residency and work permit in Norway. 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. The university is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment practices, and we particularly would like to encourage female candidates to apply.


The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best) for the two last years of the MSc is required and C or higher of the (three first years) BSc. Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree: http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/diploma-supplement_en.htm


Terms of employment

The appointment of the PhD researcher will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. Applicants must agree to participate in an organized doctoral study program within the period of the appointment and have to be qualified for the PhD-study.


The position is in code 1017, salary grade 51 in the Norwegian Government salary scale, gross NOK 449 000 per year, before tax. A deduction of 2% is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply.


To apply

Applications will be processed through the university online application system https://www.ntnu.no/ledige-stillinger. The application must include (in electronic form):

  • A cover letter (1 page) explaining your motivation and how your skills and experience relate to the research focus of the position.

  • A draft research proposal outlining a possible approach (2 -3 pages).

  • CV with list of publications (if any)

  • Relevant transcript of grades, diplomas, and certificates

  • A description of Master thesis work (1 page)

  • At least two letters of reference, preferably from academic supervisor(s), with contact details

  • Certificate documenting English language proficiency (any one of the following: IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)).


Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Potential successful candidates will be interviewed via Skype or other means.


Applications are to be submitted electronically through www.jobbnorge.no. Preferably, all attachments should be combined into a single file.


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

Please contact Associate Professor Mariusz Nowostawski, +47 483 42 678, mariusz.nowostawski@ntnu.no


For information about processing of applications, please contact Senior Executive Officer Anne Kristin Bratseth, Phone (+47) 73 59 67 15, e-mail: anne.kristin.bratseth@ntnu.no


Mark the application: IE 160-2018


Application deadline: 2018-09-28

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    28. september 2018
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