The Department of Computer Science has a vacancy for a
PhD Candidate in Eco-Visualization for Zero Emission Neighbourhoods
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About the position
We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate in Eco-Visualization for Zero Emission
Neighbourhoods for a 3 years PhD fellowship without teaching duties or up to 4
years with teaching duties. Depending on the candidate´s match with the
teaching needs of the department. Trondheim is the place of duty.
For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education
up to an obtained doctoral degree.
The candidate will be situated at the Department of Computer Science,
Trondheim, and will be a member of the Research Centre on Zero Emission
Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (ZEN) in the work package on “Pilot projects
and living labs” (WP6). The ZEN research centre creates solutions for the
zero-emission buildings and neighbourhoods of the future low carbon society.
ZEN has nine pilot projects spread over Norway. The pilot projects are test
areas that aim at reducing their greenhouse gas emissions towards zero within
their life cycle.
Serving as innovation hubs, this is where the project tests new solutions for
developing zero emission neighbourhoods. The pilot projects reflect the
interdisciplinary character of the centre as different parties are working
together: building professionals, property developers, public authorities,
energy companies, building owners and users, and of course the researchers.
The focus of the PhD is to explore how feedback and eco-visualization, defined
as “the dynamic means of revealing the consequences of resource use in order
to promote sustainable behaviour, decision making and/or attitudes” may be
used to stimulate participation amongst residents in Zero Emission
Neighbourhoods. As part of the PhD, feedback concepts on energy production and
use will be developed and tested out.
(https: // www. eceee.org/library/conferenceproceedings/eceeeSummerStudies/2017/4-mobility-
The pilot projects include both new and well-established areas that will be
upgraded and developed further, involve more than 30.000 people, and cover
more than 1 mio. square meters. (https: // fmezen.no/).
You will report to Head of Department and assoc. prof. Erica Löfström.
Duties of the position
The candidate will work specifically on one or more of the ZEN pilot projects
to develop eco-visualizations for households and neighbourhoods. This
a. To map and categorize existing eco-visualization theories and concepts
relevant for zero emission neighbourhoods.
b. To develop a toolbox of eco-visualization concepts and/or prototypes of
different functionality levels relevant for zero emission neighbourhoods.
The ZEN neighbourhood(s) will be used as test site(s) for developing the
concepts. In addition, the ZEN living lab(s) will be used for testing of
evaluation of the developed prototypes and concepts.
The project is multi-disciplinary, drawing on expertise in the team from user-
centred design, human-computer interaction, information systems research,
environmental psychology and the social sciences. The PhD supervisors have an
extensive international network in the above areas of expertise.
Required selection criteria
The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research
The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master's degree
or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic
background in an area of relevance for the project, or equivalent
education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU's grading scale. If
you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an
equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria
you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly
suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.
You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral
A master degree in a relevant field of study. Relevant educational
backgrounds include, but are not limited to: design (interaction-,
product- and co-design etc.), human-computer interaction, architecture,
social sciences and behavioral sciences.
Applicants must document well-developed analytical and problem solving
skills, be motivated for doing research, and be able to work independently
Good written and oral English skills.
The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the
degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in
artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and
Preferred selection criteria
Applicants with an interdisciplinary background will be looked upon
Experience with co-design, prototyping, qualitative/quantitative user
studies, and/or usability testing, will be looked upon favourably.
Good written and oral skills in a Scandinavian language is an advantage.
Good levels of cooperative and communicative skills are important.
Works together with others across established reporting lines.
Approaches others to develop new relationships or strengthen existing
Relates to other people in an open and accepting way.
exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic
an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
Salary and conditions
As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 491 200
per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the
salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service
The period of employment is 3 years without teaching duties or 4 years with
teaching duties, depending on the candidate´s match with the teaching needs of
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD
programme in Computer Science within three months of employment, and that you
participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.
The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to
Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates
who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with
the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.
After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of
The successful applicant is required to remain a resident of Trondheim
throughout the entire project period (no exceptions).
It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution
on a daily basis.
About the application
The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the
assessment must be in English.
Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please
note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available
on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows
clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out
The candidate(s) must submit a short essay (max. 1000 words) together with
the application. The essay shall describe
(1) at least one relevant project where the applicant had a major role
(e.g. research project, course project, thesis work, start-up, hobby
project), and show how it relates to the challenges of the PhD topic as
described above, and
(2) suggest how the applicant would involve users in the pilot
neighborhood(s) in developing eco-visualizations
(https: // fmezen.no/category/pilot-projects/).
The main working languages are Norwegian and English. The candidate is
expected to possess strong skills in oral and written English. As the end
users are Norwegian, skills in a Scandinavian Language is desired, but not
The application must include:
A cover letter including an explanation of how your research interests and
background would fit the position.
Information about education and relevant experience (a CV).
Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates.
Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas
A short essay (max. 1000 words) as described above, documenting at least
one relevant project where the applicant had a major role, how it relates
to the challenges in the eco-visualization project, and a suggestion for
how to involve users in the design process.
Names and contact information of at least two references.
Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
If the applicant's mother tongue is not English or a Scandinavian language,
and the Master's Degree is not from an English-speaking country, the following
tests can be used as documentation of English language skills: TOEFL, IELTS
and 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
CAE/CPE: grade B or A.
If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to
attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both
bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education.
Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already
have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.
Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your
contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your
In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be
placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities.
Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the
NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality
according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.
Working at NTNU
A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified
candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or
The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural
scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of
200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools,
kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the
world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available.
Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including
international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family
life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.
As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the
development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are
Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality
may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on
the list of applicants.
Potential successful candidates will be interviewed via Skype or other means.
If you have any questions about the position, please contact associate
professor Erica Löfström, firstname.lastname@example.org phone: +47 47 66 87 66 or
professor Dag Svanæs, e-mail: email@example.com phone: +47 73 59 18 42, or Head
of Department Heri Ramampiaro, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions
about the recruitment process, please contact HR, e-mail: email@example.com.
Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV,
diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be
considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master
Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide
confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).
If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of
transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number
2021/9216 when applying.
Application deadline: 07.08.22
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