The Department of Computer Science has a vacancy for a
PhD Candidate in Interaction Design and Built Environments
This is NTNU
NTNU is a broad-based university with a technical-scientific profile and a
focus in professional education. The university is located in three cities
with headquarters in Trondheim.
At NTNU, 9,000 employees and 42,000 students work to create knowledge for a
You will find more information about working at NTNU and the application
Research Collaboration Sustainability
In 2015, the 2030 agenda with the 17 sustainability goals was adopted by all
UN member states. The sustainability goals see the environment, economy and
social development in context. The time horizon for necessary changes is
short, and it is challenging to combine different considerations without
conflicts of objectives and unintended consequences of measures.
NTNU is now announcing 43 individual PhD positions that will contribute to a
greater understanding of system effects, societal changes and conflicts of
interest related to the sustainability challenges. These positions are divided
into 9 interdisciplinary projects with mainly 4-7 PhD positions in each
project. Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research - Calls - NTNU
In this position, the candidate is expected to cooperate with the other PhD
students in the project Sustainability - Built environments by SWELL - NTNU
About the position
We have a vacancy for a PhD fellowship in Interaction Design, the goal is a
completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.
The position is one of the four PhD fellowships belonging to a university-wide
project called SWELL (Sustainable Built Environments for better Health and
WELL-being). SWELL's goal is to address the complex interaction between
individual Humans' HWB (health wellbeing) and the Built Environment (BE).
Through new theoretical and empirical foundations by exploring and improving
sustainable and adaptable BE (e.g. through technological and space
innovations), this project will provide knowledge that allows for better HWB
for individuals and societies. Interdisciplinary, cross-professional and
multi-sector collaboration and Urban Living Labs (ULL) methodology will be
employed as powerful vehicles for achieving greater social and economic goals.
This particular PhD fellowship will focus on Empowering Human-BE Interaction
Working Package (WP). This research aims to leverage advancements in sensing
and ubiquitous systems to address how physical, spatial, and social design
opportunities (e.g., through interactive functionalities and visualizations)
can contribute to increasing liveability in BE and environmental, economic and
social benefits. The implementation of this WP includes collecting
requirements from the stakeholders on what interactions need to be
strengthened, integrating the extracted requirements into services,
prototyping the necessary interfaces/software, and iteratively testing via
case studies. The development of these components entails careful
consideration and interdisciplinary work (collaboration with the other 3 PhD
fellowships and teams from the healthcare and urban design domains), on how
the requirements, design insights and capabilities (e.g., visualizations,
gamification) will be incorporated.
You will report to Heri Ramampiaro.
Duties of the position
The candidate will be a member of the Information Systems and Software
Engineering research group.
The goal of this project is described above. We are seeking a highly motivated
individual that wants to excel in a research environment. Part of the main
duties and responsibilities include conducting the following tasks:
Conduct a literature review
Collect requirements from the stakeholders,
Integrating the extracted requirements into services,
Prototyping the necessary interfaces/software,
Plan and conduct empirical studies
Collect and analyze empirical data
Write up reports and research articles
Participate in the collaborative activities within the SWELL.
Required selection criteria
The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research
positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master's degree or
second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background
in Computer Science or equivalent education (with a focus on interaction
design, HCI, wearable computing, ubiquitous computing or alike) with a grade
of B or better in terms of NTNU's grading scale. Applicants with no letter
grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation.
Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if
they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education
leading to a PhD degree.
A solid knowledge on interaction design, wearable computing, ubiquitous
computing, Human-Computer Interaction or similar is essential, and a
research-oriented master thesis within one of these or related areas is
Hands-on experience with designing, and developing design interactive
Hands-on experience with conducting user studies and collecting, and
A solid knowledge on quantitative and qualitative research methods
Good programming skills
You must meet the requirements for admission to the PhD in Computer
Science (https: // www. ntnu.edu/studies/phcos)
Good written and oral English skills. Applicants 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
In extraordinary circumstances, formal documentation of language skills
can be relinquished. In such cases the candidate's language skills will be
assessed in a personal interview
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
The following qualifications will be considered as an advantage:
Relevant experience as a research assistant in research projects
Published or submitted relevant research work
Emphasis will be put on personal qualities and potential as a researcher. High
importance will also be attached to personal communication and cooperation
Excellent analytical skills
Ability to work independently as well as in teams
Strong motivation to contribute to good working and social environment
In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be
placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the
qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.
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, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is
deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
The period of employment is 3 years.
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
It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution
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 application must contain:
One-page cover letter including your motivation and how your background
would fit the position.
Information about education and relevant experience (academic CV)
Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates
Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a
or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grading
system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained
A short essay (up to 1000 words) describing their view of the main
research challenges in designing technologies to empower Human-Space
The master thesis and any other work which the applicant wishes to be
taken into account should clearly indicate the applicant's contribution
Names and contact information of at least two references
Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be
considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will
be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's
contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of
his or her contribution.
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.
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
In accordance with The Public 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.
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate
Professor Sobah Abbas Petersen, email: 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 XXX
Application deadline: 07.01.2022.
NTNU - knowledge for a better world
NTNU - knowledge for a better world
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge
for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.
Department of Computer Science
We are the leading academic IT environment in Norway, and offer a wide range
of theoretical and applied IT programmes of study at all levels. Our subject
areas include hardware, algorithms, visual computing, AI, databases, software
engineering, information systems, learning technology, HCI, CSCW, IT
operations and applied data processing. The Department has groups in both
Trondheim and Gjøvik. The Department of Computer Science is one of seven
departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical
7th January 2022
NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Fulltime (1 jobs) Fulltime (%)
Place of service
NTNU Campus Gløshaugen