The Department of Computer Science has a vacancy for a
PhD Candidate in Sustainable Digitalization of Built Environments
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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 - Digital transformations - NTNU
About the position
This is a researcher training position aimed at providing promising researcher
recruits the opportunity of academic development in the form of a doctoral
degree. The appointment is for 3 or 4 years, where a potential 4-year contract
will include 25% dedicated to teaching.
The position is connected to the newly established project Sustainable Digital
Transformations. The PhD candidate is expected to contribute to deliverables
in this project. The academic discipline is computer-supported cooperative
work (CSCW), human-computer interaction (HCI), and information systems
(IS). Envisaged publications will be in high-quality journals within the
CSCW, HCI, IS and related disciplines. The research will be based on real-
world case studies of built environments, including homes, neighborhoods, and
cities with a focus on digitalization aspects such as sensor data, use of
algorithms and platforms and their consequences.
Qualitative research, such as case studies and action research, will be the
main type of research. The research will follow the principles of engaged
scholarship, with a focus on user involvement. The candidate will work in an
The research contained in this position must be aligned with the overall goals
of the research group at IDI. The PhD fellow is expected to cooperate with the
other members of the group to conduct empirical research and disseminate the
results in high-quality outlets selected in cooperation with the supervisors.
The candidate is required to develop and supervise master theses in relevant
research areas. The candidates with teaching duties are also required to
participate in the design and teaching of courses in related areas that are
part of IDI's educational offering.
The position reports to Head of Department.
Duties of the position
Conduct empirically grounded qualitative research on sustainable
digitalization of public spaces.
Contribute to the state of the art by developing a theoretical framework
to describe the findings and inform ongoing projects.
Publish in international conferences and journals in the relevant fields.
Contribute towards the project's deliverables, goal, and ambition.
Participate in professional communities within areas relevant to the
Participate in supervision of master students, and development and
teaching of relevant course at IDI.
Required selection criteria
You must have a professionally relevant background in CSCW, HCI and/or
Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme,
where 120 credits are obtained at master's level.
You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and
an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent
education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading
scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must
have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade
background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are
particularly suitable for a PhD education.
You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral
You must document good written and oral English language skills.
The following tests can be used as such documentation of English knowledge:
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
CAE/CPE: grade B or A.
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
As the users and participants to the research will mostly be Norwegians,
knowledge of a Scandinavian language is desired. Applicants who do not
master a Scandinavian language must provide evidence of good English
language skills, written and spoken, and attend Norwegian courses upon
their start in the position.
Experience from projects within public sector digitalization and/or smart
Understanding of and experience with applying qualitative research methods
in real-world organizations.
The ability and willingness to conduct research in a multidisciplinary
Prior scientific publications in the research fields of CSCW, HCI and
information systems will count as a big plus.
We emphasize personal suitability of the individual applicants. We are looking
for candidates who:
Are passionate about research and have a high level of curiosity and
willingness to learn.
Can document their ability to work in a team, deliver high-quality results
independently, and preferably have demonstrable leadership capabilities.
Can demonstrate analytical skills. Potential candidates will be required
to write and present an analytical text as part of their application.
Can demonstrate the ability to engage with users and beneficiaries of
Can demonstrate that they can rapidly acquire and apply knowledge in a
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. NTNU is committed
to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San
Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.
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
PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at
gross from 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 Pension Fund.
The period of employment is 3 or 4 years (4-year contracts will include 25%
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD
programme in information technology within three months of employment, and
that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment
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
on a daily basis. The position is located at NTNU's Gløshaugen campus in
About the application
The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the
assessment must be in English or in a Scandinavian language.
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:
Curriculum vitae (CV) with information about the candidate's prior
training, exams, and work experience.
Certified copies of transcripts and diplomas for the whole bachelor and
master's degree. An English translation of all education documents is
required unless the documents are in Norwegian.
A project description of 3-5 pages, including
A short presentation of the motivation for applying to this position.
How the candidate sees her/his background as suitable.
Theoretical and methodological knowledge about the research area. A sketch of important research problems and questions.
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.
PDF copies of prior publications, with associated bibliographical data.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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
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.
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Babak Farshchian,
telephone +47 73593677, email Babak.Farshchian@ntnu.no. If you have any
questions about the recruitment process, please contact xxx, e-mail: XXX.
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
2021/59033 when applying.
Application deadline: 07.01.2022
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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
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