The Department of Computer Science at NTNU has a vacancy for a
PhD position in Sustainable Digitalization of Welfare Services
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focus in professional education. The university is located in three cities
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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
We have a vacancy for a PhD position in sustainable digitalization of welfare
services at the Department of Computer Science, NTNU. For a position as a PhD
candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained
For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education
up to an obtained 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 disciplines are Computer-Supported Cooperative
Work (CSCW) and Information Systems (IS). Envisaged publications will be
in high-quality journals within the CSCW, IS, and related disciplines. The
research will be based on real-world case studies from the Norwegian welfare
sector, with a focus on digital transformation in welfare and labour-related
organizations at the national and local (e.g., municipality) level, such as
the development and adoption of digital portals for citizen services, data
platforms, and Artificial Intelligence-infused algorithms to support decision
making case management.
The research will be based on qualitative research strategies, such as case
studies, ethnography, and action research. The research will follow the
principles of engaged scholarship, with a focus on user involvement. The
candidate will work in an interdisciplinary group including IT, welfare, and
social science researchers. The research contained in this position must be
aligned with the overall goals of the research group.
You will report to the head of department.
Duties of the position
Conduct high-quality and empirically grounded qualitative research on
sustainable digitalization in welfare organizations.
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.
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.
Participate in professional communities within areas relevant to the
The candidates with teaching duties are also required to participate in
supervision of master students, and development and teaching of relevant
course at the department.
Required selection criteria
You must have a professionally relevant background in CSCW and/or
Information Systems applied to healthcare services.
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 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, but it is not a pre-
requisite. 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.EP1
Prior publications in relevant disciplines will be considered an
Knowledge of a Scandinavian language will be considered an advantage.
demonstrated ability to quickly acquire knowledge in new topics.
ability to communicate and include additional stakeholders in research.
ability to interact, also independently, with external organizations.
ability to work independently but also in a team.
commitment and delivery with respect to deadlines.
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 for 3 years or 4 with teaching duties.
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 include:
CV, certificates and diplomas
transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have
not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the
master's thesis has been submitted.
A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your
master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a
completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
A research plan of 3-5 pages, including a short presentation of the
motivation for a PhD study, suitability for the position and the
applicant's view towards listed research challenges as well as the
theoretical and methodological approach to the challenges.
Name and address of three referees
If you have publications or other relevant research work
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
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 Elena Parmiggiani , telephone +47 45024313, email
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.
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
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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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