PhD Position in Image Quality Assessment

Gjøvik, Norway
Thursday, 2 July 2020
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 15 August 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

A three-year PhD Position (possible four years with 25% teaching duties) is available at the Department of Computer Science in Gjøvik. The PhD Position is focused on personalized image quality assessment. In recent years image quality assessment has seen a great improvement and most, if not all, image quality metrics are designed for and tested on an imaginary average observer. Very few observers would be consistent with an average observer, and image quality metrics should therefore be designed to be adapted to each individual. The project is expected to introduce an observer-based image quality metric.  

This PhD project is in line with the state-of-the-art research performed at the Norwegian Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory.

The position reports to the Head of the Department.

Duties of the position

  • Conduct a stand-alone research project on personalized image quality assessment. 
  • Participate in the general activities of the Colourlab. 
  • Participate in the general activities of the department.
  • Complete a training component as part of the PhD of a minimum of 30 ECTS.
  • Participate in international activities such as conference attendance and/or research stays at educational institutions abroad.

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, imaging, image processing, or equivalent education 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.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Good programming knowledge and experience, preferably in MATLAB.
  • Prior knowledge or experience in one or more of the following: image quality assessment, human visual system, subjective experiments and/or deep learning.
  • Enthusiasm for leading-edge research, team spirit, and capability of independent problem-solving.
  • Good written and oral English.
  • Knowledge of Norwegian language is encouraged. 

Personal characteristics

  • Independence 
  • Well organized
  • Team player 
  • Motivated to contribute to an inclusive work 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. NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 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 three years (four years with 25% teaching duties). 

Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in computer science.  As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

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 work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

Please submit your application electronically via Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. 
Applicants must attach the following documents in one single PDF file to their application within the closing date:

  • A cover letter where the applicant describes his/her personal motivation and relevance with respect to the requirements of the advertisement.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) which includes information about the candidate’s prior education, work experience, academic merits and any scientific publications.
  • A draft research proposal (maximum three pages) for the PhD study, where the candidate presents her/his own ideas for the PhD-work and how it can be applied, based on the project description given in this advertisement.
  • This proposal will be neither final nor binding for the project.
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates. Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement, or a similar document, which describes in detail the study programme and grading system.
  • Transcripts of grades
  • Certificate of English proficiency exam (IELTS or TOEFL)
  • Names and contact information of at least two references.
  • 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.

Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Relevant certificates and diplomas must be submitted in English or a Scandinavian language. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

The city of Gjøvik has a population of 30 000 and is a town known for its rich music and cultural life. The beautiful nature surrounding the city is ideal for an active outdoor life! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

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 adopted.

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 Dr. Seyed Ali Amirshahi, email:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. 

Application deadline: 15.08.2020

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 Engineering .

Deadline 15th August 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Gjøvik
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service NTNU Campus Gjøvik