PhD Position in Advance Machine Learning for Fingerprint Presentation Attack Detection

Gjøvik, Norway
Wednesday, 5 May 2021
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

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About the position

A three-year PhD position is available at the Institute of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK), NTNU, Gjøvik in the field of Fingerprint Presentation Attack Detection (also known as spoofing attack detection). The primary focus of research activities includes the development of advance machine learning algorithms to achieve the scalable, generalisable and reliable presentation attack detection algorithms for fingerprints especially on the secure elements. The focus of research will be, but is not limited to, the following: 

  • Conduct literature study and experimental research, perform fingerprint data collection with the custom sensors, generation/creation of Presentation Attack instruments (PAI), analysis and reporting. 
  • Investigating novel approaches for fingerprint presentation attack detection using advance machine learning and deep learning techniques.
  • Perform theoretical and experimental interdisciplinary research when it is applicable for the application.

This PhD project is in line with the  research activities performed at the Norwegian Biometrics Laboratory (NBL) and is closely linked to the Innovation Project for the Industrial Sector named OffPAD” - Optimising balance between high security and usability sponsored from Norwegian Research Council, Norway.  

The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers in this project consortia and can benefit from the research and collaborative training activities. 

The position reports to the Prof. Dr. Raghavendra Ramachandra and Prof. Dr. Christoph Busch.

Duties of the position

  • Conduct an individual and independent research activities addressing the focus areas mentioned above.
  • Complete a training component as part of the PhD of a minimum of 30 ECTS.
  • Participate in the general activities of the project, NBL and department.
  • Participate in international activities such as conference attendance, contribution to technical committee meetings (like  ISO), contribute to regular project meetings and deliverables and 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 that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in Computer Science 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.

In addition, the candidate must have:

  • Excellent knowledge in Biometrics, fingerprint presentation attack detection, applied machine learning and deep learning. Publications in biometric / biometric presentation attack detection in reputed conference (IJCB, ICB, CVPR, ICIP, ICPR, ICCV) and journals (IEEE transactions, PR, PRL, etc.) is an addended value.
  • Good programming knowledge and experience in Python, Deep learning tools, Matlab or similar programming environments.
  • Excellent communication skills in written and oral English.

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

  • Prior knowledge and documented experience in: Biometrics, presentation attack detection, fingerprint biometrics, deep learning, machine learning and statics.
  • Knowledge in quantitative & qualitative research methods, experimental design, applied mathematics, statistical methods, applied machine learning and optimization.
  • Enthusiasm for research, teamwork, and capability of independent problem-solving and ability to work independently.
  • Good written and oral English.

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to work both individually and in a (virtual) team environment and a high level of personal responsibility.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce work of a consistently high standard.
  • High motivation for research work and ability to work independently and well organized
  • Eager to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 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 years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Information Security and Communication Technology 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 work.

The position is subject to external funding.

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. Please submit your application electronically via Jobbnorge website. Applications submitted elsewhere/incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants must upload the following documents 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) within this field of Fingerprint presentation attack detection for the PhD study. The research proposal must clearly discuss the challenges, research questions and possible technical approach for the same. Applications without research proposal will not be evaluated.
  • Demonstration of coding skill with a link to GITHUB.
  • 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 program and grading system.
  • Transcripts of grades. Translation of the grades is required if the original is not in English.
  • Certificate of English proficiency exam
  • 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. 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.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

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 Prof. Dr. Raghavendra Ramachandra email: If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Stine Terese Ruen Nymoen, e-mail:

Please submit your application electronically via 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 2021/20071 when applying. 

Application deadline: 30.06.2021.

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Department of Information Security and Communication Technology

Research is vital to the security of our society. We teach and conduct research in cyber security, information security, communications networks and networked services. Our areas of expertise include biometrics, cyber defence, cryptography, digital forensics, security in e-health and welfare technology, intelligent transportation systems and malware. The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 30th June 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Gjøvik
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Campus Gjøvik