PhD Position in Assessing 5G and Beyond as an Element of Critical Service

Trondheim, Norway
Monday, 7 June 2021
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 31 July 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

At the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology we have a vacancy for a PhD candidate in Assessing 5G and beyond as an element of critical services.

The position's working place is NTNU campus in Trondheim.

You will report to the Head of the Department.

Duties of the position

The PhD candidate will work on challenging research problems related to the use of the future 5G and beyond ICT and communication infrastructure as an integrated part of critical infrastructures and in the provision of critical services. The work will deal with design for and assessments of characteristics like dependability, security, resilience, survivability and low risks. The focus will be on unresolved system level issues. Depending on the skills of the candidate, different aspects may be emphasized.

  • Develop a research plan for the PhD dissertation and conduct research accordingly.
  • Write conference and journal papers.
  • Comply with the PhD training program of the Faculty.
  • Participate in professional communities within areas relevant to the position.
  • It is expected that you engage in ongoing parallel research activities and contribute to the research milieux.
  • You will be encouraged to have a research stay with one of the collaborating universities outside Norway during the research period.

The position is part of SFI NORCICS, the new 8-year research-based innovation Norwegian Center for Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors. These sectors include electricity production and distribution, oil & gas production and distribution, manufacturing, healthcare, industrial production, financial services, transportation, smart districts. NORCICS follows a holistic, comprehensive and systemic approach addressing people, processes and technology to protect critical sectors throughout the cybersecurity core functions (identify, protect, detect, respond, recover). NORCICS has partners from academia, research, the public sector and the industry. 

There are several PhD positions announced within the context of NORCICS. You are encouraged to apply for all positions that fit your background and interests. 

We open up for an Integrated PhD-study. Please see link for more information on integrated PhD and the requirements: Integrated PhD. Master students must be admitted to a master study at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

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

  • Networking, preferably also with insight in SDN and NFV and their related implementation technologies,
  • Information security, preferably also with insight in assessment techniques
  • Technology oriented mathematics and statistics,
  • Preferably in one or more of the topics: mathematical modelling and analysis, simulation, optimization, HW and SW design and implementation, digital economics, cybernetics, 

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.

Good written and oral English and Norwegian language skills. Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language 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.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Publication activities in the aforementioned disciplines will be considered an advantage.
  • Relevant experience in aforementioned disciplines.
  • The applicant should have good communication skills and be willing to collaborate with other researchers in the cross-disciplinary group of people connected to this project.

Personal characteristics

  • High motivation for fundamental scientific research of practical relevance is essential.
  • Well organized and with interest in wider context than own research and ability.
  • Eager to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences.
  • Flexible and reliable, with ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team, also in in a multidisciplinary setting.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 507 400 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 research within NORCICS is on the cybersecurity of critical sectors, that include critical infrastructures, and is to be performed in close collaboration with industry, including operators of critical infrastructures. As such, it is expected that persons engaged with this kind of research will, directly or indirectly, become involved with knowledge and technology of an inherently sensitive, from a cybersecurity perspective, nature. 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.

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 above. 

The application must include:

  • A short and directed cover letter (in English or Norwegian) identifying:
    • Your motivation for a PhD study
    • Your understanding and thoughts of the topics of the position
    • Why you are suited for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) with information about your prior training, exams, and work experience.
  • A short project proposal (6-8 pages), describing the tentative research goals and an initial project plan with regard to the topic of 5G as an element of critical services. The statement should also describe why you are suited for the position, and how the project relates to previous education, research and competence.
  • Names and contact information of at least three references, preferably at least two of them academic supervisors.
  • 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.
  • Copies of published or submitted papers the applicant has (co-)authored and would like taken into consideration.
  • Certified copies of transcripts and diplomas of the bachelor and master's degree. The documents have to be translated to English unless they are in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, German or English.
  • Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement (for European Master Diplomas outside Norway) or a similar document that describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree.
  • Documentation of language skills, cf. required selection criteria given above.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

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 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 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 Professor Bjarne E. Helvik, telephone +47 73 59 2667, 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 2020/44799 when applying.

Application deadline: 31.07.2021

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 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 31st July 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Campus Gløshaugen

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