Postdoc Fellowship in Digital Transformation

Trondheim, Norway
Wednesday, 13 October 2021
End of advertisement period
Monday, 15 November 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a postdoc position of 3 years. The position is part of the Digital Enterprise research area at the faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering ( Relevant research fields in the Digital Enterprise area are Information Systems, Management of Information Systems, Software Engineering, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, Digital Economy, and related subjects.

The focus of the position is to conduct empirical research and to support the management of the Digital Enterprise research area. The Digital Enterprise is a cross-disciplinary research and teaching area focused on developing top-class knowledge on the characteristics and challenges of digitalization in public and private organizations. It is grounded on a holistic perspective. Complementing technology-centered accounts, the Digital Enterprise area is concerned with the study of long-term and distributed processes, in which social and technical elements influence each other and the surrounding context.

The Digital Enterprise encompasses several research projects and courses at the faculty departments and relies on a tight collaboration with several partners from the private and the public sector, including welfare, municipality, the energy industry, and ICT service outsourcing.

The position reports to head of Department

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Conduct empirically grounded research on digitalization in private and public organizations
  • Perform literature reviews and be able to synthesize knowledge
  • Communicate and disseminate results to academic and non-academic stakeholders
  • Publish in international conferences and journals in the relevant fields
  • Participate in the management and coordination of the Digital Enterprise, within areas relevant to the position

Qualification requirements

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in [subject area] or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.The postdoc’s main objective is to hone and further develop research skills acquired during the PhD.

Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in Information Systems or Software Engineering (or a related area), or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation.

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, postdoctor and research assistant

Other qualifications we seek for this position are the following:

  • Proven skills in applying qualitative, quantitative, or mixed research methods in real-world organizations
  • A good, documented understanding of the relevant research fields. Experience with specific approaches such as Design Science Research will be considered as an advantage.
  • Prior scientific publications in the relevant areas
  • The ability and willingness to conduct research in a multidisciplinary setting and team.
  • Good written and oral English language skills
  • Experience from projects within national or national research projects will be considered a big advantage

As the participants and partners in the Digital Enterprise research area are mostly Norwegian, knowledge of a Scandinavian language is desired, but it is not a prerequisite. 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.

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

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to interact, also independently, with external organizations
  • Ability to deal with cross-disciplinary challenges
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly acquire knowledge in new topics
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in a team-based environment
  • Passion for uncovering new knowledge and explaining it to others

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 523 200 per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

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 criterias 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.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent, NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life ( Having a population of 200 000, Trondheim is a small city by international standards with low crime rates and little pollution. It also has easy access to a beautiful countryside with mountains and a dramatic coastline.

Questions about the position can be directed to Associate Professor Elena Parmiggiani, phone number +47 45 02 43 13, e-mail , or Head of Department John Krogstie, e-mail .

About the application:

The application must contain:

  • CV, including a list of all publications in peer-reviewed conferences and journals
  • Certified copies
  • The 3 most significant publications
  • A research statement of 3 to 5 pages.The statement must include the following sections:l
    • 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 in the research area
    • A summary of the candidate’s role and involvement in previous projects relevant for the research areas

incomplete applications will not be considered.

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. 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.

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):

Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

 Please refer to the application number 2020/1573 when applying.

Application deadline: 15.11.2021

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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 Engineering .

Deadline 15th November 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim

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