PhD Candidate Within the Research Project the Lean Digitalization Paradox

Trondheim, Norway
Oct 25, 2019
End of advertisement period
Nov 13, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

There is a temporary position available at the department as PhD candidate in Industrial Economics and Technology Management for a period of 3 years. The position is resident at NTNUs campus in Trondheim. This is an educational position, which will provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a PhD degree.

The position is connected to the PhD program at the Faculty of Economics and Management and the faculty will be your employer.

The department is organized into six sections:

  • Managerial Economics, Finance and Operations Research
  • Health, Safety and Environment Management
  • Strategy and Business Development
  • Operations Management
  • Experts in Teamwork
  • Section of Economics and management (Campus Gjøvik)

Main duties and responsibilities

The PhD position is related to the research project The Lean Digitalization Paradox, founded by the Research Council of Norway and five Norwegian production companies. The project mandate is to develop theoretical contributions and managerial guidelines for digitalization of Norwegian production industry based on lean management principles.

The project has several work packages, and the PhD-position is connected to two of them; “paradoxes in organizational design” and “paradoxes in planning”. The research is expected to be in the interface between these areas or with a main focus on one of them. This means that the candidate is expected to work with problems concerning digitalization processes in planning and supply chain integration and organizational theory as organization design, development or work distribution. The PhD candidate will belong to the research group Operations Management and have a close collaboration with the research project team.

The Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management aims to contribute with valuable research on an international level. The department will facilitate international activities as exchange and collaboration with other universities internationally and participation at international conferences.

Qualification requirements

  • 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 Industrial Economics and Technology Management 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 position requires excellent English oral and writing skills, and some Scandinavian language skills would be preferable.
  • The candidate should have knowledge (or even experience) concerning Norwegian or Scandinavian industry and work life.

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

Incomplete applications will not be considered. This also applies to applications from candidates originating from countries covered by ITAR or “Electronic Code of Federal Regulations

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

Personal characteristics

Personal qualifications contributing the research team will be appreciated as well as characteristics as independence, work capacity, enthusiasm and social skills benefiting the work environment for the PhD candidates and in general.

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.

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Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years without required teaching duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Faculty of Economics and Management, Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management (

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.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

About the application

The application must include:

  1. Application letter concerning your motivation for completing a PhD
  2. A short project proposal describing thematically problems, theories, methods and means linked to the two work packages
  3. A CV with information on education, previous research experience, together with authorized documentation of certificates and study records.
  4. Academic work (not master thesis). Joint work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a joint piece of work, applicants should enclose a short descriptive summary of what she/he contributed to the work.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates.

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.

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.

Questions about the position can be directed to Associate Professor Marte Daae-Qvale Holmemo ( or Professor Heidi C. Dreyer (

Application deadline: November 13th 2019.

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 Industrial Economics and Technology Management

We conduct research and teaching at an international level in the interface between technology/natural sciences and economics, management, and HSE (health, safety and the environment). Our goal is sustainable creation of value within technology-based areas in industry, business and the public sector in Norway. We have academic groups in Trondheim and Gjøvik. The Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management is one of four departments in the Faculty of Economics and Management.

Deadline 13th November 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim