Researcher at the Department of Computer Science

Trondheim, Norway
18 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a position as researcher at the Department of Computer Science (IDI) ( The position is connected to Excited (Excellent IT Education, which is a Centre for Excellence in Education funded by NOKUT / DIKU for the period 2016-2021. The centre is a collaboration between NTNU (host institution) and Nord University.

The Excited Centre has 6 professors / senior researchers in its core team, see,, as well as several PhD / postdoc positions, and the successful applicant will thus be part of a highly collaborative effort with high ambitions for improving IT education and achieving high prestige international publications about it. In addition to research, the successful applicant will be expected to have a leading role in the project P2, due to absence of the initial leader of that project.

Excited currently has funding until the end of 2021, but if it passes successfully its midterm evaluation, it may have funding until 2026. The employee must expect changes of work tasks, especially when the funding of Excited ends, possibly including work that involves more teaching and administration than a pure researcher position has.

Job description

The candidate will be a staff member of the Excited Centre, and the research must be aligned with the centre goals and deliverables. The centre aims to improve IT education in the partner universities, through innovative learning methods, software tools and digital resources, to evaluate learning interventions scientifically, and to disseminate the centre's activities and results as widely as possible. Some possible (but not exclusive) research topics may be:

  • Innovative approaches to teaching big introductory classes in CS courses.
  • Technology-enhanced learning to increase student motivation and engagement.
  • Novel ways of formative and summative assessment, as well as, self- and peer-assessment; automated ways of measuring student progress.
  • Problem- and project-based learning and capstones projects in computing education.
  • Learning analytics to provide reflection/guidance to students and teachers.

The employee’s responsibility will include the following tasks:

  • Participation in research on the current learning and teaching quality of the educations involved in the center, definition, execution and evaluation of novel learning approaches.
  • Taking a leading role in Excited projects (most likely P2) and scientific evaluation activities.
  • Publication of the results from these studies, mostly as peer-reviewed publications to high quality journals and conferences, but also as popular dissemination and reporting material to DIKU.
  • Supervision of master students whose thesis topic have synergy with the employee’s research.
  • If teaching duty is included, teaching and assessment of appropriate courses in the Department’s portfolio.

Qualification requirements

A doctoral degree at least level with a Norwegian PhD is required. The degree should be in one of the following fields:

  • Computer science, informatics, IT education, IT didactics, or similar. OR
  • Pedagogics, learning psychology, or similar.

A PhD in a somewhat different field may also be acceptable if the candidate has already demonstrated research competence and publications in IT education / didactics. Candidates who are close to finishing a PhD may also apply – however, applicants without a PhD will only be considered if they have a particularly good match with project needs, in terms of very relevant research background in IT education and/or pedagogy.

More generally, the following competencies are required:

  • Demonstrated research capability via a strong publications record.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. For candidates who are neither native speakers of English nor of a Scandinavian language, the following tests can be used as documentation for English skills: TOEFL, Academic IELTS, Cambridge CAE or 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 ILTS test accepted)
  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

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

The gross salary for the position of researcher (code 1109) is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 515 200 – 682 200 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. The gross salary for the position of Researcher (code 1108) is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 435 500 – 607 700. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

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

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.

The application must contain:

  • A cover letter including an explanation of how your research interests and background would fit the position.
  • Information about education and relevant experience (academic CV).
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates. (Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to attach a diploma supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree.)
  • A short research statement (up to 2000 words) describing the applicant's view of what the main research challenges are for Innovative IT Didactics, and what the applicant specifically envisions to contribute to the research in the Excited centre.
  • Information about educational experience, including teaching experience. See "Documentation of an applicant’s pedagogical qualifications":
  • At least 2 publications.
  • Names and contact information of at least two references

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

Questions about the position can be directed to centre leader Professor Guttorm Sindre, e-mail:, phone +47 73594479, or Head of the department Professor John Krogstie, email: .

For information about processing of applications, please contact Senior Executive Officer Anne Kristin Bratseth, phone +47 73 59 67 15, e-mail:

About the application:

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

Please refer to the application number 2018/37528 when applying.

Application deadline: 2018-11-13

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 13.11.2018

Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Trondheim