PhD Position in Service Platforms for Digital Economy

Trondheim, Norway
NOK 449 400 per annum
19 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD position in digital service platforms affiliated with the Department of Computer Science. The position will be affiliated with the information systems and software engineering group (ISSE).

Job description

The position is connected to NTNU Digital transformation project on Digital Economy (DigEco). The transformative dimension in the digital economy appears when technologies are combined with market and business models, allowing radically changing capabilities for speed, scale and scope of economic activities, transactions, products and services:

  • Making informed decisions faster, more frequently, precisely and with better quality.
  • Scale activities from a local to a global activity context.
  • Performing transactions between persons, companies and entities in a network/chain and dynamically establish the networks, value chains and links to do so.

A central if not defining aspect of digital service innovation is the role of platforms. An inherently ambiguous concept, a platform used to describe technical platforms (such as the API for Apple iOS app developers), a business model (promoting two- or multi-sided markets) or sociotechnical perspective of service-provision and -consumption.

Service platforms highlight key tenets of digital transformation: platform constitutes a new way to balance competing concerns for stability in service provision while catering for varied user demand; service innovation involves an expanding set of third party stakeholders beyond the traditional producer and consumer. There are more than one platform serving a community, resulting in completion among rather than within platforms; service platform mutate over time in response to demand.

The candidate will be part of a group of 5 PhD-students within multiple domains. The empirical setting for the PhD is not fixed. It will be either Finance, Energy (oil) or Health. All three possible domains provide vivid examples of service platforms. Examples in Finance include the trend towards ‘open’ banking driven by the PSD2 directive on mobile payment platforms; in Energy (oil), the configuration of IoT based subsea platform for exploration geologists; in Health, the ongoing tender for a new, regional ‘health platform’ (in Norwegian: Helseplattformen) or competing service platforms for sensor-based welfare technologies.

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 "Information Science" 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 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.

A master's degree in Information Systems or equivalent is required. Candidates who are close to finishing their master’s studies in one of these areas are also encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • A robust conceptual understanding of the technical, social and economical conditions fuelling the dynamics of evolving service platforms
  • A deep and relevant insight into an empirical domain (e.g. Health, Energy or Finance) exhibiting the dynamics of service platform
  • Documented skills of appropriate research methods for analysing sociotechnical dynamics and innovation.

We require excellent written and oral communication skills. Applicants who neither are native English speakers nor from Scandinavia, must provide evidence of English language proficiency by means of one of the following tests: TOEFL, Academic IELTS and Cambridge CAE or CPE. Minimum scores need to be:

  • 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.

The applicant’s suitability to hold a scientific position will be emphasized in the selection process.

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.

We offer

  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 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 4 years with 25 % required duties. Appointment to a PhD position

requires admission to the PhD programme in computer science
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.

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 Professor Eric Monteiro, e-mail:, phone: +47 95213088, or the Head of Department Professor John Krogstie, e-mail:, phone: +47 934 17 551.

For information about processing of applications, please contact Senior Executive Officer Anne Kristin Bratseth, phone +47 73596715, email

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.

  • A short (1 page) cover letter describing the applicant’s motivation for applying for this position, relevant qualifications and research interests.
  • CV including details about education and relevant experience.
  • 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 research statement on around 3 pages outlining proposed theoretical and methodological approach to the challenges raised by the Digital Economy project
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to applicant, e-mail and telephone number)

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 2018/11572 when applying.

Application deadline: 2018-11-14

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 14.11.2018
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim

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