PhD in Information Security

Gjøvik, Norway
03 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK) invites applications for a PhD position in Information Security, affiliated with the Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience group.

The position is funded and aligned with the H2020 project CyberSec4Europe (Cyber Security Network of Competence Centres for Europe).

The project is jointly undertaken by 44 partners across Europe.  

The research will focus on raising cybersecurity awareness and increasing the impact of cybersecurity best practices on society.

The position reports to supervisor.

Job description

The position is funded and aligned with the H2020 project CyberSec4Europe (Cyber Security Network of Competence Centres for Europe), the focus of which is to establish and operate a pilot for a Cybersecurity Competence Network to develop and implement a common Cybersecurity Research & Innovation Roadmap for Europe.

The corresponding tasks will be aimed towards analysing and identifying efficient measures and methods for the continuous enhancement of societal security awareness in Europe, to ensure that the public is knowledgeable regarding the up-to-date security solutions, referring to private usage of digital technologies, human aspects of information security, professional practice and competence development, governance, management and achievement of results.

Special attention will be paid on raising cybersecurity awareness across industry, SMEs, and society, involving where possible end-users in piloted activities. These will be targeted primarily on supporting the European strategy behind GDPR, eIDAS, and similar regulations, while the successful candidate will also be involved in activities related with dissemination and reporting toward spreading of excellence.

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 security, and good understanding of the pedagogical, psychological, or societal aspects of information and cyber security 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, postdoctor and research assistant

Other qualifications

Excellent written and oral communication skills. Fluency in Norwegian is desirable and will be considered positively.

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.

Personal characteristics

  • capable of working independently with a problem solving mindset.
  • keen on learning and working in teams in a structured manner
  • take initiatives for personal and team growth
  • enjoy interdisciplinary research

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

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 before tax per year. 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 duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Information Security. 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 Sokratis Katsikas, +47 91138581, or Dr. Vasileios Gkioulos, +47 61135162,

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 2018/41486 when applying.

Application deadline: 20.01.2019

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.

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.

Deadline 20.01.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Gjøvik
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Campus Gjøvik