PhD in Imaging Techniques for Cultural Heritage Artifacts

Gjøvik, Norway
14 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

Department of Computer Science (IDI) in Gjøvik invites applications for 3-year full time PhD/Early Stage Researcher position in Computer Science. The position will be based at the Norwegian Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory.

The recruited researchers will work in a high-level international research environment within the Colourlab, at the premises of NTNU in Gjøvik, and in close collaboration with other researchers from the CHANGE network.

During the 36-month contract, each PhD will spend maximum of 9 months in secondments/internships to the other project partners.

The candidates should participate in a rich program of organized research training activities, enabling them for a future career as scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators who can assume scientific and technological leadership in the field of visual computing, imaging techniques and conservation science.

This is a position within the EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Initial Training Network project entitled Cultural Heritage Analysis for New Generations - CHANGE

The main objective is to develop a methodology to assess and monitor any change to which Cultural Heritage artifacts are faced during their exposure to the atmosphere and their conservation treatments.

The position reports to department leader.

Job description

The recruited candidates will work on distinct but related fields of research within the CHANGE project.

The candidate is expected to work towards application of imaging techniques for change documentation and monitoring of challenging cultural heritage materials. During the research, the candidate will investigate and develop imaging techniques for (1) documentation of transparent/ translucent artefacts (films, glass, etc.) (2) develop tools for monitoring micro-macro changes in appearance of transparent/translucent cultural heritage artefacts using multimodal imaging and (3) develop methods for economic and fast digitization and processing of multimodal imaging for cultural heritage. The candidate will collaborate with the CHANGE partners and other ESRs to validate and understand the results.

Main supervisor: Sony George (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Co-supervisor: Jon Yngve Hardeberg (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and Tiziana Lombardo (Swiss National Museum)

The Ph.D./Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position is funded by the EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020, under Grant 813789 by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (MSCA-ITN)

The period of employment for the position is 3 years. All successful candidates must be able to secure a residence and work permit in Norway.

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 within the field of colour imaging, physics, computer science, electrical engineering 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. Applicants must be qualified for admission as PhD students at NTNU.

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. The university is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment practices, and we would particularly like to encourage female candidates to apply.

Other qualifications

  • Knowledge in colour and/or vision science is advantageous.
  • Programming skills in Matlab, Python, or similar programming environments.
  • Experience with cultural heritage imaging.

Eligibility for admission will be determined by considering the combination of the candidate’s academic qualifications and relevant professional experience according to the qualifications mentioned above.

Candidates who have completed their Master degree in an institution where English is not the language of instruction must present one of the following Secure English Language Test (SELT) results as follows:

  • TOEFL Internet-Based (iBT) – minimum 95 with a writing score of at least 24
  • Academic IELTS – minimum 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element
  • Advanced Cambridge Certificate at grade C or better.
  • The test results must not be older than 24 months on the date of the application deadline

Selection criteria

  • Quality of the candidate assessed through the candidate’s academic merit and relevant professional experience.
  • The candidate should also possess a sound working knowledge of quantitative & qualitative research methods, experimental design, programming and knowledge of statistical methods.

Eligibility requirements that apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researchers

  • The candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Norway for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (short stays such as holidays are not counted).
  • At the time of recruitment, the candidate must not have been awarded a doctorate degree and must be in the first 4 years of her/his research career.
  • The candidate must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract.
  • Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment.          

Personal characteristics

  • High motivation for research work and ability to work independently
  • Ability to work both individually and in a (virtual) team environment with a high level of personal responsibility, initiative and leadership skills
  • Flexibility and ability to take direction and accommodate feedback from diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce work of a consistently high standard.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to communicate effectively
  • Eager to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences.

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

  • Prestigious EU fellowship
  • Be part of a team of leading scientists in different fields of academia doing interdisciplinary research (Visual computing, Imaging techniques, Conservation science)
  • Opportunity to develop multidisciplinary research skills.
  • Excellent training programme covering research within the field of the topic covered in the PhD position.
  • Establish a professional network Internships and visits to different institutes within industry and academia.

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 449 400 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

In addition, there will be a mobility allowance gross EUR 7200 and family allowance gross EUR 6000 per annum before tax. Eligibility for receiving family allowance depends on the family status when the contract starts. Employer’s tax of 14,1% is deducted from the mobility and family allowances before paid to the candidate. National taxation rules for salaries apply as well.

The period of employment is 3 years. 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

Main supervisor Sony George, phone (+47) 92556485 or Project Coordinator Jon Yngve Hardeberg, phone (+47) 6113521.

To apply

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.

The candidates should make it clear in their cover letter which of the positions they are applying to and be spesific and relate the motivation letter and research proposal to the topic of the position. 

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certified copies of transcripts. Your motivation letter and a brief research proposal addressing the topic of the research project (2-3 pages) must also be submitted. Applicants invited for interview must present  minimum two  reference letters. Please refer to the application number CH-ESR1 when applying.

Application deadline: 15.02.2019

Starting date: September 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.

The Department of Computer Science is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

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.

Deadline 15.02.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Gjøvik
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Campus Gjøvik