Phd Fellowship in Optimizing the Quality of Online Education Within Information Technology

Trondheim, Norway
06 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Computer Science has a vacancy for a PhD-position in optimizing the quality of online education within information technology.

About the position

The aim of the PhD-project is to define a framework for optimizing online education within applied informatics with focus on programming courses as a case study.

The candidate will review the state of art literature on computer supported collaborative learning, perform studies and carry out experiments to assess the perceived education quality and how to improve it.

The ideal candidate should therefore be interested in programming, team dynamics and teaching methods.

The position reports to Head of Group (Applied Information Technology), Monica Storvik.

The position reports to John Krogstie

Job description

The research fellow will be associated with the Applied Information Technology research group at the Department of Computer Science and the Centre for Excellent IT Education EXCITED. The candidate will design a research project pertaining to the groups’ interest in IT education methods. 

The completion of a PhD program at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology requires accepted publications at accredited journals and conferences. The candidate is thus expected to review the teaching methods literature and advance the scientific knowledge in the field of online learning.   

The main activities are literature review, data gathering, data analysis, assessment of various methods and finally dissemination through peer-reviewed journals.

Qualification requirements

PhD candidate:

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 [subject area] 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

  • Good written and oral skills in English.
  • For foreign applicants, the motivation to learn Norwegian is encouraged and courses are offered by the university.
  • Keen interest in programming and instructional methods for online learning.

Personal characteristics

We are looking for a person who

  • Works independently and in team.
  • Has strong collaborative skills.
  • Is motivated to contribute to a good working environment.

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

Salary and conditions

PhD candidate:

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 4 years with teaching duties equvivalent to 25%. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in [subject area] (Link to website, if applicable). 

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 Associate Professor Ali Alsam, phone number +47 46793421, e-mail or Associate Professor Knut Arne Strand, phone number +47 93241039, e-mail, or the Head of the Department Professor John Krogstie, 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.

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 2018/4863 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.03.2019

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 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 01.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim

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