PhD Position in Interactive Urban Management

Trondheim, Norway
28 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
21 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Developing Outdoor Areas in an Urban Environment

About the position

At the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,, there is a PhD fellowship available. The candidate will be a member of the research group for project management, and the theme is holistic digitization of the building, construction and real estate industry. The research project is designed in collaboration with Bærum municipality. The project focuses on  "Interactive Urban Management"  within the built environment, and jointly with fellows in "Smart and Sustainable Property Management", "Useroriented BIM" digitization and "Smart Travel Habitats (RVU)".

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim represents academic eminence in technology and the natural sciences as well as in other academic disciplines ranging from the social sciences, the arts, medicine, teacher education, architecture to fine art. Cross-disciplinary cooperation results in innovative breakthroughs and creative solutions with far-reaching social and economic impact. 

The NTNU and Bærum kommune are preparing a new project with a focus on development of future city, especially from 3 topics: i/ Ecosystems in neighborhood: The innovation dimension; ii/ PPPP - the human dimension; iii/ Social orientation. The special attention will be on increasing quality of life through co-design, co-creation and co-ownership principles in Fornebu area.

The project proposal addresses the principles of the built environment that enable maximizing the economic, social and environmental opportunities of inhabitants, thereby laying the foundations for a prosperity and health. The core attributes of the principles discussed are open governance, value orientation and community engagement. The objective is to develop a model for sustainable urban development based on value sharing and an understanding of urban "ecosystems" as one where economic success creates societal improvements and well-being for people, commercial actors and society. The main stakeholder groups examined are users and commercial actors.

The main objective is to create an urban value ecosystem, which has people and environment as the main driving forces and urban facility manager as the main enabler and implementer. In order to meet this, we focus on innovative processes of FM professionalism extended from the building space to the urban space.

Innovation processes should be examined within: i/ urban economics to regenerate the environment (PPPP), ii/ socio-economic aspects with value orientation, iv/ individual/social aspect to inspire people to change their behavior toward sustainable lifestyle (attractiveness, identification), iv/ community engagement with digital and analogue techniques (visualization VR, gaming AR, etc.).  

The position reports to Professor Alenka Temeljotov-Salaj

Job description

  • Quantitative and Qualitative research   
  • Reporting and Scientific publishing        

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 scientific researching 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 knowledge of Urban Facility Management field
  • Good knowledge of sustainable principles
  • Good digital solutions skills
  • Good understanding of the connection between technology, process and human interaction
  • Good knowledge of the Norwegian BAE industry in general  It is positive if you have knowledge of municipal and / or public administration
  • Good oral and written presentation ability in both, one of the Scandinavian languages and English, as the position requires close attention collaboration with employees and residents in Bærum municipality

Personal characteristics

  • Team Worker
  • Ability to work independently
  • Creative

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 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 3 years without required duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Engineering 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 Alenka Temeljotov-Salaj, phone number +47 464 45 072, 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 IV-102/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 21.03.2019

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 Civil and Environmental Engineering

We conduct research and teaching in civil and transportation engineering, technical planning, structural engineering, water and wastewater engineering and hydraulic engineering. Graduates from our programmes become employees – in both the public and private sectors – with a sustainability mindset combined with competitive knowledge and skills. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 21.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Institutt for bygg- og miljøteknikk