Postdoctoral Position in Cyber Security and Resilience of Critical Infrastructures

Gjøvik, Norway
19 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Gjøvik ( invites applications for a postdoctoral position affiliated with the Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience group (CISaR). The position is funded and aligned with a number of research projects in the area of cyber security and resilience of critical infrastructures, funded by the EU and/or national sources.

The period of employment for this position is for 3 years.

The position reports to the Head of Department.

Main duties and responsibilities

The successful candidate will work on issues of cyber security and resilience of critical infrastructures in different domains and application areas including, but not limited to, cyber security of smart home IoT applications; cyber security of medical devices; cyber security and resilience of demand-response management systems in the power infrastructure; and trusted distributed storage of digital evidence metadata.

Qualification requirements

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in Information Security, or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

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

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

Other qualifications

  • Strong background in information/cyber security.
  • Strong research background within at least one of the aforementioned fields.
  • Strong programming and modelling skills.
  • 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.
  • An applicant with fluency (oral and written) in one of the Scandinavian languages would be preferred when other conditions are equal.

Personal characteristics

  • Motivation for fundamental scientific research of practical relevance.
  • Be capable of working independently, and have a problem solving mindset.
  • Be keen on learning and working in teams in a structured manner.
  • Be able and willing to 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

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 563 700 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.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.

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

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.

For further information please contact Professor Sokratis Katsikas, phone number: +47 91138581, e-mail:, or Dr Vasileios Gkioulos, phone number: +47 61135162, 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.

The application must contain

  • A cover letter (1 page) explaining your motivation and how your skills and experience relate to the research focuses of the position applied for
  • A draft research proposal outlining a possible approach for each position applied for (1 page per position).
  • CV with a list of publications and English language test scores or other supporting documents (as proof of the candidates’ study and language abilities)
  • Relevant transcripts of grades, diplomas, and certificates
  • A description of M.Sc. work (1 page)
  • Two letters of reference, preferably from academic supervisor(s).

Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Application deadline : 30.09.2019

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 Information Security and Communication Technology

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

Deadline 30th September 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Gjøvik Trondheim
omfang Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service NTNU Gjøvik

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