Postdoctoral Position in Cognitive Service and Network Management

Gløshaugen, Norway
08 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
29 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK) has a vacancy for a position as a Postdoc at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE), in the cross-disciplinary field of cyber security. This is a researcher position aimed at providing promising postdoctoral researchers the opportunity of further academic development.

The position’s working place is in at NTNU’s campus in Trondheim and reports to the Head of Department

Main duties and responsibilities

The appointment is for a term of three years. The candidate will be concerned with design and analysis of cognitive network and service management in the context of softwareized and virtualized networks. Depending on the skills of the candidate, different aspects may be emphasized, for instance by focusing on

  • ML/AI-based and data-driven management approaches for 5G networks.
  • Use-case driven evaluation of cognitive management approaches within the 5G eco system.
  • Performance analysis and modelling of SDN/NFV-based systems.
  • Advanced service monitoring approaches provided by SDN/NFV.
  • Safety and security mechanisms for software-defined networking.

The research will be carried out as an integrated part of the networking research group and under guidance of Prof. Thomas Zinner.

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 computer science or electrical engineering or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required. Further requirements include a strong academic background at least one of the following areas

  • New network and service architectures and paradigms (5G, TSN, CCN,… ).
  • Mathematical modelling, analysis or optimization approaches in the area of software-defined networks.
  • Safety and Security aspects related to software-defined networks and virtualized network functions.
  • Data-driven/ML/AI-based network and service management for software-defined networks.

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

  • Publication activities in the aforementioned disciplines.
  • High motivation for research work and ability to work independently.
  • Good organization and communication skills with interest in wider context of own research and ability to engage in cross-disciplinary teams.
  • Eager to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences.  
  • Good written and oral English language skills.

Personal characteristics

We are searching applicants who are

  • Highly motivation for fundamental scientific research of practical relevance is essential.
  • Highly motivation for research work in a multidisciplinary way and ability to work independently.
  • Well organized and with interest in wider context of own research and ability.
  • 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

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 523 200 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.

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. 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 criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. 

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.

Questions about the position can be directed to Prof. Thomas Zinner via email to

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
  • A draft research proposal outlining a possible approach for the position (1 page).
  • CV with list of publications and other supporting documents
  • Relevant transcript of grades, diplomas, and certificates. The documents have to be translated to English unless they are in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, German or English.
  • Copies of the master thesis and the PhD thesis (in PDF), or, for those who are near to completion of their PhD, an extended abstract combined with a statement of how and when the applicant plans to complete the thesis.
  • Two letters of reference, preferably from academic supervisor(s).

Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Application deadline: 29.11.2019

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 29th November 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service NTNU Campus Gløshaugen

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