Researcher within Data Privacy and Protection

Trondheim, Norway
22 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
05 Oct 2020
2020/ 27645
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

At the department of information security and communication technology, we have a vacancy for a  researcher at the Multidisciplinary Research group on Privacy
and Data Protection at IIK.

The position creates an opportunity for more collaboration with other research disciplines such as management, law, policymaking in addition to having a focus on privacy and data protection methodologies and approaches.

The position's working place is NTNU campus in Gjøvik and reports to the Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • Delivering high quality privacy-preserving and data protection frameworks for information systems that take in account the current and emerging EU and global regulatory requirements such as GDPR. 
  • Developing/enhancing privacy and data protection by design methods/ procedure/ technique/ practices to incorporate privacy principles, requirements, and controls to systems design.
  • Building proactive and effective relationships with cross-disciplinary including major regulatory agencies (LEAs), law researchers, ethics and philosophy, economics and technology etc. to ensure that privacy and data protection are addressed technologically taking in consideration legal, ethical and social challenges and norms and rules of protection.
  • Contributing to the development of research and education in the group and IIK by leading and supporting new research and innovation.
  • Working on developing national and international projects of high quality e.g. NFR (The Research Council of Norway), Horizon2020.Participating as an active member of IIK activities. 

Required selection criteria

  • A degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Computer Science, information technology, interdisciplinary PhD (intersection between law and computer science) or equivalent
  • Extensive knowledge and solid understanding of EU privacy and data protection regulations such as (not limited to) GDPR. 
  • Significant experience in integrating law and policy compliance into the system/software development process.
  • Experience in work on privacy and data protection impact assessments as well as privacy and data protection threat modelling.
  • Experience with having taken responsibility in EU projects related to data protection and privacy.
  • Experience with having developed research project proposals e.g. EU, NFR.
  • Publications in data protection and privacy in credible journals and conferences
  • Being able to attend and present at national and international meetings 
  • Being able to travel frequently
  • Good written and oral English language skills 

Preferred selection criteria

  •  PhD and\or postdoc in areas related to data privacy and protection
  • Knowledge of privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs).
  • Knowledge of privacy engineering in AI and robotics technologies.
  • Knowledge of Privacy and data protection training and education for citizens and organizations

Personal characteristics

  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a broad range of privacy and data protection matters and technologies. 
  • Initiative taking and self-starter who works well with minimal supervision andshows excellent judgement about when to look to managers and teammates for guidance, and when and how to communicate with diverse stakeholders.
  • Team player with a proven track record of building cross-functional relationships and ability to work in an international research team.
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills, both written and verbal persuasiveness and strong influential skills. 
  • Eager to learn with a high desire to perform and disseminate high-quality research

We offer

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of researcher (code 1109) is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 542 400 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund,

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

The position is subject to external funding 

It is a prerequisite that you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily. 

About the application

The application and supporting documentation must be in English.

Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result. 

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas 
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works) 
  • A description of the academic/artistic works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be considered in the assessment 
  • Name and address of three referees 
  • Research plan 
  • Details of teaching qualifications based on "Documentation of applicant’s teaching qualifications in connection with appointment to an academic position at NTNU” 
  • Details of the projects you have managed, with information about funding, duration and size 

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA. This means that we pay special attention to the quality and professional breadth of these works. We also consider experience from research management and participation in research projects. We place great emphasis on your scientific work from the last five years.

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.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted. 

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.   

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Sule Yildirim Yayilgan,  e-mail: If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact our recruitment team at the faculty:

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with reference number: 2020/ 27645

Application deadline: 05.10.2020

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 defense, 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 5th October 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Gjøvik