Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Economics and Sustainable ICT

Trondheim, Norway
08 Nov 2021
End of advertisement period
01 Dec 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position 

At the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology, there is a vacancy for a Postdoctoral position in Digital Economics and Sustainable ICT.

A prospective candidate is expected to carry out research in the field of digital economics, sustainable ICT, circular economy and Corporate Social Responsibility.The postdoctoral position is a research position, but some teaching can also be part of the workload.

The successful candidate will be offered a two-years position. 

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

Duties of the position

The objective of the postdoctoral position is to further develop and strengthen the research on sustainable ICT and innovative business models.

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the development of cross-disciplinary knowledge of the relationship between innovative ICT technologies, sustainable business model and digital society challenges. Correspondingly, the candidate is expected to perform research in areas related to digital transformation and sustainable innovation and publish his/her work in international publication channels. 

As part of the postdoctoral position's duties, the candidate is expected to work in close research collaboration with existing research groups at the Faculty and participate in writing applications for new research projects.

Required selection criteria

A postdoctoral research fellowship is a qualification position in which the main objective is the qualification for work in academic positions. You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in economics, computer science, business management, or equivalent, and competences in digital economics and sustainable ICT or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

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 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, post doctor and research assistant .

Preferred selection criteria

The research profile of the person shall have a focus on the interplay between digital economics, ICTs and sustainable development, specifically on economic viable, new deployments of innovative ICT technologies to reduce environmental impact, which invokes the need for a thorough understanding of the technology, societal impact, application potential of innovative ICT technologies and institutional environment in which technology applications are developed and adopted.

The ideal candidate for the position should have expertise in ICT markets, innovative business models, policy and regulation, including digital transformation and the European Green Deal policies and knowledge on the role of ICT to achieve the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals.

Moreover, the candidate should have knowledge on methods of assessing the direct and indirect impact of ICT systems on energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and on the rebound effects generated by information and communication technologies.

We are seeking a candidate with a solid academic background in one or several of the following areas:

  • Digital business models and sustainable business ecosystem
  • Digital economics, including network effect analysis and value modelling
  • Innovations theories
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Sustainable Product-Service Systems / Circular Economy
  • Digital markets, including modelling market behaviour, dynamics, and regulations

Further, the research profile of the person shall match the core research and competencies of the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology.

Personal characteristics

The applicant should:

  • Enjoy working in a team-based environment but also be able to conduct independent activities and thinking
  • Have a problem-solving attitude
  • Have an inquisitive nature and enjoy cross-disciplinary challenges
  • Possess good interpersonal skills and be willing to engage in and contribute to the everyday academic and social environment at the department. 

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

The employment period is for 2 years and is expected to start in the first half of 2022. 

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 574 700  per annum before tax, 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. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

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

About the application 

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. 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. 

The application must include: 

  • Curriculum vitae (CV).
  • A cover letter (1 page) explaining your motivation and how your background, skills and experience are relevant for the position
  • Research statement (max. 3 pages) detailing the candidate’s research interests and initial research directions for the given description of the position.
  • A copy of 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.
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 works).
  • Contact information for 2 reference persons.
  • 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.
  • Attachments of any other relevant documents (e.g., awards).

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 evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

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

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. Women are particularly encouraged to apply. We also point to the recently started project IDUN: from PhD to professor at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE) in this respect.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.  

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. 

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.

Questions about the position can be directed to Iwona Windekilde, Associate Professor email:

Questions about the recruitment process can be directed to Katrine Rennan, Senior Executive Officer email:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).  

Please refer to the application number 2021/7739 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.12.2021

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 1st December 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Campus Gløshaugen

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