NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - NTNU

PhD Position in Sustainable Digitalization of Welfare Services

Location
Trondheim, Norway
Posted
23 Nov 2021
End of advertisement period
07 Jan 2022
Ref
215860
Contract Type
Temporary
Hours
Full Time

Research Collaboration Sustainability

In 2015, the 2030 agenda with the 17 sustainability goals was adopted by all UN member states. The sustainability goals see the environment, economy and social development in context. The time horizon for necessary changes is short, and it is challenging to combine different considerations without conflicts of objectives and unintended consequences of measures

NTNU is now announcing 43 individual PhD positions that will contribute to a greater understanding of system effects, societal changes and conflicts of interest related to the sustainability challenges. These positions are divided into 9 interdisciplinary projects with mainly 4-7 PhD positions in each project. Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research - Calls - NTNU

In this position, the candidate is expected to cooperate with the other PhD students in the project Sustainability - Digital transformations - NTNU

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD position in sustainable digitalization of welfare services at the Department of Computer Science, NTNU. For a position as a PhD candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.  

The appointment is for 3 or 4 years, where a potential 4-year contract will include 25% dedicated to teaching.

The position is connected to the newly established project Sustainable Digital Transformations. The PhD candidate is expected to contribute to deliverables in this project. The academic disciplines are Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Information Systems (IS). Envisaged publications will be in high-quality journals within the CSCW, IS, and related disciplines. The research will be based on real-world case studies from the Norwegian welfare sector, with a focus on digital transformation in welfare and labour-related organizations at the national and local (e.g., municipality) level, such as the development and adoption of digital portals for citizen services, data platforms, and Artificial Intelligence-infused algorithms to support decision making case management.

The research will be based on qualitative research strategies, such as case studies, ethnography, and action research. The research will follow the principles of engaged scholarship, with a focus on user involvement. The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary group including IT, welfare, and social science researchers. The research contained in this position must be aligned with the overall goals of the research group.

You will report to the head of department.

Duties of the position

  • Conduct high-quality and empirically grounded qualitative research on sustainable digitalization in welfare organizations.
  • Contribute to the state of the art by developing a theoretical framework to describe the findings and inform ongoing projects.
  • Publish in international conferences and journals in the relevant fields.
  • Contribute towards the project’s deliverables, goal, and ambition.
  • Cooperate with the other members of the group to conduct empirical research and disseminate the results in high-quality outlets selected in cooperation with the supervisors.
  • Participate in professional communities within areas relevant to the position.
  • The candidates with teaching duties are also required to participate in supervision of master students, and development and teaching of relevant course at the department.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in CSCW and/or Information Systems applied to healthcare services.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program.
  • You must document good written and oral English language skills.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • As the users and participants to the research will mostly be Norwegians, knowledge of a Scandinavian language is desired, but it is not a pre-requisite. Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken, and attend Norwegian courses upon their start in the position.[EP1] 
  • Prior publications in relevant disciplines will be considered an advantage.
  • Knowledge of a Scandinavian language will be considered an advantage.

Personal characteristics

  • demonstrated ability to quickly acquire knowledge in new topics.
  • ability to communicate and include additional stakeholders in research.
  • ability to interact, also independently, with external organizations.
  • ability to work independently but also in a team.
  • commitment and delivery with respect to deadlines.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 491 200 per annum, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is for 3 years or 4 with teaching duties.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Computer Science within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period

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:  

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • A research plan of 3-5 pages, including a short presentation of the motivation for a PhD study, suitability for the position and the applicant’s view towards listed research challenges as well as the theoretical and methodological approach to the challenges. 
  • Name and address of three referees
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

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 and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

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. 

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.

In accordance with The Public 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 Elena Parmiggiani, telephone +47 45024313, email parmiggi@ntnu.no

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no 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).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. 

Application deadline: 07.01.2022

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 Computer Science 

We are the leading academic IT environment in Norway, and offer a wide range of theoretical and applied IT programmes of study at all levels. Our subject areas include hardware, algorithms, visual computing, AI, databases, software engineering, information systems, learning technology, HCI, CSCW, IT operations and applied data processing. The Department has groups in both Trondheim and Gjøvik. The Department of Computer Science is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 7th January 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service NTNU Campus Gløshaugen

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