PhD Position in Multi-User, Multi-Device, and Multi-Service Coordination

Gjøvik, Norway
17 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
10 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

At the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology we have a vacancy for a PhD Candidate in the topic of Multi-User, Multi-Device, and Multi-Service Coordination in a Digital Homecare Environment.

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

The position's working place is NTNU campus in Gjøvik.

You will report to the Head of the Department.

Duties of the position

The PhD candidate will work on challenging research problems related to technical coordination of an open homecare environment with its cybersecurity context when the hospital-centralized healthcare services are migrating towards municipality and home oriented future services. This includes research on (1) abstracting cybersecurity threats and defense models for a complex and open homecare environment, and (2) developing efficient technical and non-technical security and privacy controls in order to structure the open healthcare environment in a trusted way including protecting the users’ privacy in a multi-sensor context. 

Other duties include:  

  • Collaborating closely with researchers and IT / security staffs from the Oslo university hospital, the inland hospital trust, and inland region municipalities and welfare technology industry towards the PhD research objectives 
  • Collaborating with international, national and local remote healthcare service innovation teams in testing and converting the research results to practical applications and commercialization  
  • Contributing to NTNU CCIS eHealth and Welfare Security group and NORCICS’ research and innovation initiatives 

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in cryptography and communication security. 
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, 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
  • Academic background as listed above 
  • Excellent English language skills (written and oral)

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

  • Knowledge and skills in cryptographic tools, communications security, and IoT security analysis from practical scenarios 
  • Knowledge about wireless communication protocols and their use in connecting medical / care / welfare sensors and devices  
  • Knowledge and practical experience about health information system, health data sharing, HL7 and other health standards (e.g., FHIR)
  • Experience in research and development of e-health and welfare applications 
  • Experience of project development and collaboration with external partners

Personal characteristics

  • Be scientifically curious, open and proactive to respond to new research challenges
  • Demonstrate independence and persistence in addressing technical problems
  • Be flexible and reliable, with ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
  • Critical thinking and challenging the status with research integrity  
  • Be efficient in self management in progressing research and multiple projects in parallel  

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017 and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 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 period of employment is 3 years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Information Security 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.

The position is co-funded by the two RCN’s IKTPLUSS projects Health Democratization and DigiRemote, RFF-Innlandet research project Internet of My Things, and NTNU Department of Information Security and Communication Technology. The position is also supposed to contribute to the SFI NORCICS in the task of Distributed Care Demonstration.

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:

  • A short and directed cover letter (in English or Norwegian) identifying: 
    • Your motivation for a PhD study
    • Your understanding and thoughts of topics of the position
    • Why you are suited for the position.
  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 works)
  • Name and contacts of three references

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.

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.

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 Gjøvik has a population of 30 000 and is a town known for its rich music and cultural life. The beautiful nature surrounding the city is ideal for an active outdoor life! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

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 Bian Yang, telephone +47 61135486, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Katrine Rennan e-mail:

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).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2021/60466 when applying.

Application deadline: 10.01.2022

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 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 10th January 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Gjøvik Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service NTNU Campus Gjøvik

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