Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Next-Generation Learning Techniques and Secure Data Processing

Trondheim, Norway
02 Jun 2023
End of advertisement period
06 Aug 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

The Department of Electronic Systems has a vacancy for one postdoctoral researcher in statistical machine learning and signal processing. The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions. The successful candidate will be offered a two-year appointment. The position reports to the Head of the Department of Electronic Systems. The workplace will be Trondheim.

Are you a highly motivated researcher with expertise in signal processing, wireless communications, and statistical machine learning? If so, we invite you to apply for our postdoctoral researcher position within the COPS project: Comprehensive Privacy and Security in IoT/CPS.  As a member of our team, you will have the opportunity to work on ground-breaking research topics such as secure and privacy-preserving learning, federated and meta-learning, and resource-efficient approaches for distributed inference, with a specific focus on wireless communications. You will be part of a collaborative environment, working alongside accomplished researchers, and have access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources.  Take the first step and apply now, embarking on a transformative postdoctoral experience where you can make a significant impact in the realms of distributed machine learning and inference, IoT/CPS, privacy, and security.

Duties of the position

As a valued team member, you will collaborate closely with Prof. Stefan Werner on cutting-edge research projects focusing on artificial intelligence, trustworthy decentralized inference, and innovative machine-learning techniques specifically tailored for emerging communication systems. Furthermore, you will be able to guide and mentor students while conducting independent research and publishing papers in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals.

We are specifically looking for candidates who possess a deep passion for research and demonstrate the potential to excel in various cutting-edge research areas within emerging IoT/CPS. These areas encompass meta-learning for heterogeneous systems, networked federated learning, privacy-preserving machine learning, Byzantine-resilient learning, and robust resource-efficient distributed optimization. The primary objective is to develop an adaptive learning framework that maximizes the utilization of previous tasks and experiences to enhance learning efficiency, generalization, and adaptability in heterogeneous systems. This involves developing secure and efficient distributed learning techniques, leveraging concepts such as few-shot and transfer learning, to ensure privacy protection, counter malicious attacks, leverage prior knowledge for improved learning outcomes, and optimize resource allocation in IoT and wireless systems. 

As an independent and self-motivated researcher, you will be able to collaborate with scientists from international partner institutions and contribute to groundbreaking research in your expertise. So don't miss out on this exciting opportunity – apply now! The best-qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. 

Required selection criteria

We are seeking a highly motivated and independent candidate passionate about contributing to innovative research in their field of expertise. To be considered for the postdoctoral researcher position, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a Norwegian doctoral degree or a foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD.
  • Have a professionally relevant background in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, or another relevant discipline.
  • Have a Ph.D. thesis related to statistical machine learning, optimization, signal processing for wireless communications, applied mathematics.
  • Demonstrate substantial research experience documented with peer-reviewed scientific papers (at least one IEEE Transactions).

A good command of the English language (spoken and written) is also required. The candidate should have submitted the Ph.D. thesis for assessment by the application deadline.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.

Preferred selection criteria

  • A strong interest in learning and performing the tasks of a more senior academic position, i.e., supervising and developing publications with Ph.D. students.
  • Excellent coding skills (MATLAB, Python).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication in English.

Personal characteristics

The successful candidates should be:

  • Creative and innovative.
  • Independent, persistent, and self-motivated in addressing technical problems.
  • Flexible and reliable, with the ability to work efficiently independently and as part of a team.
  • Committed with respect to deadlines.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 563 500 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 two (2) years. 

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 on a daily basis.

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. Therefore, you should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out above. 

If you, for any reason, 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:

  • Application letter describing your motivation, relevant experience, skills, and qualifications.
  • CV, certificates, and diplomas.
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees. If you have not yet completed your Ph.D, you must provide confirmation on your estimated date for the doctoral dissertation, or that your PhD thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the doctoral thesis. If you are close to submitting, or have recently submitted your thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed doctoral degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Complete list of publications.
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (maximum ten publications).
  • Research plan for the position (top 2 pages).
  • Name and contact information of three referees.

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. 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 

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality

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. 

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please get in touch with Professor Stefan Werner (email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Lars Arne Hassel e-mail:

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

Application deadline: 28.07.23



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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Electronic Systems

The digitalization of Norway is impossible without electronic systems. We are Norway’s leading academic environment in this field, and contribute with our expertise in areas ranging from nanoelectronics, phototonics, signal processing, radio technology and acoustics to satellite technology and autonomous systems. Knowledge of electronic systems is also vital for addressing important challenges in transport, energy, the environment, and health. The Department of Electronic Systems is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 6th August 2023
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Campus Gløshaugen

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