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Researcher (with/without PhD degree) in Communication Technology with focus on 5G/Beyond 5G

Trondheim, Norway
Closing date
15 Apr 2025

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About the Job

The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK) has a vacancy for an 18 month’s position as Researcher in Communications Technology and Networking. 5G technology has been promoted as a solution for many diverse use-cases and application scenarios. Technologies like slicing, softwarization, multi-edge computing, massive MIMO and 5G new radio allow to tailor the technical system to support the requirements of various use-cases over a single platform. While we have been working for more than 10 years on this technology, there is still limited experience and access to real-world 5G deployments. Accordingly, there exists a lot of unclearness about the prospects and capabilities of 5G technology, the different releases, and available commercial and non-commercial implementations. Potential adopters of the technology face key challenges on which deployment options to select, under which settings the 5G deployment satisfies their non-functional requirements like performance or dependability, and how to securely integrate their use-cases into a 5G system. The position shall work together with partners in the SFI NORCICS on these challenges by extending the available 5G platform, integrating use-cases, and assessing relevant KPIs.

The research will be carried out within the context of SFI NORCICS, the research-based innovation Norwegian Center for Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors. These sectors include electricity production and distribution, oil & gas production and distribution, manufacturing, healthcare, industrial production, smart districts. NORCICS follows a holistic, comprehensive and systemic approach addressing people, processes and technology to protect critical sectors throughout the cybersecurity core functions (identify, protect, detect, respond, recover). NORCICS has partners from academia, research, the public sector and industry.
The position creates an opportunity for more collaboration with partners from industry and public sector.

The working place is NTNU campus in Trondheim. 

Your immediate leader is the Head of the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology. 

Duties of the position

The researcher will:

  • Setup and maintenance of test beds (system design, installation, configuration, integration, operation), including for mobile data communication with focus on 5G and beyond systems
  • Program and system development for research and educational projects with focus on use-case integration into 5G and beyond systems
  • Participation in data analysis and measurements in collaboration with other researchers and industry/user partners
  • Administration and management of infrastructure and networks, including of Linux systems, virtual machines and containers, cloud and edge cloud solutions, and storage systems
  • Coordinate and manage the Network group teams working on R&I projects in digital infrastructures, HPC, 5G and beyond
  • Participate as an active member in activities of the Networking Group and in activities of the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK), including supervision and co-supervision of MSc and PhD students

Required selection criteria

  • You must have completed a master degree, or a master degree and a Norwegian doctoral degree or equivalent in communication technology, computer science, or equivalent. If you have not completed the master/PhD degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master/PhD thesis has been submitted. Documentation of the obtained master/PhD degree must be presented before you can take up the position.
  • You must be a citizen of an EU or NATO member state.
  • Being able to attend and present at national and international forums.
  • Good written and oral English language skills.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Knowledge and technical skills in any of the following areas:
    • Mobile broadband, 5G architectures and deployment options (NSA, SA, O-RAN, non-public 5G networks, campus networks)
    • Integrating and testing IT and OT systems
    • Development, instrumentalization and operation of laboratory facilities for use-case testing
    • Design, implementation, and verification of distributed systems
  • Track record with publications on relevant research areas in credible journals and conferences.
  • Experience with participating in EU and/or nationally funded R&I projects related to cyber security for critical infrastructure and cyberphysical systems.
  • Experience with having developed research project proposals for external funding bodies such as the European Commission, Research Council of Norway, etc.
  • Good written and oral Norwegian language skills.

Personal characteristics

  • Available for travelling to physical meeting and events within and outside Norway.
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a broad range of topics covered by the activities of the Networking group.
  • Initiative-taking and self-starter who works well with minimal supervision and shows 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 1108 or 1109) is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 502 300 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. 

The employment period is for 18 months.

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 your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified 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 and certificates
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and, if applicable, PhD degrees
  • Confirmation on your estimated date for the doctoral dissertation, or that your PhD thesis has been submitted, if applicable
  • A copy of the master and doctoral thesis, if applicable. If you are close to submitting, or have recently submitted your thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis
  • Documentation of a completed master or doctoral degree must be presented before taking up the position
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 items)
  • Research plan focused explicitly on the suitability of the candidate for the position, and the proposed approach for addressing the described work
  • Name and contact information of three referees

Joint work will also be considered. If it is difficult to identify your specific input to a joint project, you must include evidence of your contributions.  

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

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.  

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 contact Thomas Zinner, email: If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Julie Lindland, e-mail:

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. 

Application deadline: 15.04.2024.


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 15th April 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service NTNU Campus Gløshaugen, 7491 Trondheim

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