PhD fellow within Colour and Appearance Measurement

Trondheim, Norway
11 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
30 Apr 2017
IE 054-2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering ( at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has 2 vacancies (100% each) for positions as PhD fellow within Colour and Appearance measurement at the Department of Computer Science (IDI) (

The appointment is for a term of 3 years without duties. The positions may be combined with 25% duties primarily associated with education tasks (thus extending with an additional year). This is a researcher training position aimed at providing promising future researchers the opportunity of academic development in the form of a doctoral degree.

Information about the department

The Department of Computer Science currently has 28 full time professors, 60 associate professors, 19 adjunct professors, 37 postdocs/researchers, 90 PhD students, and 22 technical/administrative staff. It has approximately 200 employees in the scientific and technical/administrative positions. The staff is located on three campuses; (120) Gløshaugen, (40) Kalvskinnet in Trondheim and (40) in Gjøvik.

The Norwegian Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory

The Norwegian Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory (Colourlab, is a research group within the Department of Computer Science, located in Gjøvik. It was founded in 2001 to serve the rising needs for colour management solutions in the graphic arts industry. Since its foundation, the scope of interest has grown to cover colour science, colour imaging, image processing, and video processing in a broader sense, and our vision is to be one of the best research groups in this field. To achieve this vision the group employs a number of researchers with a broad competence basis in fields such as graphic arts, colour imaging science, media technology, computer science, signal processing, physics, image processing, and video processing. We also maintain an interactive open environment with strong national and international collaborators both in academia and industry. This has resulted in a wide range of fundamental and applied research projects which the group is actively involved in. Further, the group has a large number of well-equipped laboratories and conference facilities.

Both the PhD fellowship positions will be hosted at The Norwegian Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory based in Gjøvik, Norway.

Job description

Both the PhD fellows will be part of the Colourlab and are financed under the FRINATEK Toppforsk project – Measuring and Understanding Visual Appearance (MUVApp). The MUVApp project ( aims at developing new knowledge on how humans perceive the visual appearance of materials, objects, and scenes, and to develop new methodologies for measuring and communicating visual appearance and appearance-related material and object properties. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway under the FRINATEK Toppforsk funding call of 2015/16. FRINATEK Toppforsk is a funding call to promote scientific quality at the forefront of international research. The project is lead by Professor Jon Y. Hardeberg at The Norwegian Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory, in collaboration with with 4 international associate partners (CNAM in France, Chiba University in Japan, Yale University in the USA and Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen in Germany).

PhD Fellowship 1

Research topic:Measurement and modelling of appearance

Description:The visual appearance of materials is a complex phenomenon, which incorporates a number of different attributes such as perceived colour, gloss, texture and sub-surface effects such as scattering. Recent work in this field has enabled a move from the study of individual attributes in isolation to consideration of total appearance. The research challenge is to develop integrated methods of measuring appearance, together with suitable models, that can accurately predict the visual appearance of a material surface under different viewing conditions. The PhD fellow will work with state of the art instruments, develop and extend appearance models from physical measurements, and where necessary develop new measurement methods.

The fellow will carry out her/his research under supervision from Professor Phil Green, Associate Professor Peter Nussbaum, and in collaboration with Dr. Gaël Obein from CNAM 

PhD Fellowship 2

Research topic:Image statistics for visual material appearance

Description: The visual appearance of materials is a complex phenomenon, which incorporates a number of different attributes such as perceived colour, gloss, texture and sub-surface effects such as scattering. The PhD fellow will work on image statistics for material appearance, with the goal of describing material appearance through image statistics, and validating the results through psychometric scaling experiments and material samples.

The fellow will carry out her/his research under supervision from Professor Jon Yngve Hardeberg, Associate Professor Marius Pedersen, and in collaboration with Professor Karl Gegenfurtner from Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen.


All candidates must be able to secure a residency and work permit in Norway. The university is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment practices, and we particularly would like to encourage female candidates to apply. Furthermore, the following qualifications apply:

  • Master degree within the field of colour imaging, physics, statistics, mathematics, vision science, computer science, or a related discipline, with an average grade of B or better
  • High motivation for research work and ability to work independently
  • Good organization and communication skills with interest in wider context than their own research and ability to engage in cross-disciplinary and cross-sectorial teams, both within the Colourlab, and within the MUVApp project organization
  • Eager to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences.
  • Documented written and oral fluency in English.

Furthermore, it would be an advantage if the candidate has the following skills/experience:

  • First degree in a science subject
  • For PhD fellowship 1, experience with colour appearance, measurement and metrology, optics, statistical analysis, psychometric experiments, Labview.
  • For PhD fellowship 2, experience with image processing, colour appearance, statistical analysis, psychometric experiments
  • Proficiency in Matlab, Python, or a similar programming environment.

In extraordinary circumstances, formal documentation of language skills can be relinquished. In such cases the candidate’s language skills will be assessed in a personal interview.

The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best) for the two last years of the MSc is required and C or higher of the (three first years) BSc. Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

Formal regulations

Appointments are made in accordance with the regulations in force regarding terms of employment for PhD candidates issued by Ministry of Education and Research, with relevant parts of the additional guidelines for appointment as a PhD candidate at NTNU. Applicants must undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme of study during their period of employment. The person who is appointed must comply with the conditions that apply at any time to employees in the public sector. In addition, a contract will be signed regarding the period of employment, including duty of work if relevant.

Applicants must be qualified for admission as PhD students at NTNU. See for information about PhD studies at IE, NTNU.

To apply, clearly state the PhD Fellowship (PhD Fellowship 1 or PhD Fellowship 2 or both) you intend to apply to.

Please submit the following documents through the application portal

  • A cover letter (1 page) explaining your motivation and how your skills and experience relate to the research focuses of the position.
  • A draft research proposal outlining a possible approach (1 page) (if applying for both the positions please submit separate research proposal for each position).
  • CV with list of publications (if any)
  • Relevant transcript of grades, diplomas, and certificates
  • A description of Master thesis work (1 page)
  • At least two letters of reference, preferably from academic supervisor(s), with contact details
  • Certificate documenting English language proficiency (any one of the following: IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)).

Starting Date

The targeted starting date for both positions is 15. August 2017.

Terms of Employment

The appointment will be made according to the general regulations regarding university employees. The position is in code 1017, salary grade 50 – 57 in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross NOK NOK 430,200 – 483,400 per year, before tax depending on qualifications. A deduction of 2% is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are therefore encouraged to apply.

For further information about the fellowships, please contact Assoc. Prof. Peter Nussbaum (email:, phone: +47 611 35 198), Assoc. Prof. Marius Pedersen (email:, phone +47 61135246), Prof. Jon Y. Hardeberg (email:, phone +47 982 16 899) or head of department Professor Maria Letizia Jaccheri (email:, phone: +47 73 59 34 69).

For information about processing of applications, please contact Senior Executive Officer Anne Kristin Bratseth (email:, phone: +47 73 59 67 15)

Application deadline

We accept applications received before 30. April 2017.

Mark the application: IE 054-2017

About this job

  • Deadline Sunday, April 30, 2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Gjøvik, Trondheim
  • Place of service Gjøvik
  • Jobbnorge ID 137155
  • Internal ID IE 054-2017
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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