Phd/Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computer Science

Trondheim, Norway
13 Oct 2017
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08 Nov 2017
IE 117-2017
Contract Type
Full Time

We invite applications for one research fellowship, PhD or Postdoctoral, at the Excited Centre for Excellence in IT Education funded by NOKUT for the period 2016-2021. The centre is a collaboration between NTNU (host institution) and Nord University.

Information about the department

Currently IDI has 26 full professors, 6 adjunct professors, 37 associate professors, 15 adjunct associate professors, 19 assistant professors, 42 postdoctoral/researchers, approx. 100 active PhD students, and 22 technical/administrative staff.

Information about a PhD fellowship

Appointment as PhD fellow is for 3 years, or 4 years with teaching duties of 25%. Applicants must have a Master’s degree, or be in their last year of Master Studies. In the latter case, employment will be postponed until the Master degree is finished. The degree should be in Computer Science, IT Education or similar. Masters of Pedagogics or Didactics (e.g. Math Didactics, Engineering Education) will also be considered, if having enough IT competence to pursue research in IT didactics. The successful applicant will be required to enroll in the PhD program in Information Technology at the NTNU, and must therefore satisfy the admission requirements, see for more details. In brief, the academic degree must be equivalent to at least 5 years of study, and the ECTS grade average must be A or B.

Salary for PhD fellow:

The position is placed in position code 1017 Stipendiat, normally in salary range 50-57 in the Norwegian State salary scale, with gross salary NOK 436.500 - 490.500 per year, depending on qualifications.

Students in a relevant master program at the IE faculty, NTNU, may also apply for the position as Integrated PhD with one year left of their studies. For more information, see

Information about a Postdoctoral Fellowship

Appointment as Postdoctoral fellow is for 2 years, or 3 years with teaching duties of 33%. Applicants must have a doctoral degree at least level with a Norwegian PhD, or have less than 6 months left before completing such a degree. In the latter case, employment will be postponed until the degree is obtained. The applicant’s doctoral degree should be in Computer Science, IT education or similar. Candidates with a PhD in Pedagogics are also welcome to apply, if having sufficient background in IT to be able to perform competent research in IT education and e-learning.

Salary for Postdoctoral fellow:

The position is in code 1352 Post doctor, salary grade range from level 57 in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross NOK 490,500 per year, or more depending on extra qualifications.

Information for both PhD - and Postdoctoral fellowship

The fellowship is associated with the Sharing and Diversity project of the Excited centre; hence the research of the candidate must be aligned with the overall goals of the centre, as well as with the Sharing and Diversity project. Sharing and Diversity aims at developing highly efficient cross-campus learning spaces. The project also aims at improving support for student self-assessment, which will be of extra value and importance when students and educators work at different locations. There will be a strong focus on empirical studies, and a proposed (but not exclusive) list of relevant research topics might be as follows:

  • sharing of educational material, course design and teaching experiences within the academic staff – communities of practice in CS education
  • how to run learning activities in parallel on multiple campuses while still maintaining the qualities of on-campus learning activities
  • how to make use of MOOC-style distance education in specialization courses that are otherwise offered only in one campus
  • how to use technology in efficient ways for capturing students’ progress and for providing support for self-reflection and self- / peer- / teacher assessment of student knowledge

The fellow’s work will include participation in research on current learning and teaching practices, design and evaluation of novel teaching approaches and proof-of-concept tools, and dissemination to the scientific community and general public about the results of the studies. The candidate will collaborate with other members of the Excited staff, as well as national and international collaborators, and possibly supervise master theses having synergy with own research.

The candidate must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively, and have excellent written and oral communication skills in English, preferably also fluency in a Scandinavian language, as some of the teaching that the research seeks to improve is done in Norwegian. For candidates who are neither native English speakers nor from Scandinavia, the following tests can be used as documentation for English skills: TOEFL, Academic IELTS, or Cambridge CAE / CPE. Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A

Formal regulations

Appointments will be made in accordance with current university regulations. The successful applicant must agree to the conditions laid down for public employees and must sign a contract regulating the starting date and duration of employment. A deduction of 2% is made from the salary as a mandatory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government’s policy of balanced ethnicity, age, and gender. NTNU wishes to increase the number of women in its workforce, and female candidates are therefore encouraged to apply.

The application must clearly state whether it is for a PhD or a post-doctoral fellowship, and include information about education, exams and earlier experience. Certified copies of diplomas and grade transcripts must be enclosed, and for degrees from universities outside Norway please include a diploma supplement explaining the grading system. Relevant scientific works should be included. If you have any teaching experience, this should also be documented. Applications must include a short research statement (up to 2000 words) describing the applicant's view of the main research challenges for the project Sharing and Diversity and Excited, together with the applicant’s envisioned contribution to this research. Names and contact information of at least two references should also be provided. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

Under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have his or her name entered on the list of applicants.

The application must be sent electronically as one combined PDF file via this page (

For further information, please contact the leader of the Sharing and Diversity project, Professor Rune Hjelsvold, e-mail the leader of the centre professor Guttorm Sindre, e-mail, or the head of the department John Krogstie, e-mail

For information about processing of applications, please contact Senior Executive Officer Anne Kristin Bratseth, phone +47 73 59 67 15, e-mail: