Post Doctoral Position within Information Security

Trondheim, Norway
12 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) ( invites applications for one post-doctoral position in information security connected to the Horizon2020 SMILE project ( The position is affiliated with the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK) ( at Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE) ( The position is for two years and will be located at Gjøvik and affiliated with NTNUs Center for Cyber and Information Security (CCIS) (

Information about the department

The department has 22 tenured professors, 20 adjunct professors, 2 assistant professors, and about 30 PhD students and Post docs. Research activities are organized in seven cross-disciplinary labs covering the academic areas of Internet of Things (IoT), Applied Cryptology, Intelligent Transport Systems, Quantifiable Performance and Dependability of Communication Systems, Biometry, Digital Forensics, and Information Security. The department provides teaching in BSc in IT Operations and Information Security, MSc programs in Communication technology, Telematics, and Information Security, and PhD programs in Telematics and Information Security. 

Work description

In October 2011, and in the context of the “Smart Border initiative”, the European Commission adopted a communication setting out the main options for using new technologies to simplify life for foreigners frequently travelling to the EU and to better monitor third-country nationals crossing the borders. By developing the SMILE framework, the project intends to provide an advanced prototype implementation showing the feasibility of such solutions and consequently to encourage EU states to move forward and adopt the relevant EU policies. 

The successful candidate will work related to identifying and establishing the ethical, legal and regulatory framework in the acceptance, design and development of smart land borders. The successful candidate will do research related to finding the borderline between being able to offer solutions where personal data is used and meeting the requirements of the data protection laws, legislations and regulations. Besides, the candidate will be expected to:

  • Work for identifying the indicators that are relevant for an analysis of perception and acceptance of technologies that are used for monitoring and control of Border Cross Points.
  • Help ensure that project activities comply with EU regulations on data protection.
  • Identify the legal frameworks regulating the management of biometric data gathered and the information from monitoring public spaces and their adaptive capacity to the introduction of new monitoring technologies in EU.
  • Adress ethical issues, by identifying the key concerns on the protection of privacy implied in the monitoring and management of data for research purposes.
  • Adopt a dynamic and flexible perspective, investigating the degree at which legal frameworks convey and are able to keep adapting to current and emerging ethical issues linked to always more sophisticated border monitoring and control technologies.
  • Provide frameworks, and recommendations on indicators, policies, ethical aspects, standards and regulations which are relevant for the development of SMILE.


The successful candidate must satisfy the following requirements:

  • A completed doctoral degree or completion within three months of starting the position in information security, computer science, or mathematics.
  • Knowledge of standards, regulations, privacy for secure technologies
  • Knowledge of ethical and societal frameworks
  • High motivation for research work and ability to work independently.
  • Good organizational and communication skills with interest in wider context of own research and ability to engage in cross-disciplinary and multinational teams.
  • Eagerness to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences.
  • Written and oral fluency in English.

All successful candidates must be able to secure residence and work permit in Norway.

The university is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment practices, and we would particularly like to encourage female candidates to apply.

Language requirements

Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (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.

Salary conditions

Depending on qualifications and academic background, the post doctor (code 1352) will be remunerated at a minimum of NOK 490.500 per year before tax. Normal wage level is NOK 490.500 – 722.000 per year. A deduction of 2% is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.


We can offer

  • an informal and friendly workplace with dedicated colleagues
  • academic challenges
  • attractive schemes for home loans, insurance and pensions in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering wants to attract outstanding and creative candidates who can contribute to our ongoing research activities. We believe that diversity is important to achieve a good, inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of the gender, disability or cultural background.

The appointment is subject to the conditions in effect at any time for employees in the public sector.

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.

Living and working in Gjøvik

Information can be found via the following links:

To apply

The application must be sent electronically through this page ( with information about education and relevant experience (all in one combined PDF file). Mark your application with the IE code given below.

The application should contain:

  • A cover letter (1 page) explaining your motivation and how your skills and experience relate to the research focuses of the position applied for
  • A draft research proposal outlining a possible approach for the position applied for (1 page).
  • CV with a list of publications and English language test scores or other supporting documents (as proof of the candidates’ study and language abilities)
  • Relevant transcripts of grades, diplomas, and certificates
  • A description of the PhD work (1 page)
  • Two letters of reference, preferably from academic supervisor(s).

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

For further information about the position, please contact: Associate Professor Sule Yildirim (

The application deadline is November 24, 2017. Mark the application IE-123-2017

About this job

  • Deadline Friday, November 24, 2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Gjøvik, Trondheim
  • Place of service Gjøvik
  • Jobbnorge ID 144433
  • Internal ID IE-123-2017
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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  • Applications on this job are registered in an electronic form on
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