PhD Fellowship within Software Engineering

Trondheim, Norway
22 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Feb 2018
IE 012-2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering ( at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for a 100% position as PhD fellow within software engineering at the Department of Computer Science (IDI) (

The appointment is for a term of 4 years, with obligatory duties equivalent to 25 %. The obligatory work will primarily be assigned to student supervision duties with focus on International exchange counseling. This is a researcher training position aimed at providing future researchers the opportunity of academic development in the form of a doctoral degree.

Information about the department

The Department of Computer Science currently employs 30 full time professors, 60 associate/assistant professors, 19 adjunct professors, 37 postdocs/researchers, 90 PhD students, and 20 technical/administrative staff. The department has had research and educational programs in Software Engineering since the eighties.

Software Engineering

The PhD position will be associated to the Center of Excellence in Education (SFU) Excited and to the NFR found project INTPART International Partnership in Information Technology (IPIT). 
IPIT will build on top of Excited and reinforce its mission to put Norway in the forefront of innovative and international IT research and education. IPIT’s international partners are: Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia, USA; Tsinghua University, China; Nanjing University, China.
IPIT aims at producing enhanced software engineering knowledge by empirical studies in which students act both as subjects and researchers.

Job description

The PhD fellow will be a member of the Information Systems and Software Engineering (ISSE) group and will participate in relevant research activities within the on-going collaboration with the SFU center and the International partners in IPIT. For this reason, a successful candidate is expected to perform excellent research within empirical software engineering and software engineering education.
The obligatory work will primarily be assigned to student supervision duties with focus on International exchange counseling.


A master's degree in Computer Science or equivalent with very good results is required, with an average grade B or better as measured in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) grades, or an education at the equivalent level. A solid knowledge of software engineering, and a research-oriented master thesis is expected.
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.

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.

Given the nature of the obligatory work (focus on student counseling) and of the research work (empirical studies across International universities in the IPIT partnership), candidates who master a Scandinavian language and good communication and culture understanding skills, will be prioritized. 

Formal regulations

Appointments are made in accordance with the regulations in force regarding terms of employment for PhD candidates issued by the 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 work if relevant.

Applicants must be qualified for admission as PhD students at NTNU. See  for information about PhD studies at IE, NTNU. Together with the application, include a description of the research work that is planned for completion during the period of the grant.

Salary conditions

he position is in code 1017 Stipendiat, minimum salary grade 50 in the Norwegian State salary scale, typically in salary grade 50-57, gross NOK 436 900 - 490 900 per year, depending on qualifications. A deduction of 2 % is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

General information

We can offer

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

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering want 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.

NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply. The appointment is subject to the conditions in effect at any time for employees in the public sector.

As far as possible, the State workforce should reflect the diversity of the population. Goals of our personnel policy therefore include a balanced distribution in terms of age and gender as well as recruitment of people of immigrant background.

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 requirements:

The application must contain:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) with information about the candidate’s prior training, exams, and work experience
  • Certified copies of transcripts and diplomas
  • Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree
  • A Statement of Purpose (including a short presentation of the motivation for a PhD study and how the applicant sees his/her background suitable, and the applicant’s view of research challenges within the area of the PhD position and one of the topics listed above, and how the competence of the applicant can contribute to solving these challenges) (2 pages)
  • Names and contact information of at least 2 reference persons
  • A copy of the master thesis (in PDF), or, for those who are near to completion of their MSc, an extended abstract combined with a statement of how and when the applicant plans to complete the thesis (1 page) 

 Incomplete applications will be rejected.

The application must be sent electronically as one combined PDF file via this page ( Potential successful candidates will be interviewed via Skype or other means.

For further information about the fellowship, please contact Professor Maria Letizia Jaccheri, e-mail: , phone: +47 918 97 028 or head of the department Professor John Krogstie, e-mail: , phone +47 934 17 551

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

Mark the application: IE 012-2018

Deadline for application: 2018-02-19

About this job

  • Deadline Monday, February 19, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 147055
  • Internal ID IE 012-2018
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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