PhD Position in Blockchain Technology in Distributed Value Chains

Trondheim, Norway
19 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
27 May 2018
SO IV-144/18
Contract Type
Full Time

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for a 100% position as a PhD research fellowship position affiliated with the Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering (IVB) at Faculty of  Engineering (IV)

This position is one of 6 positions within the project Trust and Transparecy in Digital Society Through Blockchain Technology, see https:, and

The project is in NTNU’s strategic portfolio of projects to pursue transformative research on the development and application of digital transformation technology. Multi-disciplinarity is a key objective in all the projects, and close cooperation between the PhD research fellows and the disciplines is essential for Trust and Transparecy in Digital Society Through Blockchain Technology.

Information about the department

The Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering is located at NTNU Campus Gjovik and has an educational and research profile, which will contribute to solutions for the central global challenges within the area of sustainable solutions in industry and society. One of these challenges is sustainable manufacturing.


Blockchains can revolutionise the way we understand value chains in the traditional manufacturing industry. ManuFuture has put out three scenarios for future value chains: ad-hoc where tasks are set out in an open market auction; closed where secret data, e.g. process data, is shared internally to a closed number of participants; and distributed/network-based where small production sites near the local market pay to access drawings of a product the customer wants. In order to fully understand these emerging value chains, we need to understand how to transform traditional business models into a more distributed model of sharing information, and intellectual property rights. How, using modern technologies, to share information that is regarded as sensitive, to the mutual benefit of all stakeholders.
This project will explore the challenges connected to such a radical change in value chains and business models. The project will make use of the Learning Factory lab (part for the ManuLab project) at Gjovik. This lab offers a full Industry 4.0 production facility where advanced features can be tested in laboratory conditions. Collaboration of technology management and blockchain researchers will providing the main advisory team. The research will build on the findings of finished research projects at the Raufoss Industry Cluster, like Lean Operations, AluPart, SFI Normann, and others.

The research will be carried out within a program of 6 PhD projects under the heading of Trust and Transparency in Digital Society Through Blockchain Technology. This multi-disciplinary program includes technological aspects (cryptographic mechanisms, networking requirements, identity management), societal aspects and application areas. The program team involves 12 professors across several different departments and faculties. It is expected that the PhD fellow for this project will collaborate actively with other PhD fellows involved in the overall program and contribute to plenary meetings of the program. This program forms part of NTNU's Digital Transformation initiative.

The appointment is for a term of 3 years without teaching assistance, or up to 4 years including 25% of teaching assistance.


We are looking for candidates with strong IT or computer science background, with strong focus on engineering and manufacturing. Candidates with management background interested in disruptive technologies and blockchain in manufacturing value chains are also encouraged to apply.

We seek a highly-motivated individual holding a master’s degree in computer science, engineering, manufacturing, management or communication and information technology. The average grade must be B or better. The position is also open for integrated PhD for NTNU students starting their final year of their master degree in Autumn 2018. Publication activities in the aforementioned disciplines will be considered an advantage. Motivation for fundamental scientific research of practical relevance is essential. The applicant should have good communication skills and be willing to collaborate with other researchers in the cross-disciplinary group of people connected to this project.

See here for regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts:

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.

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.

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

The position follows code 1017 Research fellow, salary grade 50-62 in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross 436.900 – 537.700 per year, depending on qualifications. 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 housing loan, insurance and pension in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

The Faculty of 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.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Halvor Holtskog ( or Associate Professor Mariusz Nowostawski (

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.

The application

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

The application must contain information of educational background and prior training, exams, and work experience. In addition, the applicant must submit a research statement (max. 3 pages), detailing research interests and initial plans with regard to the above project description. The statement should also describe why the applicant is suited for the position, and how the project relates to previous education, research and competence. Publications and other work that the applicant wishes to be taken into account must be enclosed (including a brief description of the contribution if not obvious).

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 describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree
  • Research statement (max. 3 pages) including 
    • A short presentation of the motivation for a PhD study 
    • How the applicant sees his/her background suitable, 
    • The applicant’s view of research challenges within the area of the PhD position 
    • How the competence of the applicant can contribute to solving these challenges
  • 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.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Signing of the employment contract should happen within September 1st, 2018.

The application deadline is:  May 27th, 2018     

Mark the application: SO IV-144/18

About this job

  • Deadline Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering
  • Jobbnorge ID 151615
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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