NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY -NTNU

PhD Position in Networking Impact and Support for Blockchains

Location
Trondheim, Norway
Posted
20 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
27 May 2018
Ref
IE-083-2018
Contract Type
Temporary
Hours
Full Time

Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Department of Information Security and Communication Technology

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 Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK) at Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE)

This position is one of 6 positions within the project Trust and Transparecy in Digital Society Through Blockchain Technology, see https:www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/151103, and https://www.ntnu.edu/digital-transformation.

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 to succeed.

Information about the department

The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology has 33 permanent scientific staff members, and in total approximately 80 employees. 50 persons work at NTNUs campus in Gjøvik and 30 at NTNUs campus in Trondheim. IIK carries out internationally competitive research 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 programmes in Communication technology and Information Security, and PhD programmes in Telematics and Information Security. The department hosts and operates NTNUs Center for Cyber and Information Security, a public-private partnership with 25 members.

Work description

This is a researcher training position aimed at providing promising researcher recruits the opportunity of academic development in the form of a doctoral degree.

Blockchains run on networks. With data stored and processed across the network, a blockchain eliminates the risks that centrally holding and processing data will bring. In addition, in the coming universal service of 5G, blockchains are likely to be a core element. However, the impact and needed support of networking on blockchains has been little investigated, and the current blockchain technology is far from meeting the service quality objectives of 5G, e.g., 5 ms end-to-end delay, five nines for reliability and availability, and millions of simultaneous users of the service.

The objective of this PhD study is to investigate the networking impact on blockchains and vice versa. The work will be carried out in close co-operation with cryptology researchers to find suitable mechanisms and relate to application oriented projects as target areas, setting context and requirements. Development of a blockchain testbed will allow experimentation on real hardware. A significant part of the work will be to establish models to assess the performance and reliability of blockchains in a realistic networking context, and to develop analytic means and/or simulators to establish their properties.

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.

Qualifications

We seek a highly-motivated individual holding a master’s degree in computer science or communication and information technology. The average grade must be B or better.

Candidates completing their MSc-degree in the Spring 2018 are encouraged to apply. The position is also open for integrated PhD for NTNU students starting their final year of their master degree in Autumn 2018, see https://www.ntnu.no/ie/forskning/integrertphd for information about integrated PhD.

Applicants should have a firm background in networking technology and preferably have some insight into performance and/or reliability assessment. Experience in experimental work is valuable.

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

See here for regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts: https://www.regjeringen.no/no/dokumenter/regulations-concerning-appointment-and-promotion-to-teaching-and-research-posts/id2519258/.

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.

Candidates completing their MSc-degree in the Spring 2018 are encouraged to apply. The position is also open for integrated PhD for NTNU students starting their final year of their master degree in Autumn 2018, see https://www.ntnu.no/ie/forskning/integrertphd for information about integrated PhD.

Applicants must be qualified for admission as PhD students at NTNU. See https://www.ntnu.no/ie/forskning/phd 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 is in code 1017 Research fellow, and is remunerated at a gross NOK 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.

General

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 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. We encourage especially women to apply.

The appointment is subject to the conditions in effect at any time for employees in the public sector, and assessments regarding the legislations regulating export control and knowledge transfer.

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.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Bjarne E. Helvik (bjarne@ntnu.no).

The application

The application must be sent electronically through this page (www.jobbnorge.no) 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: 

  • 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. If there are publications or other work that the applicant wishes to be taken into account, these must be enclosed (including a brief description of the contribution if not obvious).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Signing of the employment contract should happen within October 1, 2018

More information regarding moving to Trondheim, Norway, and working at NTNU: http://www.ntnu.edu/nirs

Application deadline is May 27, 2018

Mark the application: IE-083-2018

ABOUT THIS JOB

  • Deadline Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 151323
  • Internal ID 2018/10941
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

ABOUT APPLICATIONS

  • Applications on this job are registered in an electronic form on jobbnorge.no
  • You must complete: Standard CV
  • Please refer to where you first saw this job advertised!

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