PhD in Service Platforms within the Health Sector

Trondheim, Norway
20 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
27 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

(Main supervisor Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management)

There is a temporary position available at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management as PhD Candidate in Industrial Economics and Technology Management for a period of 4 years. This is an educational position, which will provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a PhD. The position is connected to the PhD-program at the Faculty of Economics and Management and the faculty will be your employer.

The Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management has at the moment employed 23 Professors, 9 Associate Professors, 7 Post Docs and 27 PhD Candidates. For further information about the department, see our website

A main element in service innovations is the value creation between multiple stakeholders and service providers, involving a broad set of general and specialized requirements and expertise, platforms and technologies. It is interesting to look at the impact of digital service platforms and the service supply chain; particularly how the supply chain is managed. The indispensable involvement of markets and the clients in service innovation highly influence the whole process, from specification of the desired service to actual service delivery. Not only what is being delivered to the client on which platforms and technologies becomes important, but also how the service is being created and delivered, e.g. the co-creating value system between actors, clients/market, platforms and transformative digital technology.

A particular focus of the PhD-Project will be on managing the service supply chain and the co-creation of service innovation in a digital transformation context. The health sector, and particularly the intersection between the primary and secondary care, will be the main case context for the project since the service platforms and the digital information and analytics technologies emerging is particularly interesting to study from a transformational view, having a high resource and welfare potential. The aim is to explore the impact of digital technology and service platforms on value co-creation and the structural implications for the value creation. The project will contribute to model for decision support, management models, mechanisms and incentives for efficient value co-creation and innovations for improved resource utilizations and increased value of health care services.


Employment will be activated in accordance to existing regulations of 31.01.06. Applicants must have a strong academic record from their previous studies, and must have a weighted average grade for the last two years of their master's or equivalent education (equivalent to 120 credits) of B or higher in terms of NTNU's grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be admitted only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree. Fluent English skills are required.

The position requires a MSc degree in Industrial Economics and Technology Management with focus on logistics and supply chain management with specialization in either operations research or qualitative supply chain management.

Students who are completing their master studies spring 2018 are encouraged to apply with the most recent transcript of grades. Such candidates may be employed conditionally on successfully finishing their master with an average equal or higher than a B.

It is positive if the candidate has documented experience with research or project work within digital economy.

Cooperation skills and communication skills are important for the position and will be highly weighted in the selection process.

Salary and Working Conditions

The PhD position is paid according to salary level 50 in the national salary scheme, minimum gross NOK 436 900,- per year, of which 2 % is deducted for the State Pension Scheme.

Please find more information about the appointment of PhD Candidates in NTNUs supplementary purviews of 23.01.12,

The appointment is in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The employee is expected to accept possible changes in work tasks. Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

It is a major political objective to achieve a balance of age and gender in the national labour force and to recruit people with an immigrant background. Women are encouraged to apply.


All applications need to include the following. Incomplete applications will not be considered:

  1. Letter of application including personal motivation for pursuing a PhD.
  2. Research statement (3-5 pp.) outlining proposed theoretical and methodological approach to the challenges raised by the Digital Economy project
  3. Transcripts of grades
  4. CV
  5. Master thesis
  6. Research papers, if published

Employment in a PhD position requires admission to a PhD-program in Industrial Economics and Technology Management. Information about PhD-program in Industrial Economics and Technology Management is found at You apply for admission to the PhD-program after you are offered the position.

Information about the applicants may be open to public inspection as provided by the Freedom of Information Act.

Further information about the position is available by contacting Professor Heidi Dreyer, Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management on +47 982 91 146 or email

An application including attachments should be sent electonically through: Applications sent to the contact person will not be considered.

Deadline: 27.05.2018


  • Deadline Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Gløshaugen
  • Jobbnorge ID 150978
  • Internal ID 2018/11681
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary


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