PhD Fellowship in Unconventional Computation

Trondheim, Norway
02 May 2018
End of advertisement period
28 May 2018
IE 103-2018
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 Ph.D. fellowship at the Department of Computer Science (IDI). The position will contribute to the SOCRATES (Self-Organizing Computational substRATES) research project, funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR) and to the NTNU enabling technologies initiatives: NTNU Biotechnology, NTNU Digital and NTNU nano. The appointment is for a term of three years, or four years with teaching duties equivalent to 25%. This is a researcher training position aimed at providing promising researcher recruits the opportunity of academic development in the form of a doctoral degree.

Information about the department

The Department of Computer Science (IDI) is responsible for teaching and research that span the complete width of computer and information science. Currently, IDI employs around 33 professors, 56 associate professors, 19 assistant professors, 35 post-doctoral or pre-doctoral researchers, 21 administrative/technical staff and approximately 100 Ph.D. students. More than 7000 students study one or more courses at the department each year. IDI has offices in both Trondheim and Gjøvik, and the position described in this announcement will be located in IDI’s main office in Trondheim.

Work description

The position is connected to the SOCRATES project and NTNU enabling technologies. The multidisciplinary SOCRATES project includes computer science, neuroscience, and nanotechnology, seeking a radical breakthrough toward efficient and powerful data analysis. The project aims at creating a theoretical and experimental foundation of morphogenetic systems based on self-organizing and emergent behavior in biological neural nets and ensembles of nanomagnets. The SOCRATES core team will consist of five Ph.D. students, one postdoc, and five senior researchers from NTNU and OsloMet.

The focus of this Ph.D. fellowship is within unconventional computation. The Ph.D. candidate is expected to perform research in modelling of neuron-based and nanomagnetic systems, investigating learning in self-organizing neural cultures, realization of self-organizing nanomagnet system, and exploration of computational capabilities of the targeted biological and nanomagnetic substrates.


The candidate must have a M.Sc. degree within computer science, electronics, embedded systems, or equivalent.

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • Experience with bio-inspired methods.
  • Experience with artificial neural networks.
  • Experience with cluster runtime systems.
  • Strong programming and system design skills.
  • Digital hardware system design skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly acquire knowledge in new topics.

We also require excellent written and oral communication skills. For candidates who are neither native English speakers nor from Scandinavia, the following tests can be used as documentation for English skills: TOEFL, Academic IELTS and Cambridge CAE or 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.

The applicant’s suitability to hold a scientific position will be emphasized in the selection process.

Formal regulations

Appointments are made in accordance with the regulations in force regarding terms of employment for Ph.D. candidates issued by the Ministry of Education and Research, with relevant parts of the additional guidelines for appointment as a Ph.D. candidate at NTNU.

Applicants must undertake to participate in an organized Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. student at NTNU. See for information about Ph.D. studies at NTNU.

The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government’s policy of balanced ethnicity, age, and gender 

Salary conditions

The position is in code 1017 Research fellow, salary grade 50in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross NOK 436 900 per year (before tax), depending on qualifications. A deduction of 2% is made from the salary as a mandatory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

General information

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. NTNU wishes to increase the number of women in its workforce, and female candidates are therefore encouraged to apply.

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 must contain

  • A one-page cover letter including an explanation of how your research interests and background would fit the position.
  • Information about education and relevant experience (academic CV).
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates. (Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to attach 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.)
  • Names and contact information of at least two references

Incomplete applications may not be taken into consideration.

The application must be sent electronically as one combined PDF file via this page (

For further information, please contact Professor Gunnar Tufte, e-mail:, phone +47 904 78 775, or Department Head 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 103-2018

Deadline for application: 2018-05-28

About this job

  • Deadline Monday, May 28, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 152369
  • Internal ID 2018/13041
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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