Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Big Data, IOT, and Circular Economy

Trondheim, Norway
04 May 2018
End of advertisement period
25 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Temporary
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 a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Computer Science (IDI). The position will contribute to the CIRCIT (Circular Economy Integration in the Nordic Industry for enhanced sustainability and competitiveness research project, which is funded by NordForsk ( through the Nordic Green Growth program. The main research focuses of this position is to investigate how to use IoT (Internet of Things) and big data analytics to help companies making businesses in the circular economy context. The appointment is for a term of two years. The position of post-doctoral fellow is a fixed-term position with the primary objective of qualifying for work in top academic posts. The position represents an excellent opportunity for an individual to develop his/her career and contribute to the further development of the field.

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 30 professors, 60 associate/assistant professors, 19 adjunct professors, and approximately 140 PhD students and post-doctoral researchers and 24 technical/administrative staff. More than 7,000 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 Department of Computer Science of NTNU funds the position for 24 months partly as in-kind contributions to the CIRCIT project. The position is also expected to contribute to the activities in the NTNU Sustainability program ( in the area of Circular Economy there more generally

Circular economy (CE) is a promising approach towards maximising value by increasing resource productivity, enhancing energy efficiency, lowering resource consumption and decreasing waste. By transitioning to CE, Nordic industry as a whole can pave the way for modern sustainability thinking and establish itself as benchmark in the field, whilst also enhancing its position in the highly competitive international market. The CIRCIT research project will develop science-based tools and approaches, in close collaboration with companies, with the aim of enabling Nordic industry to:

  1. Understand the overall potential for CE implementation.
  2. Investigate and conceptualise circular business models.
  3. Develop circular products, services and solutions. 

  4. Support the operation of circular products, services and solutions through intelligent assets.
  5. Close the loop of materials through remanufacturing, recycling and reuse.

The CIRCIT project has partners from all Nordic countries. The partners are Technical University of Denmark (DTU), SWEREA, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Innovation Center Iceland, and Technology Industries of Finland.

The position is connected mainly to the work package 4 (WP4) of the CIRCIT project. The main focuses of WP 4 are to study how to analyze big data collected from industrial intelligent assets (e.g. heavy machines with many IoT sensors installed) to help asset vendors and users to improve their business. One identified use case is to use the operation data collected from the intelligent assets for predicative maintenance. In this project, a few companies from the Nordic countries will be recruited and collaborated with for WP4 and other work packages. Thus, more use cases related to IoT, Big data analytics, and Circular Economy may be added.

In addition to scientific work related to big data analytics, the candidate is expected to work closely with a PhD student from NTNU and possibly several Master NTNU students and researchers in other work packages to:

  • Recruit companies into this project
  • Perform interviews with companies to understand their data and requirements
  • Organize workshops and conferences to disseminate the project results.


The candidate must have a Ph.D. degree within computer science, electronics or equivalent. We require documented research in one or more of the following topics; big data analytics, artificial intelligence, IoT applications, and software engineering. The work requires good programming and scientific writing skills.

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • Experience with big data analytics, analyzing time-series data.
  • Strong programming skills to develop proof-of-concept applications.
  • Good software engineering knowledge and experience
  • Demonstrated research capability relevant to the position and preferably a strong publication record.
  • 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 will be made in accordance with current university regulations. The successful applicant must agree to the conditions laid down for public employees and must sign a contract regulating the starting date and duration of employment. A deduction of 2% is made from the salary as a mandatory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government’s policy of balanced ethnicity, age, and gender. NTNU wishes to increase the number of women in its workforce, and female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Salary conditions

The position is in code 1352 Post doctor, salary grade ranges from 57 – 72 in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross NOK 490 900 – 650 200 per year (before tax), depending on qualifications.

Starting date

Starting date for the position is preferably by August 2018.

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.

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 must contain:

  • A 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 supplementor 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 will not be taken into consideration.

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

For further information, please contact Associate professor Jingyue Li, e-mail:,

phone +47 918 97 446, or Head of 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 104-2018

Deadline for application: 2018-05-25


  • Deadline Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 152412
  • Internal ID 2018/13043
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary


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