PhD in Healthcare Security Practice Analysis, Modelling and Incentivisation

Gjøvik, Norway
02 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jun 2018
IE 110/18
Contract Type
Full Time

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Gjøvik  (NTNU, ) invites applications for a Ph.D. research fellow in Healthcare Security Practice Analysis, Modelling, and Incentivisation. The position is based at the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK) Norway’s largest research group in information security, and host of the eHealth and Welfare Security (eHWS) group at the Center of Cyber and Information Security (CCIS). The eHWS group is a newly-established research group under CCIS which is partially funded by the Ministry of Health and Care Services. It has research collaboration with Directorate of eHealth and other national e-health institutes to initiate researches in the field of cyber security.

The Ph.D. position is funded by NTNU. The period of employment for the positions as a Ph.D. research fellow is initially for 3 years, which can be extended to four years by including a 25% position as teaching assistant.  

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  

In a healthcare organization, staffs’ security practice are not only related to a compound impact from organization’s preparedness in security governance configuration, security planning and policies, risk management, and technology controls, but also related to other factors such as the organization’s business objectives and individual staff’s personal characteristics. It is therefore necessary to take into account multiple dimensions when observing, analyzing, and modelling the security practice in a healthcare organization, in order to better understand the differed performance across different persons, units, departments, and organizations. The PhD research fellow is expected to collect feedback from healthcare staffs, observe, analyze / explain, and model the security practice both qualitatively and quantitatively in healthcare organizations, develop metrics to measure the performance of security practices, and propose verifiable incentivisation schemes to improve the security practice performance in healthcare organizations and their alignment with healthcare business objectives.   

We are looking for a candidate with knowledge, academic training, or experience in one of the following fields as information security, management, computer science, health informatics, behavioral psychology, health economics, etc., and research enthusiasm in scientific observation, analysis, and modelling of human practice in the Norwegian healthcare organizations. Skills and experience in mathematical modelling, statistical methods, data analysis, risk management, decision making strategies, human behavior analysis, and social communication are desired. Experience in communications and collaboration with healthcare workers and healthcare management staffs is an advantage.

The research fellow will be supervised by Assoc. Prof. Bian Yang and Prof. Einar Snekkenes.   

Qualifications required for the announced position

  • A completed Master’s degree in computer science, mathematics or education of an equivalent level (commonly consisting of a 180 ECTS credit point bachelor degree followed by a 120 ECTS master degree), where the weighted average grade of the two years of the Master program is of B or higher in accordance with NTNU's grading system.
  • High motivation for research work in a multidisciplinary way and ability to work independently.
  • Good organization and communication skills with interest in wider context of own research and ability to engage in cross-disciplinary teams.
  • Eagerness to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences. 
  • Written and oral fluency in English.
  • An applicant with fluency (oral and written) in one of the Scandinavian languages would be preferred when other conditions are equal. 

Language requirements

If the applicant’s mother tongue is not English or a Scandinavian language, and the Master Degree is not from an English speaking country it is necessary to provide proof of English skills. The following tests can be used as documentation of English language skills: TOEFL, IELTS and 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.  


All candidates must be able to secure a residency and work permit in Norway. The university is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment practices, and we particularly would like to encourage female candidates to apply.

The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies is required. The average grade must be A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best) for the two last years of the MSc, and C or higher of the (three first years) BSc. Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:  

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

General terms of employment

The appointment of the PhD researcher will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. Applicants must agree to participate in an organized doctoral study program within the period of the appointment and have to be qualified for the PhD-study. 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.

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

The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology 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.  

Salary conditions

The position is in code 1017 Stipendiat, salary grade 50 in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross NOK 436,900 per year (approx. 45,000 EUR / GBP 35,000). A deduction of 2 % is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.  

Living and working in Gjøvik

Information can be found via the following links:

To apply

Applications will be processed through the university online application system which will direct you to

The application must include:

  • A cover letter (1 page) explaining your motivation and how your skills and experience relate to the research focuses of the position applied for
  • A draft research proposal outlining a possible approach for each position applied for (1 page per position).
  • CV with a list of publications and English language test scores or other supporting documents (as proof of the candidates’ study and language abilities)
  • Relevant transcripts of grades, diplomas, and certificates
  • A description of M.Sc. work (1 page)
  • Two letters of reference, preferably from academic supervisor(s).

All this must be sent electronically via with information about education and relevant experience (all in one combined PDF file).

Mark the application IE-110/2018.

Incomplete applications will be rejected. For further information please contact Assoc. Prof. Bian Yang (

We accept applications received by 01.06.2018, or until the position is filled.

Desired starting date is as soon as possible after 01.09.2018.  

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.

About this job

  • Deadline Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Gjøvik, Trondheim
  • Place of service Gjøvik
  • Jobbnorge ID 152760
  • Internal ID 2018/13062
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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