PhD Research Fellowship Position in Blockchain Technology in the Organizational Context

Trondheim, Norway
09 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Jun 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time


The Norwegian University of Science and Technology is a hub of technological knowledge in Norway. As well as subjects in technology and natural sciences, we offer a rich variety of disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, other sciences, medicine, teacher education, architecture and fine arts. Cross-disciplinary cooperation results in innovative breakthroughs and creative solutions with far-reaching social and economic impact.

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 Sociology and Political Science) at the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences (SU).

Information about the department

The Department of Sociology and Political Science conducts education and research on media, communication and information technology, sport science, sociology, political science and teacher education in social science and physical education and sport. It is an important objective of the department that our researchers participate in, and contribute to the development of multidisciplinary research collaboration, where this collaboration aims to show the association between the social sciences and NTNU’s mission in society. 

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.

The candidate will work with questions within the research field of technology and organizational change. An interest in technology is expected, together with a clear insight into how digital technology changes society with special emphasis on how blockchains can affect the conditions for organizational change within the public and private sectors.

The candidate must be prepared to become involved with different technical aspects of blockchains and contribute to a multi-disciplinary team with focus on both technology and usability of blockchains. Specific themes are related to trust, legal, ethical and social aspects of blockchain applications, and also how the technology relates to our fundamental understanding of organizations.

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.

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


We seek a highly-motivated individual holding a Master's degree or similar in social sciences, preferably sociology, political science, social psychology, economic management or media and communications, which provides the foundation for PhD studies in sociology. Candidates should have a weighted average grade in the final two years of study that corresponds to A or B according to NTNU's grading scale. Ability to speak a Scandinavian language and a basic knowledge of Scandinavian institutions, organizations, and culture is an advantage.

Weight will be applied to individual capabilities including the ability to work independently and in teams, together with a structured and innovative collaboration skills.

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

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.

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

Salary conditions

The position follows code 1017 Research fellow,  in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross 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.

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 Social and Educational Sciences 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.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Arne Krokan, e-mail   

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

The application must be sent electronically through this page with information about education and relevant experience (all in one combined PDF file). Mark the application with the code given below.

The application must contain information of educational background and prior training, exams, and work experience. In addition, the applicant must submit a research statement (max. 3 pages), detailing research interests and initial plans with regard to the above project description. The statement should also describe why the applicant is suited for the position, and how the project relates to previous education, research and competence. Publications and other work that the applicant wishes to be taken into account must be enclosed (including a brief description of the contribution if not obvious)

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 

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For information about processing of applications, please contact HR, Sissel Sæther, e-mail:

Please mark the application: SU-177

The application deadline is: June 13, 2018


  • Deadline Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Dragvoll
  • Jobbnorge ID 151408
  • Internal ID 2018/10523
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary


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