PhD Research Fellowship in Information Security and Communication Technology

Trondheim, Norway
28 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for a PhD fellowship at the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK) at Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE). The position is as a PhD candidate in Trondheim, 100% position.

The PhD position is offered for a term of 3 years without teaching assistance, or for 4 years including 25% of teaching assistance.

Information about the Department

The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK) has 33 permanent scientific staff members, and in total approximately 80 employees. 50 persons work at NTNU campus in Gjøvik and 30 at NTNU 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 NTNU Center for Cyber and Information Security, a public-private partnership with 25 members.

Work description

The goal of this PhD research is to address the major challenges in the heterogeneous 5G networks such as network slicing and the integration of multiple Radio Access Technologies (multi-RATs). The fifth generation of mobile and wireless networks is under development. 5G is expected to provide a great variety of services and applications that have different requirements on the 5G system functionality and key performance indicators.

Network slicing is the key concept to meet the various requirements of many use cases on a shared infrastructure. It spans across the radio access network and the core network where each of these domains comprises of functions, protocols as well as resources that should be mapped and managed quickly and accurately across multiple network slices. Thus, resource allocation algorithms, management of network slices, definition of network slice templates and security issues related to network slicing have to be addressed on the way to 5G. Moreover, 5G is an integration of multiple RATs where the main objective is to meet the explosive capacity demand of mobile traffic in heterogeneous networks. This can be studied in combination with network densification and wireless caching.

The research will include both theory and simulations/test-beds.


  • The applicants should have a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Information and Communications Technologies, Computer Science or related areas with an average grade of B or better.
  • Knowledge in wireless and mobile communications and strong programming skills.
  • High motivation for research work and ability to work independently.
  • Good organizational and communication skills with interest in wider context of research and ability to engage in cross-disciplinary teams.
  • Eager to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences.
  • Written and oral fluency in English.
  • Publication activities in the aforementioned disciplines will be considered an advantage.

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. Together with the application, include a description of the research work that is planned for completion during the period of the grant.

See here for regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts: concerning-appointment-and-promotion-to-teaching-and-research-posts/id2519258/

Salary conditions

The position follows code 1017, salary grade 51-62 in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross 449.400 – 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:

  • Academic challenges and good support for doing research;
  • An informal and friendly workplace with dedicated colleagues;
  • A possibility of travelling to conferences, short- and long-term research visits to existing and new collaborators;
  • Attractive schemes for housing loan, insurance and pension in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund;

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.

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Katina Kralevska,

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 with a CV and certified copies of diplomas and certificates must be sent electronically via with information about education and relevant experience (all in one combined PDF file). Mark the application with the IE 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 position description. The statement should also describe why the applicant is suited for the position, and how the position relates to previous education, research and competence. Publications and other work that the applicant wishes to be taken into account must be enclosed.

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 supplement that 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 for the PhD position,
    • 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;
  • English proficiency results if applicable.

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

The starting date is at the earliest convenience (negotiable), but preferably no later than 01.01.2019.

For further information about the application process, please contact Signe J. Talukder,

The application deadline is: 25.08.2018.    

Mark the application IE-139-2018.

About this job

  • Deadline Saturday, August 25, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 154986
  • Internal ID 2018/20274
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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