PhD in Biometric Approach to Behaviour Understanding

Gjøvik, Norway
06 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Aug 2018
IE 147-18
Contract Type
Full Time

NTNUs Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (  invites applications for a fully funded Ph.D. position in Biometric Approach to Behaviour Understanding with a duration of three years.

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

The appointment is for a term of three years. This is a researcher training position aimed at providing promising researcher recruits the opportunity of academic development in the form of a doctoral degree.

Human inner states are potentially useful in explaining and predicting human behaviour and decisions in applications. The human factor is in many cases (e.g., cyberattack methods, stress-related disorders, health and medical emergencies, human intervention in automated systems, occupational safety, etc.) considered as an important factor to the outcome of incidents. The main objective of this project is to investigate the feasibility and evaluate the performance of using biometric measurement enabled by contact-based, remote, and social sensors to capture the human inner states for security, safety, and health related applications. The PhD research fellow is expected to design and develop technical solutions to mapping contact-sensed biometric characteristics to remote ones, and to quantitatively model the relationship between the sensed biometric characteristics and the incidents’ outcome to best fit or augment to the existing psychological and cognitive models.     

We are looking for a candidate with strong possessing skills related to biometrics, pattern recognition, machine learning, and statistical methods (e.g., cohort, randomised controlled trials), and with interest in applying the knowledge created from data analysis results to cross-sectoral practical applications.


  •  A master's degree in computer science, electrical engineering, 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.
  • Knowledge and experience in the following fields can be a plus in the application to the position: (1) psychological and cognitive models for human emotion and behaviour; (2) body sensor system design and development; (3) human behaviour analytics; (4) application development on a mobile platform.   
  • High motivation for research work and ability to work independently.
  • Good organisation and communication skills with interest in wider context of own 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.

 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.


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:

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.

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.


The position is in code 1017, salary grade 50 in the Norwegian Government salary scale, gross NOK 436.900 per year, before tax. A deduction of 2% is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply.

The research fellow will be supervised by Assoc. Prof. Bian Yang and Prof. Christoph Busch. For further information about the position, please contact Assoc. Prof. Bian Yang (

To apply

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

The application must include:

  • Motivation letter (500 words).
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publication and the names and contact information of 2 references.
  • Copies of academic certificates and transcripts.
  • A brief research proposal addressing the topic of the research project (500-1000 words).
  • English proficiency results if applicable.

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

Mark the application IE-147/18.  

Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Deadline for applications: 15.08.2018

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 Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Gjøvik
  • Place of service Gjøvik
  • Jobbnorge ID 155346
  • Internal ID 2018/21277
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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