1 PhD position at the Faculty of Law (3 or 4 years)

University of Bergen
October 01, 2023
Offerd Salary:Salary as PhD research fellow (code 1017
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Contract Type:fixed-term contract.
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PhD position

At the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen, there is a vacant position as a Ph.D.-candidate associated with the project ‘Artificial Intelligence in Education: Layers of Trust (EduTrust AI)'.

The project is interdisciplinary, connecting information and computer science, learning sciences, social sciences and law. The project will develop new knowledge about a trustworthy use of AI in the educational sector where transparent and fair AI systems must be based on trust and high degree of acceptance in society. The research contribution from the Faculty of Law will be within EU/EEA rules on privacy and data protection and the relation between data protection and Artificial Intelligence (AI). It is a requirement that the person appointed has experience in these legal areas.

The position is a fixed-term contract. The term of employment for the position is 3 years, which can be extended to 4 years if the applicant is qualified to teach in compulsory courses at the Master's program at the Faculty of Law. Starting date is 15. January 2024 at the latest, or earlier by agreement.

Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • A Norwegian Master's degree in Law or an equivalent degree from abroad.
  • A genuine interest in privacy and data protection, EU/EEA law and their relation to Artificial Intelligence. Previous knowledge of deployment of AI in education is an asset, but not a requirement.
  • A high academic level, demonstrated through grades and / or written work.
  • The ability to work independently and in a structured manner, and to collaborate with others, especially due to the project being part of an interdisciplinary and international collaboration.
  • Proficiency in English, both written and oral
  • Knowledge of the Norwegian legal system, and proficiency in Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language), both written and oral, is a significant advantage
  • About the PhD position:

    Work tasks

  • Work on a doctoral thesis (monograph or article-based) to be submitted by the end of the fellowship period
  • Take part in the PhD program at the Faculty of Law
  • Engage in continuous dissemination and communication of the research project and project results in relevant arenas
  • Attend and organize the interdisciplinary research activities in the project, in close collaboration with the other members of the project
  • Be an active member of the Bergen European Law Research Group (BERG) and Research Group for Information and Innovation Law, and contribute to the scientific community at the Faculty
  • EduTrust AI project

    The primary objective of EduTrust AI is to develop research excellence in the area of Trustworthy AI in Education. Through an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology (SLATE), Faculty of Psychology and the Faculty of Law, we 1) identify layers of trust associated with the use of AI in the educational sector that considers the complex accountability relationships (conceptual framework), 2) develop guidelines (educational, technological, and regulatory) for the appli-cation of AI in education to be adequately transparent, interpretable and accountable for various stakeholders, 3) develop targeted materials and tools for stakeholder groups for building and supporting trust in the use of AI in the educational sector, and 4) translate insights about legal, psychological and socio-cultural determinants of trust into legal requirements for the educational sector. Thus, EduTrust AI contributes scientific value and gives input to practicable frameworks related to the challenging questions around the use of student data and AI systems in education, relevant for the fields of law, information and computer science, learning sciences, and the social sciences. The project is funded by Trond Mohn Foundation.

    As a PhD candidate affiliated with the Faculty of Law your main task will be to analyse and reserach relevant EU/EEA rules on privacy and data protection and AI as well as national regulation of education (for example opplæringslova (Act relating to Primary and Secondary Education and Training (the Education Act) and universitets- og høyskoleloven (Act relating to universities and university colleges). The question of whether the legal framework safeguards trustworthy AI in the education sector will be of key importance and, if necessary, in cooperation with other stakeholders in the project, you will propose regulatory changes at both EU/EEA and national level as called for by Personvernkommisjonen (The Noregian Privacy Commission NOU 2022: 11).

    The project is based on a collaboration with the Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology (SLATE), the Faculty of Psychology at the UiB, as well as with the Scientific Advisory Board in the project. For more information, see the project web site or contact Associate professor [email protected].

    The research training

    The PhD position is a fixed-term position with the aim of leading to a doctoral degree. The successful applicant will participate in the Faculty of Law's PhD program. Read more about the program here.

    We can offer:
  • An excellent opportunity for exciting career development in a professionally challenging working environment at the Faculty
  • Opportunity to apply for a mobility grant to institutions abroad as part of the position
  • Salary as PhD research fellow (code 1017) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 532 200, – NOK 575 400,- (equivalent to pay grade 54-59) per year.For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Generous welfare benefits.
  • Read more about what UiB can offer its employees at What can the University of Bergen Offer its Employees? Division of Human Resources UiB

    Your application must include:
  • A cover letter with a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position, and how this agenda fits with the aims of the overall EduTrust AI project.
  • A short project proposal for the planned research (8-10 pages). This proposal shall include a description of the doctoral project's overall topic, objectives, theory and method, and an implementation plan (see guidelines).
  • Certified copies of diplomas and transcripts of grades.
  • CV (using the template in the application portal)
  • Complete list of scientific work (Publication list)
  • Master's thesis and up to three additional academic works in pdf format. The works must be in English or in a Scandinavian language unless otherwise specifically agreed upon. The applicant may include unpublished manuscripts.
  • The names and contact information of two referees. One of these should preferably be the main supervisor of the Master's thesis.
  • Applicants whose education is from another country than Norway, need to attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. They are also advised to attach an explanation of their university's grading system. Applicants must also attach NOKUT's general approval that the education corresponds to a Norwegian master's degree. See Utdanning fra utlandet HK-dir (hkdir.no) for more information on general approval of higher education.

    The application can be written in English, Norwegian, or another Scandinavian language. The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be sent electronically via the link «Apply for position» on this page.

    The application must be completed within the deadline. Applications that do not include all mandatory attachments will not be considered.

    Application deadline is 1. October 2023.

    General information:

    The assessment will emphasize the quality of the project description and its relevance and importance towards the objectives of EduTrust AI, as well as the applicant's academic and personal prerequisites for carrying out the research training and contributing to the research community at the Faculty. Relevant applicants will be called in for an interview.

    Further information about the employment process at the University of Bergen can be found here.

  • Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting Associate professor Malgorzata Cyndecka, email: [email protected] tel. + 47 91101024.
  • Detailed information about the recruitment process and employment conditions can be obtained by contacting HR at the faculty, e-mail address [email protected].
  • The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

    The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

    Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

    The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

    Life as a PhD candidate at UiB

    Marion Claireaux tells about life and work as a PhD candidate at UiB.

    About UiB

    The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.

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    1st October 2023


    University of Bergen




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    Magnus Lagabøtes Plass 1, 5010 Bergen

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