PhD Candidate in Digitalization of Healthcare Services

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
September 22, 2023
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The Department of Computer Science has a vacancy for a

PhD Candidate in Digitalization of Healthcare Services This is NTNU

NTNU is a broad-based university with a technical-scientific profile and a focus in professional education. The university is located in three cities with headquarters in Trondheim.

At NTNU, 9,000 employees and 43,000 students work to create knowledge for a better world.

You will find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

About the job

Are you interested in doing your PhD in a vibrant Information Systems group promoting Scandinavian IS and CSCW? And being paid a competitive salary while doing your PhD? Read on!

Information Systems and Software Engineering unit at NTNU has one of the leading IS and CSCW groups in Norway. We just hosted the European CSCW conference in Trondheim, and last year we hosted the Scandinavian IS conference. More than 20 PhD students work in various IS and CSCW-related real-world case studies involving public and private organizations. We publish in top conferences and journals in the field and encourage inclusion and work- life balance among our candidates.

The announced position is a researcher training position aimed at providing promising researcher recruits the opportunity of academic development in the form of a doctoral degree. The appointment is for 3 or 4 competitively paid years, where a potential 4-year contract will include 25% dedicated to teaching.

The position is connected to the newly established project Sustainable Digital Transformations (SustainDiT). The PhD candidate is expected to contribute to deliverables in this project. The academic discipline is computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) and information systems (IS). Envisaged publications will be in high-quality journals within the CSCW, IS and related disciplines. The research will be based on real-world case studies from the Norwegian healthcare services, with a focus on digitalization aspects such as healthcare platforms, use of algorithms and sensor data in healthcare. The candidate is expected to contribute to dissemination and publication in healthcare-related channels in addition to the above-mentioned disciplinary journals.

Qualitative research, such as case studies and action research, will be the main type of research. The research will follow the principles of engaged scholarship, with a focus on user involvement. The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary group including IT, healthcare, and social science researchers.

The research contained in this position must be aligned with the overall goals of the research group at IDI. The PhD fellow is expected to cooperate with the other members of the group to conduct empirical research and disseminate the results in high-quality outlets selected in cooperation with the supervisors. The candidate is required to develop and supervise master theses in relevant research areas. The candidates with teaching duties are also required to participate in the design and teaching of courses in related areas that are part of IDI's educational offering.

The position reports to Head of Department.

Duties of the position
  • Conduct empirically grounded qualitative research on sustainable digitalization in healthcare organizations.
  • Contribute to the state of the art by developing a theoretical framework to describe the findings and inform ongoing projects.
  • Publish in international conferences and journals in the relevant fields.
  • Contribute towards the project's deliverables, goal, and ambition.
  • Participate in professional communities within areas relevant to the position.
  • Participate in supervision of master students, and development and teaching of relevant course at IDI.
  • Required selection criteria
  • You must have a relevant background in CSCW and/or information systems applied to healthcare services.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level.
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program.
  • You must document good written and oral English language skills.
  • The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant

    Preferred selection criteria
  • As the users and participants to the research will mostly be Norwegians, knowledge of a Scandinavian language is desired. Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken, and attend Norwegian courses upon their start in the position.
  • Experience from projects within public sector digitalization, in particular within healthcare.
  • Understanding of and experience with applying qualitative research methods in real-world organizations.
  • The ability and willingness to conduct research in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Prior scientific publications in the research fields of CSCW and information systems will count as a big plus.
  • Personal characteristics

    We emphasize personal suitability of the individual applicants. We are looking for candidates who:

  • Are passionate about research and have a high level of curiosity and willingness to learn.
  • Can document their ability to work in a team, deliver high-quality results independently, and preferably have demonstrable leadership capabilities.
  • Can demonstrate analytical skills. Potential candidates will be required to write and present an analytical text as part of their application.
  • Can demonstrate the ability to engage with users and beneficiaries of research.
  • Can demonstrate that they can rapidly acquire and apply knowledge in a research area.
  • In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

    We offer
  • The opportunity to do your research in one of the leading IS/CSCW groups in Norway along with more than 20 other PhD students.
  • An open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues and a vibrant social environment.
  • A competitively paid PhD period.
  • Favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Employee benefits.
  • Salary and conditions

    As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 532 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

    The period of employment is 3 or 4 years (4-year contracts will include 25% teaching tasks).

    Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in information technology within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

    The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.

    After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

    It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis. The position is located at NTNU's Gløshaugen campus in Trondheim

    About the application

    The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English or an Scandinavian language.

    Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

    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 for the whole bachelor and master's degree. An English translation of all education documents is required unless the documents are in Norwegian.
  • A project description of 3-5 pages, including
  • A short presentation of the motivation for applying to this position.
  • How the candidate sees her/his background as suitable.
  • Theoretical and methodological knowledge about the research area. A sketch of important research problems and questions.
  • 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.
  • PDF copies of prior publications, with associated bibliographical data.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

    We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

    In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates.

    NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

    General information

    Working at NTNU

    NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees' needs.

    NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.

    The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

    As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

    A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

    If you have any questions about the position, please contact Babak Farshchian, telephone +47 73593677, email [email protected]. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR @ IDI, e-mail: [email protected].

    If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.

    Application deadline: 22.09.23

    NTNU - knowledge for a better world

    NTNU - knowledge for a better world

    The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

    Department of Computer Science

    We are the leading academic IT environment in Norway, and offer a wide range of theoretical and applied IT programmes of study at all levels. Our subject areas include hardware, algorithms, visual computing, AI, databases, software engineering, information systems, learning technology, HCI, CSCW, IT operations and applied data processing. The Department has groups in both Trondheim and Gjøvik. The Department of Computer Science is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .


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