PhD Research Fellow in Information Systems

Deadline: 03.12.2023

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1500 employees and almost 14 000 students, making us one of Southern Norway's largest workplaces. Our dedicated staff engage in research, teaching and dissemination across a diverse range of fields.

The university is located on two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad.

Creating knowledge together

When people who are committed come together to further knowledge, anything is possible.

The University of Agder combines the unique warmth and charm of Southern Norway with first-class scientific, technological and artistic expertise.

Would you like to work with us to create better solutions to our shared challenges?

About the position

A 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Social Sciences as a PhD Research Fellow in Information Systems, affiliated to the Department of Information Systems, for a period of 3 years, or four years with 25 % required duties. The position is located, at the present, at Campus Kristiansand. The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.

The fellow will be part of the Human-Centered AI (HCAI) group at the Department of Information Systems, that conducts research on AI-enabled systems that meet human needs while preserving human control.

Department of Information Systems offers a bachelor-, master- and PhD-degree in Information Systems, and a master´s degree in cyber security in collaboration with Department of ICT at Campus Grimstad. The department offers a one-year program in Information Systems, and courses in the teacher´s education and in the master´s program in Health- and social informatics, and further education in Information Systems. With around forty-five employees (Professors, Associate Professors, Post-docs, Research Fellows and administrative staff), the department is one of the largest information systems research groups in Norway.


The position is linked with Horizon Europe Project FAME - Federated decentralized trusted dAta Marketplace for Embedded finance. FAME is a joint effort of world-class experts in data management, data technologies, the data economy, and digital finance to develop, deploy and launch to the global market a unique, trustworthy, energy-efficient, and secure federated data marketplace for Embedded Finance (EmFi). The FAME marketplace will alleviate the proclaimed limitations of centralized cloud marketplaces towards demonstrating the full potential of the data economy. In this direction, the project will enhance a state-of-the-art data marketplace infrastructure (i.e., H2020 i3-Market marketplace) with novel functionalities.

  • Contribute to developing and evaluating Business and Operational Models for the FAME Marketplace.
  • Identify theoretical and practical aspects needed to develop federated decentralized data marketplaces.
  • Conduct theoretical and empirical research contributing to the development and understanding of data marketplaces.
  • Contribute to the relevant objectives and deliverables of the project.
  • Participate and contribute to communication and dissemination activities.
  • Author relevant to the project publications and reports.

Required qualifications

Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD Research Fellows can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident. The applicants must qualify for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences, with a specialization within Information Systems, and must hold a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant area of study, with an average grade of B or better. Applicants who are in the process of finishing their master’s thesis are also welcome to apply for this position. More details to be found here.

Applicants must submit a project proposal whose scope lies within the abovementioned priority areas. The project proposal should comprise a maximum of 5000 words, including the reference list. The proposal must contain a preliminary presentation of the problem area, theoretical foundation, methodological approach and planned progression for the doctoral project. The quality of the project proposal will receive a high level of consideration during the application assessment process.

Fluency in written and oral English is a prerequisite.

The University, on its side, is committed to securing good supervision for the successful applicants.

Desired qualifications

Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Data economy,
  • Digital finance,
  • Blockchain
  • Data management
  • Data technologies
  • Business models for data marketplaces,
  • Quality assessment of data assets 

Emphasis will be placed upon the project description and the relevance it has with regard to the subject in question and the research environment at the Faculty.

Personal qualities

  • Result-oriented
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as in teams
  • Strong motivation to contribute to good working and social environment

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised.

We offer

  • professional development in a large, exciting, and socially influential organisation
  • an open, positive, inclusive, and diverse working environment
  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 PhD Research Fellow, NOK 532 200 salary per year. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability, or an incomplete CV.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. Read more about the employment process.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right. 


The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link "Apply for this job".

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • Academic CV
  • Cover letter (max 1 page/500words) with your motivation for this position
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, and master's- degrees. If you have not yet completed your master, provide a transcript of courses completed and your estimated date for the master´s degree completion.
  • A copy of the master thesis. For those who are near to completion, an extended abstract combined with a statement about plans to complete the thesis. Documentation of a completed master’s degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Academic works - published or under review - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 items)
  • Project proposal (max 5000 words)
  • Name and contact information of two reference people

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English.

Application deadline: 20.07.23


For questions about the position:

  • Professor Ilias Pappas, tel. +47 38 14 14 49, mobile +47 485 03 063, email ilias.pappas@uia.no
  • Professor Polyxeni Vassilakopoulou, +47 38 14 24 18, mobile +47 416 67 639, email polyxenv@uia.no

For questions about the application process:

Apply for this job

Powered by Labrador CMS