Post-doctoral Fellow Position - Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Deadline: 15.08.2021

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

With about 16,000 students, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, spread out on five campuses Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord og Haugesund.

Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal.

The Faculty of Engineering and Science has approximately 270 employees and approximately 3,200 students. The faculty has a broad educational offer at both bachelor's and master's level in engineering and science, as well as PhD education in computer technology. The Mohns Center for Innovation and Regional Development researches innovation and offers master's education in innovation and entrepreneurship. The diving education offers a one-year vocational school education.

The main part of the faculty's activities are in Haugesund, Bergen, Sogndal and Førde, but we also offer decentralized education in Kristiansund and Stord.

The faculty's activities are internationally based and take place in close collaboration with regional companies, clusters, health trusts and the public sector, including other institutions in the university and college sector. This applies to research, development, innovation and not least education with student projects at all levels.

Post-doctoral Fellow Position in Software Engineering and Technology for Smart Software System

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences has an open position as a post-doctoral researcher for two years. The position is funded by the university grant S3UNIP project on smart software systems

About the position:

Research group and environment

The researcher will be affiliated with the software engineering research group at HVL. The research group currently includes 10 professors and associate professors, one post-doctoral researcher,12 PhD candidates, and several master’s students. The group focuses on foundations of software engineering, development of tools and technologies, empirical software engineering, as well as implementation and evaluation of software system prototypes. The group is involved in research projects in the areas of healthcare, embedded systems, robotics and industrial automation, internet-of-things and cloud computing, application of machine learning, automotive software systems, and IT security. The research group has cooperation with many national and international research groups, and with national and regional industry partners.

Project and duties of the post

Software technology is playing a dominant role in realizing intelligent solutions for society, and the software engineering research group is involved in several externally funded projects related to smart software systems. These include the SmartOcean centre for research-based innovation, a smart city initiative with the municipality of Bergen, the DYNAMIC project on early fire risk warning, and the NFR lighthouse project on Introducing Personalized Treatment of Mental Health Problems using Adaptive Technology. The group has also recently been involved in the EU Horizon 2020 COEMS project on runtime verification and testing of software in industrial automation.

Smart software systems employ a combination of cloud computing software and platforms, autonomous computing devices, sensors and actuators with Internet connectivity, and model- based data analytics and prediction. The S3UNIP project will undertake research into technology platforms and frameworks supporting the development of smart software systems. This will include research, prototyping, and software tool development, in collaboration with permanent staff members, post-doctoral researchers, and PhD students. The post-doctoral researcher will also be broadly involved in ongoing research efforts within model-driven software engineering, automated code generation, software testing, quality, and verification. The successful applicant is expected to contribute to project management, the development of national and EU funding applications, and research papers in high-quality conferences and journals in collaboration with the permanent research staff members. The post-doctoral researcher may have minor teaching and supervision duties in relation to the PhD programme in computer science offered by the faculty.

The position is available from 01.11.2021 - 31.10.2023 in 100 percent position.

Workplace is campus Bergen.


The successful applicant must have earned a PhD degree in informatics/computer science/software engineering or have submitted the PhD thesis before the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.

The scientific profile must cover one or more of the following areas:

  • Software technology for smart systems, including cloud computing, distributed systems middleware, software engineering for internet-of-things, AI-assisted modelling and analysis, application of AI in software engineering
  • Foundations of software engineering, including architecture, security, verification, testing, quality, and model-driven software engineering
  • Software engineering tools and methodology, including model-driven software engineering and verification

In addition to the required educational background and scientific profile, the following criteria will be evaluated:

  • Publication track record, quality of publications, ability to lead the writing of papers
  • Quality and relevance of the PhD thesis
  • Ability to work in the intersection of theoretical and applied research
  • Experience with the development and writing of funding applications
  • Practical software engineering skills and experience from industrial collaboration

The applicant must provide (1) a research proposal (1-2 pages) relating his/her scientific profile to the areas of the position. In addition, the applicant must provide (2) a copy of the PhD thesis, (3) a CV including publication list, and (4) up to five selected publications. The applicant must give (5) an account of his/her contribution to the selected papers submitted with the application, and involvement in the writing of external funding applications (if any). Applicants will be evaluated against their prospective starting date, capacity for dissemination, their ability to collaborate, as well as their potential for establishing relevant national and international research contacts. Short-listed candidates might be required to give a research presentation, in addition to an interview.

Application procedure:

To apply for this position, please use the link “Apply for this job” (“Søk stillingen”).

The applications will be assessed by the information entered in www.jobbnorge.no at the application deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date, including the scientific work (up to 15 pieces), complete publication list, certificates and diplomas. If the diplomas, transcripts or other documentation are not in a scandinavian language or English, the applicants must upload the certified translation themselves. If the attachments exceed 15 MB, they must be compressed before uploading or attaching as a link.

The applications will be sent electronically to the expert committee. Based on the committee's recommendation, qualified applicants will be invited to an interview and an trial lecture. Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

We offer:

  • Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence enhancement and development
  • Opportunities for training within the working hours

The position as postdoctoral is paid according to the Government's salary regulation, in position code 1352 - postdoctoral Fellow.

There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see this link for more information ). The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

General information:

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State employees Law in Norway ("Lov om statens ansatte)". Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and gender composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds.

Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.


1) Professor Adrian Rutle email: [email protected]

2) Professor Volker Stolz email: [email protected]

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