PhD fellowships in Applied Information Technology

Deadline: 31.10.2024

Kristiania University College is offering up to six fully funded PhD fellowships in Applied Information Technology for a fixed-term period of three (3) years beginning in August 2025. During this time, the successful applicant will be employed at Kristiania University College and included in a team of researchers with ambitious plans to further develop research and pedagogical activities at the university college.

About Kristiania University College

Kristiania University College is Norway's largest independent comprehensive university college with 18,000 students. Our mission is to strongly contribute to Norway's social and economic development through problem-driven and applied knowledge development and dissemination, in close cooperation with the public and private sectors. Students can choose from a large portfolio of study programmes at the bachelor’s and master’s levels that are offered in Oslo, Bergen and online. Among these are study programmes in management, organization, marketing, communication, computer science, information technology, health sciences, innovation, and creative arts. The two PhD programmes at Kristiania University College offer advanced graduate work in most of these fields. For more information about the PhD programmes, see here.

About the positions

The PhD position is a three-year fulltime position that involves 30 ECTS credits of required course work. This is equivalent to one semester of study. The remaining time is allocated to the development and completion of an independent research project, which takes the form of a written dissertation. The three-year employment period granted to the successful candidate may be reduced if the candidate has previously been employed in a PhD position.

The successful candidate is expected to live and work in the Oslo region during the employment period and to take an active part in scholarly and social activities at Kristiania.

Description of the subject areas

The PhD program in Applied Information Technology is built on three academic pillars: Software engineering, computer science and information systems. Most of the research takes place at the School of Economics, Innovation, and Technology, but relevant research also takes place at Kristiania’s other schools. The successful candidate will take part in research groups within relevant areas at Kristiania, and applicants must enclose a project description with topics or research questions within one or more of the research areas outlined here.

For more information about Kristiania’s research groups see here.

Applicants are encouraged to contact relevant research groups at Kristiania for more information.

Qualifications and personal qualities

Required qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (120 ECTS or equivalent) in a relevant subject area with a grade B or better on the master’s thesis and for the master’s degree in total. The master’s thesis must be a minimum of 30 ECTS or equivalent. The relevance of the subject areas is dependent on the type of project candidates propose.
  • Relevant 180 ECTS bachelor’s degree
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English (interviews, and all communication will be in English)
  • Strong methodological skills and technical skills (technical skills such as coding is necessary when the proposed project requires it). If necessary technical skills might be assessed through a home exercise, and a technical interview)

Personal qualities:

  • Curiosity and a strong motivation to carry out independent research
  • Good communication and cooperation skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • The ability, desire and capacity to work independently, systematically, and purposefully
  • Orientation toward the completion of projects and the attainment of goals

Emphasis will be placed on personal suitability for the position.

Your application must include:

  • A research proposal of maximum 10 pages. All applicants are required to follow Kristiania’s template for PhD research proposals
  • A short cover letter (maximum 2 pages), describing the applicant’s qualifications, motivation, and research interests.
  • Official Transcripts and Diplomas in a Scandinavian or English language. If the original is in another language than these, then both the original and an English translation should be submitted.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Master’s thesis
  • Any relevant publications
  • The names and contact information of two reference persons. (One should preferably be the main supervisor/advisor of your master’s thesis.)

Kristiania University College will only process applications submitted through our electronic recruitment system. All documents must be uploaded in this system for your application to be considered. The documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be authorized, and you must be prepared to present originals during a potential interview. Kristiania conducts document verification to ensure a genuine evaluation and fair competition for you as a candidate. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Evaluation of the applicants

All complete applications from qualified applicants will be assessed by an expert committee.

The following will be considered:

  • The project's scientific quality, including originality and innovation, as well as relevance to the topics listed above, will be particularly emphasized.
  • The applicant’s academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame
  • Results from the master's degree and the master's thesis
  • Knowledge of theories and methods within the relevant field of research
  • Ambitions to conduct high-level research
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities
  • The applicant’s desire and motivation to complete a PhD at Kristiania

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.

We offer:

    • An exciting job in a dynamic professional environment in an organization with high ambitions
    • A pleasant and stimulating working environment with good colleagues
    • Opportunities for professional development
    • Good insurance and pension schemes
    • Corporate sports teams and training facilities
    • Modern workspace in downtown Oslo

The starting salary is 532,200 NOK per year. 

Kristiania University College welcomes and encourages diversity. Women and persons with minority background are particularly encouraged to apply. 

We use Semac background checks in our recruitment process.

Application deadline: October 31, 2024. 

All application submitted withing this date will be assessed, but we will assess the applications continuously.

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding the positions, please contact Moutaz Haddara (moutaz.haddara@kristiania.no)

For more information about Kristiania.

Only applications received through our application portal within the deadline will be considered.



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