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PhD Research Fellow in Digital Innovation

Deadline: 12.02.2023

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.


The Department of Informatics (IFI) is one of nine departments belonging to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. IFI is Norway’s largest university department for general education and research in Computer Science and related topics.


The Department has more than 1800 students on bachelor level, 600 master students, and over 240 PhDs and postdocs. The overall staff of the Department is close to 370 employees, about 280 of these in full time positions. The full time tenured academic staff is 75, mostly Full/Associate Professors.

Job description

One position as PhD Research Fellow in Digital Innovation is available in the Section for Digitalization at the Department of Informatics. The candidate will be affiliated with the “Digital innovation” research group. The group’s main research focus is to produce and disseminate new knowledge on digital transformation and its consequences for individuals, organizations, and societies.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.Starting date no later than 1 October, 2023.

The fellowship period is 3 years. A fourth year may be considered with a workload of 25 % that may consist of teaching, supervision duties, and/or research assistance. This is dependent upon the qualification of the applicant and the current needs of the department.

More about the position

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate interested in developing and conducting research on the topic of digital twins. Digital twins are digital solutions that recreate real physical assets in digital format and are being increasingly used across industries with an intent of enabling organizations to optimize and reduce the time, costs, and efforts of operating and maintaining their assets. Specific areas of interest within the context of digital twins include data sharing and exchange, emergence of digital innovation, and sustainability.

We ask applicants to provide a 3-page project proposal describing what she or he would like to specifically focus on during PhD, within the outlined above research directions.

The Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo is the oldest and largest in Norway and is consistently ranked as one of the top institutions in the field of Computer Science in the world. Faculty members conduct research at the highest international level and publish their work in top academic journals. The candidate will be affiliated with the “Digital Innovation” research group. The group aims to produce novel theoretical understanding of the digitalization phenomena as well as to provide various stakeholder groups such as designers, IT leaders, and governments with concrete and practical advice and solutions to guide their digitalization efforts. The candidate is expected to contribute to the broader research environment at the Department by participating in various research activities and disseminating findings at local and international research seminars, workshops, conferences etc.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. Candidate for this fellowship will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Digital economy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, Organizational studies or an adjacent field (e.g. Strategy, Management, Organization Studies)
  • Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system
  • Candidates need to document excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries and exemptions from the requirements

Desired qualifications

The following will be regarded beneficial in the selection process:

  • Demonstrated strong background and interest in the topics of digital innovation and digital economy.
  • Enthusiasm for research and the ability to work independently, while being an active member of a research team.
  • Experience with qualitative research methods.
  • Competence in Norwegian (or a Scandinavian language) due to Scandinavia being a preferred empirical setting for the project.

Grade requirements:

The norm is as follows:

  • The average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • The average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • The Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position.

For more information see here and here.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 501 200 – 544 400 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Career development programmes
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter - statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of the original Bachelor and Master’s degree diploma, transcripts of records
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • Project proposal on the outlined above topic (3 pages)
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system (please follow the link “Apply for this job”). Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

For further information please contact: Associate Professor Raissa Pershina by e-mail: [email protected]

For questions regarding Jobbnorge, please contact HR Adviser Therese Ringvold, e-mail: [email protected]

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