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PhD Research Fellowship in Security and Risk Management for 5G Networks

Deadline: 04.07.2021

About the position

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..

A position as PhD Research Fellow is available at the Department of Informatics, the University of Oslo, to work on Security and Risk Management for 5G Networks, as part of the Raksha research project funded by the Research Council of Norway.

The scholarship period is 3 years devoted to PhD coursework and research training. Candidates may be offered one additional year by the Department of Informatics; the 4-year position then entails a compulsory workload of 25% that may consist of teaching and supervision duties.

The starting date must be no later than 1 October 2021. Applicants who are currently working on their master’s degree have until 31 August 2021 to complete the final exam.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

Job description

The PhD project will focus on technologies for Cyber Security in general, with specific focus on Security and Risk Management for 5G Networks. Research project tasks will typically involve some of the following activities: theoretical modelling, development of prototype software tools, analysis and experimentation, writing of scientific publications, as well as some project management.

The PhD position is located at the Department of Informatics and specifically in the Research Group for Digital Security.

The PhD student will work in the context of the Digital-Security Group, and in particular as part of the Raksha project which is funded by RCN (the Research Council of Norway). The PhD-student will collaborate with the other project partners SINTEF, SimulaMet and USN (University of South-East Norway).

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. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

Required qualifications

  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent in one or several of the following disciplines: Information/Cyber/Digital Security, Computer Science, Informatics, (Mobile) Communication Technology, Societal Security, Resilience and Risk Management.
  • Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system.

Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 31 August, 2021 to complete the final exam.

Only candidates with citizenship from European, NATO and “Five Eyes” countries may apply for this position. The reason for this is that cyber security research may involve collaboration with defense and national security organizations where a security clearance may be needed.

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
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries

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:



Personal skills

The candidate must have excellent abilities to express herself/himself in English, both in writing and orally. It is expected that the candidate will be able to work independently, and within a relatively short time be able to take initiatives to make contacts and to collaborate with the national and international research community.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 491 200 – 534 400 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
  • A stimulating, flexible, and creative work environment in a research group with strong links both within academia and to industry
  • 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 and transcripts of records and letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone 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).

Shortlisted applicants will be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

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

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of 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.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

For enquiries about this position please contact:

For questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen, phone:+47 22854272,e-mail: [email protected].

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