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Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Information Systems

Deadline: 06.01.2020

About the position

A fixed-term 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Social Sciences as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Information Systems, affiliated to the Department of Information Systems, for a period of 2 years. The position is located at Campus Kristiansand. The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1400 employees and 13 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

The Faculty of Social Sciences has approximately 110 employees and 1700 students and comprises the following four departments: Department of Information Systems, Department of Political Science and Management, Department of Global Development and Planning, and Department of Sociology and Social Work.


The position is affiliated with the Centre for Integrated Emergency Management (CIEM) at the University of Agder, which is an interdisciplinary research centre focusing on how information and communication technologies can support innovative practice in emergency preparedness and response. The centre involves 25 researchers with expertise in information systems, computer science and social sciences. At the core of CIEM’s research is collection, integration, analysis and presentation of data from different sources, as a basis for enhanced information sharing, situational awareness and decision-support in emergency response. An overall goal of CIEM is to contribute to strengthening societal security and community resilience.

The candidate is expected to contribute to CIEM’s research on real-time collection, integration, analysis and visualisation of data from relevant sources (sensors and human-generated data) for supporting situational awareness and decision-making. Ability to suggest potential data sources, open data and linked data that can be used for analysis will be considered an advantage. The position will involve fieldwork and collaboration with emergency responders, and participation in CIEM’s project activities to demonstrate the potential of the use of big data and real-time data analytics for emergency management. Scientific publications in relevant high-quality outlets are expected during the project period.

Required qualifications

The candidate should have a doctoral degree in information systems, ICT or other relevant subject areas. Potential applicants must have had their doctoral thesis approved by the time of the application deadline.

The candidate should document expertise in several of the following research areas:

  • Big data and data analytics
  • Real-time data processing and monitoring
  • The architecture of real-time data analysis
  • Data integration and visualisation
  • Control room systems
  • Situational awareness

Fluency in written and oral English is a prerequisite. Candidates who are also fluent in a Scandinavian language will be preferred.

Further provisions relating to the positions as Post-doctoral 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.

Desired qualifications

Former knowledge and experience in emergency response will be an advantage but is not a requirement. The candidate should be familiar with regulatory frameworks and privacy issues related to collecting and analyzing data, such as GDPR and national ethical guidelines.

Personal qualities

The candidate should be proactive and cooperative, as well as being able to work independently. Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised.

We offer

  • Professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation
  • A 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 17.510, code 1352, NOK gross salary per year 504.700 – 573.100. Higher salary grades may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

A good working environment is characterised by its diversity. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the position, irrespective of gender, age, disability or cultural background. The University of Agder is an IW (Inclusive Workplace).

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. The appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews. Read more about the employment process here.

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:

  • Certificates with grades
  • List of publications
  • Doctoral thesis
  • Up to 10 academic articles and R&D projects which the candidate wishes to particularly emphasise for the assessment process
  • A description of the applicant’s research interests, the background for the research questions that the applicant wishes to work on, and its relevance for the advertised position. A brief overview of relevant research pertaining to the design of assignments and relevant issues for research should also be included here.
  • Project plan (a tentative plan for the candidate’s research during the two year postdoc period)

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: 6 January 2020.


For questions about the position:

  • Professor Bjørn Erik Munkvold, Director of CIEM, tel. +47 38 14 17 72, mobile +47 48 12 59 22, e-mail [email protected]

For questions about the application process:

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