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PhD on the project "Societal security and digital identities" (SODI) NTNU - Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet

Søknadsfrist : 01.08.2021
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At NTNU, creating knowledge for a better world is the vision that unites our 9 000 employees and 42 000 students.

We are looking for dedicated employees to join us.

You will find more information about working at NTNU and the application process Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon


About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD Candidate at the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

The Societal security and digital identities (SODI) project (see Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon) will study how law and technology can work together to detect and reduce vulnerabilities linked to the use and misuse of eID systems and thereby contribute to resilient and adaptable systems in Norway and internationally. This work requires an understanding of the security vulnerabilities of electronic identity systems.


Duties of the position

The PhD candidate will work on the analysis of electronic identity systems seen as cryptographic systems involving humans. This involves building appropriate models for systems involving humans and analysing existing systems (in particular Norwegian and Estonian systems), both from a cryptographic point of view and from a human user point of view. The analysis will incorporate data from real-world attacks as well as from empirical user studies (e.g., user tests conducted in an experimental setting). The project will be done in cooperation with DnB and Cybernetica.

The candidate will participate in the NTNU Applied Cryptography Laboratory and have a co-supervisor from the Department of Information Security and Communications Technology.

Required selection criteria
  • You must have a master's degree in mathematics, communication technology, digital security or similar.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon
  • The position is also open for final year NTNU master students on the integrated PhD programme.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon and Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon


Preferred selection criteria
  • It is desirable with a strong background in cryptography (theoretical or applied).
  • An interest in Human-Computer Interaction and related fields and/or previous experience with user research is a plus.
  • An understanding of Scandinavian or Estonian society may be considered an advantage.
  • Good written and oral English language skills.

Personal characteristics

We are looking for someone who

  • is highly motivated for the position
  • is hard working and interested in learning new topics
  • has excellent communication skills
We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years. The department might have the possibility to offer up to 1 year in addition with teaching duties.
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Mathematical Sciences (Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon) within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.


About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas 
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted. 
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position. 
  • Name and address of three referees 
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work 

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon


General information

Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Kristian Gjøsteen, telephone Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon, Email: Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjonLogg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon.Please submit your application electronically via Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon.

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2021/33854 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.08.2021.





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This is NTNU

At NTNU, creating knowledge for a better world is the vision that unites our 9 000 employees and 42 000 students.

We are looking for dedicated employees to join us.

You will find more information about working at NTNU and the application process Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon


About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD Candidate at the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

The Societal security and digital identities (SODI) project (see Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon) will study how law and technology can work together to detect and reduce vulnerabilities linked to the use and misuse of eID systems and thereby contribute to resilient and adaptable systems in Norway and internationally. This work requires an understanding of the security vulnerabilities of electronic identity systems.


Duties of the position

The PhD candidate will work on the analysis of electronic identity systems seen as cryptographic systems involving humans. This involves building appropriate models for systems involving humans and analysing existing systems (in particular Norwegian and Estonian systems), both from a cryptographic point of view and from a human user point of view. The analysis will incorporate data from real-world attacks as well as from empirical user studies (e.g., user tests conducted in an experimental setting). The project will be done in cooperation with DnB and Cybernetica.

The candidate will participate in the NTNU Applied Cryptography Laboratory and have a co-supervisor from the Department of Information Security and Communications Technology.

Required selection criteria
  • You must have a master's degree in mathematics, communication technology, digital security or similar.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon
  • The position is also open for final year NTNU master students on the integrated PhD programme.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon and Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon


Preferred selection criteria
  • It is desirable with a strong background in cryptography (theoretical or applied).
  • An interest in Human-Computer Interaction and related fields and/or previous experience with user research is a plus.
  • An understanding of Scandinavian or Estonian society may be considered an advantage.
  • Good written and oral English language skills.

Personal characteristics

We are looking for someone who

  • is highly motivated for the position
  • is hard working and interested in learning new topics
  • has excellent communication skills
We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years. The department might have the possibility to offer up to 1 year in addition with teaching duties.
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Mathematical Sciences (Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon) within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.


About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas 
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted. 
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position. 
  • Name and address of three referees 
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work 

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon


General information

Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Kristian Gjøsteen, telephone Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon, Email: Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjonLogg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon.Please submit your application electronically via Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon.

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2021/33854 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.08.2021.





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