PhD Candidate in Computer Science

Updated: 10 months ago
Deadline: 15 Oct 2019

The position

UiT The Arctic University of Norway has a PhD position in Computer Science vacant for a candidate committed to take the degree of Philosophy Doctor (PhD). The position is organized under the Department of Computer Science and is part of the multidisciplinary project “Befolkningsundersøkelser i nord. En tverrfakultær satsning ved UiT Norges arktiske universitet” (“Population studies in the north. An interdisciplinary project at UiT The Arctic University of Norway”).

This computer science position is within the sub-project “Storskala infrastruktur for selvrapporterte data” (“Large-scale infrastructure for self-reported data”), which focuses on research and development of infrastructures for large-scale monitoring, recording, storage and analysis of self-reported health, lifestyle and biological data.

The appointment is for a period of four years for a candidate with knowledge, skills and will to successfully complete the PhD study within the time frame. The PhD position is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research education to the level of a doctoral degree.

Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD candidate shall participate in the Faculty of Science and Technology’s organized research training.

The research project: Large-scale infrastructure for self-reported data

The research project covers a common need for collecting continuous health data from as many people as possible, from different sources of data, and as long as possible in relation to the Tromsø population study (Tromsøundersøkelsen), m-health research on diabetes and research in statistical analysis and modeling of diabetes. The infrastructure will contribute to increased use of data and research into lifestyle and public diseases.

The main advisor for the PhD project will be Professor Gunnar Hartvigsen, Department of Computer Science, UiT, with co-advisor Professor Eirik Årsand, Norwegian Centre for E-health Research , University Hospital of North Norway .


Further information about the position is available by contacting Professor Gunnar Hartvigsen:

For administrative questions, please contact the Department’s administration:


This position requires a Master’s degree or equivalent in Computer Science. It will be preferable with knowledge of relevance to the project as described above. The master’s dissertation must be included in the application. Candidates in the final phase of their Master study may apply. A preliminary version of the dissertation can be included if the final version is not ready before the application deadline. Information about the delivery deadline for the dissertation should be given. A completed degree must be documented before an acceptable date for commencement.

The position requires admission to the PhD programme. The applicant should in addition be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, available at the same website. Information about requirements and the PhD programme is available here:

Due to public contact in the Tromsø population study, the candidate must possess fluent verbal and written Norwegian communication skills.

During the assessment emphasis will be put on your potential for research, motivation and suitability for the position.


Your application must include:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • List of references with contact information
  • Documentation on English proficiency , if you don’t have a diploma from a Norwegian upper secondary school
  • Master thesis, and any other academic works
  • Diplomas and transcripts:
    • diploma and transcript from your Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
    • diploma and transcript from your Master’s degree or equivalent
    • diploma supplement for completed degrees

Proficiency in the Norwegian language can be documented in the following ways:

  • Diploma from a Norwegian upper secondary school
  • Passed exam in Norwegian as a second language at “VKII” level (3. year)
  • Passed level 3 exam in Norwegian for international students at the universities
  • Passed exam from one year’s university study in Norwegian language and society for international students
  • The Bergen Test: test in Norwegian – higher level. Written test with a minimum of 450 points or a “Pass” (in new grade scale). Those who have Swedish or Danish as a first language and who fulfil the general university and college admission requirements in their native country do not need to take the test.

Documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications through Jobbnorge. Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted by the stipulated deadline.

We offer
  • Involvement in an interesting research project
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • A large degree of independence in work
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

The normal period of appointment is four years. The PhD study is standardized to three years. The fourth year consists of teaching or other duties for the university, organized according to a distribution formula of 25 % per year in agreement with the Head of Department.

Remuneration for the position of PhD Candidate is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here:


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. During this assessment process, emphasis will be attached to the applicant’s potential for research as shown by:

  • Master’s thesis or equivalent
  • Publications
  • Any other academic works
  • Knowledge and interest of the specific project and it`s topic

In addition, consideration may be given to work experience or other activities of significance for the implementation of the PhD studies, and to any teaching qualifications. This includes teaching education, teaching experience, experience from popularization and experience/education from other types of dissemination.

The applicants assessed as the best qualified can be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position.

As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.


The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants . 

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. UiT will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability

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.

About UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UiT – Developing the High North

UiT  is a multi-campus research university and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. UiT is the largest research and educational institution in northern Norway with about 16,000 students and 3,400 employees. UiT is a founding member of the University of the Arctic, an international network of study and research institutions of the circumpolar region. Two hundred international agreements secure an active academic exchange of students and staff with partner institutions worldwide.

Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.

The Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science  provides a strong international research environment with 13 tenured faculty members, 4 adjunct professors, 4 post doctors and researchers, 7 technical/ administrative staff members and about 20 PhD students. The goal of the Department is to advance the research and teaching of computer science as a discipline, to demonstrate leadership within our areas of interest, and to contribute to society through our education, research and dissemination.

The Medical Informatics and Telemedicine  (MI&T) group studies medical- and health-related computer science issues within the broader area of health informatics and digital medicine, including self-management systems for people with diabetes, smartphone-based social media applications and serious computer games for people with diabetes, motivational mechanisms in e-health, electronic disease and health surveillance, medical sensor systems, patient modelling, enhanced patient interaction through ICT, telemedicine systems in homes and telemedicine services in remote areas. All projects are done in cooperation with, or closely connected to, Norwegian Centre for E-health Research , University Hospital of North Norway .

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