Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Department of Computer Science

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is one of Norway’s largest universities, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city center and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.


The Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD) offers higher education and research and development (R&D) activities within technical subjects, arts and design. The Faculty has approximately 3.000 students and 280 staff members and is situated at Pilestredet Campus in downtown Oslo and at Kjeller Campus in Akershus.

The Department of Computer Science offers three bachelor’s degree programmes, a master’s degree programme, and is part of a cross-departmental PhD program. Academic staff at the department are pursuing research in a wide range of areas including computer science, the natural sciences, and innovation and management. Both students and researchers are also involved in an increasing number of interdisciplinary initiatives across the university.


The Faculty of Technology, Art and Design currently has an opening for a PhD position at the Department of Computer Science. The fellowship will be for a period of four years with 25% compulsory work (teaching, lab, or project supervision responsibilities at the department). The fellowship requires admission to the new PhD-program “Engineering Science” at the TKD faculty.

Area of research

The area of research is “Real-Time Recommender Systems”. The project will investigate Intelligent Real-time Recommender Systems with the state of the art Machine Learning tools including Deep Learning, Generative Adversarial Networks and Spiking Neural Networks. The methods will be applied on audio, video and text streams or interactions, and adapt the system behavior based on the learned user preferences.

Required qualifications and skills

  • Master degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science (other degrees can also be considered depending on qualifications) with 120 ECTS or equivalent with an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E passing of grades, and Bachelor’s degree in the same fields with an average grade of C or higher.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams under supervision.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, plan, dimension and carry out own work.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. 

Desired skills and experience

  • Experience/ knowledge within machine learning.
  • Experience with Deep Learning will be beneficial for this work.
  • Scientific publications in recognized journals and/or conferences will be an advantage. 

We can offer you 

  • An exciting job opportunity at Norway’s third largest and most urban university.
  • An opportunity to contribute to research and development as well as collaboration across different research groups at OsloMet and Simula Metropolitan center for digital engineering.
  • Opportunity to work within an international research network.
  • A dynamic working environment and active research collaboration.
  • Beneficial pension arrangements with the Norwegian State Pension Fund.
  • Good employee welfare arrangements.
  • Free Norwegian classes to employees and their partners.

Read more about working at OsloMet. OsloMet’s International Career Site gives information on living and working in Oslo. 

Contact information  

  • For information or questions about the project, please contact Associate Professor Anis Yazidi, anis.yazidi@oslomet.no, +47 67 23 85 95 or Professor Paal Engelstad, paal.engelstad@oslomet.no, +47 67 23 85 38 

  • If you have technical questions about uploading the application, contact HR Advisor Hilde Tverseth, tverseth@oslomet.no, +47 67 23 84 22


Salary is set in accordance with the Norwegian State Salary Scale, job code 1017 NOK 449 400. By law 2% of the salary is deducted as to the Norwegian State Pension Fund.

The appointment of the PhD will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. All applicants must be able to communicate fluently in English (oral and written). The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy that the national labour force should to the greatest possible extent reflect the diversity of the population. Therefore, we encourage qualified candidates with immigrant background or reduced functional ability to apply for this position. OsloMet is an IA (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise and operates in compliance with the Norwegian IA agreement. Questions about adaptation and the working environment may be directed to the contact persons.


The Faculty Technology, Art and Design and Consumption Research Norway want to attract outstanding and creative candidates who can contribute to our ongoing research activities.

Under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have his or her name entered on the list of applicants. Applicants are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree. The application with a CV and certified copies of diplomas and certificates must be sent electronically via this page, with information about education and relevant experience (all in one combined PDF file).

Required documentation  

All application documents submitted should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

In addition to the online application, you must upload the following documents:

  • Application letter, describing your motivations for applying to this fellowship as well as a short overview of the qualifications, technical skills, experience, and personal skills that make you an attractive candidate for a successful and productive completion of this work.. CV and copies of diplomas/certificates including all grades.
  • Copy of MSc thesis and any other papers or publications you wish to be considered, including a full list of any publications you may have.
  • Scientific publications are not required of a PhD candidate, however, any publications will be an advantage.
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, email, and telephone number).
  • Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to include a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree: http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/diploma- supplement_en.htm
  • Applicants from non-European countries where English is not the official language must present an official language test report. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:
    • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
    • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
    • CAE: Grade A or B

You must upload all of these documents. Original documents and valid passport must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition. 

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying to the project and what makes you particularly qualified to carry out this PhD work.


Deadline for applications: 14th February 2019

Ref.: 19/00448           

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Type of employment Stipendiat
Contract type Full time
Salary NOK 449 400
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 19/00448
  • Anis Yardis, Associate Professor , +47 67 23 85 95
  • Paal Engelstad, Professor, +47 67 23 85 38
Published 16.Jan.2019
Last application date 14.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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