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 and a master’s degree programme, in addition to research and development activities. The department has approximately 70 staff members and 800 students.


A doctoral fellowship is currently available at the Department of Computer Science at the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design at OsloMet. The PhD Fellowship is part of the RELINK project – “Relinking the “weak link”. Building resilient digital households through interdisciplinary and multilevel exploration and intervention” funded by the IKTPluss programme at the Norwegian Research Council and led by Consumption Research Norway (SIFO).

RELINK aims to develop knowledge, tools and frameworks for addressing the risks and vulnerabilities related to the use of Internet of Things (IoT), technologies and digital services accessed from the home. The project will a) study technologies, infrastructures and practices in a variety of connected households, b) map risks and vulnerabilities related to social and technological infrastructures and networks c) develop a set of tools for managing risks and vulnerabilities by households and d) generate scenarios for the future connected home.

The appointment is for a term of 4 years with 25% duties primarily associated with education tasks (teaching, lab, supervision, etc.).

Area of research

The research group Universal Design of Information and Communication Technology (UD-ICT) group is at the forefront of research in the universal design of ICT systems. The group addresses interdisciplinary challenges including both social and technological aspects of designing, developing and evaluating ICT systems for all and for specific user groups.

The project proposal should focus on developing digital tools and materials for everyday risk management involving collaboration among researchers, household members, designers and security experts. These tools may include models and guidelines for households to ensure effective everyday risk management and user awareness of information privacy and security in smart-home environments. The tools should focus more on the processes around the creation and use of smart-home technologies, than on the technological products themselves. As such, tools may also include pedagogical practices for raising awareness and training households in securing personal data and promoting data privacy in the use of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and in relation to data collection and surveillance by commercial, non-commercial and governmental entities.

Required qualifications and skills

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Social Science, Psychology, Computer Science, Information Science, Science and Technology Studies, or field related to the themes of the RELINK project.
  • Experience with user-centered/human-centered design approaches for ICT products and services.
  • Experience in interdisciplinary research projects.
  • Final project plan for the fellowship period is required completed and acknowledged within 3 months after commencement.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, plan, dimension and direct own work.

Desired skills and experience

  • Ability and willingness to exploit possibilities for innovation.
  • Experience working with socially disadvantaged communities, in particular persons with disabilities.
  • Experience with publishing research results, preferably in international peer-reviewed conferences/ journals.
  • Academic or practical experience related to the themes of the RELINK project.
  • Knowledge of Norwegian language.
  • A keen interest in teaching and supervising students.

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 in resilient digital households.
  • 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 Ardis Storm-Mathisen, ardist@oslomet.no, +47 67 23 56 34
  • If you have technical questions about uploading the application, contact HR Advisor Hilde Tverseth, hilde.tverseth@oslomet.no, +47 67 23 84 22

Information about the Department of Computer Science and the Consumption Research Norway can be found online at:

http://www.hioa.no/eng/About-HiOA/Faculty-of-Technology-Art-and-Design/Department-of-Computer-Science at the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design and


The fellowship requires admission to a PhD programme approved by the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Technology, Art and Design. Successful enrolment into this PhD program is required before entering the PhD position.


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 (in speaking and writing). 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 of Faculty of Technology, Art and Design and Consumption Research Norway want to attract outstanding and creative candidates who can contribute to our ongoing research activities. We believe that diversity is important to achieve a good, inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of the gender, disability or cultural background.

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).

Expert committee and required documentation

All application documents submitted should be in English.

As an applicant you will be assessed by an expert committee. In addition to the online application, you must upload the following documents:

  • Application letter, describing your motivations applying for the position and qualities you have that are relevant for the successful completion of the PhD project. CV and copies of diplomas/certificates including all grades.
  • The abstract of your Master's thesis and copy of up to 5 relevant scientific publications.
  • Project proposal (max 6 pages including problem statements, choice of methods, plan for the project and references, font size 12, single line space and 2 cm margin).
  • 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)

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.

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact hilde.tverseth@oslomet.no

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: 3rd January 2019

Ref.:                                        18/12185


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Type of employment Stipendiat
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Pilestredet 52, 0130 Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 18/12185
  • Ardis Storm-Mathisen, Researcher , +4767235634
Published 07.Dec.2018
Last application date 03.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET

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