PhD research fellow positions in Computer Science / Software Engineering

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Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)
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Job Status: Expired
No of Vacancies: 2
Date Posted: December 4, 2017
Expiry Date: January 14, 2018
Job Type: PhD
Job Level: Any
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Salary Type: Fixed
Salary: NOK436.900
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On January 1st, 2017, Bergen University College, Sogn og Fjordane University College and Stord/Haugesund University College merged to form Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

With about 16,000 students, it is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels.

Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal. 

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), Faculty of Engineering and Science, Campus Bergen, has 1-2 open positions as PhD research fellow in computer science/software engineering on introducing personalized treatment of mental health problems using adaptive technology.

The PhD research fellow(s) will be affiliated with the faculty’s PhD programme in computer science ( which currently includes 20 professors and associate professors, 15 PhD students, and more than 50 master’s students. The PhD programme at HVL has a strong focus on applied research, and on ICT as an enabling technology. The research environment has cooperation with many national and international research groups, and with national and regional industry partners. The programme encompass the research themes of software engineering, engineering computing and sensor networks.

Project objectives
The PhD research fellow position(s) are funded by the Norwegian Research Council as part of ICT lighthouse project INTROMAT – Introducing personalized treatment of Mental health problems using Adaptive Technology ( The project has a total budget of 74.2 M NOK across 15 academic and industrial partners. The main responsibility of HVL in the project is to provide a modular and flexible ICT infrastructure with corresponding tools that supports the core clinical processes in the mental health domain.

The research will be performed by developing new techniques in the fields of Model Driven Software Engineering (MDSE), in cooperation with researchers from the fields of Interaction Design(ID) and researchers and practitioners from the health care domain. The developed infrastructure will be used both for conducting research with ICT in mental health and as a reference software architecture for development of e-health services. Specifically, the project has the following main objectives:

  • Establish the necessary infrastructure for experimenting with the use of new ICT for mental health;
  • Establish infrastructure to carry out clinical trials to test new ICT in mental health herein establishment of a high-level reference software architecture for mental health including the description of the interoperability with the clinical support systems such as EHR and Medical Research Databases;
  • Transition of knowledge to the health sector and provide means such that the ICT industry could develop new ICT solutions for mental health by offering domain specific APIs and domain specific development tools.

The PhD project(s) will span one or more of the following areas, depending on the qualifications and interests
of the successful applicant:

  • Software architecture for health applications;
  • Modelling of clinical pathways in mental health;
  • Development of visual modelling languages for health care professionals.

The successful candidate(s) will be part of the software engineering research group at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences ( ). The group is internationally active working on model-based software engineering and software verification, and is conducting research ranging from theoretical foundations to computer tools. The research will also be conducted in close cooperation with other INTROMAT project partners.

The successful applicant must have earned a master’s degree or equivalent in informatics/computer science or in a closely related field, or have submitted the master’s thesis before the application deadline. In the latter case, it is required that the master’s degree be awarded within 4 weeks after the application deadline. The applicant must provide transcripts documenting course titles and course grades for bachelor and master’s studies. In addition, the master’s thesis should be submitted as an attachment to the main application.

In addition to the required educational background, the following criteria will be evaluated: competence and grades on completed course work, quality of the master’s thesis (excellent grade, equivalent of grade B or better on the ECTS grading system), publications (if any), research and teaching experience, practical software engineering skills and experience. A solid background in model driven software engineering, formal foundations for software modelling and verification, combined with practical software development skills and experience will be considered an advantage when candidates are ranked. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit a possible outline (max. 2 pages) of a research plan within their interests for a potential PhD project. The candidate must be diligent and display the ability to work independently, supplemented with regular guidance, and is expected to carry out highquality research and to publish the results in international workshops, conferences, and journals.

The PhD research fellow must enroll in the 3-year PhD programme in Computer Science: Software Engineering, Sensor Networks and Engineering Computing at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and must meet the formal admission requirements for admission into the PhD programme. The PhD candidate will be assigned two academic supervisor(s) at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. An application for enrolment should first be submitted after an appointment is made and the supervisor(s) will help with this procedure. The candidate must be enrolled as a PhD student within 3 months from the start of the employment.

Application procedure
Applications will be evaluated by an expert panel of three members. Applicants are asked to submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply now”. The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment to the online application:

  • Master thesis
  • Copies of selected academic publications (no more than 5)
  • A CV with a complete list of academic publications
  • Diplomas and certificates

Applicants should indicate which publications or parts of publications should be given special consideration in the evaluation. If the documents submitted are not in a Scandinavian language or in English, the applicants must submit certified translations of these. The transcripts must specify the topics, the course works, and the grades at the bachelor`s and master`s degree levels.

Applicants should note that the evaluation will be based on the documentation submitted electronically via Jobbnorge within the submission deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date. It is of utmost importance that all publications to be considered in the evaluation are uploaded as an attachment with the application, since these are sent electronically to the expert panel. Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at the college.

Initial salaries will be offered at pay grade nok 436.900.- (code 1017) in the Civil Service pay grade table scale. There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund. The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

General information
The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State Employees Law in Norway (Lov om statens ansatte). Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and sex composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds.
Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.

Applicants may be called in for an interview.


Professor Yngve Lamo, e-mail:, phone: +47 55 58 75 67
Professor Håvard Helstrup, e-mail:, phone: +47 55 58 75 61

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