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NTNU, PERSEUS – PhD Candidate Position within Dynamic Interdependency Models for Critical Infrastructures, Norway, May 2022

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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applications for a Ph.D. Candidate in “Dynamic Interdependency Models for Critical Infrastructures” at the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology, Norway – May 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491,200 NOK/Year

Workplace:
Department of Information Security and Communication Technology

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

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Qualification Details

Required selection criteria

  • International mobility requirements: Applicants of any age and any nationality will be eligible as far as they fulfil the mobility requirement of the COFUND programme, namely, the applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organization (Norway) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline of PERSEUS.Candidates must at the date of the call deadline be within the first four years of their research careers and not yet be awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when the candidate obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (e.g. from the Master's degree).
  • Education requirements: 5 years of higher education (BSC and MSC) or education equal to (300 ECTS). The grade requirements are B or higher (based on NTNU’s grading scale). Master degree must be completed by the call deadline. Education will have to be documented by diploma supplement or equivalent documentation in English and include a description of the educational system. International Relations do require Chinese diplomas to be verified using CHSI. The NTNU Office of International Relations will evaluate degrees and diplomas.
  • Language skill requirements: The applicants will be asked to provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken. The following certificates may be used as such evidence: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).
  • Export of Knowledge Control: The PhD candidates who, based on a comprehensive first-hand assessment, might come into conflict with legislation governing exports of knowledge, technology and services will not advance further from the first stage in the recruitment process. For further information, please refer to the Export Control Act.

In addition, the candidate must:

  • Have knowledge in the relevant thematic area and specific digital skills.
  • Have a professionally relevant background in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, or similar engineering education, electronic engineering and/or computer science.
  • Meet the requirements for admission to the IE faculty’s doctoral program.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • Mathematical maturity
  • Strong motivation for high quality research
    • Background in information/cyber security is helpful
    • Research background within at least one of the aforementioned fields is desirable.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Completeness of application.
  • Good written and oral English language skills.

Personal characteristics

  • Be scientifically curious and open to new research challenges.
  • Demonstrate independence and persistence in addressing technical problems.
  • Be flexible and reliable, with ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team.
  • Commitment and delivery with respect to deadlines.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Graph and combinatorial models representing dependencies and interdependencies and flows of resources have been studied intensively also with a view to representing susceptibility of represented structures to attacks. However, we are interested to study highly sparse dynamic graphs and structures within these as well as efficient algorithms that allow the determination particularly of local properties. This is motivated by the application domains of modern infrastructure networks whose topology will usually be dynamic and may only be partially known; this would render insights into properties that would e.g. indicate vulnerabilities obsolete or wrong. The ability to obtain timely insights also for large networks would hence allow targeted responses and resilience mechanisms that are widely applicable.

The research will be carried out within the context of SFI NORCICS, the research-based innovation Norwegian Center for Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors. Critical sectors include electricity production and distribution, oil & gas production and distribution, manufacturing, healthcare, industrial production, smart districts. NORCICS follows a holistic, comprehensive and systemic approach addressing people, processes and technology to protect critical sectors throughout the cybersecurity core functions (identify, protect, detect, respond, recover). NORCICS has partners from academia, research, the public sector and the industry.

This PhD project is a part of the PERSEUS doctoral programme: A collaboration between NTNU- Norway’s largest university, 11 top-level academic partners in 8 European countries, and 8 industrial partners within sectors of high societal relevance.

Within PERSEUS we will recruit 40 PhD candidates who want to contribute to a smart, safe and sustainable future. We are looking for highly skilled PhD candidates motivated to approach societal challenges within one of the following thematic areas:

  • Big data and AI
  • Digital Twins
  • Internet of Things
  • Extended Reality
  • Information and Cyber Security

All participants in the PERSEUS network bring unique and important qualities with them into the doctoral programme. The PERSEUS PhD candidates will have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers in the partner institutions and in other project consortia, and benefit from these collaborative research and education activities.

As part of the PERSEUS team you will work alongside other highly motivated and talented PhD candidates and researchers. You will also have access to the knowledge base, state-of-the-art research infrastructure, and impact orientation of the partners in the team.

In addition to your education and development within the thematic research area, you will gain transferable skills within project development and management, science communication, research ethics, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking, as well as basic university didactics.

As a PERSEUS PhD candidate, you will be employed by NTNU. During your stay, you will do a 2–3 month international stay and a 1-2 month national stay with one of the PERSEUS partners. This will allow you to extend your network within academia and industry, and to learn about your research area from an academic, innovation, and societal perspective.

The duration of the PhD employment is 36 months

Starting gross salary is 491.200 NOK/year (equal to approx. 49.000 EUR/year by the exchange rate of February 2022)

We are looking for PhD candidates from all nationalities, who want to contribute to our quest to create knowledge for a better world. PERSEUS recruits candidates according to the EU’s mobility rule, i.e. applicants cannot have spent more than 12 months in Norway during the last 3 years, be within the first four years of their research careers and not yet be awarded a doctoral degree.

We believe in fair and open processes. All applications will be considered through a transparent evaluation procedure, with independent observers involved.

The position's working place is NTNU campus in Gjøvik. We look forward to welcome you to the PERSEUS team.

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

You will report to the Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • The PhD candidate will work on challenging research problems related to the study of graph and other combinatorial structures concentrating primarily on highly sparse finite graphs where some constraints and properties, particularly local properties may be known. The candidate will study models and algorithms commonly used for more general graph classes as to their potential for optimal adaptation to the type of graphs studied here. A particular interest is in the ability to prove local properties and their preservation under updates of the graph. The work may also encompass the adaptation of the above models to represent incomplete information and ability to preserve certain properties under such a model.
  • Undertaking the necessary courses (30 ECTS) as part of the PhD programme.
  • Submitting an application for admission and a research plan no later than 3 months after the employment.
  • Conducting high quality research and report progress on a regular basis and in agreement with the supervisors.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 2022//492

Application Procedure

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.

Please submit your application electronically via Jobbnorge website. Applications submitted elsewhere/incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants must upload the following documents within the closing date:

  • CV including information relevant for the qualifications, submitted together with an identification document.
  • Name, current affiliation and email address of at least 2 persons that will provide reference for you.
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and transcripts and 2 reference letters.
  • Applicants from universities outside of Norway will be requested to send a diploma supplement (or a similar document) which describes in details the study and grading system, and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).
  • A research interest description (maximum 2 pages) that includes a short presentation of the motivation for a PhD study, suitability for the position and the applicant’s view towards listed research challenges as well as the theoretical and methodological approach to the challenges.
  • Scientific publications (if any). 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 The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

About the Department

Department of Information Security and Communication Technology

Research is vital to the security of our society. We teach and conduct research in cyber security, information security, communications networks and networked services. Our areas of expertise include biometrics, cyber defence, cryptography, digital forensics, security in e-health and welfare technology, intelligent transportation systems and malware. The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

About the Employer:

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Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017 and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 per annum before tax, however it may be negotiable (increased) depending on high level of qualifications and research experience of the candidate. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years.Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Information Security and Communication Technology  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.

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

General information

Working at NTNU

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 Gjøvik has a population of 30 000 and is a town known for its rich music and cultural life. The beautiful nature surrounding the city is ideal for an active outdoor life! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

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 are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2022//492 when applying.

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Contact details

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Stephen Wolthusen, telephone +47 61 13 52 89, email [email protected]. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Katrine Rennan, email [email protected].

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