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PhD Vacancy in Dynamic Interdependency Models for Critical Infrastructures – SFI NORCICS

Norway, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

At the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK) we have a vacancy for a PhD Candidate in “Dynamic Interdependency Models for Critical Infrastructures ” – NTNU, Norway 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 years
Salary: NOK 491 200 per annum

Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU
Trondheim, Norway

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Qualification Details

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, or similar engineering education, electronic engineering and/or computer science.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level.
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • You must 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
  • Excellent 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.

Responsibilities/Job Description

  • 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.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

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.

The application must include (Departments to choose from the following):

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Name and address of three referees
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

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 position

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

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. These 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.

The position's working place is NTNU campus in Gjøvik.

You will report to the Head of the Department.

About the Employer: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

Note or Other details

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from NOK 491 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. 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.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

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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 If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Katrine Rennan, email

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