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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Decentralised Systems Engineering – NTNU, Norway – Dec 2021

Norway, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

The successful candidate should be able to conduct empirical research, development and engineering tasks in the area of computer systems dedicated to distributed and decentralised systems. The successful candidate will work within the Decentralised Systems Engineering Lab (DSE Lab).

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: -
Salary: 553 500 NOK/Year

Decentralised Systems Engineering Lab (DSE Lab)
Department of Computer Science
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

Trondheim, ,

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Qualification Details

A postdoctoral research fellowship is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. The postdoc’s main objective is to enhance and further develop research skills acquired during the PhD. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in Information Systems or Software Engineering or a related area, or equivalent foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required. Preferably, the PhD degree should have a focus on distributed and decentralised technologies, blockchain, smart contracts, autonomous organisations, DeFi protocols, privacy preserving technologies, decentralised identity systems (SSI), or other related fields related to decentralisation.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant 

Other qualifications we seek for this position are the following: Mandatory/Core requirement:

  • A good, documented understanding of the relevant research fields and experience with latest distributed and decentralised technologies.​​
  • Software engineering and system development skills.
  • Proven skills in applying qualitative, quantitative, or mixed research methods in real-world organizations.
  • Demonstrated research capability via a good publication record in the relevant areas.
  • The ability and willingness to conduct research independently as well as collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Hands-on experience with blockchain on layer 1 and layer 2.
  • Hands-on experience with DeFi protocols and technologies.
  • Experience from documented research and open source project will be considered an advantage

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to interact, also independently, with various stakeholders including external organizations
  • Ability to deal with cross-disciplinary challenges
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly acquire knowledge in new topics
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in a team-based environment
  • Passion for uncovering new knowledge and explaining it to others

Responsibilities/Job Description

  • Explore, develop and evaluate the use of various existing and emerging decentralisation technologies
  • Participate in the management and coordination of the Decentralised Systems Engineering Laboratory, within areas relevant to the position
  • Organize cross unit workshops to enhance collaboration between various members and partners
  • Lead/support research proposals from IDI in the area of decentralised technologies
  • Communicate and disseminate results to academic and non-academic stakeholders
  • Publish in international conferences and journals in the relevant fields
  • Support in teaching, academic and training activities”

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: 2021/58168 
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

  • CV, including a list of all publications in peer-reviewed conferences and journals
  • Certified copies of diplomas
  • The 5 most significant publications attached as pdf files, including an explanation in the below mentioned research statement, of their relevance to this position
  • Any links to open source public git repositories/projects
  • A research statement of 3 to 5 pages. The statement must include the following sections:
    • A short presentation of the motivation for applying to this position
    • How the candidate sees her/his background as suitable
    • Theoretical and methodological knowledge about the research area
    • A sketch of important research problems in the research area
    • A summary of the candidate’s role and involvement in previous projects relevant for the research areas
  • Name, phone number and email address of three referees.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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. 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 Project

The successful candidate should be able to conduct empirical research, development and engineering tasks in the area of computer systems dedicated to distributed and decentralised systems. The successful candidate will work within the Decentralised Systems Engineering Lab (DSE Lab). DSE Lab activities cover a broad area of modern applied computer science focused on the emerging trends in distributed and decentralised systems such as blockchain and distributed ledger technology, decentralised governance, decentralised finance (DeFi), distributed and decentralised payment networks, smart contracts, distributed autonomous organisations (DAOs), data privacy and governance, decentralised identity systems (SSI), as well as privacy preserving technologies and protocols.

The Decentralised Systems Engineering Laboratory has members from multiple research units based in Trondheim and Gjøvik. It also has several research initiatives and courses at the faculty/ departments and relies on a tight collaboration with several partners from the public and private sector. The existing projects include partners from the economic crime unit and cybercrime units from Norwegian police, tax administration, Digital Identity Foundation (DIF) and Digital Identitet Norden (DIN), Macau University of Science and Technology, University of Helsinki, and others.

About the Department

We are the leading academic IT environment in Norway, and offer a wide range of theoretical and applied IT programmes of study at all levels. Our subject areas include hardware, algorithms, visual computing, AI, databases, software engineering, information systems, learning technology, HCI, CSCW, IT operations and applied data processing. The Department has groups in both Trondheim and Gjøvik. The Department of Computer Science is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

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Note or Other details

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. Please refer to the application number 2021/58168  when applying.

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Contact details

Questions about the position can be directed to Associate Professor Mariusz Nowostawski, phone number +47 48 432 678, e mail, or the Head of Department Professor Heri Ramampiaro, email

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