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Postdoctoral fellow within Intelligent Decision Support Systems at the Department of Computer and Information Science, NTNU, Norway


The Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering ( at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for a 100 % position as a postdoctoral fellow / researcher at the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDI) ( The work will be performed in close cooperation with Department for Public Health and General Practice (ISM) ( as well as with international partners in the Horizon 2020 project selfBACK.

The appointment is for a term of 36 months of full-time research, starting latest April 1, 2016. The position of postdoctoral fellow is a fixed-term position with the primary objective of qualifying for work in top academic posts.

The employment is conditional of the signature of the Grant Agreement between the European Commission and the selfBACK consortium.

Information about the department

Currently there are 23 professors and 11 associate professors at the department. In addition, there are 12 adjunct associate professors, 7 postdoctoral researchers, approx. 70 active PhD students, and 18 technical/administrative staff. Five of the tenured scientific positions are held by women, and nine are from other countries than Norway. Research activities are organized into groups and strategic European and National projects as described here

Work description

selfBACK – a decision support system for self-management of low back pain is a 5-year EU funded research and innovation project, which will start January 1, 2016. Within selfBACK, a decision support system to facilitate, improve and reinforce self-management of non-specific low back pain will be developed. The selfBACK system will be a predictive case-based reasoning system, which is a computer model that is based on existing cases (for more information please visit 

NTNU-IDI will be in charge of developing the selfBACK back-end, which is a knowledge-intensive Case-Based Reasoning system including similarity assessment, explanation capabilities and an adaptation rule engine.

The postdoctoral fellow/researcher will participate in the following tasks:

  • Develop the selfBACK back-end in collaboration with other researchers at NTNU and project partners

  • Discuss the project-wide technical design decisions

  • Write technical documentation

  • Contribute to project deliverables to the EU

The project is coordinated by NTNU and will be carried out as a close collaboration with the Department of Public Health and General Practice and the Department of Computer and Information Science. IDI is a work package leader and a major partner together with SMEs, universities and research institutes from France, UK, Denmark and the Netherlands.


We seek a highly motivated individual holding a PhD degree in computer science or similar disciplines. The candidate must be a proficient systems designer and programmer. The candidate must be able to work well in a team and quickly acquire knowledge in new topics.

Required qualifications:

  • PhD degree in computer science or equivalent.

  • Strong programming and system design skills.

  • Demonstrated research capability and a strong publications record.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.

  • Demonstrated ability to quickly acquire knowledge in new topics.

  • Excellent English written and oral communication skills.

Additional desired qualifications:

We expect that the technology developed in selfBACK can be leveraged commercially through a spin-off after the project. Therefore, we prefer candidates with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS and 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)

  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A

Emphasis will be put on personal qualities and potential as a researcher. High importance will also be attached to personal communication and cooperation skills.

We can offer:

  • an informal and friendly workplace with dedicated colleagues

  • academic challenges in an international environment

  • attractive schemes for housing loan, insurance and pensions in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

The Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering wants 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 therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of the gender, disability or cultural background.

Salary conditions

The position is in code 1352 Postdoktor / 1109 Forsker, salary grade range 57-77 in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross NOK 483,400 - 711,500 per year, depending on qualifications. A deduction of 2% is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

General information

The appointment is subject to the conditions in effect at any time for employees in the public sector.

As far as possible, the State workforce should reflect the diversity of the population. Goals of our personnel policy therefore include a balanced distribution in terms of age and gender as well as recruitment of people of immigrant 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.

The application must contain:

  • A cover letter including an explanation of how your research interests and background would fit the position.

  • Information about education and relevant experience (a CV).

  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates.

  • Applicants from universities outside Norway 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.

  • Publications relevant to the research scope and any other work which the applicant wishes to be taken into account should clearly state the applicant’s contribution. A short summary should be attached outlining the applicant’s input to joint work.

  • Names and contact information of at least two references

Incomplete applications may be rejected.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 5 January 2016

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