Fakultet for teknologi, kunst og design (TKD), Institutt for informasjonsteknologi

OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University (former HiOA) is Norway’s third largest university, with more than 20,000 students and over 2000 employees. We conduct research in areas that are important for welfare and value creation, for instance health, education, social sciences, technology and design. OsloMet has an academic stimulating environment with a variety of welfare schemes. 

The Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD) offers higher education and research and development (R&D) activities within technical subjects, arts and design. The Faculty has approximately 2800 students and 240 staff members and is situated at Pilestredet Campus in downtown Oslo and at Kjeller Campus in Akershus.

The Department of Computer Science offers three bachelor’s degree programmes and a master’s degree programme, in addition to research and development activities. The department has approximately 70 staff members and 800 students.

The position

A doctoral fellowship is currently available at the Department of Computer Science at the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design at HiOA. The PhD Fellowship is part of a project collaboration between the research groups Universal Design of Information and Communication Technology (UD-ICT) and Ageing, Health and Welfare. This fellowship is supported by the Booster programme at HiOA which both research groups are part of.

The appointment is for a term of 3 years with the possibility of 25% duties primarily associated with education tasks (4 years total) (teaching,lab, supervision, etc.).

Area of research

The research group Universal Design of Information and Communication Technology (UD-ICT) group is at the forefront of research in the universal design of ICT systems. The group addresses challenges in designing, developing and evaluating ICT systems for all and for specific user groups. The research group Ageing, Health and Welfare addresses the challenges and implications for health and quality of life for older people living in their own homes, people at senior centres, in hospitals and nursing or care homes. The two groups collaborate in interdisciplinary research projects in welfare technology, technology-enhanced health intervention and support for active and independent living.

The successful candidate for this position will be expected to strengthen the collaboration between the two research groups. The project proposal should focus on investigating, developing and evaluating augmented reality based games that will be of importance for and have impact on older peoples' quality of life, physical function and social participation. The candidate will work closely with researchers within the research group in Ageing, Health and Welfare. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to Horizon 2020 proposals in ICT in health programmes.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Information Science, or Health Informatics.
  • Programming skills and experience, preferably in programming augmented reality and games.
  • Final project plan for the fellowship period is required completed and acknowledged within 3 months after commencement.
  • Proficient in written and spoken English. Good command of Norwegian will be a strong advantage for this work.

Desired skills and experience

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, plan, dimension and direct own work.
  • Ability and willingness to exploit possibilities for innovation.
  • Experience with publishing research results, preferably in international peer-reviewed conferences/journals.
  • Experience in working with elderly people will be beneficial for this work.

We offer

  • opportunity to contribute to research and development for the well-being of elderly people
  • a dynamic working environment and active research collaboration
  • benefits such as flexible hours and various welfare schemes

Read more about working at HiOA

Expert committee and required documentation

All application documents submitted should be in English.

As an applicant you will be assessed by an expert committee. In addition to the online application, you must upload the following documents:

  • Application letter, describing your motivations applying for the position and qualities you have that are relevant for the successful completion of the PhD project. CV and copies of diplomas/certificates including all grades.
  • The abstract of your Master's thesis and copy of up to 5 relevant scientific publications.
  • Project proposal (max 10 pages including problem statements, choice of methods, plan for the project and references, font size 12, single line space and 2 cm margin).
  • Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to include a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree: http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/diploma-supplement_en.htm
  • Applicants from non-European countries where English is not the official language must present an official language test report. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS or 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)

Contact information

  • Professor Weiqin Chen, tel. +47 67238671, email:chen@hioa.no
  • Professor Astrid Bergland, tel. +47 67236308, email:bergland@hioa.no
  • If you have technical questions about uploading the application, contact HR advisor Mette Bjørtomt, email:metteb@hioa.no

Information about the departments and the research groups can be found online at:

Universal Design of Information and Communication Technology (UD-ICT) at the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design and Ageing, Health and Welfare at the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme in Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. See requirements for admission. Successful enrolment into the PhD program in Health Sciences at the Faculty of Health Sciences is required before entering the PhD position.


Salary is set in accordance with the Norwegian State Salary Scale, job code 1017 NOK 432 700-466 100. By law 2% of the salary is deducted as to the Norwegian State Pension Fund.

The appointment of the PhD will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. All applicants must be able to communicate fluently in English (in speaking and writing). The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy that the national labour force should to the greatest possible extent reflect the diversity of the population. Therefore, we encourage qualified candidates with immigrant background or reduced functional ability to apply for this position. HiOA is an IA (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise and operates in compliance with the Norwegian IA agreement. Questions about adaptation and the working environment may be directed to the contact persons.


The Faculty of Faculty of Technology, Art and Design and Faculty of Health Sciences 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 encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of the gender, disability or cultural 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. Applicants 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. The application with a CV and certified copies of diplomas and certificates must be sent electronically via this page, with information about education and relevant experience (all in one combined PDF file).


Final date of application:          February 13th 2018

Ref. No:       17/08875                                      

Type of employment Stipendiat
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Pilestredet, Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 17/08875
Published 06.Dec.2017
Last application date 13.Feb.2018 11:59 PM CET

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