Fakultet for teknologi, kunst og design (TKD)

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 3.000 students and 280 staff members and is situated at Pilestredet Campus in downtown Oslo and at Kjeller Campus in Akershus.

5 PhD positions related to Information- and Communication Technology available at The Faculty of Technology, Art and Design

There are currently 5 open PhD positions at the Faculty for Technology, Art and Design (TKD). All 5 positions are full-time (100%) for a period of 3 years.

The faculty has a multidisciplinary profile and offers higher education and research and development (R&D) activities within technical subjects, art and design. The faculty will collaborate closely with the recently established research center on digital engineering: Simula@OsloMet. TKD is an important contributor to OsloMet’s strategic goal of being a leading provider of research and education for solving the big challenges for society - today and in the future. We welcome research students with devotion and ideas on how to develop and apply information and communication technology in the interface between theory and practice in our research areas.

The faculty has approximately 2800 students and 240 staff members, and is located at Pilestredet campus in downtown Oslo and at Kjeller campus in Akershus.

Read more about the Faculty here.

Research topic and project description

Applicants are requested to select a research topic related to one of the faculty’s research groups focus areas. The eligible topics and description of suggested projects and research groups can be found here.

The research group will provide a supervisor for the project, and the candidate will be employed at the department to which the research group belongs.

General qualifications

  • Master’s degree with 120 ECTS or equivalent with an average grade of A (best grade) or B within a scale of A-E passing of grades (candidates with an average of C might be considered on the basis of other qualifications). Bachelor’s degree must have an average grade of C or higher.
  • Experience in publishing academic works is an advantage.
  • Must be fluent in English, both spoken and written.
  • Some topics require specific skills and qualifications. These are described on the same webpage as the topics.

Desired skills

  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, plan and direct own work, and goal-oriented.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams.
  • High motivation for research work.


  • Each PhD position presupposes admission to a PhD program. TKD is in the process of establishing a PhD program in collaboration with Simula@OsloMet. Until the program is established, PhD students must apply for admission to approved PhD-programs at other institutions or other faculties at OsloMet. PhD students who are employed may be transferred to TKD’s PhD program upon its establishment, provided there remains at least one year of the PhD period.
  • Final project plan shall be completed and approved within 3 months after being offered the position.

We offer

  • a dynamic professional working environment with challenging tasks in areas of substantial development
  • a unique academic and research collaboration within and across different research groups
  • benefits such as flexible hours and welfare arrangements
  • more information on working at HiOA can be found here

Expert committee

Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. In order to be considered for the position you must upload the following documents together with your online application by the final date for the application:

  • application letter, CV and copies of diplomas/certificate with transcripts of records
  • project proposal which indicates that the project will realistically lead to a doctoral degree within the three-year period. The proposal should include: research questions, theory and method, relevant knowledge within the research area, schedule for the educational and research plan, and it should not exceed 5 pages.
  • list of publications.
  • names and contact details of at least 2 references.
  • 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)

Please apply electronically to this position by clicking on the button «Click here and apply». All the documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language. Any translations must be government authorised. Originals must be presented if you are invited for an interview. HiOA performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

Contact information

For general information about the fellowships, contact Advisor Mari Devik, Mari.Devik@hioa.no.

For information about the research topics, contact the persons listed under the topics/ research groups.

For information about processing of applications or if you have any problem uploading documents, please contact Mette Bjørtomt, metteb@hioa.no.


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

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.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) your name may be published on the public applicant list even if you have requested non-disclosure. You will in this case be contacted before your name is published.


Final date of application:     02.05.2018

Ref. No:                                18/02868                         

Type of employment Stipendiat
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 5
Working hours 100%
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 18/02868
Published 14.Mar.2018
Last application date 02.May.2018 11:59 PM CET

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