The Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applications for a vacancy for up to two fully funded PhD research fellow positions in Exercising Games for Healthy Ageing at the Department of Computer and Information Science.
The appointment is for a term of 3 years without teaching duties or 4 years with teaching duties, depending on the candidate´s match with the teaching needs of the department.
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 encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of the gender, disability or cultural background.
The appointment is subject to the conditions in effect at any time for employees in the public sector. 
Worth of Award 
The position is in code 1017 Stipendiat, will normally be placed at salary level 50-62 in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross NOK 435 100 – 535 500 per year, depending on qualifications. A deduction of 2 % is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
They can offer

  • an informal and friendly workplace with dedicated colleagues
  • academic challenges
  • attractive schemes for housing loan, insurance and pensions in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

Work description

  • The candidate(s) will be member of the EXACT (“Exergaming for active healthy ageing and rehabilitation”) project team within the department’s Information Systems and Software Engineering research group.
  • The aim of the EXACT project is to develop next generation health care technology based on the concept of exercising games (exergames) as a playful way of exercising to increase overall physical activity, and to administer and monitor patient-specific exercises in rehabilitation programs.
  • The project is multi-disciplinary, drawing on expertise in the team from physiotherapy, movement science, user-centered design, and human computer interaction. The PhD candidate(s) will work on the design, development and evaluation of exergames, both screen-based and based on non-traditional user interfaces (biosensors, wearables, tangibles, ubicomp). The overall research approach in the project will be a combination of creative research-through-design, prototyping, field evaluations and controlled laboratory studies. The PhD supervisors have an extensive international network in Human-Computer Interaction and Game Design and Development.


  • Startup in the PhD fellowship requires a completed master’s degree in computer science, interaction design or a related area, or education of an equivalent level, where the weighted average grade of the two years of the Master program is of B or higher in accordance with NTNU’s grading system.
  • Applicants must have well-developed analytical and problem solving skills, be motivated for doctoral studies, and be able to work independently. Good levels of cooperative and communicative skills are important.

They are looking for applicants with either:
(1) a relevant background in Interaction Design / User-Centred Design or
(2) a technical background relevant for the project.
Applicants with an interdisciplinary background will be looked upon favourably.
How to Apply

  • The candidate(s) must submit a short essay (max. 1000 words) together with the application. The essay shall describe at least one relevant project where the applicant had a major role (e.g. project course, thesis work, start-up, hobby project), and show how it relates to the challenges of designing exercising games for an aging population.
  • The main working languages are Norwegian and English; therefore the candidate(s) are expected to possess strong skills in oral and written English. As the end users are Norwegian, skills in a Scandinavian Language is desired, but not required.
  • If the applicant’s mother tongue is not English or a Scandinavian language, and the Masters Degree is not from an English speaking country, the following tests can be used as documentation of English language skills: 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

Formal regulations

  • Appointments are made in accordance with the regulations in force regarding terms of employment for PhD candidates issued by the Ministry of Education and Research, with relevant parts of the additional guidelines for appointment as a PhD candidate at NTNU. Applicants must undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme of study during their period of employment. The person who is appointed must comply with the conditions that apply at any time to employees in the public sector. In addition, a contract will be signed regarding the period of employment, including duty work if relevant.
  • Applicants must be qualified for admission as PhD students at NTNU. Together with the application, include a description of the research work that is planned for completion during the period of the grant.
  • 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.
  • A short essay (max. 1000 words) describing at least one relevant project where the applicant had a major role, and how it relates to the challenges in the EXACT project.
  • Names and contact information of at least two references.
  • Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
  • The application must be sent electronically as one combined PDF file via this page (
  • Potential successful candidates will be interviewed via Skype or other means.
  • For further information, please contact Professor Dag Svanæs, e-mail: [email protected], phone: +47 73 59 18 42.
  • For information about processing of application, please contact Senior Executive Officer Anne Kristin Bratseth, phone +47 73 59 67 15, e-mail: [email protected].
  • Mark the application IME 051-2016

Deadline: for application is July, 31. 2016
Click here for more details and to apply

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