PhD Candidate in Interaction Design and Learning Technologies job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the position

We have a vacancy for a Ph.D. candidate in Interaction Design and Learning Technologies.

For a position as a Ph.D. Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

Nowadays, the advances in learning technologies have introduced a new era that builds and extends their impact in learning, teaching, and assessment in new and unanticipated ways. In the 21st century digital world, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and especially Computer Science (CS) education appears to be more important than ever before, particularly in educating K-12 students and young people. Studying the design, evaluation, and implementation of learning systems, dealing with the interaction in real educational settings, is a demanding and challenging process. In order to explore the future of learning technologies, researchers need to examine the complex interactions of users and combine the use of Learning Analytics, Augmented Reality, 3D printing, and Virtual Robotics solutions (and others) in the context of constructionist learning tools that also digitally support Design Thinking projects. All those in the aspect of supporting social and economic resilience and sustainability, equitable engagement with meaningful collaborative and co-creation learning activities.

The successful candidate is expected to be a member of the Learner-Computer Interaction (LCI) lab. LCI provides an interdisciplinary playground for researchers and professionals across all areas of learning technologies, psychology, learning sciences, and interaction design.

The position is expected to contribute on designing the conditions for engaging learning and tools for supporting learners. The objectives and the research questions of the Ph.D. project will be developed in consultation with the supervisors during the first months of the fellowship.

You will report to the Head of Department.

Duties of the position

The goal of the Ph.D. projects is to explore learner’s (preferably with a focus on children and young adults) interaction in experiences relevant to CS education, leveraging contemporary and advanced methods. This work will build on an interdisciplinary approach, bridging the domains of learning sciences, interaction design, and learning technology. We are seeking a highly motivated individual that wants to excel in a research environment.

Part of the main duties and responsibilities include conducting the following tasks:

  • Conduct a literature review.
  • Plan and conduct empirical studies.
  • Collect and analyze empirical data.
  • Write up reports and research articles.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in Interaction Design and Learning Technologies.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at the master’s level.
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master’s degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a Ph.D. education.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty’s doctoral program.
  • Excellent written and oral English skills. Applicants must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken. 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).
    • CAE / CPE: grade B or A.

  • In extraordinary circumstances, formal documentation of language skills can be relinquished. In such cases the candidate’s language skills will be assessed in a personal interview.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant

Preferred selection criteria

  • A solid knowledge on Human-Computer Interaction and Learning Technologies is essential, and a research-oriented master thesis within one of these or related areas is expected.
  • Hands-on experience with conducting user studies; collecting, and analyzing data.
  • A solid knowledge on quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Experience with design, use, and evaluation of emerging technologies for young students.
  • Experience with research in child-computer interaction.
  • Relevant experience as a research assistant in research projects.
  • Published or submitted relevant research work.

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

Potential successful candidates will be interviewed via Skype or other means.

Personal characteristics

  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in teams.
  • Result-oriented.
  • Strong motivation to contribute to a good working and social environment.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a Ph.D. candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 491 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 4 years with required duties or 3 years without duties.

Appointment to a Ph.D. position requires that you are admitted to the Ph.D. program in Computer Science within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized Ph.D. program during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to the Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of ​​work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application clearly shows how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

The application must include:

  • One-page cover letter including your motivation and how your background would fit the position.
  • Information about education and relevant experience (academic CV).
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates.
  • Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a 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 (up to 1000 words) describing their view of the main research challenges in interaction design and learning technologies.
  • A copy of the master’s thesis. If you have recently submitted your master’s thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master’s degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Any other work which the applicant wishes to be taken into account should clearly indicate the applicant’s contribution.
  • Names and contact information of at least three references.

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, both bachelor’s and master’s education, in addition to other higher 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.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

According to the Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Sofia Papavlasopoulou, email or Head of Department Professor Heri Ramampiaro, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR, e-mail:

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 an interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2022/12477 when applying.

Application deadline: 25.04.22

NTNU – knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Computer Science

We are the leading academic IT environment in Norway, and offer a wide range of theoretical and applied IT programs 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 .

Deadline 25th April 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Fulltime

Duration Temporary

Place of service Campus Gløshaugen

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