Post-doctoral Fellow Position in Computer Science Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), Faculty of Engineering and Business Administration Norway

On January 1st, 2017, Bergen University College, Sogn og Fjordane University College and Stord/Haugesund University College merged to form Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.


With about 16,000 students, it will be one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes will be offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels.


Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal. 


Post-doctoral Fellow Position in Computer Science


Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Business Administration has one open post-doctoral position in computer science for two years with the possibility of a one year extension.


The researcher will be affiliated with the faculty’s research environment in information and communication technology ( which currently includes 20 professors and associate professors, 15 PhD students, and a large number of master’s students. Researchers at the Faculty are active in international, national and regional research, and research projects in collaboration with many universities and companies internationally and nationally. The main research focus in computer science is on software engineering, engineering computing, and sensor networks.


The postdoctoral Fellow is a strategic position intended to strengthen the internal collaboration between the research areas of software engineering, engineering computing and sensor networks. This means that there is a large degree of freedom for the successful candidate to influence the research topics and directions. Specifically, we seek a postdoctoral Fellow to undertake research work in software engineering in conjunction with one or more of the areas of (in non-prioritized order):


  • Networked embedded systems and internet-of-things
  • Sensor networks and cyber-physical systems

  • Models and platforms for massive data analysis, big data and machine learning

  • Engineering computing, computational medicine, and computational marine science

  • Interactive collaborative systems and computer graphics

  • Healthcare systems and care technology


Applications should include a research plan explaining how the research profile and skills of the applicant aligns with the themes outlined above, and propose research directions that the candidate intends to pursue. The position is for two years with possibility for a one year extension.


Duties of the post 


The post-doctoral researcher must undertake research in collaboration with permanent staff members and PhD students, and will be involved in supervision of PhD and master’s students. In addition, the post-doctoral researcher may have some minor teaching and supervision duties in relation to the PhD programme in computer science offered by the Faculty. The successful applicant is also expected to contribute to the development of joint project applications for external funding in collaboration with the permanent research staff members.




The successful applicant must have earned a doctorate degree in informatics/computer science/software engineering, or have submitted the PhD thesis before the application deadline. In the latter case, it is required that the PhD degree be awarded prior to the undertaking of interviews with shortlisted candidates.


In addition to the required educational background, the following criteria will be evaluated:

  • Scientific profile in relation to the research themes of the programme
  • Publication track record and quality of publications

  • Quality and relevance of the PhD thesis

  • Ability to work in the intersection of theoretical and applied research

  • Research plan submitted as part of the application

  • Experience with the writing of funding applications

  • Practical software engineering skills and experience from industrial collaboration 


Applicants will also be evaluated against their capacity for dissemination, their ability to collaborate, as well as their potential for establishing relevant national and international research contacts.  

Short-listed candidates might be required to give a lecture, in addition to an interview. 


Application procedure 


Applications will be evaluated by an expert panel consisting of three members. Applicants are asked to submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job” (“Søk stillingen”). The following documentation must be uploaded as an attachment to the online application: 

  • Copies of selected academic publications (no more than 5) 
  • A CV with a complete list of academic publications 

  • Diplomas and certificates 

  • At least two reference/recommendation letters


Applicants should indicate which publications or parts of publications should be given special consideration in the evaluation. If the documents submitted are not in a Scandinavian language or in English, the applicants must submit certified translations of these. 


Applicants should note that the evaluation will be based on the documentation submitted electronically via Jobbnorge within the submission deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date. It is of utmost importance that all publications to be considered in the evaluation are uploaded as an attachment with the application, since these are sent electronically to the expert panel. Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at the college. 




The position is remunerated according to the state salary scale, code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow.  A 2% compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted. The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.


General information


The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State Employees and Civil Servants in Norway. Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.

The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the social diversity in its workforce, and the personnel policy of the Bergen University College aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified candidates are therefore encourages to apply for the position, irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.

In accordance with §25 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of the applicants. Applicants will be informed if the college intends to exercise this right.





Professor Lars M. Kristensen, phone: +47 55 58 71 64. e-mail:

Professor Håvard Helstrup, phone: +47 55 58 75 61 . e-mail:

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