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About the position
We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate in Interaction Design and Learning Technologies.
For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.
Designing the conditions for engaging in meaningful learning and supporting the students are vital but challenging processes. Contemporary learning systems utilize data such as keystrokes, log files, and clicks to interpret complex learning phenomena. In recent years, multimodal data’s potential to help us understand the world around us and interpret the complex learning processes in it led learning technology research to develop models that can process information from multiple modalities. Although the collection, interpretation, and visualization of multimodal data has been extremely challenging for researchers, recent technological developments and data science, and AI advancements have boosted the growth of non-invasive high-frequency multimodal-data collections.
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. More information about the LCI lab can be found here.
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 PhD project will be developed in consultation with the supervisors during the first months of the fellowship.
You will report to the Head of the Department.
Duties of the position
The goal of the PhD 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 programme, where 120 credits are obtained at 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 PhD education.
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:
PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from 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 PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Computer Science within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme 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 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 shows clearly 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.
The master thesis and 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 two 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.