PhD candidate in interactive visualization of spectral images in a museum environment at NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate in “Interactive visualization of spectral images in a museum environment” at the Department of Computer Science in Gjøvik.

For a doctoral position, the objective is a complete doctoral training until obtaining a doctorate.

The appointment has a duration of 4 years with 25% of teaching loads in agreement with the department.

Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) is a technology originally developed for Earth observation, but has recently been exploited in a variety of fields, including art and conservation. Although a complex technology, HSI has clear advantages in science communication. It generates images, thus providing readily available visual materials. Additionally, HSI images cover information that human eyes simply cannot see, meaning great potential for creating engaging and interactive visualization. The target of the visualization application is a museum environment. This is a unique project aimed at advancing the scientific communication of spectral imaging research by incorporating principles of graphic design and with a team of supervisors of complementary expertise, namely spectral imaging, design of interaction and conservation science.

The doctoral student will focus on the development of an interactive visualization of spectral images for actors in a museum environment, for example curators or museum visitors. Graphic design principles will be adopted when creating the visualization, facilitated by experts from the Design Department, NTNU. As part of creating the visualization, research into a spectral imaging topic relevant to art and conservation will be conducted and will be identified based on the scope of the visualization.

The position complements cutting-edge research carried out at the Norwegian Laboratory for Visual and Color Computing.

You will report to the Head of Department.

Job duties

  • The PhD student will focus on conducting research on hyperspectral image processing and its interactive visualization based on interaction design principles, with a museum setting as the main target application.
  • Perform teaching duties as agreed with the department.
  • Participate in general Colourlab activities.
  • Participate in the general activities of the department.
  • Participate in international activities such as attendance at conferences and research stays at educational institutions abroad.

Selection criteria required

  • You should have relevant professional training in computer science, image processing, imaging science and/or related computing disciplines.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian study program, 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 program, or equivalent education, equal to B or better on the NTNU grading scale. If you don’t have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you have a lower academic level, you can be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for doctoral training.
  • You must meet the conditions for admission to the doctoral program of the faculty.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Good documented skills in written language and English.
  • Good programming skills.
  • Experience in image/signal processing.

The appointment must be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research National guidelines for the appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant

Preferred Selection Criteria

  • Experience with Python programming language.
  • Knowledge or interest in interaction design.
  • Fluency in the Norwegian language is a plus.

Personal characteristics

  • Strong motivation for research work.
  • Well organised.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work both individually and in a (virtual) team environment with a high level of personal responsibility and initiative.
  • Flexibility and ability to follow directions and take into account feedback from various stakeholders.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce consistent quality work.
  • Desirous of disseminating research results through publications and presentations at international conferences and through other venues for scientific communication.
  • Ability to think and code creatively and outside the box.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a doctoral student (code 1017) you are normally paid from NOK 491,200 gross per year before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian civil service pension fund.

The term of employment is 4 years with teaching duties.

Appointment to a doctoral position requires that you be admitted to the doctoral program in computer science within three months of your employment and that you participate in an organized doctoral program during the period of employment.

The engagement must be carried out in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the laws relating to the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technologies. Candidates who, after evaluation of the application and attachment, are found to conflict with the criteria of the latter Act will be barred from recruitment at NTNU. After the appointment, you should assume that there may be changes in the working area.

It is a prerequisite to be present and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

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

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only assessed against the information available at the application deadline. You should ensure that your application clearly indicates how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out above.

The request must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas.
  • Bachelor’s and master’s transcripts and diplomas. If you have not completed the master’s degree, you must submit confirmation that the master’s thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master’s thesis. If you have recently submitted your master’s thesis, you can attach a thesis project. Documentation of a completed master’s degree must be presented prior to taking up the position.
  • Project proposal (1 page) where you describe the main research direction you want to take.
  • Name and email address of three referees.
  • If you have publications or other relevant research.

If all or part of your training was taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation on the extent and quality of all of your training, both bachelor’s and master’s, in addition to other graduate studies. The description of the required documentation can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach it as well.

Joint work will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint work, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In evaluating the most qualified candidate, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions and potential will also count in the evaluation of candidates.

NTNU is committed to following the criteria for research quality assessment in accordance with the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

general informations

Working at NTNU

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

The city of Gjovik has a population of 30,000 and is a city known for its musical richness and cultural life. The beautiful nature surrounding the city is ideal for an active outdoor life! The Norwegian welfare state, including health care, schools, kindergartens and general equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

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

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, function and municipality may be made public even if you have requested that your name not be included in the list of candidates.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Dr. Hilda Deborah, phone +47 918 40 884, email [email protected] If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact the IT Department Human Resources team, email: [email protected]

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. The Diploma Supplement must be attached for European Master’s degrees outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of master’s degree from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for an interview, you must include certified copies of transcripts and letters of reference. Please refer to the application number 2022/14697 when applying.

Application deadline: 15.05.2022

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.

Computer Science department

We are the leading academic computing environment in Norway and offer a wide range of theoretical and applied study programs in computing at all levels. Our areas include hardware, algorithms, visual computing, AI, databases, software engineering, information systems, learning technologies, HCI, CSCW, computer operations and applied processing Datas. The Department has groups in Trondheim and Gjøvik. The Department of Computer Science is one of the seven departments of the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

Deadline May 15, 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Gjovik

Scope Full time

Duration Temporary

place of service Campus Gjovik

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