PhD Candidate on Implementation of Large-Scale Health Information Systems job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the position

We have a vacancy for a position as a PhD candidate on implementation of large-scale health information systems. 

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

The appointment is for a term of 4 years, with 25% dedicated to teaching. This is a position aimed at providing an ambitious Phd the opportunity of academic maturing and productivity.

The position is connected to the ongoing project realizing the shared electronic health record: a multi-site study of a region-wide implementation (REAL) and the PhD candidate is expected to contribute to deliverables in this project.

The research in REAL is in the intersection of:

  • Organizational Science: Focus is on organizational change and change management (endringsledelse).
  • Health Informatics: The discipline of health informatics contributes with insights on how health information technology and clinical practice affect each other, how users can be involved in the development and implementation of new technologies, and how these technologies can best be implemented.
  • Implementation Science: Implementation science studies the implementation of interventions (such as information systems) in clinical practice. Studies have identified drivers and barriers for successful implementation, and frameworks like CFIR and NASSS identify domains that require attention in implementation projects.   

Qualitative methods, such as case studies, semi-structured interviews and ethnographic observations, will be used to conduct the research.

The PhD project will examine how the implementation of a shared electronic health record (EHR) in Central Norway is planned, organized, and executed in different contexts (different hospitals, different departments, community care, etc.) The research will identify barriers and drivers for successful implementation in the different settings studied. And it will use the findings to contribute to published theories and frameworks on implementation. The position does NOT involve technology development.

The research contained in this position must be aligned with the overall goals of the REAL project. The PhD is expected to cooperate with the other members of the project to conduct empirical research and disseminate the results in high-quality outlets selected in cooperation with project team members.

You will report to Head of Department. 

Duties of the position

  • Conduct empirically grounded qualitative research on implementation of the EHR.
  • Contribute to the state of the art by developing a theoretical framework to describe the findings and inform ongoing implementation activities.
  • Publish in international conferences and journals in the relevant fields.
  • Participate in professional communities within areas relevant to the position.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in organizational science, health informatics or implementation science. 
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree 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 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.
  • Many of the informants are Norwegians, so is most of the relevant documentation. Good oral and written skills in a Scandinavian language are therefore required.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty’s doctoral program.

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

  • Understanding of and experience with applying qualitative research methods in real-world organizations, and/or
  • Prior scientific publications will count as a big plus.
  • The ability and willingness to conduct research in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Good written and oral English language skills.
  • Knowledge of the Norwegian health sector is a big plus.

Personal characteristics

  • Are passionate about research and have a high level of curiosity and willingness to learn.
  • Can document their ability to work in a team and deliver high-quality results independently.
  • Can demonstrate analytical skills. Potential candidates will be required to write and present an analytical text.
  • Can demonstrate the ability to engage with users and beneficiaries of their research.
  • Can demonstrate that they can rapidly acquire and apply knowledge in a research area.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD 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 teaching duties pliktarbeid).

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’s 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.

The position is subject to external funding.

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

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:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas.
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor’s and master’s degrees. If you have not completed the master’s degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master’s thesis has been submitted. An English translation of all education documents is required unless the documents are in Norwegian.
  • A motivational description of 3-5 pages, including

    • A short presentation of the motivation for applying to this position.
    • How the candidate sees her/his background as suitable.
    • Theoretical and methodological knowledge about the research area.

  • Names and contact information of 3 reference persons.
  • A copy of the master thesis (in PDF), or, for those who are near to completion of their MSc, an extended abstract combined with a statement of how and when the applicant plans to complete the thesis.
  • PDF copies of prior publications, if any, with associated bibliographical data.

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 possibilities 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.

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 professor Pieter Jelle Toussaint, telephone +4740646586, email [email protected] or Heri Ramampiaro email [email protected] .If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR , e-mail: [email protected].

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 interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2021/57311 when applying.

Application deadline: 12.04.22

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 programmes 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 12th 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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