One PhD fellowship in Computer-Assisted Learning,

associated with the CAGIS-project at IDI, NTNU (English version)

The Department of Computer and Information Science (IDI) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has one vacant fellowship for the It is preferable that the PhD fellow start in Sept. 1999.

The fellowship is associated with the CAGIS project, which primarily is financed by The Norwegian Research Council (NFR) in 1997-2000. CAGIS stands for Cooperating Agents in the Global Information Space. The fellowship will run for 3 years, but it desirable to prolong it to 4 years inclusive 25% teaching duties. The teaching duties are primarily associated with the exercise part of courses, and are distributed with a proportially larger share in the first part of the employment period.

The goal of the CAGIS project is to contribute to increased computer support for cooperation between distributed working groups that work on the same or related tasks. CAGIS is studying e.g. theory and technology to support document management, transactions, work processes and agents. Affiliated with CAGIS are four PhD students, one researcher, and five teachers. It is supported by NFR and partly by IDI.

CAGIS has recently been extended with an extra PhD fellowship against computer-assisted learning. The PhD fellow will mainly work on further development and applications of relevant theory and technology from CAGIS.

Required background is a M.Eng./M.Sc. in Computer Science or Informatics, or equivalent.

More information about the position can be given by Professor Reidar Conradi, Department of Computer and Information Science (IDI), NTNU, tlf. +47 73.593444, fax. +47 73.594466, e-mail:, or Monica Divitini, tlf. +47 73.593671, email:

NTNU is interested in increasing the share of women in its scientific staff. Women are therefore especially encouraged to apply.

Temporary employment occurs on the same conditions as for public servants. The person must comply to possibly changing conditions of such positions.

It is a precondition that the employed person is located, so that he/she can be present at and thus available for the institution.

Payment is according to the public wage scale ltr. 32-37, gross NOK 241,531 to 260,431 per year. The positions will normally be put in ltr. 32. From the gross wage is deducted a 2% law-enforced membership in the State Pension Fund ("Statens Pensjonskasse"). Ca. 30% taxes and social security fees must also be subtracted.

Employment is done according to present rules of 17.02.86, with more detailed rules from 21.05.87 on guidelines for employment as a PhD fellow at universities and colleges. Applicants are obliged to participate in an organized doctoral study within the employment period. A contract will be set up to regulate the hiring period and the teaching duties for each PhD fellow.

The application for the fellowship must contain information about education, exams, and previous practice. Confirmed copies of university diplomas and other certificates must be enclosed. A short description of the envisaged research for the PhD study (a research plan) shall accompany the application, preferably written in cooperation with a future, responsible teacher at IDI.

Publications and other scientific works that the applicant wishes to be considered, shall follow the application, preferably in three copies. Collaborative works must be specified separately, and individual contributions clarified.

Complete advertisement (in Norwegian) can be found at NTNU's home page.

The application shuld be sent to:

  The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU),
  Faculty of Physics, Informatics and Mathematics (FIM),
  N-7491 Trondheim, Norway
by 25.08.99. Mark the application with journal no. FIM/89.


The IDI department has currently 12 professors, 10 professor II (part time), 20 assostant/associate professors, 50 doctoral students, and 5 researchers/postdocs. IDI educates 120 M.Eng. ( and 20 M.Sc. (cand.scient.) per year, where both degrees require five year studies. It teaches about 75 courses per year, many towards other students and some against industry. IDI is the largest department of its kind in Norway, and is under consolidation after an internal merge 1.1.97. Student enrollment is planned to double in five years, thus there is a need to build up the faculty fast.

The department includes 7 research groups for the M.Eng. study: Algorithm construction, Data base technology, Computer Architecture and Design, Graphics/image processing, Information systems, Knowledge based systems, and Software engineering, and 5 research fields for the M.Sc. study (20 candidates per year): Computer-assisted learning, Information management, Artificial intelligence, Human-computer interaction, System development.

IDI runs about 10 international R&D projects (mostly EU), and a similar number of national ones. IDI cooperates locally with the SINTEF R&D foundation in Trondheim.

NTNU can assist in finding housing fairly close to the university, including apartments of 50-60 m2 reserved for young university employees for up to four years, costing 3000-4000 NOK per month.

On Trondheim:

  1. The student city of Norway: 25.000 students among its 140.000 inhabitants.
  2. A city of history, culture, learning and high-tech. The administrative and religious capital of Norway in medieval times. Founded in 997, and celebrated its millenium two years ago.
  3. NTNU campus on hill 1.5 km south of downtown, in walking distance.
  4. A compact city centre with short commuting distances.
  5. Nice surroundings (fjords, forests, mountains) and clean air for the outdoors: boating, cycling, hiking, skiing, climbing, ...
  6. Climate: Day-night average -3 deg C in January, +15 deg C in July (average max. temp. 20 deg C in July). Snow cover Dec-April on hills around the city.

Last modified: Thu Jul 15 16:29:46 MET DST 1999