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Funded PhD position, in Modelling and Simulation of Classical and Quantum Communication Schemes, at Department of Computing, Mathematics and Physics, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, in 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.

PhD research fellow position in modelling and simulation of classical and quantum communication schemes

The Department of Computing, Mathematics and Physics at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, has a vacancy for a research fellow (PhD position) in secure and reliable communication for a period of 4 years.

The PhD research fellows will be part of the PhD programme in Computer Science: Software Engineering, Sensor Networks and Engineering Computing ( The research programme in ICT Engineering currently includes 20 professors and associate professors, 15 PhD students, and a number of master’s students.  The ICT engineering research environment at HVL, Campus Bergen has a strong focus on use-inspired and applied research, and on ICT as an enabling technology. The research environment has cooperation with many national and international research groups, and with national and regional industry partners. The programme includes the research themes of software engineering, engineering computing, sensor networks, and grid computing. The current PhD research fellow position is allocated to the activity in secure and reliable communication.


About the project/work tasks:

The PhD candidate will participate in the group’s work on developing mathematical models and coding schemes for communication channels, both classical and quantum. In particular, we are interested in classical additive GF(4)-codes, and quantum computing related to graph states and mixed graph states. We will put emphasis on both development of mathematical models and on implementation and production of usable software.
We will develop software implementations of the communication channels and coding schemes to study their performance. We will also study DNA codes, and the learning models of artificial intelligence.


The applicant must hold a master’s degree or the equivalent in computer science, mathematics, physics or a related area, or must have submitted his/her master’s thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. In the latter case, it is required that the master`s degree be awarded within 4 weeks after the applications deadline.

Solid background in mathematical modelling and simulation, including programming experience.

Work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.

Proficiency in both written and oral English. 

The PhD research fellow must enroll in the PhD programme in Computer Science: Software Engineering, Sensor Networks and Engineering Computing at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and must meet the formal admission requirements for admission into the PhD programme. 25% of the 4-year period will be designated to duties such as teaching, development and administrative tasks. The employment period may be reduced if the successful applicant has held previous employment as a research fellow.

The PhD candidate will be assigned two academic supervisor(s) at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. An application for enrolment should first be submitted after an appointment is made and the supervisor(s) will help with this procedure. The candidate must be enrolled as a PhD student within 3 months from the start of the employment.

Application procedure

Applications will be evaluated by an expert panel 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 should be uploaded as an attachment to the online application:

  • Master thesis
  • Copies of selected academic publications (no more than 15)
  • A CV with a complete list of academic publications
  • Diplomas and certificates

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. The transcripts must specify the topics, the course works, and the grades at the bachelor`s and master`s degree levels.

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.


Initial salaries will be offered at grade 50 (code 1017) in the Civil Service pay grade table scale. There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see for more information).


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 Law in Norway (“Lov om statens ansatte)”. Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.


State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and gender composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds.


Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.


Applicants may be called in for an interview.


Associate Professor Pål Ellingsen,

phone: +47 55 58 76 02, e-mail:

Associate Professor Constanza Riera,

phone: +47 55 58 75 73,


Professor Håvard Helstrup, Coordinator of PhD Program on ICT Engineering,

phone: (+47) 55 58 75 61, e-mail:

Deadline: Unspecified

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