PhD - Impact of Vendor Ecosystems on Quality of Critical Software System

The Department of Computer Science (IDI), The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), has a vacancy for a Ph.D. fellowship.

About the position

Critical software systems are often rather complex and characterized by many different vendors, technologies, regulations, architectural dependencies, etc. All these concerns may have a great impact on the overall system quality, and thus be associated with significant risks. Therefore, the role of the vendors, particularly when many of them are involved, will be of particular interest of this study. This research will address questions such as:

       How can an enterprise assess whether a composition of multiple vendors and the respective services they provide, will fit into its strategic and architectural goals?

       What factors in terms of vendor selection are most influential on quality/risk?

       How can this be modelled and planned in a comprehensible way that facilitates a better decision support?†

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Required selection criteria

The qualification requirement is that you have completed a masterís degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in one or more of: software engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical and electronics engineering or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNUís grading scale.

The candidate must have background in software engineering or other research areas relevant with the theme or practical work experience in related areas of software development.

Applicants must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken.

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Preferred selection criteria

       Background in empirical software engineering, process improvement, architectural modelling, and risk management.

       A candidate with industrial experience in aforementioned areas will get preference.

       Publication activities in the aforementioned disciplines will be considered an advantage.


We offer

       exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment

       an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues

       favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

       employee benefits


Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017 and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 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 appointment is for a term of 3 years.

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.


About the application

Please †see the details regarding the application and submit your application electronically at

Application deadline: 30.06.2020

If you have any questions about the position, please contact: Deepti Mishra, email: