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PhD research fellow in Serious Games and Eye Tracking
The Department of Computing, Mathematics and Physics at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, has a vacancy for a research fellow (PhD position) in Serious Games and Eye Tracking Technologies for a period of 4 years.

The PhD research fellow will be part of the PhD program in Computer Science: Software Engineering, Sensor Networks and Engineering Computing (see https://www.hvl.no/en/studies-at-hvl/study-programmes/2019h/phdcs/, http://ict.hvl.no). The research program in Computer Science currently includes 20 professors and associate professors, 25 PhD students, and a number of master's students.

About the PhD project:

The PhD research fellow will belong to the interdisciplinary research group Collaboration, Interaction, and Graphics. We are looking for a PhD student for a project focusing on developing software applications supporting identification and rehabilitation of vision problems by serious games and using eye-tracking technologies. The PhD project will focus on supporting and improving existing methods to train and strengthen vision for people with vision deficiencies, e.g caused by brain damage. An interest in developing new technologies, eye-tracking and multimodal interaction management is appreciated. Primary supervisor for this position will be Prof. Ilona Heldal in collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Carsten Helgesen and Assoc. Prof. Gunvor Birkeland Wilhelmsen.

Research environment:
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 organizations. The program includes research themes of software engineering, engineering computing, sensor networks, and grid computing. The current PhD research fellow position is allocated to applying software engineering and sensor technologies in developing serious games and eye-tracking technologies.


The PhD research fellow should have a master's degree in system or software engineering, information- and communication technologies or a closely related field, or have submitted the master's thesis before the application deadline. In the latter case, it is required that the master's degree must be awarded within 4 weeks after the applications deadline. Background in human-computer interaction, or in developing graphical applications, serious games, or applications for new technologies, such as head mounted displays, or eye-tracking technologies are required. Background in developing technologies or investigating the usefulness and usability of these for supporting teaching and learning is appreciated.

In addition to the required educational background, the following criteria will be evaluated: competence and grades on completed course work, quality of the master's thesis (excellent grade, equivalent of grade B or better on the ECTS grading system), publications (if any), research and teaching experience, practical software engineering skills and experience. A possible outline of a research plan for a potential PhD project will also be taken into account.

The candidate must be diligent and display the ability to work independently, supplemented with regular guidance, and is expected to carry out high-quality research and to publish the results in international workshops, conferences, and journals.

The PhD research fellow must enrol in the PhD program 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 program. 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 three academic supervisors 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 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 Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

We offer:
  • Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence enhancement and development
  • Opportunities for training within the working hours 

Initial salaries will be offered at grade 54 (nok 479.600.-) (code 1017) in the Civil Service pay grade table scale. There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see http://www.spk.no/en) 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.





1) Professor Ilona Heldal, 
phone: +47 55 58 75 24, e-mail: ilona.heldal@hvl.no

2) Associate Professor Carsten Helgesen, 
phone: +47 55 58 76 09, e-mail: carsten.helgesen@hvl.no

2)   Professor Håvard Helstrup, Coordinator of PhD Program on Computer Science,
phone: (+47) 55 58 75 61, e-mail: Havard.Helstrup@hvl.no

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With about 16,000 students, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, spread out on five campuses Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord og Haugesund.

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.

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