PhD Research Fellow in digital transformation of healthcare services

The University of Agder, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Information Systems, invites applications for one full-time PhD Research Fellow in digital transformation for a period of three years, alternatively four years with 25% of the time assigned to tasks at the Faculty’s discretion. The position is located in Kristiansand, Norway.

This position is related to the newly initiated research Centre for Digital Transformation (CeDiT). CeDiT conducts advanced social science research on how digitalisation transforms societies and institutions. Being an inter-disciplinary research centre, CeDiT aims for research excellence within the social sciences.

The Department of Information Systems provides teaching and research at the intersection of technology, organisation and business administration. With around 45 employees (Professors, Associate Professors, Post-docs, Research Fellows and administrative staff), the department is one of the largest information systems research groups in Norway. Research activities include work related to eHealth, Integrated Emergency Management and Digital Transformation.

Description of the position
We welcome applications which address challenges related to digital transformation.

Digitalisation takes many forms and has wide-ranging implications and impacts in diverse ways. Based on the core elements within the IS-field, the design, delivery, use and impact of information technologies in organisations and society, we are interested in research focusing on the transformational effects of digitalisation in the healthcare sector.


Specifically, we wish to research the potential of digital support for decisions on the allocation of municipal health services. Significant resources are spent on such services, but we lack knowledge of the effectiveness of current practices for allocating healthcare services, both as regards the national, municipal and individual case officer level. There is obvious potential in utilising available historical data on service allocation, service consumption and health outcomes together with advanced analytic capabilities. However, several questions related to the feasibility and benefits remain.


Therefore, the Department of Information Systems invites applicants to suggest research proposals that explore foundations for, or how business intelligence, data analytics, machine learning or similar can improve the decision-making basis for allocation of health care services with the aim of more effective use of health care funds.


Qualifications and terms

Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD Research Fellow can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.


The applicants must qualify for admission to the faculty PhD Programme in the Faculty of Social Sciences, with a specialisation within Information Systems, and must hold a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant area of study, with an average grade of B or better. Applicants who are in the process of finishing their master’s thesis are also welcome to apply for this position. More details to be found here:


Applicants must submit a project proposal whose scope lies within the abovementioned areas of priority. The project proposal should comprise a maximum of ten pages in length, including the reference list. The proposal must contain a preliminary presentation of the problem area, theoretical foundation, methodological approach and planned progression for the doctoral project. The quality of the project proposal will receive a high level of consideration during the application assessment process.


The appointee must have the ability to work in a goal-oriented, organised, focused and independent manner. During the assessment process, emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s examination results as well as any previous research and development work. Relevant practical experience, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasised. Fluency in written and oral English is a prerequisite. Knowledge of the Norwegian language is an advantage. The University, on its side, is committed to securing good supervision for the successful applicants. Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews.


We offer:

  • Supervision
  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • Flexible working hours

The position is remunerated within the State salary scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017, NOK 449.400 gross per year. A 2% compulsory pension contribution will be deducted and paid to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund according to current statutory provisions.


The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position, irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.


The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the public service. The appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.



Applicants must submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job”.
The following additional documentation must be uploaded as an attachment with the online application:

  • Copies of diplomas, transcripts and letters of reference*
  • Copies of scientific publications and list of scientific publications
  • Master’s thesis
  • Project description (maximum ten pages)

*Original documents of the certificates/diplomas and transcripts of records or authenticated copies of the original documents with a stamp, date, and readable signature from a public office (e.g. university, college, or police) must be presented before the appointment.


Please note that the application must be submitted online. The applicants are fully responsible for submitting complete documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. Without complete documentation we cannot, unfortunately, include you in the assessment process.


Closing date: 26 November 2018.


In accordance with §25 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of the applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.


For further information, please contact Professor Leif Skiftenes Flak (Director, Centre for Digital Transformation – CeDiT), phone (+47) 38 14 16 14, e-mail or Professor Bjørn Erik Munkvold, Head of the PhD specialisation in information systems, phone (+47) 38 14 17 72, e-mail

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