PhD Position in Automatic Control
About the position
This position is associated with the center for research-based innovation DigiWells: Digital Well Center for Value Creation, Competitiveness and Minimum Environmental Footprint. The center provides a collaborative environment consisting of researchers at NORCE, experts from industry, professors from UiS, NTNU and UiB and a total of 17 PhD students and postdocs.
The employed candidate will be expected to fit in and contribute to this multidisciplinary environment. There will also be opportunities to collaborate and visit the center’s international partners: Stanford University, TU Clausthal, University of the Basque Country, and UT Austin. Furthermore, the candidate will have opportunity and responsibility to showcase his/her research to the industrial partners of the center: Aker BP, ConocoPhillips, Equinor, Lundin, Total, Wintershall Dea. Finally, promoting innovation is an important focus of the center, which means that the candidate’s research results might be taken into use in the near future, contributing to the digitalization and the green shift.
The position in automatic control at NTNU reports to Professor Ole Morten Aamo as the main scientific supervisor of the research.
Why apply for a PhD position?
The main objective of a PhD position is to develop skills to solve complex problems related to the research topic. As a PhD fellow in DigiWells, you will have a unique arena for collaboration and networking, across disciplines, with industry, and with the participating national and international academic institutions. Norwegian industry needs personnel with PhD competence to stay competitive and develop new jobs for the future. A PhD degree also opens new attractive career opportunities at universities and research institutes.
Duties of the position
The candidate will be expected to make novel contributions to the systems & control toolbox in areas relevant for achieving the project objectives of DigiWells. In particular, new intelligent control algorithms are needed in order to fully exploit opportunities for increased autonomy, efficiency and safety facilitated by recent technological advancements. The work will include:
- developing intelligent control strategies for real-time optimization (extremum seeking control, gradient-less optimization, machine learning).
- conducting experiments to demonstrate, showcase and validate developed control strategies (a world class infrastructure for testing and development is available to DigiWells participants)
- disseminating results through peer-reviewed journals and conferences
- collaborating with the industrial and academic partners in DigiWells
Required selection criteria
The main qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in systems and control engineering, or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.
- Academic background as listed above
- Excellent English skills (written and oral)
- Excellent computer programming skills
The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant
After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.
The employment is also to be made according to the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria’s in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.
In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, personal suitability, and motivation, as documented according to the requirements for the application.
Preferred selection criteria
- Knowledge and skills in the following areas are relevant: optimization, estimation theory, modelling and simulation, autonomous systems, machine learning.
- Work experience with design of control systems and software development.
- Mastering of a Scandinavian language.
The candidate is expected to:
- Be scientifically curious and open to new research challenges
- Demonstrate independence and persistence in addressing technical problems
- Be flexible and reliable, with ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
- 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 491 200 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 period of employment is three years with the possibility of one year extension for teaching duties at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics.
Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD program in Engineering Cybernetics within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.
About the application
You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available before the application deadline.
The application must include:
- A short and directed cover letter (in English or Norwegian) identifying:
- Your motivation for a PhD study
- Your understanding and thoughts of topics of the position
- Why you are suited for the position
- CV including information relevant for the qualifications
- Contact information for at least 2 reference persons
- Certified copies of academic diplomas and transcripts (in English or Norwegian)
Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered can also be added, if it is relevant for the topics of the position. Joint works will be considered if you have added an explanation of your own independent contribution to the work.
In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.
If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.
A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.
The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.
As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.
In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.
Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Ole Morten Aamo, email@example.com .
Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).
If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2021/49393 when applying.
Application deadline: : September 26th, 2021.
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Department of Engineering Cybernetics (ITK)
Engineering cybernetics is the study of automatic control and monitoring of dynamic systems. We develop the technologies of tomorrow through close cooperation with industry and academia, both in Norway and internationally. The Department contributes to the digitalization, automation and robotization of society. The Department of Engineering Cybernetics is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.
Deadline 26th September 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Place of service Trondheim