PhD Position in Autonomous Ship Collision Avoidance at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics
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About the position
We have a vacant PhD position in autonomous ship collision avoidance at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics.
The PhD candidate will work on challenging research problems related to collaborative autonomous systems for collision avoidance.
The position is part of SFI AutoShip, the new 8-year research-based innovation Center in autonomous ships. The Centre focuses on autonomy, digital infrastructure, maritime transport, safety and risk analysis, maritime law, human-machine interaction, and cyber security, with partners from research, public sector and maritime industry. For more information about SFI AutoShip, see www.ntnu.edu/sfi-autoship.
The position reports to Professor Tor Arne Johansen as the main scientific supervisor of the research.
There are several PhD positions announced for SFI AutoShip, and you are encouraged to apply for more than one position if they with your background and interests.
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. Being part of a project like SFI Autoship, gives you a unique arena for collaboration and networking, also across disciplines and with industry. The 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 main objective of the research is to develop a digital version of the existing traffic rules at sea (COLREGS), knowledge about which information to exchange in ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore communication, and algorithms for automatic generation of trajectories that are collision-free and at the same time consider grounding risk, traffic rules, uncertainty in sensing/information, and cyber-security. The technology platforms for the algorithm development are expected to be optimization, path planning and AI-based decision theory. The key ambition of the project will be to provide a solution that the government agencies and industrial standardization bodies can use to define the digital solutions needed for autonomous shipping. As part of the research activities, you will collaborate actively with some of the partners in the SFI AutoShip Center. You will be encouraged to have a research stay with one of the collaborating universities outside Norway during the research period.
Required selection criteria
The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in control engineering (cybernetics) 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)
- Knowledge and skills in the following areas are relevant: Marine technology, programming, optimization, planning, statistics, marine vessel modelling, simulation, autonomous systems, sensor fusion, embedded systems, safety and reliability.
- Experience from the maritime industry
- Mastering of a Scandinavian language
- Experience with autonomous ship technology, rules and regulations
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.
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 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 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 programme in Engineering Cybernetics within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.
The engagement is to be made in accordance with 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 in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.
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 on 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.
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.
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 Tor Arne Johansen, 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.
If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2020/35126 when applying.
Application deadline: 18 November 2020.
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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: 18th November 2020
Employer: NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Place of service: Trondheim