PhD in Digital Twin for Critical Sector

Trondheim, Norway
Oct 27, 2020
End of advertisement period
Nov 09, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The PhD project is co-financed by Norwegian research council IKTpluss project (Health democratization and H2020-GIFT ( You will develop method for fusing BIM data, IoT data and related information in a digital twin, and method on improving accuracy of measured information through AI, with emphasizing on the information privacy and security. 

Furthermore, the method will be validated through the case studies in energy, transport and health care sector.

You will tightly cooperate with other PhD and Post doctors in these two projects, and the research group at department.

You will report to Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • developing the secured data fusion method for BIM data, IoT data and natural language-based information
  • developing the secured data mining technology to improving the accuracy of IoT data (e.g. indoor air quality)
  • developing the digital twin for smart hospital/nursing home in Health democratization
  • developing the digital twin for building in GIFT project
  • communicating with local and international partners on information flow and cooperation
  • regularly publish results in scientific journals and conferences, and present to project stakeholde supporting the new project development within digital twin and data analytic for sustainable built environment 

Within the project, small-scale prototyping and experimental validation of digital twin in hospital and building will be performed. You will be a member of the group of digital twin for sustainable built environment at NTNU.

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in civil engineering/software engineering/electrical engineering or equivalent engineering education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

Other required selection criteria

  • knowledge in data mining, semantic web and linked data
  • knowledge in Computational fluid dynamics
  • good written and oral Norwegian or other Scandinavia language 

Preferred selection criteria

  • direct experience on development in existing building information modelling tool
  • direct experience on development in ANSYS or other CFD tools
  • relevant publication in peer reviewed journals

Personal characteristics

  • strong analytical skills
  • ability to work as part of a cross-disciplinary research team
  • self driven
  • innovative
  • good cooperation and communication skills

We offer

exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment

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 3 years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in engineering (PhD in Engineering) 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.

The position is subject to external funding. 

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • a cover letter where you describe your personal motivation and how you intend to fill the position
  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • 2-3 pages research plan or project proposal
  • academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works)
  • name and address of three referees
  • the required documentation of English language proficiency

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

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 Gjøvik has a population of 30 000 and is a town known for its rich music and cultural life. The beautiful nature surrounding the city is ideal for an active outdoor life! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

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.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Lizhen Huang, email

Please submit your application electronically via 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 IV-2020/20 when applying.

Application deadline: 09.11.2020

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering

Our profile of expertise can help to solve the world’s most important societal challenge: the development of sustainable solutions in industry and society. This profile includes research on modern industrial processes, use of new and recycled materials, new technological solutions and the application of new forms of organization and business models. The Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 9th November 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Gjøvik Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Institutt for vareproduksjon og byggteknikk,Gjøvik

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