PhD Candidate within Artificial Intelligence for Arctic Marine Technology

Trondheim, Norway
Jan 14, 2021
End of advertisement period
Feb 01, 2021
SO-IV -25/21
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Marine Technology, NTNU, Trondheim, NORWAY is looking for a potential PhD candidate. The PhD candidate will work in a high-level international research environment at the premises of NTNU in Trondheim at the Department of Marine Technology -- a world leader in education, research, and innovation for engineering systems in the marine environment.

The period of employment for the position is 3 years.

In the future, more AI-infused systems will become a part of marine technology (e.g., situational awareness in the Arctic Ocean, etc.). Accuracy and uncertainty concepts are of high importance in these complex systems, as is the knowledge of accuracy level and degree of uncertainty given the on-going environmental changes and AI enabled systems.

The position will report to Supervising Professor.

Duties of the position

  • Address ocean data and methods for design, testing, and verification of AI infused systems for application in the Arctic Ocean.
  • Develop robust methods to detect errors and quantify uncertainty in such systems
  • As part of the research activities, you will collaborate with fellow PhD candidates and some partner organizations. 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 that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in Ocean Engineering/Marine Engineering or equivalent 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.

  • Excellent English skills, written and spoken, are required. Applicants, who do not have master’s degree from Scandinavia and do not have English as mother tongue, must document a thorough knowledge of English (equivalent to a TOEFL score of 600 or more)

Preferred selection criteria

  • Knowledge and experience within Arctic Marine Environment are preferred and should be highlighted
  • Relevant research experience/publications are an advantage, especially within applied AI and data science in the area of marine technology.

Personal characteristics

  • High self-motivation and high motivation for research and research topic
  • Scientific curiosity and open-minded attitude
  • Independent and systematic working style
  • Flexible and reliable
  • Excellent communication skills, good in collaborating with others in an interdisciplinary research environment

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 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.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Engineering within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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

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

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 motivation letter (0.5-2 pages), indicating
    • (1)    Your motivation for a PhD study
    • (2)   How you envisage your contribution within the specified position
    • (3)    Why you are suited for the position
  • CV which includes information about education background and relevant experience
  • Certified copies of transcripts from Bachelor & Master degrees (in English or Norwegian). Candidates from universities outside Norway are expected to send a Diploma Supplement or similar documentation, which describes in detail the program of study, the grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree.
  • English language proficiency documentation (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.). This requirement is waived for applicants whose mother tongue is English, as well as for applicants from Scandinavian countries.
  • Relevant academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 works). 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.
  • Contact information for two references (including email addresses and telephone number)Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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.

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 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.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Ekaterina Kim, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Marit Gjersvold, e-mail:

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 SO-IV -25/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.02.2021

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 Marine Technology

We develop methods and technology related to the blue economy: oil and gas extraction at sea, ship technology and the equipment industry, fisheries and aquaculture. We also have a strong commitment to the development of sustainable solutions for offshore renewable energy, coastal infrastructure, and marine robotics. Marine technology helps to solve major global challenges related to the environment, climate, energy, food and efficient transport. The Department of Marine Technology is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 1st February 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Department of Marine Technology