PhD Candidate in Digital Twin for Sustainable Built Environment

Gjøvik, Norway
Jan 15, 2021
End of advertisement period
Feb 01, 2021
IV -52/21
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate at Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering.

The Ph.d project is co-financed by Norwegian research council IKTpluss project (HealthDemocratization and H2020-GIFT ( 

The PhD candidate 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 and health care sector.

The PhD candidate will tightly cooperate with other PhD candidates and Postdoctors in these two projects, and the research group at the Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering.

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 HealthDemocratization
  • 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 stakeholders.
  • 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. The PhD student 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 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.
  • Master’s degree in civil engineering, software engineering, electrical engineering, computer science or information security
  • Knowledge in data mining, information privacy, cyber security, and communication technology
  • Very good English skills, written and spoken

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.

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.

Preferred selection criteria

  • experience in the software or IoT network development will be prioritized
  • relevant publication in peer reviewed journals
  • emphasis will be placed on cooperation and communication skills
  • good written and oral Norwegian or other Scandinavia language 

​Personal characteristics

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

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.

The period of employment is 3 years .

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.

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 (Departments to choose from the following):

  • A cover letter where the applicant describes his/her personal motivation and how he/she intends to fill the position
  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • 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

Uncomplete application will not be considered.

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

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 -52/21 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 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 1st February 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Gjøvik
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Gjøvik

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