PhD Position within Value Chain Management in Ocean Industries

Ålesund, Norway
09 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have an open PhD position for research related to this topic:
Digital transition in maritime organizations – effects on business models

Digitalization creates rapid changes in the maritime industry. The introduction of new enabling technologies comes with new ways of working, and opens up for new business concepts. While there is understandably much focus on solving the technological challenges, there is less focus on the organizational ramifications of such changes.

In the called PhD project, the introduction of “power by the hour” as a new business model in maritime industry is proposed as case study.

The position reports to Head of Department.

Job description

  • The objective for the PhD candidate is to understand organizational implications of current technological developments for the people performing work. As work changes, so do the roles, responsibility and statuses of the actors involved. Thus, technological challenges brings in new processes of interaction both within and among organizations. From an organizational perspective, such developments raise vital questions concerning organizational form, organizational structures, procedures, legitimization and practice of power, and patterns of interaction.
  • The PhD project should look into the implications for crew, suppliers and shipowners – both respectively and relationally. How does this change the way these actors perform their work tasks? What does such technological changes do to their understanding of work, status, their definition of their own role, the relation to each other, and their sense of ownership to the problem at hand?
  • The PhD research will be carried out in an interdisciplinary environment. The institute currently have several ongoing PhD projects working on related aspect of changes facing the maritime industry, such as developments within autonomy, remote ship operations, situational awareness and management challenges due to digitalization. In line with the strategy of the institute, the candidate will be expected to make use of NTNU’s simulator labs in the project. 
  • The current PhD project opens up for multidisciplinary backgrounds, as relevant technological or nautical competence, or a background in social science. Regardless of background, it is the organizational questions raised in this call that is the focus of the PhD work.

Qualification requirements

PhD candidate:

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 a relevant technology-, nautical- or social-science field 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.

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, postdoctor and research assistant

Other qualifications

  • Work experience from maritime/marine industry is preferred
  • Good written and oral English and Norwegian language skills. English skills must be documented either by TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

Personal characteristics

  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in team
  • Potential for research at an international level
  • Keen interest in the wider context of own research, and an ability to engage in cross-disciplinary teams

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 candidate:

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years (or 4 years including 25% teaching duties). Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to a relevant PhD programme. 

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

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. Under the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Associate professor Marte Fanneløb Giskeødegård, e-mail

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number IV-164/18 when applying.

Application deadline: 16.12.18

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 Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering

We aim to be a hub of international knowledge and innovation in maritime operations. This involves education and research on the design of ships and marine equipment as well as on the operation of vessels. Maritime operations integrate technology, human factors and business. The interfaces between these areas often spark inspiration for innovation and new solutions. The Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering, and is located in Ålesund.

Deadline 16.12.2018
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Ålesund
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service The Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering