Researcher on Software Systems

Trondheim, Norway
29 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Om stillingen

We have a vacancy for a 100% position as researcher on software systems at Department of Engineering Cybernetics.

Engineering cybernetics is about automatic control and monitoring of technical systems such as ships, aircraft, cars, petroleum production platforms, wind turbines, underwater vehicles, robots, transport systems and industrial processes.

This field is at the front of the technological development. The workplace is at NTNU Gløshaugen

The position reports to the head of the Department

Job description

The researcher will participate in various research projects with a special responsibility for the software systems in the department’s field experimental infrastructure, including:

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Laboratory (UAV-Lab),
  • Autonomous ships and unmanned surface vehicles,
  • Applied Underwater Robotics Laboratory (AUR-lab),
  • SmallSat-lab, and
  • related labs and infrastructure with our collaborators.

These laboratories contain advanced equipment and software which enable world-leading research. The work involves very interesting, challenging and varied tasks in close collaboration with researchers, students and collaborating companies and research communities both in Norway and internationally.

The main work tasks will be:

  • Full stack software and embedded system design, development, simulation, integration and testing of safety-critical systems for autonomous vehicles.
  • Participating in projects and teams with research and development of autonomous navigation and control, integration of payload systems and analysis of experimental data.
  • Project acquisition, management, planning, coordination, and risk and quality management.
  • Field operations in Norway and internationally.

The position will also contribute to other tasks related to the department’s ongoing research and education activities. The working area of the position can change in order to serve the department’s needs.

Qualification requirements

The following requirements are necessary for the position:

  • Master degree or doctoral degree in a relevant area such as control engineering, cybernetics, computer science or electronics.
  • Experience with autonomous vehicle research, development and/or operation.
  • Relevant competence on embedded and real-time systems, Linux, and programming in C/C++.
  • The autonomous vehicle research at NTNU has civilian objectives. However, some of the equipment being used is subject to export regulations or other limitations such as ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations), and the position requires that the applicant has permission to use such equipment. Applicants who are citizens of Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden or NATO countries will satisfy the requirements.
  • Good written and oral English and Norwegian language skills

The following is desirable for the position:

  • Broad knowledge and interests in robotics, unmanned vehicles and autonomous systems.
  • Competence in avionics, autopilots, simulation, risk management, radio communication, remote sensing, sensor fusion, real-time data processing, image analysis, computer networks or similar.
  • Experience with LSTS toolchain and ROS.
  • Full stack programming competence.
  • Valid driver’s license in Norway equivalent to class B.

Missing competence can be achieved through training on the job and courses.

Personal characteristics

Personal skills will be emphasized. It is important that the person being hired is systematic, can contribute to project management and administrative work, has good collaboration skills, and will enjoy working with both employees and students. It is also important that this person is flexible, can work efficiently in multiple projects at the same time, shows willingness to take initiative and responsibility, and can contribute with creative solutions in demanding and exciting research projects.

The work environment is international and the successful candidate must be able to communicate well in English both orally and in writing, as well as master Norwegian or be prepared to learn Norwegian.

Some travelling must be expected in connection with field operations and testing.

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

The gross salary for the position of researcher code 1109 is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 515 200,- to 619 300,- before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. 

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after 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 Head of Department Morten Breivik, 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, certified diplomas and certificates, reference letters and a motivation letter. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2018/42092 when applying.

Application deadline: 06.12.18

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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 12.12.2018
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Trondheim