PhD in A Simulator Approach to Consept Analysis and Optimization

Trondheim, Norway
07 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position in A Simulator Approach to Consept Analysis and Optimization.

In conjunction to activities associated with Norwegian Centre for improved energy efficiency and reduced harmful emission (SFI Smart Maritime), a number of doctoral and postdoctoral positions are opened at the Department of Marine Technology at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2019. The considered positions are related to several work packages (WPs) defined within the SFI Centre, namely WP2: Hull and propeller optimization, WP3: Power systems and fuels, and WP4: Ship system integration and validation. The work should be performed both within and across the specified WPs and in close cooperation with the researchers from SINTEF Ocean, and also involving industry partners of the Centre.

The main goal of the SFI Smart Maritime is oriented towards the greening of the maritime transport by developing new knowledge, methods and technologies as well as educating new professionals for maritime sector, thus enabling the Norwegian maritime cluster to be world leading in environmentally friendly shipping in the nearest future. Achieving all this requires both innovative use, improvement and combination of technologies that are not only energy and emission efficient, but also cost effective, enabling additional increase of the revenues for the maritime industry.

Reports to supervising professor.

Job description

  • The position is within the development and verification of high fidelity mathematical models for hybrid power system’s dynamics aiming at integration, design and optimization studies of hybrid marine power plants in real operational modes including extreme loads.
  • The work will be based on previous research, carried out within the research group, utilizing modeling and simulation (using co-simulation architectures) and the focus of the proposed position should be within at least one of the areas: development of generic high-fidelity mathematical models for power units focusing on fuel-cells systems for marine hybrid power plants, marine hybrid power plant concepts studies following a simulator approach to concept studies or development of a methodology or possible a framework for optimization studies using a simulator approach to optimization. 
  • The successful candidate will work in an interdisciplinary team of people from different engineering fields and for some of the areas experimental work will be included.

Qualification requirements

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 Marine technology, Mechanical engineering, Controls and Electrical engineering (candidates with MS in Physics or Computer Science are also encouraged to apply) 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:

  • Good written and oral English language skills. Applicants from non-English speak countries outside Europe must present an official language test report. The acceptable tests are TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:
  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A

Personal characteristics

  • Motivation for applied scientific research is essential, while practical experience with laboratory work can be an advantage.
  • Abitiy and motivation to work as part of a cross -disciplinary research team.
  • The candidate is expected to expand his/her knowledge in other fields as a part ogf the PhD project.

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 449 400 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years  without teaching duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Engineering ,

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.

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 Ass.Prof. Eilif Pedersen,  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 note that we have a number of positions associated to SFI Smart Maritime in 2019. If you plan to apply to more than one position, we kindly ask you  to submit a full application to each position.

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-81/19 when applying.

Please note that we have a number of positions associated to SFI Smart Maritime in 2019. Within this application, please specify the fellowship number by indicating WP3.1.  If you plan to apply to more than one position, we kindly ask you to submit a full application to each position. 

Application deadline: 01.03.19

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 01.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Department of Marine Technology

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