PhD Research Fellow in Human Movement Science

Trondheim, Norway
13 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
31 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

Manual and strenuous work task like heavy lifting, pushing and pulling, often with awkward postures are common in the petroleum industry. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are common causes of sickness absence and early retirement for petroleum workers. Although MSDs and their consequences are a result of several factors, high occupational physical activity is an important contributor, likely exacerbated by limited recuperation, affected by rest, sleep, nutrition and leisure-time physical activity. There is a need for better understanding of the physical and physiological strain on workers in the petroleum industry.

We seek a talented, enthusiastic and hardworking scientist to join the Digital Worker and Exposure Risk Assessment project team. The aim of the project is to create knowledge and scientific background on how digitalization should be applied in a human factors perspective, and how technological sensors and systems should be designed to promote health and safety for workers in the petroleum industry.

Job description

The PhD candidate will investigate the physical capacity, and balance between work and recuperation of workers in the petroleum industry and study how wearable sensors can be applied to monitor, analyse and manage occupational health and safety within the petroleum industry.

The period of employment for the position as a PhD Research Fellow is 3 years. The position has the objective of qualifying for higher academic positions. Admission to a doctoral degree program is a requirement for employment as a PhD candidate. For regulations concerning the PhD-degree at NTNU, please see:

The candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary project team, and the main workplace will be within the group on Geriatrics, Movement and Stroke at the Department of Neuroscience. For more information about the department, see We offer an international and multidisciplinary environment in which creativity and scientific discussion is valued and stimulated. The Digital Worker and Exposure Risk Assessment project is managed by SINTEF, and is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and several partners from the petroleum industry through the Petromaks2 program.

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 human movement science, health sciences, exercise physiology or other related area of science 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

  • Experience with quantitative research methods
  • Proficiency in oral and written English. Skills in a Scandinavian language is desired, but not required.

The position involves traveling to land-based installations in Norway.

Emphasis will also be placed on

  • Experience with sensor technology
  • Experience with measurement of physical activity and capacity
  • Experience with qualitative research methods
  • Experience from Corporate health service
  • Communication skills, both oral and written

Personal characteristics

  • Social skills
  • Independence
  • Creativity
  • Ability to cooperate with and contribute to a research team
  • Motivation for the position

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. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Medicine and Health Sciences ( 

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 Professor Marius Steiro Fimland, phone number +47 73598823 / +47 99240205, 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 166560 when applying.

Application deadline: 31.3.2019

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Deadline 31.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Project
Jobbnorge ID 166560