PhD Candidate, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Trondheim, Norway
22 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
15 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate at Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

This open position is in association with research project AEMON recently awarded by the Norwegian Research Council and industrial partners.  The project is managed by SINTEF.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to interact with other PhD students majoring in acoustic emission analysis at NTNU  as well as with professionals at NTNU, SINTEF and industry to further develop his/her research skills and experience.

The position reports to professor Alexey Vinogradov

Job description

The candidate will develop novel approaches and algorithms for condition monitoring and failure prediction in rotating machinery with a focus on damage initiation and evolution in slow bearings by the analysis of random acoustic emission time series acquired by an array of ultrasonic sensors.

The position is planned to address the issues related to signal processing, pattern recognition in time series generated by bearings condition monitoring systems, using innovative artificial intelligence and machine learning approaches.

Qualification requirements

The PhD-candidate'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 applied mathematics, Signal Processing, Statistics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence 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

Documented experience in Matlab, Python, and R programming should be provided in the relevant to area of data analysis.

Knowledge of basic materials science, fracture mechanics and fatigue of materials will be considered as an advantage.

Personal characteristics

  • Good teamwork skills, inventiveness, and a proactive approach, will be emphasized in the evaluation as well as relevant practical experience.
  • The PhD Research Fellow will be expected to contribute to an active research community that promotes the personal and professional growth of the doctoral candidate.
  • The position places great demands on the applicant’s capacity for independent goal-oriented work, ability to concentrate and attention to detail.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, 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 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. 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 program during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months after commencement of the PhD position.

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 Alexey Vinogradov, phone number +47 735 93769, email

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 within the application deadline. 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 the Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI):

Please refer to the application number IV-130/19 when applying.

Applicants later invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Application deadline: 15 April 2019

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 Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

We educate graduates who can create new products, operate and maintain products, and manage projects. The Department has a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. We conduct wide-ranging research in fields such as technology, energy, product quality and development, and productivity. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 15.04.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Dep. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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