PhD Candidate in Logistics 4.0 Systems, Assistive Technologies and Human Factors

Trondheim, Norway
10 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
26 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate at the Production Management Research Group at Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. The position is within the area of smart production and logistics system, in particular the role of assistive technologies and human factors in industrial engineering.

The position reports to Professor Fabio Sgarbossa

Job description

The primary focus will be on developing knowledge on how new technologies and Industry 4.0 revolution provide new opportunities and solutions in the development of innovative production and logistics systems. Particular attention will be paid on the integration of human factors and assistive technologies (co-bots, augmented reality, immersive reality, others) in such systems.

We are currently increasing our focus on technology-based innovations for the design and management of such systems, among other things by means of a Logistics 4.0 Laboratory. The PhD student will become part of a team developing and using this laboratory for research purposes.

We are looking for a creative PhD candidate with strong interest in the application of digital technologies within the area of Production Management. We offer an exciting and challenging environment where you will perform your research in close collaboration with innovative industrial companies in Norway. The research will be oriented towards the challenges of these world-leading companies, and how they can be addressed by means of new technology.

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 Production Management / Industrial Logistics 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

  • The applicant’s ability to carry out high quality scientific work, in combination with good skills to deliver oral and written presentation of research results.
  • Excellent English skills—written and oral—are required, and applicants with Scandinavian language skills will be preferred.

Personal characteristics

  • The successful applicants must be highly motivated and ambitious.
  • Good collaborative capabilities will be emphasized.
  • The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work problem oriented and to work independently

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 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 (without required 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.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

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 Fabio Sgarbossa, phone number +47 90768098, 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.

For an application to be considered, the applicant must attach a preliminary description (maximum 2 pages) of a research plan.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas, research plan and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number IV-153/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 26 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 26.04.2019
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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