Researcher on Autonomous Ships

Trondheim, Norway
09 May 2019
End of advertisement period
22 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

A 100% permanent position as researcher (code 1108 or 1109) is available at NTNU’s 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 researcher will primarily participate in various research projects related to autonomous ships. Many of the projects will involve close collaboration within the department, the rest of NTNU, external research partners, industry and end users.

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

The primary workplace is at NTNU Gløshaugen. The position reports to Head of department.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Research and development related to key technologies for autonomous ships, such as sensors and sensor fusion, thermal cameras, machine vision, navigation, estimation, target tracking, and situational awareness.
  • Development and maintenance of research infrastructure, including experimental vessels and software systems.
  • Project acquisition, management, planning, coordination, student supervision, risk and quality management.

The position may 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

  • Master degree or doctoral degree in a relevant area such as control engineering or cybernetics.
  • Experience with autonomous vehicle research and development, as well as modelling and control of marine vessels.
  • Documented competence in several of the following areas: Sensors and sensor fusion, thermal cameras, machine vision, navigation, estimation, target tracking, and situational awareness.
  • Relevant competence on embedded and real-time systems, including programming in C or 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.
  • 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.

Desired qualifications 

  • Broad knowledge and interests in ship systems, unmanned vehicles and autonomous systems.
  • Experience with LSTS (Underwater Systems and Techology Laboratory) toolchain and ROS (Robotic Operating System).
  • Valid road driver’s license in Norway equivalent to class B.
  • Missing competence can be achieved through training at work and courses.

Personal characteristics

Personal skills will be given large weight. 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 contribute with creative solutions in exciting research projects.

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

Yerarly gross pay by agreement with the Department, 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.

Generell informasjon

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, phone number + 47 41525881, 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.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

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 2019/11200 when applying.

Application deadline: 22.05.19

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 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 22. May 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Jobbnorge ID 169901

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