PhD Position in 3d Point Clouds Processing

Trondheim, Norway
10 May 2019
End of advertisement period
18 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 3D Point Clouds Processing.

The PhD candidate will be integrated in the research project Lamdaroad funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The task is to generate high resolution 3D models along highways in the test field of the project by using point clouds data. For this purpose, algorithms will be developed for the high accurate registration of the existing point cloud data at Staten Vegvesen with the new data acquired from UAV and mobile laser scanning. The resulted high resolution 3D models of the road environment should be merged with the 5m resolution DTM that can be downloaded from Geonorge (national website for map data and other location information in Norway). The PhD student needs to develop techniques for the fusion process with full consideration of the difference of scales and geometric characteristics of 3D road models and DTM. The product will be used for simulation of signal propagation and coverage of G5 along roads. 

The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to work closely with both SINTEF and NPRA to develop a deep insight about digital infrastructure for autonomous driving.

The position reports to Professor Hongchao Fan

Qualification requirements

The successful candidate will join to the research group of Road, Transportation and Geomatics within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The candidate is expected to hold MSc/MEng in Geoinformatics or Computer Sciences, or any related fields. Good skills in programming by using Python or C++ is required. A good understanding of GIS especially the pre-knowledge in object detection and pattern recognition would be desirable attributes, however, not required. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written are important, and the applicant must speak and write English with a high level of proficiency.

PhD candidate:

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 Geoinformatics 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

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

Other qualifications

  • Experiences in deep learning

Personal characteristics

  • The candidates should be equally team-minded and self-reliant, proactive and responsible.

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 candidate:

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 required duties). Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Geomatics. 

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 Prof. Dr. Hongchao Fan  phone number +47 73559665, 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 IV-174/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 18.06.2019

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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

We conduct research and teaching in civil and transportation engineering, technical planning, structural engineering, water and wastewater engineering and hydraulic engineering. Graduates from our programmes become employees – in both the public and private sectors – with a sustainability mindset combined with competitive knowledge and skills. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 18. June 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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