PhD Candidate within Digitalization and Automated Vehicles

Trondheim, Norway
15 May 2019
End of advertisement period
04 Jun 2019
SO IV-22/19
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

Within a few years a huge change is expected in the transport sector with a transition to automated vehicles. This PhD position will do research on impacts from automation and digitalization on efficiency, safety and the environment under the specific Nordic conditions.

Future vehicles will probably be more controlled by network solutions, and less by car drivers. The transition period will consist of a mixture between traditional vehicles and vehicles with semi- and full automation. What are the infrastructural requirements for future transport? Which traffic will be replaced by automated vehicles? How fast will the transition be? A lot of questions arise within these topics, and research is needed to be prepared and exploit the possibilities and avoid the potential negative impacts on traffic safety and environment.

The position reports to Associate Professor Trude Tørset. The position is also connected to the Traffic Engineering Research Centre.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Literature study about automated vehicles
  • Interviews about travellers’ perception and acceptance
  • Traffic simulations to evaluate efficiency and safety with increasing shares of automated vehicles
  • Evaluation of driver support systems and automated vehicles on test tracks and in a real traffic environment
  • Evaluation of test pilots with automated vehicles
  • Dissemination of research results
  • Participating in cooperation with national and international partners

Qualification requirements

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 traffic engineering, computer 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

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

Other qualifications

  • Knowledge about the transport sector
  • Programming skills
  • Statistics
  • Experience with traffic models and simulation
  • Good written and oral English language skills

Personal characteristics

  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Teamwork skills
  • Ability 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 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 Civil 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 Trude Tørset, phone number +47 970 38 649, e-mail or Arvid Aakre, phone number +47 926 19 418, 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 SO IV-22/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 04.06.2019

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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 4. 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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