PhD Position, Predicting Movements of Fish Stocks in the Ocean

Trondheim, Norway
10 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
07 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

The FishGuider project is financed by the North Atlantic Institute for Sustainable Fishing (NAIS) and the Norwegian Research Council. The project manager is Finn Are Michelsen at SINTEF Ocean.

The position reports to Associate Professor Morten Omholt Alver, who will be the main supervisor.

Main duties and responsibilities

The main objective of the FishGuider project is to develop decision support for the Norwegian fisheries fleet to:

  1. Reduce time and fuel use of fisheries
  2. Allow more precise management of fish stocks

The objectives will be achieved through interaction with fishermen, collection of data from the fishing vessels, development of mathematical models of the ecosystem and selected fish stocks, assimilation of data for model correction, synthetization of observed data and model data into an estimate of fish distribution.

The PhD candidate will work on challenging and interesting tasks within:

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 cybernetics 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, post doctor and research assistant.

Important qualifications for candidates are:

  • Mathematical modelling
  • Estimation theory
  • Programming
  • Good written and oral English language skills. Scandinavian language skills are an advantage, but not required.

Knowledge of marine biology and fish behaviour is useful, but not required, and will form parts of the candidate’s academic curriculum.

Personal characteristics

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 479 600 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 or 4 years (with or without required duties). Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Engineering Cybernetics ( 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.

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.

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.

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 Morten Omholt Alver, phone number +47 95150321, e-mail: .

The application must include a cover letter where the applicant states their motivation for applying to this position.

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 2019/29145 when applying.

Application deadline: October 7, 2019.

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