Professor/Associate Professor of Marine Cybernetics

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Trondheim, Norway
06 Jan 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Feb 2020
IV 274/19
Contract Type
Full Time

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About the position

We have a vacancy for a Professor/Associate Professor of Marine Cybernetics at the Department of Marine Technology. The professorship is sponsored by Equinor through Akademia-avtalen for 5 years and afterwards fully covered by NTNU.

The profile concerns physical modelling and control system design including autonomy for cyber-physical systems such as marine systems, ocean structures, ships, and marine robots. With increasing digitalization of the maritime industry, and ocean assets for offshore oil, gas and wind turbines, the field also needs to expand and integrate towards maritime Internet of Things (IoT), networks and communication, cybersecurity, (Big) data analytics, artificial intelligence including machine learning, and marine autonomy.

The position is especially established to strengthen the research activity on theoretical, numerical, and experimental methods in the framework of marine cybernetics with strong interaction between marine technology, control engineering, and computer science.

The position reports to the Head of Department and will also be affiliated to the Centre of Excellence Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (NTNU AMOS).

Main duties and responsibilities

The vacant position has specific responsibility for teaching and supervising students and carrying out research in the areas relevant for the field of marine cybernetics, such as:

  • Design of intelligent autonomous marine systems using methods from optimization theory, stochastic filtering, reachability analysis, data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.
  • Control system design based on methods from linear, nonlinear, hybrid, and optimal control and estimation theory, including stochastic systems theory.
  • Mathematical and data-driven modelling of ships, ocean structures, and marine robots, including the ocean environment.
  • Numerical analytics and simulation within a framework of using digital twins for design, testing/verification, and validation purposes of marine control systems, including marine autonomous systems.
  • Experimental testing and validation in the hydrodynamic laboratories, as well as field campaigns.

Qualification requirements


The position of Professor requires university education in marine technology, control engineering and computer science or equivalent. In addition, academic competence at least at doctoral level is required in the relevant subject area.

The applicant’s research must be documented and of high international quality, showing both breadth and depth. Production must reflect an independent research profile and show the ability to take up new research issues. Continuous research activity is a prerequisite for the granting of professorial competence. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized international journals within his or her subject area. The greatest emphasis is placed on academic work during the past five years.

Emphasis will be placed on ability and experience in initiating and leading research and development work, and in obtaining external funding for research. Emphasis will also be placed on a documented commitment to teaching, development of teaching materials, and supervision of students at all levels.

Associate Professor:

The position of Associate Professor requires university education in marine technology, control engineering and computer science or equivalent, and academic competence in the relevant subject area at least at doctoral level.

The ability to initiate and lead research and development work will be emphasized. Strong emphasis will be placed on publication of research results in recognized international journals within his or her subject area. The greatest emphasis is placed on academic work during the past five years (depending on the disciplinary tradition).

Pedagogical skills and qualifications will be emphasized. The evaluation will be based on documented material related to teaching, forms of presentation for the academic works, experience in teaching, supervision of doctoral and master’s degree subjects as well as other types of pedagogical background. Applicants with teaching experience at university level will be preferred. Quality and breadth will be evaluated.

Other requirements:

Employees who do not have formal qualifications in teaching at university level and who cannot provide documentation of equivalent qualifications must complete an approved pedagogical development programme within two years of appointment.

The person appointed must comply with the decisions about changes due to developments in the subject area, and the organizational changes that may result from decisions regarding the university's activities.

It is a prerequisite that within three years of appointment new employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language can demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three in the course in Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU.

Please see the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts for general criteria for the position. NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

Personal characteristics

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Flexible mindset to work both on fundamental research as well as on marine applications
  • Interest and ability to work with students
  • Collaborative attitude with ability to work in, and build teams

In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, education, experience and personal suitability will be emphasized, as well as motivation for the position.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Professor (code 1013) is normally from NOK 619 300 to NOK 1 226 400 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.

The gross salary for the position of Associate Professor (code 1011) is normally from NOK 524 200 to NOK 871 300 per year, 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 the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The person appointed must live in a location enabling him/her to be present at and available to the institution.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works)
  • A description of the academic/artistic works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be taken into account in the assessment
  • A list of your works with information on where they have been published
  • Name and address of three referees
  • Research plan
  • Details of teaching qualifications based on "Documentation of applicant’s teaching qualifications in connection with appointment to an academic position at NTNU"
  • Details of the projects you have managed, with information about funding, duration and size

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

When the application deadline has passed, a shortlisting committee will evaluate all applications. The best qualified applicants will then be considered by an external appointments panel and the most suitable applicants will be invited to interview and to deliver a lecture to undergraduate students.

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. NTNU wishes to increase the proportion of women in its academic positions, and women are therefore encouraged to apply.

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 Asgeir Sørensen, telephone 0047 73595534/0047 91897457, email

Submit your application with your CV, diplomas and certificates via Applicants invited for interview must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas.

Mark the application with reference number: IV 274/19.

Deadline for applications: 01.02.2020.

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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 Marine Technology

We develop methods and technology related to the blue economy: oil and gas extraction at sea, ship technology and the equipment industry, fisheries and aquaculture. We also have a strong commitment to the development of sustainable solutions for offshore renewable energy, coastal infrastructure, and marine robotics. Marine technology helps to solve major global challenges related to the environment, climate, energy, food and efficient transport. The Department of Marine Technology is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Employer: NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality: Trondheim
Scope: Fulltime
Duration: Permanent
Place of service: Tyholt