Postdoctoral Fellow in Flexible and Integrated Production Systems

Gjøvik, Norway
19 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
10 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering have a vacancy for a postdoc (2 years). The Postdoc will be a part of the IVB manufacturing research team and associated to the Centre for Research based Innovation; SFI manufacturing.

The Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering (IVB) is a part of the faculty of engineering at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology. Our research focus on Manufacturing engineering, Advanced and sustainable composites and Digital twin for sustainable built environment. 

The post doc will be a part of our Manufacturing research group and the Centre for Research based Innovation; SFI manufacturing, connected to the SFI Work Package 2.1:  Flexible and integrated production systems. The Postdoc will use NTNU MANUAB laboratory facilities for the research, as well as the industry consortium in SFI Manufacturing.

The position reports to Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • The Post Doc shall focus on the coupling of digital models and supervisory control and data acquisition systems on manufacturing system level.
  • The goal is data-driven methods for a holistic manufacturing variation management with the aim for improving process capability of multi-process production systems, and thus minimizing cost and resource usage.
  • The Postdoc will work on signal processing, data analysis and development of appropriate predictive and optimized models using machine learning and genetic algorithms for multi-objective optimization along with tools for visualization and simulation.

Required selection criteria

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in manufacturing, industrial engineering or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

  • The postdoc must have previous knowledge of handling sensing systems for manufacturing processes, including data acquisition, signal processing and sensors such as piezoelectric sensors for force, vibration and acoustic emission (AE).
  • Applicant must have research expertise on mathematical modelling, simulation and multi-objective optimization, Machine learning/Artificial intelligence, (big) data mining. Past research must be documented in the form of a promising publication list.
  • Applicant must have documented knowledge of handling piezoelectric sensors in the context of CNC machines and must be familiar with CPS factory.
  • The SFI Manufacturing consortium contains several companies in the defence industry sector. Due to this, the candidate cannot have nationality from one of the countries prohibited by the ITAR  or Electronic Code of Federal Regulations.
  • Excellent English skills, spoken and written, are required. Knowledge in Norwegian language is beneficial.

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.

Personal characteristics

  • Proficiency to carry out goal-oriented work
  • Creative thinking
  • Confidence in independent work
  • Good cooperation abilities
  • Perseverance

We offer

Salary and conditions

The employment period is 2 years.

Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 542 400 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

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 criteria 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.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

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

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include (Departments to choose from the following):

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Research plan or project proposal
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works)
  • Name and address of three referees

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.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

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

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. 

The city of Gjøvik has a population of 30 000 and is a town known for its rich music and cultural life. The beautiful nature surrounding the city is ideal for an active outdoor life! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Kristian Martinsen, telephone +47 995 21 849, email . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Per David Nielsen,  e-mail:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. 

Application deadline: 10.07.2020

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 Manufacturing and Civil Engineering

Our profile of expertise can help to solve the world’s most important societal challenge: the development of sustainable solutions in industry and society. This profile includes research on modern industrial processes, use of new and recycled materials, new technological solutions and the application of new forms of organization and business models. The Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 10th July 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Gjøvik
Scope Fulltime
Duration Engagement
Place of service NTNU i Gjøviz