PhD Position within Maritime Simulation

Alesund, Norway
06 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
31 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

NTNU has a vacant PhD position for research related to the topic:

Student engagement in maritime simulation-based teaching activities.

Student active involvement in teaching is currently considered as a prerequisite to improving the quality of classroom interaction amongst teachers and students, increasing student engagement, looking for improved levels of collaboration, reasoning, and academic attainment as the desirable outcomes (Mercer, Hennessy and Warwick, 2017). Simulation-based training methods can be particularly promising to bridge theory and practice in a way that allows for active student involvement. The technological advancement in recent years have expanded their potential in promoting educational goals. Yet, student involvement can take many forms; it can be understood as the use of student active methods in teaching scenarios, the use of teaching assistants recruited from senior students, the active use of alumni networks and unions in teaching activities.

The current PHD position aims to contribute to our understanding of the relationship between student engagement, involvement (in the broad term) and learning environment. The findings from this project will be essential to develop suitable methods for student involvement in maritime simulation practices in higher education. The study thus explores how student involvement is mobilized in maritime simulator training and how teachers and students interact, engage and negotiate meaning in simulator-based learning and assessment practices. Additionally, the study will contribute with research-based knowledge and suggestions for future simulator-based learning and assessment practices in which highlight student engagement.

Relevant research questions for this project includes, but are not limited to:

  • How do the various institutions in the consortium of maritime bachelor programs involve students in their teaching, organization and partners for developing maritime simulator-based education?
  • How do instructors that are professional practitioners perceive the value of student engagement and how is it enacted in simulator-based practices?
  • How do students’ value various forms of student engagement to improve the learning environment and the learning and assessment processes?
  • How are students positioned to participate and engage in collaboration, reasoning and academic attainment?
  • What characterize the methods which can be used in maritime domain for increased student engagement and leadership?

The methodological approach is primarily qualitative, but the candidate will be expected to be able to master both qualitative and quantitative methods for this project. An international comparative approach might be relevant.

The PhD position will be part of the Centre of Excellence in Maritime Simulator Training and Assessment (COAST). COAST is a joint initiative of the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) and The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) and aims to become the world’s leading provider of simulator training and assessment for maritime education. 

You will report to head of department.

Duties of the position

The work will be part of COAST’s vision for novel research-based pedagogical approaches to simulator-based training and assessment methods. The candidates research activities as well as the related teaching and management activities will be expected to work towards this goal.  The candidate is also expected to collaborate with other PhD projects in formulating research design, data collection and other COAST related dissemination activities across the consortium.

Required selection criteria

PhD candidate:

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in maritime or social-science field or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable 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.

  • Good written and oral English language skills (must be documented)

Preferred selection criteria

  • The candidate should be qualified to conduct simulation-based teaching in compliance with STCW demands
  • Experience from maritime simulation-based learning
  • Work experience from the maritime domain and particularly within nautical operations
  • Network within the maritime industry is an advantage
  • Knowledge about the four institutions providing maritime education is preferable
  • Mastering Norweagian or an other Scandinavian language would be beneficial since the teaching will be in Norwegian

Personal characteristics

  • Potential for research at an international level
  • Keen interest in the wider context of own research, and an ability to engage in cross-disciplinary teams
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in team
  • Strong analytical skills

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidate:

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 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 period of employment is 4 years including 25% COAST related teaching and management activities.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in engineering ( within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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.

The position is subject to external funding.

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:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • 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 Ålesund, with its population of 50 000, will provide you with plenty of opportunities to explore a region of Norway that is famous for its beautiful scenery with high mountains and blue fjords. Ålesund itself, with its Art Nouveau architecture, is by many considered to be the most beautiful city in Norway! 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 associate professor Marte Fanneløb, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Siri Schulerud, 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. Please refer to the application number IV-204/20 when applying.

Application deadline: 31.10.20

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 Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering

We aim to be a hub of international knowledge and innovation in maritime operations. This involves education and research on the design of ships and marine equipment as well as on the operation of vessels. Maritime operations integrate technology, human factors and business. The interfaces between these areas often spark inspiration for innovation and new solutions. The Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 31st October 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Ålesund
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service NTNU Ålesund