Post Doc in Simulation Based Risk Modeling for Operational Decision Support and Verification

Trondheim, Norway
29 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
10 Jan 2021
IV 222/20
Contract Type
Full Time


About the position

We have a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in dynamics and simulation-based risk modeling for operational decision support and verification at the Department of Marine Technology.

The position is funded by SFI AutoShip (, the new 8 year research-based innovation Centre in autonomous ships. Here, we are joining forces with more than 20 partners from industry, public sector, universities and research institutes. Research areas cover competences that the Norwegian maritime industry needs in autonomy, digital infrastructure, maritime transport, safety and risk analysis, maritime law, human-machine interaction, and cyber security.

The position reports to the Supervising Professor.

Duties of the position

The traditional risk analysis techniques have weaknesses related to the lack of focus on couplings in systems. This has led to the development of simulation-based probabilistic risk assessment, such as the Accident Dynamic Simulator (ADS). Generally, the discrete simulation methodologies use a simulation engine that generates branches at specific time steps with associated probabilities for the risk scenarios. Advantages of the dynamic simulation-based approaches are that they can more realistically represent event sequence timing, provide more insights into condition assessment and consequences, aid in scenario generation through algorithms, include operator responses, and simulation tracking can provide information about the scenarios. Still, they also have some weaknesses, for example, related to scenario generation and the modeling and integration of couplings between hardware, software and human risks. Simulation-based methodologies are expected to play a critical role in risk assessment of autonomous systems to assist in the detailed understanding of the systems and operations, to collect data, for decision support, and to validate systems’ behavior.

The Post Doc will: work on advancing and improving simulation-based PRA for risk assessment and verification and validation of autonomous ships.

The position will be responsible for developing scientific journal and conference publications addressing the above-mentioned topics.

Required selection criteria

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in Marine Technology/Cybernetics; Marine Safety; Reliability, Availabilty, Maintenance, Safety (RAMS); Computer Science or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

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.

  • Excellent English skills, written and spoken, are required. Applicants from non-English speak countries outside Europe must present an official language test report. The acceptable tests are TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:            
    • TOEFL: 600 / writing 4.5 (paper-based test), 92 / writing 22 (internet-based test)            
    • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
    • CAE/CPE: grade B or A.
  • Excellent programming skills (MATLAB, Phyton)

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience in risk analysis and risk modeling (any sector)
  • Experience with maritime systems
  • Knowledge about marine technology

Personal characteristics

  • Structured
  • Thourough
  • Trustworthy
  • Innovative, creative and open minded

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

We offer

Salary and conditions

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 employment period is 2 years.

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

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:

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

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. 

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 Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

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 Ingrid Bouwer Utne, telephone +47 98222465, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Marit Gjersvold, 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 222/20 when applying.

Application deadline: 10.01.2021

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 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.

Deadline 10th January 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service