NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - NTNU

PhD Candidate within AI Decision Transparity in Autonomous Maritime Operation

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Location
Alesund, Norway
Posted
03 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
29 Nov 2020
Ref
IV-226/20
Contract Type
Temporary
Hours
Full Time

About the position

Would you like to contribute to the new era of autonomous ships at sea?

The Department of Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering (IHB) has a vacant 3 years PhD position at the Faculty of Engineering in "AI decision transparity in autonomous maritime operations". The position is funded by SFI AutoShip https://www.ntnu.edu/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 associate professor Runar Ostnes as the main scientific supervisor of the research.  

There are several PhD positions announced for SFI AutoShip, and you are encouraged to apply for more than one position that aligns with your background and interests.

Why apply for a PhD position?

A PhD position is a paid education for 3 years where you end up with a PhD degree. In this period, you are no longer a regular student, instead you are employed at the NTNU and in this case also part of a larger Center, the SFI AutoShip.  In
a PhD position, you develop skills to solve complex problems beyond what you learnt in your master study. Norwegian industry needs this type of competence to stay competitive and develop new jobs for the future.

For this PhD position, we would like to promote that:

  • You are included in the multi-disciplinary team of SFI Autoship with other PhD students, master students, researchers, and industry experts.
  • You will relate your work with practical use cases like autonomous ferries, autonomous container ships, and autonomous surface vessels for marine operations, in close collaboration with the industry partners.
  • You will have a set of mentors around you (your supervisor team), in addition to your colleagues.

The PhD degree opens new attractive career opportunities. Depending on your interest, you can qualify for being a scientific expert or manager in small and large industrial companies or continue as a researcher at a university or a research institute.

About the department at which you are hired.

As a PhD student you are employed at the Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering (IHB). This means that you will be part of a department with 9 professors, 21 associate professors, about 7 postdocs and researchers and more than 25 PhD candidates. Approximately 15 master students and 120 bachelor students graduate annually from the departments programs.

The Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering is aiming to be an international knowledge and innovation hub in the field of maritime operations. This involves education and research in ship design and marine equipment as well as in the operations of vessels. Maritime operations can be regarded as the interplay between technology, human factors and business. In many cases it is in the interfaces between these areas that the inspiration arises to innovate and discover new solutions.

The PhD candidate will be enrolled in The National Joint PhD Program in Nautical Operations . This program is organized as a joint degree between the following four national higher education institutions offering professional maritime education:

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Universtity of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)

University of South-Eastern Norway (USN)

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)

Duties of the position

The topic of the PhD position is AI decision transparity in autonomous maritime operations. The PhD candidate will be working together with two other PhD candidates in a work package dedicated to shore control centres and human factors. It is vital for the human operators in remote operation centers, on own ship and surrounding ships to understand and evaluate how the autonomous ships AI is likely to behave, in order to ensure safe operations or intervene if necessary. Central to the development will be the use of highly realistic maritime simulators.

 The key ambition of the project will be to develop a reliable information and decision-support system for human operators involved in the operations.

Required selection criteria

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 nautical science or maritime administration 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.

  • Excellent written and oral English language skills (must be documented)
  • For applicants that do not hold a Norwegian citizenship: Ability to be approved according to regulation on Control of the Export of Strategic Goods 

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’s 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.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Knowledge about autonomous ship operations
  • Mastering of a Scandinavian language
  • Experience in maritime operations

Personal characteristics

  • Highly motivated for conducting a PhD study
  • Highly motivated for research in a multi-disciplinary environment with industry participation
  • Able to take own initiatives, and be able to work independently as well as in collaboration with others
  • Able to prepare and present organized status reports on own research
  • Willing to attend and follow up meetings in relation to the Centre activities
  • Able to structure own ideas in a logical and systematic manner
  • Eager to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences

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

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, 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 3 years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in The National Joint PhD Program in Nautical Operations 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.

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:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • A short research plan or project proposal (max. 3 pages) including
    • A short presentation of the motivation for a PhD study
    • The applicant's view of research challenges for the PhD position
    • Why the applicant is suited for the position
  • 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 Runar Ostnes, email runar.ostnes@ntnu.no. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Siri Schulerud, e-mail: ssc@ntnu.no.

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no 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-226/20 when applying.

Application deadline: 29.11.2020

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 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 29th November 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Ålesund
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service NTNU i Ålesund

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