Postdoctoral Position, Department of Marine Technology

Postdoctoral position, HOFFMANN FELLOW, within Digital and Cultural Approaches to Building Trust in Ocean Data, C4IR Ocean 

About the position

We have a vacancy for a Postdoc Candidate, HOFFMANN FELLOW on Digital and Cultural Approaches to Building Trust in Ocean Data, C4IR Ocean and Department of Marine Technology, NTNU. The position will be based in Norway and the Fellow will work jointly with the team at the World Economic Forum C4IR affiliate office in Oslo and the University of NTNU in Trondheim.

The two-year Hoffmann Fellowship term is co-hosted evenly between the World Economic Forum and a partnering university. Fellows are expected to commit full-time to the role. This particular position can be extended for an additional year (to three years in total), if desirable, as NTNU/SINTEF Ocean offers two years of funding in addition to one-year funding from the World Economic Forum and André Hoffmann.

New ocean observing technologies, especially autonomous methods of sensor carrying platforms operating under water, at the sea surface, in the air and space for collecting ocean data, promise to transform our ability to measure and monitor the ocean. These technologies will provide new types of ocean big data that could inform new models for ocean management, including those built on artificial intelligence and other forms of big data analysis. Such data will only be useful for public decision-making and governance, however, if these data are trusted by key stakeholders. For instance, such data reporting will be critical in the fisheries and aquaculture sector to ensure public trust in the safety of seafood products as well as proper sustainable governance based on thrusted knowledge.

You will report to your Supervising Professors.

Duties of the position

The Fellow will be responsible for:

1) Organizing and leading one or more “C4IR projects” jointly with the Ocean Space Centre at NTNU/SINTEF Ocean and C4IR Ocean aimed at “Building Trust in Big Ocean Data.” These projects will take advantage of uses cases being developed at the Ocean Space Centre to test and pilot solutions.  These projects will follow the normal 4-step C4IR approach and will include:

  • HORIZON SCANNING - Leading the development of a white paper on issues of trust in big data, with a multi-sectoral literature review and applications to ocean big data.
  • SOLUTIONING - Convening a core set of C4IR Ocean partners, both within Norway and globally, to brainstorm digital, governance, political, cultural, and social solutions to barriers that create mistrust in big ocean data
  • PILOTING - Pilot solutions using both big data on sea food and related environmental conditions from the Ocean Space Centre and the Ocean Data Platform at the C4IR Ocean.
  • SCALING - Work with C4IR Ocean, the C4IR Network, WEF, and Friends of Ocean Action and others to identify opportunities to scale the recommendations globally.

2) The Fellow is expected to produce both WEF white papers and scientific, peer-reviewed publications.

This project intends to examine the barriers that diminish trust in big ocean data and the solutions, both digital and cultural, that might overcome these barriers.  The project will reside jointly at the Ocean Space Centre in Trondheim hosted by NTNU and SINTEF Ocean and the Centre for the 4th Industrial Revolution – Ocean and will support joint work involving science, governance, and industry.  Additionally, the project will focus on selected pilots that examine new streams of big ocean data related to the maritime industries.  For instance, the SFI Harvest program hosted by SINTEF Ocean in partnership with NTNU and others seeks to find ways of using big data collected by robots, autonomous vehicles, satellites and other means to establish environmental and ecological baselines and monitoring that can be used in public processes and decision making in governance and possible harvesting lower tropic species (e.g. Krill/Euphausiacea and Calanus) in the Antarctica, Northern Atlantic as well as Arctic oceans. The goal of the project is to create a set of global recommendations for best practices and approaches to using both digital and cultural methods to ensure public trust and accountability in big ocean data and ocean models.

The Fellow will be supervised jointly by Linwood Pendleton, the Director of Science at the C4IR Ocean and Professor Asgeir J. Sørensen, NTNU and will work closely with the directors of governance, industry, and the Ocean Data Platform at C4IR Ocean and other C4IR Ocean partners (e.g. SINTEF Ocean).

About the Fellowship Program

The André Hoffmann Fellowship for the Fourth Industrial Revolution offers early-career academics the opportunity to work at the intersection of society, science and technology through a joint appointment between the World Economic Forum and leading academic institutions.

The two-year Hoffmann Fellowship term is co-hosted evenly between the World Economic Forum and a partnering university. Fellows are expected to commit full-time to the role. This particular position can be extended for an additional year (to three years in total), if desirable, as NTNU/SINTEF offers two years of funding in addition to one-year funding from the World Economic Forum and André Hoffmann.

With joint guidance from a C4IR Oceans project director and a faculty supervisor, the Fellow will help build and drive intensive collaborations among Forum and University Partners to deliver specific action-oriented outcomes through:

  • Developing and executing initiatives to bring technology to bear on solving important global challenges
  • Engaging Forum Partners – including leaders from the private sector, governments, international organizations, civil society and faculty from diverse academic disciplines – to build selected initiatives
  • Researching key issues and the potential to harness Fourth Industrial Revolution innovations to provide solutions

About the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.

The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

The Forum hosts 18 platforms for advancing public-private cooperation on a range of global, regional and industry issues. The Platform for Global Public Goods facilitates and stimulates public-private collaboration on global environmental and public good issues.

About the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution is a hub for global, multistakeholder cooperation to develop policy frameworks and advance collaborations that accelerate the benefits of science and technology.

To accelerate the benefits and minimize the risks of emerging technology, the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network (affiliate centres) will expand to include institutions advancing public-private cooperation on the governance of emerging technologies.

As an affiliate of the Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR), the World Economic Forum and the Aker group have established a centre for Ocean technologies and policies in Norway. The centre goes under the name of C4IR Ocean and has a global mandate to use the advances of fourth industrial revolution technologies for the benefit of a productive and healthy ocean and to improve the environmental footprint of ocean industries. The Centre’s purpose is to develop key partnerships to pilot solutions, protocols, and ways of working to ensure that big ocean data and 4IR technologies lead to positive ecological and human outcomes. The C4IR Ocean is the first thematic centre of the C4IR network and will provide a collaboration platform for partnerships on governance, policies, research, and business solutions within their mandate. The Ocean Data Foundation and the Ocean Data Platform will be integrated in the C4IR Oceans work and projects.

Required selection criteria

The Fellowship is for 2 or 3 years and is aligned with the Norwegian standards for post-doctoral fellows that includes research, publishing, and some supervision of doctoral students and would prepare the Fellow for an academic career in Norway, if so desired.

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.

  • In general, André Hoffmann Fellows are at the earliest stages of their academic career with background, experience and knowledge about the oceans. Hoffmann Fellows must have earned an advanced degree (e.g. PhD, MBA, JD) in the last five years that is related to their Fellowship project.
  • Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language and do not have English as mother tongue, must document a thorough knowledge of English (equivalent to a TOEFL score of 600 or more).

Preferred selection criteria

  • Proven understanding of the issue of data collection, governance, and best practices
  • Hoffmann Fellows must have experience or demonstrated strong interest in working on the nexus of technology and policy issues

Interdisciplinary scientists with backgrounds in engineering, physical, social, and political sciences, law, policy, and business are encouraged to apply.

Personal characteristics

  • Strong programme and project management experience with strong organizational skills
  • Service-oriented team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability and active willingness to collaboration and jointly shape initiatives
  • Willing to work in a highly demanding environment and ready to juggle multiple priorities
  • Comfortable with change and ambiguity

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

We offer

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 545 300 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 for 2 or 3 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 on a daily basis.

About the application

Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available by 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:

  • A motivation letter (2-3 pages), indicating how the applicant envisages her/his contribution within the project
  • CV which includes information about education background and work experience.
  • Certified copies of transcripts from Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees. Candidates from universities outside Norway are expected to send a Diploma Supplement or similar documentation, which describes in detail the program of study, the grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree.
  • Contact information for two references (including email addresses and telephone number)
  • English language proficiency documentation (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.). This requirement is waived for applicants whose mother tongue is English, as well as for applicants from Scandinavian countries.

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

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

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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 Asgeir J. Sørensen, 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. 

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number IV 242/20 when applying.

Application deadline: 31.01.2021

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 31st January 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service 

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