NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - NTNU

PhD Position within GNSS and Intelligent Transport System

Location
Trondheim, Norway
Posted
14 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
01 Feb 2021
Ref
SO IV-14/21
Contract Type
Temporary
Hours
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, within the group of geomatics. This PhD position is a part of NTNUs initiative to establish a Center for Green Shift in the Built Environment hosted by the department of civil and environmental engineering. The center’s vision is to create value in the society through Digitalization. This center will utilize and develop expertise, methods, tools and strategies for a sustainable built environment. The research and innovation activities of the center will be directed at a Green Shift and a Digital Future.

Smart cities with autonomous unmanned vehicles are inevitably dependent on highly accurate positioning within the urban areas. The built environment within urban canyons can severely degrade the accuracy of navigation systems on vehicles by several meters. A robust solution to this problem can be implemented using three components: a near real-time dynamic digital navigation model of the urban environment, utilizing the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), and communication networks of the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). These components will be used to run a Smart Mobility Service through which the vehicles in the cities can receive real-time corrections. These corrections provide users with information about proximity local error sources and can help users reach the required accuracy for safe, efficient, and convenient transportation. Machine learning techniques will be applied to train the real-time dynamics of vehicles and satellites.

You will report to supervising Professor.

Duties of the position

  • Conduct research according to the project description and objectives highlighted above
  • Develop a digital navigation model of the complex build environment using GNSS data
  • Establish a smart mobility service based on the developed model through communication networks of the intelligent transport system
  • Analysis and characterization of uncertainties in the developed navigation model
  • Comply with the PhD training program of NTNU
  • Publish the results of the research in scientific journals

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 geomatics 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.

Other required selection criteria

  • You must have experience in working with GNSS, analysis of GNSS error sources and advanced GNSS data processing techniques
  • You must have experience in data analysis methods in geomatics
  • Good written and oral English language skills

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience with statistics and uncertainty quantification 
  • Previous experience in machine learning techniques

Personal characteristics

  • Good communication and collaboration skills 
  • Scientific curiosity to investigate new problems
  • Ability to work effectively independently

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 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 Civil and Environmental Engineering (https://www.ntnu.edu/ibm/phd) 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, certified copies of grade transcripts, certificates and diplomas
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • 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 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 Professor Hossein Nahavandchi, email: hossein.nahavandchi@ntnu.no.  If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Hege Johansen, e-mail: hege.johansen@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 SO IV-14/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.02.2021

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 Civil and Environmental Engineering

We conduct research and teaching in civil and transportation engineering, technical planning, structural engineering, water and wastewater engineering and hydraulic engineering. Graduates from our programmes become employees – in both the public and private sectors – with a sustainability mindset combined with competitive knowledge and skills. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 1st February 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service

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