PhD Position in Subsea Technology
About the position
We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate at the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP) in Subsea Technology and within the framework of the ongoing industry sponsored research program SUBPRO (https://www.ntnu.edu/subpro).
For the current position, the research challenge is defined as:
In a situation where the oil industry now more strongly than ever before ask for R&D towards systems, methods, and equipment to reduce CAPEX, OPEX and the environmental footprint, the ongoing “electrification” of subsea functions through a coming transition from electrohydraulic to all-electric control system constitutes an important contributing part. However, by just changing the control system platform without simultaneously also challenging the design of mechanical parts, system interphases and current design practices, leaves out a significant potential for further improvements:
- Making currently non-retrievable components and systems like x-mas tree (XTs) designed for 20-30 years of life, more easily retrievable and replaceable at low cost.
- Moving/shifting functionalities from XTs towards and onto separate bridging modules and/or onto manifolds reduce unit size and weights of XTs
- Replacement of steel with other and lighter materials
Re-design of Fail-Safe-Close (FSC) valves and actuators for low power operations and easier and less costly retrievability
This project is towards research into valves and actuators while considering all the bullet points above.
You will report to the head of Department.
- The candidate must engage in SUBPRO activities as required
- The candidate must commit to follow and complete the courses selected for his/her PhD programme
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 petroleum and/or mechanical engineering 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
- Good written and oral English language skills
- High level of personal responsibility and initiative
- Work independently as well as part of a team in accordance with the project objectives
- exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
- an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
- favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
- employee benefits
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 without required duties.
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in engineering (https://www.ntnu.edu/iv/doctoral-programme) 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 Norwegian or 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 one-page research proposal outlining how you would approach the research challenge
- Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5)
- 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.
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 Tor B. Gjersvik, telephone (+47) 900 811 80, e-mail email@example.com. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Anne-Lise Brekken, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
Please refer to the application number IV-50/21 when applying.
Application deadline: 15.02.2021.
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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum
We conduct teaching and research related to management of Earth’s geological resources. Norway’s rich resources of wind, water, oil, gas and minerals have been and are essential to the country’s prosperity, and will continue to be in the future. The Department plays a key role in the development of technology and the education of graduates who enable value creation based on our natural resources. The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.
Deadline 15th February 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Place of service Institutt for geovitenskap og petroleum