Postdoctoral Fellow in Statistics, Statistical Learning and Uncertainty

Trondheim, Norway
19 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
04 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The vision of Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA, Norw.: Statens vegvesen) is to contribute to national goals for the transportation system being safe, promoting added value in society and change towards lower global emission. The road system in Norway represents a very large value, and maintenance of the existing roads will in the coming years be given priority compared to new large road investments. 

The Norwegian National Transport Plan is aimed towards mobility, traffic safety, climate and environment conditions. To meet the target for a high-quality road infrastructure it is important to choose effective maintenance actions within operation, maintenance and rehabilitation. Hence, the development of new technology and new digital concepts is essential to enable a more efficient monitoring and analysis of road objects and road network condition and qualifies the use of information across areas of expertise to improve sector vise all proficiency. 

Today there is a technology shift taking place towards a more digitalized society. This technology shift will contribute to the overall goals for safety, low emissions and increased resource efficiency. The Vision of NTNU is Knowledge for a better world and is addressing this goal in education, research and innovation. In transportation, NTNU has an extensive activity in several relevant engineering fields connected to infrastructure, maintenance and digitalization.  

In this project on road maintenance and road infrastructure will be a close cooperation between the domain knowledge in civil, transport and structural engineering, the enabling technologies in digitalization and maintenance besides economics. The cooperation will take place within thematic areas related to condition registration, data analysis and modelling, big data, artificial intelligence, strategic analysis and planning, maintenance, social economics and innovation.

The need and possibilities for innovation is high in this research program where the post doctor and 7 PhD candidates in several engineering fields are meeting to solve specific challenges connected to maintenance of transportation infrastructure. 

Cluster establishment ensures close cooperation between the post doctor, PhD-candidates, supervisors, NPRA-experts and master/bachelor students.

We are seeking candidates being motivated by the multidisciplinary approach and the innovation focus in an area of large national and international importance. 

We have a vacancy for a postdoctoral position in statistics at Department of Mathematical Sciences

The main focus for the research will be: 

  • Development and evaluation of statistical models for quantifying risks related to road maintenance based on available data.
  • Development and evaluation of models for quantifying uncertainty related to risk-based road maintenance strategies. 

The postdoctoral position is part of a cluster with two PhD positions within the overall objective to establish social economic and strategic analyses of risk-based maintenance.

You will report to Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • Together with the team set up research plans and conduct them accordingly.
  • Take lead in writing research papers and generate research ideas. 
  • Establish close cooperation within the “Smart Maintenance program”.
  • Participate actively in the statistics group at Department of Mathematical Sciences. The statistics group has almost 50 members of which 25 are PhD candidates. 

A postdoctoral research fellowship is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions.

Required selection criteria

Required qualification: 

  • Completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in statistics or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral. A doctoral degree in another quantitative field with comparable competence can also be considered, as well as PhD candidates finishing before July 2021.
  • Publication record.
  • Experience with programming and scientific computing.
  • Fluent in English language; good written and oral communications skills.
  • Interest in working in a cross-disciplinary team.

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.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience with cross-disciplinary work. 
  • Experience with maintenance models, econometrics, and/or analysis of large complex datasets. 
  • Norwegian language skills.

Personal characteristics

  • Dedicated to work both in a team and independently
  • Creative – Creating new ideas and new technologies and methods
  • Critical – Asking the right questions
  • Constructive – Answering the right questions
  • Respectful – Care about your colleagues

We offer

Salary and conditions

The employment period is 3 years. The department might have the opportunity to offer you teaching duties in addition.

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 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

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
  • Research plan (1-2 pages)
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 works)
  • 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 Ingelin Steinsland, email: . 

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 2021/3452 when applying. 

Application deadline: 04.02.2021.

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 Mathematical Sciences 

We are Norway’s largest university environment in mathematical sciences. The Department has a particular responsibility for all basis education in mathematical sciences for engineering and natural science students at NTNU. We focus on long-term basic research and applied research at a high international level. 
Our aim is to meet the society’s needs for mathematical and statistical expertise in business and public administration as well as in the research and education sector.  The Department of Mathematical Sciences is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 4th February 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Project
Place of service Trondheim