NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - NTNU

PhD Candidate in Enabling Technologies for Digital Twins

Location
Trondheim, Norway
Posted
19 Mar 2021
End of advertisement period
30 Apr 2021
Ref
2021/16056
Contract Type
Temporary
Hours
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD Candidate at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) for the FME NorthWind: Norwegian Research Centre on Wind Energy.

This PhD project is part of the newly established FME NorthWind (Norwegian Research Centre on Wind Energy) that has the aim to bring forward outstanding research and innovation to create jobs and grow exports, and to facilitate the sustainable development of wind power. The Centre is led by SINTEF, with research partners NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), UiO (University of Oslo), NINA (The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research), and NGI (Norwegian Geotechnical Institute). The Centre involves more than 40 national and international industrial partners that, together with the research partners, comprise a world leading consortium for the development of a sustainable wind energy future. 

Digital twin can be defined as a virtual representation of a physical asset enabled through data and simulators for real-time prediction, optimization, monitoring, controlling, and improved decision making. Recent advances in computational pipelines, multiphysics solvers, big data cybernetics, data processing and management tools bring the promise of digital twins and their impact on society closer to reality.

Digital twinning is now an important and emerging trend in wind engineering. Also referred to as a computational megamodel, device shadow, mirrored system, avatar or a synchronized virtual prototype, it is bound to play a transformative role not only in how we design and operate cyber-physical intelligent systems, but also in how we advance the modularity of multi-disciplinary systems to tackle fundamental barriers not addressed by the current, evolutionary modeling practices. At the heart of digital twins are real-time, accurate, generalizable, trustworthy and self-evolving models and hence the focus of the research is place here. The work in this PhD project should contribute towards developing such models and demonstrating their capabilities by building a validated digital twin of a wind farm and / or its components.  

We offer the opportunity to work in a very inspiring and motivating multidisciplinary research group. Thanks to our industrial collaborations, the candidate will also gain significant industrial insights through industrial collaboration. The candidate will also actively participate in symposia, workshops, and international conferences.

The position reports to Professor Adil Rasheed in close collaboration with Professor Trond Kvamsdal, Department of Mathematical Sciences (NTNU), Professor Omer San, Oklahoma State University, and Research Manager Kjetil Andre Johannessen at SINTEF Digital.

Duties of the position

  • The main duty of the position is to carry out research on developing enabling technologies for digital twin
  • Take part in the mandatory PhD research education program
  • Conduct independent research and publish the result in recognised scientific journals
  • The candidate must engage in FME NorthWind activities as required

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 Cybernetics, Statistics, Data Science, Numerical Mathematics, or Physics or Engineering 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. 

  • Applicants must have significant programming experience ideally in Python and/or C++.
  • Academic results, publications, relevant specialization, work or research experience, personal qualifications, and motivation will be considered when evaluating the applicants.
  • Applicants must have excellent English language skills, written and spoken.

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.

Personal characteristics

  • Be structured, targeted and solution-oriented
  • The successful candidate will be a team player in a group with the project consortium, professors, researchers, PhDs and scientists from the industrial sector
  • Self-driven with a strong ability to work independently when required
  • Proven ability to work with an interdisciplinary team
  • Have good dissemination skills
  • Personal skills like a positive and friendly attitude, and contributing to a sustainable social environment will also be valued

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 or 4 years with 25 % duty work.

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.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Engineering Cybernetics (https://www.ntnu.edu/studies/phtk ) within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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:

  • Research plan or project proposal 
  •  A short presentation of the motivation for a PhD study. 
  •  Why the applicant is suited for the position.
  •  The applicant’s view of research challenges for the PhD position, as well as his/her theoretical and methodological approach to the challenges.
  • CV (summarising education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity).
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records. Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement (https://ec.europa.eu/education/diploma-supplement_en ) or a similar document, which describes in detail the study programme and grading system.
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • The English language proficiency (if any).
  • Names and contact information of at least two references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).

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.

In accordance with The Public 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 Prof. Adil Rasheed, email adil.rasheed@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 2021/16056 when applying. 

Application deadline: 30.04.2021.

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 Engineering Cybernetics (ITK)

Engineering cybernetics is the study of automatic control and monitoring of dynamic systems. We develop the technologies of tomorrow through close cooperation with industry and academia, both in Norway and internationally. The Department contributes to the digitalization, automation and robotization of society. The Department of Engineering Cybernetics is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

Deadline 30th April 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Project
Place of service Trondheim

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