PhD Candidate within the Research Project SEACo, Safer

Trondheim, Norway
18 May 2022
End of advertisement period
15 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD at the Department of Marine Technology within the research project SEACo – Safer, Easier and more Accurate Co-Simulations lead by SINTEF Ocean. The project goal is to make co-simulations of maritime systems easier, more reliable and more accurate. Together with the collaborating partners SINTEF Ålesund, DNV, Kongsberg Maritime, Aukra Maritime and Equinor, we intend to bring both practical, technical and theoretical aspects with maritime multi-disciplinary, multi-physics co-simulations to the next level.

The project is based on experience from former successful research-projects like ViProma and Open Simulations Platform – OSP, which builds on the FMI free standard and which clearly demonstrated the potential and built valuable experience using the co-simulation approach for such maritime total system simulations. The required improvements now focused is consistency in description and modelling of environmental conditions (waves, currents, wind), large subsystems connectivity and challenges with especially tightly coupled subsystems, handling of different coordinate systems when coupling different models of different origin and multiple algorithmic issues related to accuracy and stability of co-simulation of complex maritime systems and operations.

The intended focus for the PhD is to develop algorithms, methods and guidelines for improved ease of use, robustness, accuracy and stability of simulations of a set of especially challenging maritime system with constraints relative to frequency, causality and energy- and mass conservation. The class of simulators intended here also includes maritime large-scale computing cases such as structural analysis and CFD simulations.

The successful candidate will conduct the project over a 3-year period under the supervision of Professor Eilif Pedersen. You will report to your Supervising Professor and The Head of the Department.

Duties of the position

  • perform fundamental research on the above-mentioned topics in close cooperation with the project partners and supervisors
  • engage in the SEACo activities as required and in agreement with the supervisors
  • in understanding with the supervisors develop a detailed research plan for the PhD study that includes a course plan, research activities, dissemination and milestones
  • report progress on a regular basis and in agreement with the supervisors

Required selection criteria

  • your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • you must have a strong academic background from either industrial mathematics, cybernetics, mechanical or marine engineering from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale
  • background in multi-physics modelling, simulation and numerical methods
  • good computer programming skills
  • good written and oral English language skills, including academic writing
  • you must meet the requirements for admission to the PhD program in Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering

If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • relevant engineering knowledge to maritime systems and operations or a similar engineering discipline

Personal characteristics

  • confidence in working both independently and in interdisciplinary teams
  • ability and willingness to work in inter- and transdisciplinary teams
  • enthusiastic and scientifically curious
  • ability to adapt and learn
  • good communication skills

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 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 Engineering 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 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 
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted
  • a copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position
  • project proposal  
  • research plan 
  • name and address of three referees 
  • if you have publications or other relevant research work 

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

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 and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

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 Professor Eilif Pedersen, 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. 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 IV-133/22 when applying.

Application deadline: 15.06.2022

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 15th June 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Department of Marine Technology

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