PhD Research Fellowship - Department of Marine Technology

Trondheim, Norway
31 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of Marine Technology at NTNU and partners were awarded a Centre of Excellence by the Norwegian Research Council  in 2013.

NTNU AMOS vision is to establish a world-leading research centre for autonomous marine operations and systems: To nourish a lively scientific heart in which fundamental knowledge is created through multidisciplinary theoretical, numerical, and experimental research within the knowledge fields of hydrodynamics, structural mechanics, marine biology, guidance, navigation, and control. Cutting-edge inter-disciplinary research will provide the necessary bridge to realize high levels of autonomy for ships and ocean structures, unmanned vehicles, and marine operations and to address the challenges associated with greener and safer maritime transport, monitoring and surveillance of the coast and oceans, offshore renewable energy, and oil and gas exploration and production in deep waters and Arctic waters.

One PhD fellowship, related to the following research topic, is available at the Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems, Department of Marine Technology:

Bio-cyber-hydrodynamics: Fish hydrodynamics
Marine animals can be bio vehicles with high hydrodynamic efficiency. Some of them are able to use their compliant skin, their mucus, or their skin micro and macro features to reduce the frictional stresses along their wetted surface or to limit/suppress vortex shedding from their body. Such aspects can reduce the resistance experienced by the animal and their fins can improve the steering performances. This research study should investigate fish-inspired physical mechanisms to be transferred in efficient and greener solutions for novel concepts of marine vehicles. The main discipline of the research will be hydrodynamics, with marine biology and control theory as supporting disciplines.

Supervisor: Prof. Marilena Greco
Co-supervisors among NTNU AMOS key scientists: Prof. Kristin Y. Pettersen, Prof. Asgeir J. Sørensen.
We seek highly motivated fellows with a master degree in Marine Technology, Aeronautics & Astronautics, or other relevant disciplines. Master students graduating by the end of June 2018 may apply being admitted as integrated MSc and PhD.

PhD fellowships at NTNU are normally appointed for three years. An extra year may in some cases be offered to candidates that agree to have a 25% load as teaching assistant load.

A brief outline of possible research topics/strategies, relevant for the present call, may be included. Publications and any other work, which the applicant wishes to be taken into account should be enclosed. Joint works will be considered provided that a short summary outlining the applicant's contributions is attached.

Excellent English skills, written and spoken, are required. Applicants from non-English speak countries outside Europe must present an official language test report. The acceptable tests are TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:

• TOEFL: 600 / writing 4.5 (paper-based test), 92 / writing 22 (internet-based test)
• IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
• CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

The application should contain information of educational background and prior training, exams, and work experience. Certified copies of academic diplomas and transcripts must be attached. Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

PhD fellows must fulfill the formal requirements to be accepted as a PhD candidate at NTNU and must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the appointment. The successful applicants must agree to the conditions laid down for public employees. A contract will be drawn up regarding the period of appointment and work-related duties. See  for more information.

The appointment will be made in accordance with current regulations with supplementary rules in force giving guidelines for scholarship appointments in universities and university colleges.

The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. It is an objective to increase the number of females in scientific positions. Female applicants are therefore encouraged to apply.

PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 432,300 before tax. There will be a 2 % deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

Engagement as a PhD Candidate is done in accordance with “Regulation concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident”, given by the Ministry of Education and Research of 19.07.2010. The goal of the positions is to obtain a PhD degree. Applicants will engage in an organized PhD training program, and appointment requires approval of the applicants plan for a PhD study within three months from the date of commencement.
For more information on the topic, please contact: Professor Marilena Greco, E-mail:

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government's policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Women are encouraged to apply.

The application
The application must contain information of educational background and work experience. Certified copies of transcripts and reference letters should be enclosed. Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should be submitted via this webpage at Mark the application with IV-96/17

Application deadline: April 24, 2017

According to the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the list of applicants.

About this job

  • Deadline Monday, April 24, 2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Department of Marine Technology
  • Jobbnorge ID 136262
  • Internal ID IV-96/17
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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