PhD Position in Performance Analysis of Safety-Critical Systems

Trondheim, Norway
19 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
05 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering Science ( at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for one PhD position at Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (

Information about the department

The PhD candidate will be affiliated with the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MTP), RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintenance, and Safety) group ( The overall mission of the RAMS group is to contribute to safer, more productive and more sustainable industry, transport and society.

Work description

Many safety-critical components/systems or technical safety barriers are installed in a complex system of systems (SoS), and the effectiveness of their barrier functions is dependent on not only their own reliability and maintenances, but also on the interactions with other components in the SoS. Conventional reliability assessment for these systems are also challenged by the involvement of embedded software, networks, communication, and computation elements, including security issues associated with these.

Therefore, new approaches are needed to support modeling and analysis of safety-critical systems under such a complex operating environment, considering the impact on system performance from dynamics and inter-dependability with models.

The research is not directed to any specific industry sector, and applications can therefore be decided depending on the candidate’s background and interests.

The position is awarded for a period of 3 years.


A master's degree with an average grade B or better as measured in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) grades, or an education at the equivalent level is required.

Masters in reliability and safety engineering, industrial and systems engineering, cybernetics, chemical engineering, and applied mathematics are welcome to apply for the position. Ability and ambition in learning modeling languages and algorithmic tools for complex system analysis are preferable.

Applicants must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

Conditions of appointment:

PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at wage level 50, 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.

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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.

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.

Applications must contain information of educational background and work experience, reference person(s), CV, possible publications and other scientific works, certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. In addition, a project description of 1-2 pages including a short presentation of the motivation for a PhD study, how the applicant sees her/his background suitable, the applicant’s view of research challenges within the area of the PhD position and how the competence of the applicant can contribute to solve these challenges.

For more information about the position, please contact Yiliu Liu or Mary Ann Lundteigen:

Applications and attachments have to be submitted electronically through . Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

Mark the application with IV-110/17.

Anticipated commencement: Fall 2017 (to be agreed with the Department)

Application deadline: 5 May 2017

About this job

  • Deadline Friday, May 5, 2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Institutt for maskinteknikk og produksjon
  • Jobbnorge ID 137290
  • Internal ID IV-110/17
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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