PhD Candidate in Optimal Design and Operation of Arctic Transportation Systems

Trondheim, Norway
12 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
29 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

There is a temporary position available at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management as PhD Candidate in Optimal Design and Operation of Arctic Transportation Systems for a period of three years. This is an educational position which will provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a PhD. The position is connected to the PhD-program at the Faculty of Economics and Management and the faculty will be your employer.

The Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management has at the moment employed 23 professors, 9 Associate Professors, 7 Post Docs and 27 PhD Candidates. For further information about the department, see our website

The PhD Candidate will be part of the Section for Managerial Economics, Finance and Operations Research.

PhD Project: Decision support for Arctic transportation systems

This PhD position is part of the NTNU’s pilot programme on Arctic marine environment addressing risk, reliability and ice data in the Arctic. The project is funded by, and carried out in collaboration with NTNU Oceans, one of NTNU’s strategic research areas.

As ice conditions in the Arctic are changing, the region becomes more accessible. Industrial activity, e.g. the exploitation of natural resources such as hydrocarbons and ores, is expected to increase leading to an increased demand for shipborne transportation both from and to the Arctic. A major research question of this project is how to ensure an acceptable safety level for these activities given the poor knowledge about the physical marine environment (mainly ice data) in the High North.

Area of Research

This project’s focus is on providing decision support for designing and operating maritime transportation systems for the Arctic. Both strategic, tactical and operational problems are of interest, e.g. fleet size and mix decisions or routing of vessels. Providing appropriate decision support requires considering the impact of uncertainty connected to varying ice conditions on design and operations from a few days ahead to several years into the future. The methodology will be mainly based stochastic programming, but other methods such as robust optimization or simulation may be considered as well. Theoretical development and applied analysis are both part of this project.


Applicants have to address strictly the following selection criteria:


  • A highly motivated candidate with a high-grade (minimum character B) Master's degree within operations research or optimization.
  • High level of personal responsibility, initiative, and ability to work in a project team.
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
  • Willingness and ability to communicate and work together with technical subject matter experts
  • Ability to work independently and to take initiatives.


  • Experience with stochastic programming, integer programming, maritime transportation or transport systems
  • Experience with or formal education in economics.
  • Excellent communication skills with both technical and administrative staff.
  • Knowledge of written and spoken Norwegian.

Salary and Working Conditions

The PhD position is paid according to salary level 50 in the national salary scheme, minimum gross NOK 36 025,00 per month, of which 2 % is deducted for the State Pension Scheme.

Please find more information about the appointment of PhD Candidates in NTNUs supplementary purviews of 23.01.12,

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The employee is expected to accept possible changes in work tasks. Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

It is a major political objective to achieve a balance of age and gender in the national labour force and to recruit people with an immigrant background. Women are encouraged to apply.


Employment in a PhD position requires admission to the PhD-program in Industrial Economics and Technology Management. Information about PhD-program is found at

Application should within deadline include:

CV, recommendations, certificates and diplomas.If applicable: publications and other relevant scientific work.

Joint work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a join piece of work, applicants should enclose a short descriptive summary of what he/she contributed to the work.

Information about the applicants may be open to public inspection as provided by the Freedom of Information Act.

Further information about the position may be obtained from Peter Schütz, Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, NTNU, Trondheim. E-mail

An application including attachments must be submitted via Applications sent to the contact persons will not be considered as relevant.

Deadline: 29.09.2017

About this job

  • Deadline Friday, September 29, 2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 140935
  • Internal ID ØK-041
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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