PhD Research Fellowship at the Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems

Trondheim, Norway
29 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Mar 2018
IE 015-2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of Marine Technology and Department of Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU and partners were awarded a Centre of Excellence by the Norwegian Research Council for the period 2013 to 2022.

NTNU AMOS’ vision is to establish a world-leading research centre for autonomous marine operations and systems. 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. Two new research projects, UNLOCK[1] and ORCAS[2], constitute a new research area in NTNU AMOS focused on risk modeling and supervisory risk control, bridging risk management with control systems engineering.

One PhD fellowship related to the following research topic is available at NTNU AMOS, Department of Engineering Cybernetics:

  • Risk-based optimization of control system behavior. Prof. Tor Arne Johansen, Co-supervisors: Prof. Asgeir J. Sørensen, Prof. Ingrid B. Utne.

We seek highly motivated fellows with a master degree in Engineering Cybernetics, Control Systems, Marine Technology, Electrical Engineering, or other relevant disciplines. Master students graduating summer 2018 can apply.

Academic results, publications, relevant specialization, work or research experience, personal qualifications, and motivation and a desire to make an impact on critical societal problems will be considered when evaluating the applicants.

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.

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.

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 applicant 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.

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Our research has civilian objectives. However, equipment restricted by export licenses and ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) is being used in the research areas listed above. Applicants that are citizens of Norway, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, EU or NATO countries are eligible. Other applicants are required to provide evidence of eligibility to use such equipment for their application to be considered/in their application.

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 follows code 1017, salary grade 50 – 62 in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross NOK 436 900 – 537 700 per year, depending on qualifications. A deduction of 2% is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

NTNU can offer an informal and friendly workplace with dedicated colleagues, academic challenges and attractive schemes for home loans, insurance and pensions in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

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.

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Under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have his or her name entered on the list of applicants.

The application with a CV and certified copies of diplomas and certificates must be sent electronically via this page with information about education and relevant experience (all in one combined PDF file).

Mark the application IE 015-2018.

Application deadline: March 1st, 2018.

[1] Unlocking the potential of autonomous systems and operations through supervisory risk control (FRINATEK)

[2] Online risk management and risk control for autonomous ships (MAROFF KPN with industry partners)

About this job

  • Deadline Thursday, March 1, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 147449
  • Internal ID IE 015-2018
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Project

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