Postdoctor in On-Line Risk Modelling in Marine Technology

Trondheim, Norway
14 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


A two-year Postdoctoral position is available at the Department of Marine Technology, NTNU. This position is a part of focus on on-line risk modelling for ships and offshore installations, and is funded by the Faculty of Engineering, NTNU.

The need for research to prevent major accidents in petroleum and marine activities has been documented from several teams. A new trend is that advanced ships are increasingly being used in petroleum activities to replace mobile facilities (PSA, 2016). The PSA RNNP report for 2016 showed indications that the risk of major accidents on the Norwegian continental shelf has increased in recent years. The need for cost reduction and digitization will increase the number of low manned and unmanned facilities in the next 10-15 years.

The key research question for the work will be:

How can we provide operators with sufficient real-time risk information to improve decision support and reduce risk involved in safety-critical operations of vessels and facilities?

The aim of the project is to develop on-line risk models that can make the operation of advanced vessels and facilities safer by specifying the risks associated with various operational decisions when facilities and ships are in close cooperation with other facilities and ships. Providing timely and correct response to external and internal loads are essential to avoid accidents and other adverse events, in particular when systems are unmanned, low manned and remotely operated.

Many critical marine operations and operations on floating petroleum installations and ships are manual. Often, a very fast response to hazardous situations is required, where the basis of decision can be incomplete and partly contradictory. This has been demonstrated for dynamic positioning (DP) systems, where manual control measures may often be required implemented within 45 seconds of the first alarm.

Experience from analyzed events shows that there is a particular correlation between technical failures, including software, and weaknesses and the operators' response and implementation of measures that often lead to failure and near-misses. The risk models must therefore reflect technical conditions, system status, as well as organizational and operational (human) factors, in addition to the dynamic development of accident scenarios, in response to potential decisions that the operators implement. Such online risk models will be significantly more complex than risk models known today.


Applicants should hold a PhD (or equivalent) degree in marine technology with focus on risk or reliability assessment. Education or experience with autonomous marine systems, human and organizational factors, and software in risk or reliability will be an advantage.

Excellent English skills, spoken and written, are required. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document English skills by an approved test. Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).


Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 485,700 per annum before tax. There will be a 2% deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

The appointment of the Postdoctoral fellows will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees.

The Postdoctoral fellowship is awarded for 2 years.

For further information, please contact Professor Jan-Erik Vinnem (; 
tel. +47 911 52 125.

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. Persons with immigrant background are encouraged to apply. NTNUĀ“s objective is to increase the number of females in scientific positions. Female applicants are therefore encouraged to apply.

The application

The application must contain information of educational background and work experience. Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates, copies of transcripts and two reference letters should be enclosed. Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should be submitted via this webpage at Mark the application with SO IV-20/18.

Application deadline is 15 March 2018.

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 Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Department of Marine Technology
  • Jobbnorge ID 148295
  • Internal ID 2018/5378
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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