PhD Position within Digital Ship Design and Operations

Trondheim, Norway
21 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Mar 2018
SO IV-38/18
Contract Type
Full Time

The Faculty has a vacancy of one PhD positions that runs over 3 years. This is a research position that will lead to the doctoral degree (PhD) in addition to contributing to professional development at the faculty. The workplace is at NTNU in Ålesund (Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering – IHB), and the candidate will also participate and collaborate with a team of PhD students in Ålesund and Trondheim.


Description of the PhD study: Digital Twin Ship – A standard for Life Cycle data format

The competitiveness of Norwegian maritime sector will to a large extent be dependent upon how far innovation is fostered and utilized in the years to come. A key challenge towards the development of the Digital Ocean Space is the fair and efficient handling of the data among the value chain. Maritime structural and analytical models are usually closed, developed and optimized for a specific case, hindering the connection and re-use of this information in other processes. This challenge is not only faced when data travels across different stakeholders, and recent research states that even among departments in the same company we observe a substantial loss of time (and money) by fixing broken interfaces and redoing already existing engineering models. The bottleneck is not only technological – no such one fits all platform proved to be efficient in solving this issue – but also behavioral, with lack of data openness among partners and outdated procedures, such as the handling of 2D to 3D models and its connection to simulation tools.

The PhD topic on digital ship and lifecycle data will investigate a standard for digital data format to follow the ship through its life cycle, from conceptual design phase through production and operations. This will include data for simulator models in virtual design, construction/manufacturing, testing/verification and operational training. The knowledge will contribute to more efficient engineering processes, as well as safer and more efficient operations at sea. Examples of research topics to be investigated are:

  • Digital Ship design and operations
  • Ship Lifecycle Data Standard
  • Data-driven methods for real-time design and marine operations simulation 

The research will explore the new possibilities offered by new digital technologies to promote a more efficient knowledge flow through the ship lifecycle. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the research we expect applicants to be willing and able to approach problems holistically. Solid method skills incl. object-oriented programming, systems engineering, and statistics are an advantage, as well as hands on modern data-driven software and hardware. State of the art simulator facilities and laboratories are available for the research at the department. 


We are open for motivated applicants from all concerned disciplines, specially engineering, marine operations and data science. Support will be available at the department.

The successful candidate should be enthusiastic and highly motivated and be willing to work both independently and with other researchers. The successful candidate must also fulfill the requirement for admission to a doctoral program:

  • The applicants must hold a Master degree in a relevant discipline, with an  average grade B or better measured in ECTS (European Credit Transfer  System) grades, or similar education at the equivalent level
  • Good theoretical and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in team
  • Keen interest in the wider context of own research and ability to engage in cross-disciplinary activities and  interact with a team of PhDs candidates
  • Written and oral fluency in English (in case of foreign, applicant).

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).

Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test) 92 (Internet-based test)
  • IELTS: 6,5 with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
  • CAE/CPE: Grade B or A

In extraordinary circumstances, formal documentation of language skills can be relinquished. In such cases the candidate's language skills will be assessed in a personal interview.


PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 436 900 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.

The position is of 3 years duration.

For further information about the position, please contact Assoc. Prof. Henrique Gaspar (

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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.

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 SO IV-38/18.

Start-up date may be discussed, but at the no later than August 15th, 2018.

Application deadline is March 15th, 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 Ålesund
  • Place of service Dep. of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering
  • Jobbnorge ID 148674
  • Internal ID 2018/5700
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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