PhD Position, NTNU Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems

Trondheim, Norway
22 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
01 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering 
Department of Marine Technology


We have an open PhD position related to this topic: 

  • Verification by digital twin based on models and machine learning.

 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  and ORCAS, constitute a new research area in NTNU AMOS focused on risk modeling and supervisory risk control, bridging risk management with control systems engineering.  


We seek highly motivated fellows with a master degree in Marine Technology, Engineering Cybernetics, Control Systems, Electrical Engineering, or other relevant disciplines. Master students graduating summer 2018 can apply. Master students graduating by the end of June 2019 may apply for admission as integrated MSc and PhD.

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.

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.


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.

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.

The position is of 3 years duration.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Asgeir J. Sørensen, Department of Marine Technology, NTNU, Trondheim. E-mail:   

See for more information.

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 research area(s) of interest should be specified, and a brief outline of possible research topics may be included. 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 must contain information of educational background and work experience. Certified copies of transcripts and reference letters should be enclosed. Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree.

Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should be submitted via this webpage at www.jobbnorge.noMark the application with IV-69/18.

Start-up date may be discussed, but tentatively August 2018. 

Application deadline is 1 May 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. 


  • Deadline Tuesday, May 1, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Department of Marine Technology
  • Jobbnorge ID 147441
  • Internal ID 2018/3510 
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary


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