PhD Position within Marine Cybernetics

Trondheim, Norway
08 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
13 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


We have an open PhD position related to this topic:
- Adaptive and collaborative vehicle behavior for mission management for autonomous underwater vehicles.

The vehicles in the system should be able to use the measurements for re-planning its mission. The target features of the mission should be detected online and this information should be used by the system to optimize the mission. E.g. if the vehicle is out looking for ocean front zones between water bodies, the vehicle will detect this and optimize the trajectory to measure the characteristics of the front optimally. The water bodies are normally characterized by salinity and temperature measured from CTD, both also chlorophyll, oxygen and turbidity will often distinguish two water bodies. The system should also be able to receive information from other units in the network and use this information in the continuous mission planning and re-planning. The work will be both theoretical and field driven and the aim of the operations is to provide improved data and data acquisition methods for marine research in the Arctic.

The position is affiliated with the research project The Nansen Legacy ( The Nansen Legacy is the Norwegian Arctic research community’s joint effort to establish a holistic understanding of a changing marine Arctic climate and ecosystem. The project will provide a scientific knowledge base needed for future sustainable resource management in the transitional Barents Sea and the adjacent Arctic Basin. It is a collaborative project between ten Norwegian research institutions, and will run from 2018-2023. Activities in the project will include international cooperation, and several cruises with the new, ice-going research vessel Kronprins Haakon.

The position requires a Master’s degree in marine technology, engineering cybernetics or a similar relevant area. The successful candidate should be enthusiastic and highly motivated and be willing to work both independently and with other researchers also from other disciplines of research. The successful candidate must also fulfill the requirement for admission to a doctoral program.


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 prof. Martin Ludvigsen, Department of Marine Technology, NTNU, Trondheim. Email:

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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 IV-137/18

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

Application deadline is May 13th 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 Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Department of Marine Technology
  • Jobbnorge ID 150757
  • Internal ID 2018/10599
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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