PhD Position at NTNU SUBPRO Centre, Field Architecture

Trondheim, Norway
07 May 2018
End of advertisement period
31 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Norwegian oil and gas industry is in the forefront with respect to subsea field developments, but new and innovative solutions are still required to meet current and future challenges. To accelerate the level of innovations within subsea production and processing, SUBPRO – a centre for research-based innovation, was established at NTNU in 2015. The centre is supported by the Research Council of Norway and several major international industry partners. For more information about SUBPRO, please visit our web site:


SUBPRO is currently hiring a new PhD candidate for a period of three years, within the following area:

Optimizing subsea production facilities layout to minimize risk and cost.

The position is located at Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP).

The cost of subsea field developments includes drilling and well construction costs, subsea facilities costs and installation costs. The different cost items are interrelated and mutually dependent. For example by reducing well lengths and drilling cost, the tie-back, distribution and installation cost will increase. Technical risks, flow assurance issues and costs are also a concern and consideration in field layout planning.

The research objective is to build a comprehensive field development model where users can assign their own cost data to the modelled components and operations. The model shall be made such that it can be used to identify and quantify optimal solutions for costs and risks.

For further information about the position contact: Professor Tor Berge S. Gjersvik, e-mail:


We are looking for a candidate with a Master’s degree preferentially in Petroleum Engineering (drilling, production/flow assurance, subsea production facilities) with a keen interest in applied mathematics/statistics and programming.

Industrial experience from the oil and gas or process industry will be considered an advantage.

The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work problem oriented. He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams.

The regulations for PhD programmes at NTNU state that a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A–E for passing grades (A best) for the two last years of the MSc is required, and C. Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree: 

The positions require spoken and written fluency in the English language.


The appointment will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. Applicants for the PhD position must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the appointment and have to be qualified for the PhD study.

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 436 500 before tax. There will be a 2 % deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

The application

The applicants should submit an application letter, a CV, certified copies of certificates of education, publications and other scientific works (if any), certified copies of documentation on English language proficiency, and contact details for two reference persons.

Applications must be submitted electronically through this page.

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number for the positions is: IV-174/18

Application deadline: May 31, 2018

About this job

  • Deadline Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Institutt for geovitenskap og petroleum
  • Jobbnorge ID 152633
  • Internal ID 2018/13481
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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