Staff Engineer for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Trondheim, Norway
29 May 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Aug 2018
IE 124-2018
Contract Type
Full Time

A 100% permanent position as engineer / staff engineer is available at NTNU’s Department of Engineering Cybernetics. Engineering cybernetics is about automatic control and monitoring of technical systems such as ships, aircraft, cars, petroleum production platforms, wind turbines, underwater vehicles, robots, transport systems and industrial processes. This field is at the front of the technological development.

The position is part of a group of 17 technical-administrative positions at the department. The workplace is at NTNU Gløshaugen.

Work tasks

The technical staff supports the department’s activities within research and education, especially related to the department’s research and education laboratories. Several of these laboratories contain advanced equipment which enable world-leading research. The work involves very interesting, challenging and varied tasks in close collaboration with researchers, students and collaborating companies and research communities both in Norway and internationally.

The main area of the position will be technical and operational tasks to support research and education within unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The department has license to operate in VLOS, EVLOS and BLOS (RO1-RO3) using our remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS).

The main work tasks will be:

  • Commissioning, installation and testing of UAVs
  • Field operations in Norway and internationally
  • Planning, documentation and reporting
  • Contributing to teams which develop avionics, payload systems and analysis of flight data

The position will also support other tasks related to the department’s ongoing research and education activities. A possible work task can be requisitioner in NTNU's purchase system.

It is expected that the successful candidate contributes to common work tasks within the technical-administrative group and overlap with others as required.

The working area of the position can change in order to serve the department’s needs.

Requirements and desired competence

The following requirements are necessary for the position:

  • Technical education, minimum high school (vocational/craft certificate) or higher education from college or university (bachelor, master), in one of the following areas: Mechanics, electronics, avionics or ICT. Relevant education from the military can also qualify for the position
  • Qualifications and practical experience as a pilot, with operation or with technology/avionics for small aircraft or RPAS. Solid experience with model aircraft can compensate for lack of experience with RPAS.
  • The UAV research at NTNU has civilian objectives. However, some of the equipment being used is subject to export regulations or other limitations such as ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations). Applicants who are citizens of Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden or NATO countries will satisfy the requirements
  • Valid driver’s license in Norway equivalent to class B
  • Drone exam with Norwegian CAA (Luftfartstilsynet)

 The following is desirable:

  • Broad knowledge and interests in technology and aerospace
  • Generally good computer skills
  • NSM permit for aerial photography

Missing competence can be achieved through training at work and courses.

Personal skills and work environment

Personal skills will be given large weight. It is important that the person being hired is systematic and has good collaboration skills, and will enjoy working with both employees and students. It is also important that this person is flexible, and shows willingness to take initiative and responsibility, and contribute with creative solutions in exciting research projects.

The work environment is international and the successful candidate must be able to communicate well in English both orally and in writing, as well as master Norwegian or be prepared to learn Norwegian.

Some travelling must be expected in connection with field operations and testing.

Salary and conditions

Depending on qualifications, the position will normally be paid as a staff engineer in code 1084 or 1085. Remuneration is assessed on the basis of seniority and qualifications. 2% of the salary will be deducted as an obligatory premium to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

We can offer:

  • Professionally demanding and exciting challenges
  • An informal and pleasant workplace with committed colleagues
  • Good loan, insurance and pension schemes in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund


The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Women and persons with immigrant background are encouraged to apply.

Under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have his or her name entered on the list of applicants.

Applications with CV, certificates and certified diplomas are to be submitted electronically through this page ( ), and marked with reference number IE 124-2018.

More information about the position can be obtained from:

Application deadline: 05.08.2018

About this job

  • Deadline Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 153605
  • Internal ID 2018/15613
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Permanent

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