Norges Teknisk-naturvitenskapelige Universitet Ntnu

Address: Høgskoleringen 1, 7034 TRONDHEIM
Phone: +47 73595000

Vacancy Details

Created 30.10.2013
Expires 26.11.2013
Company Norges Teknisk-naturvitenskapelige Universitet Ntnu
Employment Full-time
Job type Permanent
County Sør-Trøndelag
Phone +47 73595000
Fax +47 73592240

PhD research fellowships at the Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS) at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics Jobbnorge ID: 97774

The Department of Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU together with the Department of Marine Technology and partners were awarded a Centre of Excellence by the Norwegian Research Council for the period 2013 to 2022. 

The Center for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS) will contribute with fundamental and interdisciplinary knowledge on autonomous systems founded on marine hydrodynamics, ocean constructions and control theory. The research results will be used to develop intelligent ships and ocean structures, autonomous unmanned vehicles (under water, on the surface and in air) and robots for high-precision and safety-critical operations in extreme environments. This is necessary in order to meet challenges related to environment and climate, safe maritime transport, mapping and surveillance of large ocean and coastal regions, offshore renewable energy, fisheries and aquaculture as well as deep-sea and Arctic oil and gas exploration. 

PhD fellowships related to the following research topics are available at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics:
    • Integrated underwater navigation and mapping based on imaging and hydro-acoustic sensors (supervisor professor Kristin Pettersen; co-supervisor professor Asgeir Sørensen)
    • Marine multi-agent systems: Coordinated and cooperative control for intelligent task execution and collision avoidance (supervisor professor Kristin Pettersen; co-supervisor professor Asgeir Sørensen)
    • Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) with manipulation capabilities (supervisor professor Kristin Pettersen; co-supervisor professor Asgeir Sørensen)
    • Sensor-based guidance of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in coastal and maritime monitoring and surveillance (supervisor professor Tor Arne Johansen; co-supervisor professor Thor I. Fossen)
    • Autonomous control and communication architectures for coordinated operation of unmanned vehicles (UAV, AUV, USV) in a maritime mobile sensor network (supervisor professor Tor Arne Johansen; co-supervisor professor Thor I. Fossen)
    • Autonomous UAV recovery and rendezvous on moving ships (supervisor professor Thor I. Fossen; co-supervisor professor Tor Arne Johansen)
    • Fault-tolerant and Self-reconfiguring/repairing Underwater Systems using Modular Robotic Technology and Intelligent Distributed Diagnosis (supervisor professor Mogens Blanke; co-supervisor Ass. Prof. David Johan Christensen, DTU (Denmark))
    • Ocean wave estimation and short-term prediction (supervisor professor Thor I. Fossen; co-supervisor Ass. Professor Roberto Galeazzi, DTU (Denmark))

We seek highly motivated fellows with a master degree in Engineering Cybernetics, Control Systems, Electrical Engineering, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Marine Technology, or other relevant disciplines. Master students graduating by the end of June 2014 may apply. 

PhD fellowships at NTNU are normally appointed for three years. An extra year may in some cases be offered to candidates that agree to have a 25% load as teaching assistant load. 

The research area of interest should be clearly 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 outsideEuropemust 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 should contain information of educational background and prior training, exams, and work experience. Certified copies of academic diplomas and transcripts must be attached. 

It is a prerequisite that the PhD scholar applies for and is granted admission to the NTNU PhD studies as soon as possible after employment. NTNUs PhD-rules require 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). 

Applicants from universities outsideNorwayare 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: 

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 applicants 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. 

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Our research has civilian objectives. However, equipment restricted by export licenses and ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) is being used in these research areas. Applicants that are citizens of NATO countries, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden are eligible. Other applicants are required to provide evidence of eligibility to use such equipment for their application to be considered/in their application. 

The appointment is at code 1017, salary level 50 - 62 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK. 420 800 - 518 200 per annum of which 2% is deducted for the State Pension scheme. 

The appointment will be made in accordance with current regulations with supplementary rules in force giving guidelines for scholarship appointments in universities and university colleges. 

The position adheres to the Norwegian Government's policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. It is an objective to increase the number of females in scientific positions. Female applicants are therefore encouraged to apply. 

For more information, please contact:
Applications are to be submitted electronically through this page. Preferably, we want the attachments in one file. 

Applications should be marked Jnr. IME 053-2013. 

Application deadline: November 26, 2013.

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