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PhD Candidate within Traversability Analysis and Path Planning in Dynamic Environments

Times Higher Education
25/01/2023

Job Information

Organisation/Company
NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - NTNU
Research Field
Computer science
Mathematics
Researcher Profile
Recognised Researcher (R2)
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Established Researcher (R3)
Country
Norway
Application Deadline
Type of Contract
Temporary
Job Status
Full-time
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?
No

Offer Description

About the job

Digital Maritime research group at the Department of Marine Technology, NTNU in Trondheim is currently working on several projects: marine operations, marine systems design, autonomy, digital infrastructure, Arctic. We have a vacant PhD position in traversability analysis and path planning in dynamic environments.

The PhD candidate will work on challenging research problems related to ice navigation and mapping. As a new group member, the successful candidate will have an opportunity to shape research tasks according to their interests and talents within the first months of employment.

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

Your will report to your supervising professors.

Duties of the position

  • develop, test, and verify advanced path planning algorithms in previously unknown, dynamic, and unstructured environments
  • take part in experimental campaigns and do hands-on work related to testing and verification of the proposed methodologies
  • build on state-of-the-art research and experimental results recently achieved at the Department of Marine Technology, leveraging traditional methods as well as state of the art machine learning based approaches
  • contribute to research activities in the group and gradually build your own independent research profile according to your interests

Required selection criteria

  • professionally relevant background in cybernetics/control engineering, computers science, applied mathematics, mechatronics, or other related fields
  • strong competencies in one or more of the followings areas: Robotics, Navigation, Computer Vision, Machine learning, Deep Learning, Ice Navigation
  • education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program (https://www.ntnu.edu/studies/phiv)
  • excellent English skills (written and oral). Applicants from non-English speaking 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) or 92 / writing 22 (internet-based)
    •  IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
    •  CAE/CPE: grade B or A

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Preferred selection criteria

  • detailed knowledge about path planning and AI planning
  • demonstrated experience in robot operating system
  • demonstrated strong programming skills (Python, C++)
  • relevant research experience/publications are an advantage

Personal characteristics

  • high self-motivation and high motivation for research and research topic
  • scientific curiosity and open-minded attitude
  • independent and systematic working style
  • flexible, reliable, and result-oriented, with ability to work hard both independently and as part of a team
  • excellent communication skills
  • good in collaborating with others in an interdisciplinary research environment

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 501 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Engineering within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English or Norwegian.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include: 

  • a cover letter (0.5-2 pages), indicating:
    • your motivation for a PhD study
    • how you envisage your contribution within the specified position
    • why you are suited for the position
  • CV and certificates
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted
  • if you have publications or other relevant research work (published or unpublished)
  • english language proficiency documentation (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, etc.). This requirement is waived for applicants whose mother tongue is English, as well as for applicants from European countries
  • Contact information for at least two references (including email addresses and telephone number)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Ekaterina Kim and Roger Skjetne, email ekaterina.kim@ntnu.no and roger.skjetne@ntnu.no. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Marit Gjersvold, e-mail: marit.gjersvold@ntnu.no.

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.  

Application deadline: 15.02.2023

Hovedbygningen

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Marine Technology

We develop methods and technology related to the blue economy: oil and gas extraction at sea, ship technology and the equipment industry, fisheries and aquaculture. We also have a strong commitment to the development of sustainable solutions for offshore renewable energy, coastal infrastructure, and marine robotics. Marine technology helps to solve major global challenges related to the environment, climate, energy, food and efficient transport. The Department of Marine Technology is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 15th February 2023
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Department of Marine Technology

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Number of offers available
1
Company/Institute
NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - NTNU
Country
Norway
City
Trondheim

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Trondheim