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NTNU: PhD position within remote operations and future operating models

Application deadline: April 26, 2020.

About the position

Application deadline: April 26, 2020.

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The researcher will be a part of BRU21: NTNU Research and Innovation Program on Digital and Automation Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry ( BRU21 is a PhD driven Program with about 30 PhD/PostDoc projects led by 25 Professors from different institutes at NTNU as well as several industrial co-supervisors. The PhD candidates are financed either by NTNU or by an Oil and Gas Company. This specific PhD Fellowship is financed by Equinor, one of the leading Energy companies in Norway, and the PhD candidate will work on a use case in collaboration with this company. The competence and knowledge obtained during the PhD study are of high relevance for many industries that include command and control of society-critical assets, also beyond the energy sector.

The successful candidate will be appointed for a period of 3 years, with possible extension to a fourth year if the candidate and department agree on teaching related duties. Location will be Trondheim, Norway. You will report to the main supervisor and the department head. The supervision team includes two additional professors; one from Department of Computer Science, NTNU, and one from Equinor/NTNU.

Duties of the position

Remote functions, such as remote control or remote monitoring, have been used for a long period for oil and gas production facilities, especially to control and monitor remote unmanned satellite platforms. More recently, we see an increasing use of more advanced remote functions (e.g., remote operations, engineering and risk-based maintenance) over longer distances from production sites. Remote operation is more than remote control, the operational model/concept is the key. This project will focus on identifying and analyzing the technical and organizational capabilities that needs to be in place to succeed with this transformation. Relevant use cases will be identified and utilized actively as basis for the research. The project aims to strengthen the fact base for remote operation and future operating models.

Equinor is the sponsor of this PhD position. The supervision team consists of: Main supervisor professor Mary Ann Lundteigen (Department of Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU) and co-supervisors professor Eric Monteiro (Department of Computer Science, NTNU) and adjunct professor Vidar Hepsø (Department of Geoscience and Petroleum, NTNU, and Equinor).

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in an engineering or technology degree that can qualify for the PhD program in engineering cybernetics at NTNU, with an interest in sociotechnical aspects of remote operations. Relevant master degree in may be in the areas of: engineering cybernetics, computer science, systems engineering, resilience engineering or equivalent education, with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

Required qualifications

  • Background in one of more of the following engineering/technical disciplines: engineering cybernetics, computer science, systems engineering, or resilience engineering.
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills
  • Ability to achieve security approval from NTNU and Equinor for working with critical infrastructure

Preferred qualifications

  • Background and/or experience relevant to the project topic (see "Duties of the position")
  • Mastering of a Scandinavian language
  • Good knowledge and interest of sociotechnical perspectives
  • Good knowledge of risk analysis
  • Relevant industrial experience

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

Personal characteristics

  • A high level of personal responsibility and initiative
  • Work independently as well as part of a team in accordance with the project objectives
  • Ability to work in interdisciplinary projects and teams

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

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Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 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.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Engineering Cybernetics, seee ) 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.

The position is subject to external funding.

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

About the application

The application must include:

  • The application letter and supporting documentation (CV, transcripts, certificates, reference persons, support letters, and relevant publications and other academic work) to be used as the basis for the evaluation must be in English or in Norwegian. Joint works will be considered if the applicant includes a brief description of his or her contribution for each of these.
  • A research statement of 2-3 pages, that identifies the applicant’s understanding of the topic and research challenges related to the position, including his/her evaluation of own experience and competence that can be relevant.
  • Publications and other scientific work, including a copy of the applicant’s master thesis. Publications that are joint works will be considered, but in this case it is required to include a brief description of own participation.

Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.

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.

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

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.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact professor Mary Ann Lundteigen ([email protected] ), professor Eric Monteiro ([email protected] ) and/or ([email protected] ). If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Wenche M. Olsen, e-mail: [email protected] .

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2020/9851 when applying.