Senior Researcher, Department of Marine Technology

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 25 Jun 2021

About the position

The deliverables for the position will be focused around the development and establishment of new research directions in marine robotics.

Join us to create better systems for underwater robotics research. Through new infrastructure, we will create better solutions for future marine operations. The opportunities in the ocean space need interdisciplinary research and novel approaches to deliver robust, cost-effective systems operating in some of the world’s most challenging environments. 

The Applied underwater robotics laboratory (AUR-Lab)  together with NTNU AMOS  and NTNU VISTA CAROS  have a productive and inspiring world-class research environment combining the disciplines of marine technology, control engineering and marine biology.

You will report to Professor Sverre Steen, Head of Department of Marine Technology. In addition, the scope of work will be coordinated with Professor Martin Ludvigsen, Director of NTNU Applied Underwater Robotics Laboratory/NTNU AMOS/CAROS, Professor Asgeir J. Sørensen, NTNU AMOS/CAROS, and Professor Tor Arne Johansen, NTNU AMOS.

Duties of the position

  • Participate in ongoing research activities on technology and methods for mapping and monitoring the oceans including marine robotics platforms and sensors
  • Seeking external funding through research grants and industrial partners to expand our research program
  • Advising PhD and MSc students
  • Publishing research program results
  • Leading research cruises and field operations
  • Cultivating research partnerships with world-class academic teams and organizations
  • Exploring commercialization of high-impact research outputs

Required selection criteria

  • PhD degree in Oceanographic Engineering or a similar relevant discipline
  • Experience leading international engineering research and fieldwork in marine robotics
  • Solid track record of research output in marine robotics
  • Good skills in English and/or Norwegian language

Personal characteristics

  • Strong motivation for the subject
  • Capability to work efficiently both independently and in team
  • Service minded, flexible
  • Willingness to learn Norwegian

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.

The position is part of a community at the Department of Marine Technology and AMOS, consisting of researchers, PhD students, postdocs, and engineers. Workplace will be at both the Department of Marine Technology  and Trondhjem Biological Station . Travel in connection with projects and cruise activity must be expected.

We offer

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Researcher 1109 is remunerated at gross from NOK 801.300 – 948.900 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund,

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

The position is subject to external funding which is secured for 28 months. The position is temporary but may be made permanent pending qualification and funding at the Department of Marine Technology.

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

About the application

The application and supporting documentation must be in English.

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.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result. 

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas 
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works) 
  • Name and address of three referees 
  • 2-3 pages research plan 
  • Overview of the projects you have managed, with information about funding, duration and size.
  • Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA. This means that we pay special attention to the quality and professional breadth of these works. We also consider experience from research management and participation in research projects. We place great emphasis on your scientific work from the last five years.

Generell informasjon

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

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. 

Under the Freedom of 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 Asgeir J. Sørensen, e-mail: or Martin Ludvigsen, e-mail: . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Oddny Øshus, e-mail: .

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via . If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with reference number: IV-173/21

Application deadline: 25.06.2021

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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 25th June 2021
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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