PhD Candidate within the project SEACo - Safer, Easier and more Accurate Maritime Co-Simulations

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
January 15, 2023
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PhD Candidate within the project SEACo - Safer, Easier and more Accurate

Maritime Co-Simulations

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About the job

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

We have a vacancy for a PhD at the Department of Marine Technology within the research project SEACo – Safer, Easier and more Accurate Co-Simulations lead by SINTEF Ocean. The project goal is to make co-simulations of maritime systems easier, more reliable and more accurate. Together with the collaborating partners SINTEF Ålesund, DNV, Kongsberg Maritime, Aukra Maritime and Equinor, we intend to bring both practical, technical and theoretical aspects with maritime multi-disciplinary, multi-physics co-simulations to the next level.

The project is based on experience from former successful research-projects like ViProma and Open Simulations Platform – OSP, which builds on the FMI free standard and which clearly demonstrated the potential and built valuable experience using the co-simulation approach for such maritime total system simulations. The required improvements now focused is consistency in description and modelling of environmental conditions (waves, currents, wind), large subsystems connectivity and challenges with especially tightly coupled subsystems, handling of different coordinate systems when coupling different models of different origin and multiple algorithmic issues related to accuracy and stability of co-simulation of complex maritime systems and operations.

The intended focus for the PhD is to develop algorithms, methods and guidelines for improved ease of use, robustness, accuracy and stability of state space simulations of a set of especially challenging maritime system with constraints relative to frequency, causality and energy- and mass conservation. The class of simulators intended here also includes maritime large-scale computing cases such as structural analysis and CFD simulations, and hence integrating both ordinary differential and partial differential equation solvers are focused

You will conduct the project over a 3-year period under the supervision of Professor Eilif Pedersen. You will report to your Supervising Professor and The Head of the Department.

Duties of the position
  • perform fundamental research on the above-mentioned topics in close cooperation with the project partners and supervisors
  • engage in the SEACo activities as required and in agreement with the supervisors
  • in understanding with the supervisors develop a detailed research plan for the PhD study that includes a course plan, research activities, dissemination and milestones
  • report progress on a regular basis and in agreement with the supervisors
  • Required selection criteria
  • professionally relevant background in either industrial mathematics, cybernetics, mechanical or marine engineering
  • 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
  • the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program must be met
  • background in multi-physics modelling, simulation and numerical methods
  • good computer programming skills.
  • good written and oral English language skills, including academic writing
  • The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant

    Preferred selection criteria
  • strong theoretical background in mathematics, physics, mathematical modelling and preferably co-simulation and FMI
  • relevant engineering knowledge to maritime systems and operations or a similar engineering discipline
  • programming skills in C++, Python or similar
  • good experience in computer software development
  • Personal characteristics
  • confidence in working both independently and in interdisciplinary teams
  • ability and willingness to work in inter- and transdisciplinary teams
  • enthusiastic and scientifically curious
  • ability to adapt and learn
  • good communication skills
  • Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

    We offer
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits
  • 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 (https: // www. 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.

    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:

  • 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.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Project proposal
  • Name and contact information of three referees
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work
  • 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 Eilif Pedersen, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Marit Gjersvold, e-mail:

    If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via 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: 15.01.2023

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    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.


    15th January 2023


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