PhD for cost-effective fail -safe highly accurate train positioning on railway track

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
January 01, 2023
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The Department of Civil and Environmental engineering has a vacancy for a

PhD for cost-effective fail -safe highly accurate train positioning on

railway track

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About the job

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate position at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Train position on railway track was of less interest in the old days because having a rough estimation of the train position was already enough for normal operation. With the latest development of ERTMS, autonomous train operation, as well as track condition monitoring with measurement cars, position of the train on the track is of great interest and of course the higher the accuracy, the better it is.

This position is about development of both hardware and software by using multi-sensor data for fail-safe highly accurate train positioning technology, specifically for track condition data measurement on measurement train. The data measured from track on train are often deviate from their absolute position. The aims of this position are:

1. to develop hardware, by mean of utilizing different commercially available positioning technologies to improve the accuracy of the spatial location of the data and,

2. to develop algorithm in pre- and post-process regimes to accurately align the data to its absolute location,

3. to identify train location in real-time when the train is travelling on the track.

This position is a part of Europe's Rail flagship area 6, FutuRe project.

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

Your immediate leader is Associate Professor.

Duties of the position
  • Complete a training component as a part of the PhD of a minimum of 30 ECTS
  • Conduct scientific research relevant to the research topic above
  • Draft project documents, scientific papers under supervision
  • Contribute to teaching duty involving teaching, supervision of bachelor/master students and improvement of course teaching materials
  • Required selection criteria
  • You must have a professionally relevant background in Civil engineering, computer science, geomatic or equivalent
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • You must have a 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 (link)
  • Excellent programming knowledge and experience in Python, Matlab or equivalent
  • Prior knowledge and experience in one or more of the following: object detection from images, deep learning and machine learning, GNSS, photogrammetry, spatial data analysis and 3D digital modelling
  • Excellent written and oral English
  • 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

    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.

    Please note that the candidate holding the announced position is expected to work with critical national objects and infrastructure in Norway. Candidates with the potential of not fulfilling requirement for security clearance, access clearance and authorization as described in the Act Relating to National Security, cannot be considered for the position.

    Preferred selection criteria
  • Experience in data analysis and experimental research
  • Enthusiasm for research, teamwork, capability of independent problem- solving, able to handle stressful working condition
  • Experience in programming knowledge and experience
  • Having publish experience is an advantage
  • Knowledge of Norwegian or Scandinavian language is an advantage
  • Personal characteristics
  • Highly capable to work both independently and in a (virtual) team environment and a high level of personal responsibility
  • Ability to meet deadlines, punctual, and produce work of a consistently high standard
  • High motivation for research work
  • Well organized and positive attitude
  • Capable to point out problems and suggest solutions
  • 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 (PhD Programme) 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 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.
  • Project proposal (not more than 10 pages including references and appendix)
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works)
  • Name and contact information of three referees
  • 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 Albert Lau, telephone: +47 94258319, email: albert.lau@ntnu.no. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Hege Johansen, e-mail: hege.johansen@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: 01.01.2023

    NTNU - knowledge for a better world

    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 Civil and Environmental Engineering

    We conduct research and teaching in civil and transportation engineering, technical planning, structural engineering, water and wastewater engineering and hydraulic engineering. Graduates from our programmes become employees – in both the public and private sectors – with a sustainability mindset combined with competitive knowledge and skills. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

    Deadline

    1st January 2023

    Employer

    NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology

    Municipality

    Trondheim

    Scope

    Fulltime (1 positions) Fulltime (%)

    Duration

    Temporary

    Place of service

    Høgskoleringen 7a

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