Postdoctor – Designing Shore Control Centres/ Control of Autonomous Transport Solutions

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology
april 14, 2021
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About the position

The Department of Design has a vacancy for two PostDoc positions in design and evaluation of human-machine interfaces (HMI) for the maritime domain.

The first Post doc candidate will work in SFI AutoShip, an 8-year research-based innovation Center in autonomous ships. SFI Autoship focuses on autonomy, digital infrastructure, maritime transport, safety and risk analysis, maritime law, human-machine interaction, and cyber security, with partners from research, public sector and maritime industry. The candidate will work on challenging research problems related to Interaction Design, Human Factors and Human-Machine Interface for resilient remote human operation or supervision of autonomous ships. Examples of research problems are related to information need, situation awareness, decision making, intervention and reaction time, remote diagnostics, multi-ship control, ship hand over, autonomy trust, etc.

The second Post doc candidate will work in Lash Fire, an international research project aiming to reduce the risk of fires on board ro-ro ships and design decision support systems for fire-fighting operations. The candidate will design, develop low and high-fidelity prototypes and evaluate them in a lab setting or in situ.

Both Post doc candidates will be working in relation to the NTNU Shore Control Lab, a control room for both remote monitoring, support and control of autonomous ships and for fire-fighting operations. The infrastructure is flexible and allows for various evaluations studies and experiments with eye-tracking and biometrical sensors for measuring the operator’s stress level.

Why apply for a Post doc position?

Being part of a project like SFI Autoship or Lash Fire, and conducting research in the NTNU Shore Control Lab, gives you a unique arena for research, collaboration and networking, also across disciplines and with industry. The Norwegian industry needs personnel with research competence to stay competitive and develop new jobs for the future. Further, A PostDoc also opens new attractive career opportunities at NTNU and other universities and research institutes.

The Postdocs will be supervised by Professor Thomas Porathe, researcher Erik Styhr Petersen and Associate Professor Ole Andreas Alsos. The position reports to Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • Conduct independent research and publish results in high-quality scientific journals
  • Perform research experiments in the lab as well as in the field
  • Contribute to the teaching and research activities of the department
  • Cooperate with PhD students, master students and researchers at the department

Required selection criteria

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in Interaction Design, Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Human Factors, Cognitive Science, Graphical Design, or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

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 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.

Other required selection criteria:

  • Academic background as listed above.
  • Excellent English skills (written and oral).
  • Experience in research, design, prototype and evaluation of HMIs and GUIs on different levels of fidelity
  • Academic track record with publications in peer-reviewed journals or conferences

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience in research, design, prototype and evaluation of user interfaces for safety critical systems
  • Competence in conducting user research and evaluation studies
  • Competence in information visualization
  • Competence in HMI design in maritime systems
  • Experience in working with autonomous or highly automated systems
  • Experience in control room development and human-automation interaction
  • Experience in the maritime domain and ship handling

Personal characteristics

The candidate is expected to:

  • be scientifically curious and open to new research challenges.
  • demonstrate independence and persistence in addressing technical problems.
  • be flexible and reliable, with ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team.

We offer

The employment period is 2 years with the possibility to extend the period for 1 year..

Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 545 300 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 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 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.

The application must include:

  • A short and directed cover letter (in English or Norwegian) identifying: Your motivation for a Post doc position
  • Your understanding and thoughts of topics of the position
  • Why you are suited for the position.
  • CV including information relevant for the qualifications
  • Contact information for at least 2 reference persons
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and transcripts (in English or Norwegian)
  • Academic works – published or unpublished – that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works)

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 evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

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

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.

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.

In accordance with The Public 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 Ole Andreas Alsos, telephone (+47) 915 44 825. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Gabriella Fure Briceño.

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 2021/17245 when applying.

Application deadline: 25.04.2021

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