PhD Candidate within Multisensor Data Fusion and Applied Machine Learning for Analytics at NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate within the DIGITALSEAICE project at the NTNU Department of Marine Technology. The project aims to build a multi-scale digital infrastructure that integrates local and regional sea ice models to improve the prediction and understanding of variations in polar ice conditions.

For a doctoral position, the objective is a complete doctoral training until obtaining a doctorate.

You will report to the supervising professors and the department head.

Job duties

  • Develop methods for monitoring and analyzing the dynamics of the Arctic sea ice from heterogeneous data
  • Provide analyzes required by local and regional models as required by project partners
  • Participate in experimental campaigns and perform practical work related to sensor instrumentation, data collection and data management
  • Studies will rely on machine learning, image and signal processing methods and relevant estimation theory.

Selection criteria required

  • You must have relevant professional training in computer science and/or cybernetics, control engineering, remote sensing, data fusion
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian study 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 program, or equivalent education, equal to B or better on the NTNU grading scale. If you don’t have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you have a lower academic level, you can only be assessed if you can clearly prove that you are particularly suitable for doctoral training.
  • You must meet the admission requirements for the doctoral program of the faculty
  • Excellent English skills (written and oral). Applicants from non-English speaking countries outside of Europe must submit an official language test report. Acceptable tests are TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). The minimum scores are:
    • TOEFL: 600 / written 4.5 (paper-based) or 92 / written 22 (internet-based)
    • IELTS: 6.5, with no section below 5.5 (only the academic IELTS test is accepted)
    • CAE/CPE: grade B or A

The appointment must be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research National guidelines for the appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant

Preferred Selection Criteria

  • Knowledge and experience of the Arctic marine environment, data science, sensor fusion and/or remote sensing is highly relevant and should be emphasized
  • Skills on the implementation of algorithms in real software and hardware for data collection and development of a digital system, incl. computer programming skills (especially Python, C++)
  • Relevant research/publication experience is an advantage, especially in the field of remote sensing and/or machine learning image/video processing techniques

Personal characteristics

  • Strong personal motivation and strong motivation for the research and the research topic
  • Scientific curiosity and open-mindedness
  • Independent and systematic working style
  • Flexible, reliable and results-oriented, with an ability to work hard both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills, good collaboration with others in an interdisciplinary research environment

We offer

Salary and conditions

Doctoral students are paid according to code 1017, and are normally paid gross from NOK 491,200 per year before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian civil service pension fund.

The term of employment is 3 years

Appointment to a doctoral position requires that you be admitted to the doctoral program in engineering within three months of your employment and that you participate in an organized doctoral program during the period of employment.

The engagement must be carried out in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the laws relating to the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technologies. Applicants who, after evaluation of the application and attachment, are found to conflict with the criteria of the latter Act will be barred from recruitment at NTNU. After the appointment, you should assume that there may be changes in the working area.

This is a prerequisite for being present and accessible to the establishment on a daily basis.

About the application

The application and the supporting documents to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English or Norwegian.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only assessed against the information available at the application deadline. You should ensure that your application clearly indicates how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out above.

The request must include:

  • A cover letter (0.5-2 pages), indicating
    • (1) Your motivation for a thesis
    • (2) How do you envision your contribution to the specified position
    • (3) Why you are suitable for the position

  • CV that includes information on education and relevant experience
  • Certified copies of transcripts for bachelor’s and master’s degrees (in English or Norwegian). If you have not completed the master’s degree, you must submit confirmation that the master’s thesis has been submitted. Applicants from universities outside Norway must send a diploma supplement or similar documentation, which describes in detail the study programme, the grading system and the rights to pursue studies associated with the degree obtained. If you have recently submitted your master’s thesis, you can attach a thesis project. Documentation of a completed master’s degree must be presented prior to taking up the position.
  • Documentation of English skills (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.). This requirement is waived for applicants whose native language is English, as well as for applicants from Scandinavian countries.
  • Relevant academic work – published or unpublished – that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 works). Joint work will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint work, you must attach a brief description of your participation.
  • Contact details of at least two references (including email addresses and telephone number)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If all or part of your training was taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation on the extent and quality of all of your training, both bachelor’s and master’s, in addition to other graduate studies. The description of the required documentation can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach it as well.

Joint work will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint work, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In evaluating the most qualified candidate, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions and potential will also count in the evaluation of candidates.

NTNU is committed to following criteria for research quality assessment in accordance with the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

general informations

Working at NTNU

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

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is Norway’s innovation capital with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including health care, schools, kindergartens and general equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Subsidized professional day care for children is easily accessible. Additionally, Trondheim offers great educational opportunities (including international schools) and opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has a low crime rate and clean air. own.

As an employee of NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development of the subject implies and the organizational changes that are adopted.

According to the Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, function and municipality may be made public even if you have requested that your name not be included in the list of candidates.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Ekaterina Kim and Roger Skjetne, email and If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Marit Gjersvold, email:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. The Diploma Supplement must be attached for European Master’s degrees outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of master’s degree from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for an interview, you must include certified copies of transcripts and letters of reference. Please refer to the application number IV-103/22 when applying.

Application deadline: 22.05.202

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 Marine Technology

We develop methods and technologies related to the blue economy: offshore oil and gas extraction, ship technology and equipment industry, fishing and aquaculture. We are also strongly committed to the development of sustainable solutions for offshore renewable energy, coastal infrastructure and marine robotics. Marine technology helps solve major global challenges related to the environment, climate, energy, food and efficient transport. The Department of Marine Technology is one of the eight departments of the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline May 22, 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Full time

Duration Temporary

place of service Department of Marine Technology

Sherry J. Basler