[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoc: Robotics in Aquaculture Systems, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Kanna Rajan kannarajan.mbari at gmail.com
Tue Jan 12 22:34:00 PST 2016

Automation system for rearing and high-throughput behavioural phenotyping of European lobster

The “NTNU Lobster Domestication Project” invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU. The research position will undertake the task of establishing a highly innovative experimental automation system for efficient rearing and behavioural phenotyping of postlarval European lobster. The Postdoc’s main responsibility will be design, development and testing of technical solutions for the experimental system. A novel robotic animal handling system and a computer vision-based screening unit for high-throughput behavioural phenotyping of lobster juveniles will be key targets for the development work. The position includes challenging theoretical as well as experimental work in the realms of applied robotics, computer vision and control system engineering as well as aquaculture science.

The overall goal of the project is to establish the foundations for a profitable and robust technology for industrial scale mass rearing of the European lobster. This highly interdisciplinary project is part of the programme NTNU Biotechnology – the Confluence of Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Engineering. It involves behavioural biology, neuro-endocrinology, genome sequencing, bioinformatics, high-throughput phenotyping through advanced control engineering, computer vision, stem cell culture and cell fate induction, and 3D Lab-on-a-Chip tissue culture technology.

The position will be affiliated with the research group on automation in fisheries and aquaculture http://www.ntnu.edu/itk/research/systembiology <http://www.ntnu.edu/itk/research/systembiology>, and the activity will be closely linked to research activities at NTNU Center of Fisheries and Aquaculture and to the NTNU/SINTEF Gemini Centre “Marine Plankton Technology and Ecology” http://www.ntnu.edu/geminicentre/mtp <http://www.ntnu.edu/geminicentre/mtp>.


The work content of this position will require proficiency in disciplines such as control engineering, robotics, mechatronics and computer vision, as well as the ability to communicate and cooperate with experts in animal behaviour science and aquaculture engineering. The Postdoctoral position requires a PhD degree within one of the above mentioned disciplines, preferably with additional experience and skills pertinent to the application area. The successful applicant must have outstanding academic skills in the disciplines outlined above and must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and motivation required to undertake a multidisciplinary- oriented Postdoctoral study at NTNU.

Ability to carry out goal-oriented work, ability to deliver oral and written presentations of research results, and good co-operation abilities will be emphasized.
The positions require spoken and written fluency in the English language. Applicants from non- English-speaking countries outside Europe must document English skills by a TOEFL test.

Information about the Department

The candidate will be employed by the Faculty of Information technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, NTNU, and the work place will be on the premises of the Department of Engineering Cybernetics. The Department has 9 professors, 5 associate professors and 1 assistant professor. In addition there are 11 adjunct professors, about 10 postdoctoral fellows, and about 50 doctoral candidates. About 80 MSc candidates graduate annually. The research and educational activities at the department include fundamental and industrially oriented research in areas such as automatic control theory, estimation and optimization, robotics, process control, instrumentation, and embedded and real-time systems. More information about the Department of Engineering Cybernetics can be found at: http://www.ntnu.no/itk/english/about <http://www.ntnu.no/itk/english/about> .

Employment terms

The appointment will be made according to national guidelines for appointment of Post doc fellows at universities and university colleges.
According to Norwegian policies, the government workforce should, as closely as possible, reflect the diversity of the population at large. It is therefore a goal of NTNU, as a government institution, to have a workforce which is balanced with respect to age and gender, and to recruit persons of immigrant background. NTNU also wishes to increase the number of women on its workforce, and women are specifically encouraged to apply.

The annual salary of the postdoctoral position is NOK 473 100 per year (code 1352, level 57 according to the government pay-scale for university employees). There is 2 % deduction for superannuation.

Information and application

The applications must contain all necessary information on education, exams and previous practice. Publications and other scientific work which the applicant wishes to be taken into consideration must be attached. Multi-authored publications require a brief description of the applicant’s contribution, and should be enclosed.

Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or similar documentation, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with their obtained degree.

Questions regarding this position can be directed to: Associate professor Jo Arve Alfredsen, tlf. +47 73 59 14 27, e-mail: Jo.Arve.Alfredsen at itk.ntnu.no <mailto:Jo.Arve.Alfredsen at itk.ntnu.no> or Professor/Director Stig W. Omholt, tlf. +47 90940985, e-mail: stig.omholt at ntnu.no <mailto:stig.omholt at ntnu.no> .

Application with CV, certified copies of certificates of education and other relevant documents, names of three references with e-mail addresses and phone number must be sent electronically through this page. Application deadline is April 14, 2014. Reference number: IME 015-2014. 

About NTNU, Trondheim and Norway:
 - About NTNU: http://www.ntnu.edu/ <http://www.ntnu.edu/>
-  NTNU Facts and Figures: http://www.ntnu.edu/facts <http://www.ntnu.edu/facts>
- NTNU International Researcher Support: http://www.ntnu.edu/nirs <http://www.ntnu.edu/nirs>
- About Trondheim: http://www.ntnu.edu/livingintrh/about-trondheim <http://www.ntnu.edu/livingintrh/about-trondheim>
- Official Trondheim webpage: http://www.trondheim.no/engelsk <http://www.trondheim.no/engelsk>
- About Norway: http://www.ntnu.edu/livingintrh/about-norway <http://www.ntnu.edu/livingintrh/about-norway>
- Working in Norway: https://www.nav.no/workinnorway/en/Home <https://www.nav.no/workinnorway/en/Home>
 NTNU is Norway's second largest university, with an annual budget of about US $800 million. Its 51 departments are spread out over seven major faculties, and graduate about 3.300 students every year, two-thirds of which are master's or PhD candidates. The university has more than 100 laboratory facilities distributed among the different faculties and departments. These are central elements in NTNU's education and research work.
NTNU's research is cutting edge, and many of the technological and cultural innovations that allow Norway to extract oil and gas from the North Sea, grow healthy salmon in fish farms, or interpret the country's 9.000 years of human history have been developed here. The university itself, founded in 1910, has contributed a solid century of academic achievements and discoveries that have shaped Norwegian society. ITK's founder Jens Glad Balchen is considered a pre-eminent control theorist in the world; Norwegian Airlines features Balchen's image on the tail of a Boeing 737. See also http://www.mic-journal.no/ABS/MIC-2009-3-2.asp <http://www.mic-journal.no/ABS/MIC-2009-3-2.asp>
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