[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] NTNU, Trondheim, Norway: PhD fellowships in SmallSats for oceanography and marine robotics

Kanna Rajan kannarajan.mbari at gmail.com
Mon Jul 10 09:19:47 PDT 2017

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, has established an ambitious new research program, with a concerted and unified cross-disciplinary focus on designing, building and operating small satellites (or SmallSats) as parts of a system of autonomous robots and agents for maritime sensing, surveillance and communication. Such ubiquitous cyber-physical systems enable not only significant reduction in costs, and increased safety, but even more importantly provide substantially more continuous information about the observed targets and features of scientific interest synoptically. This domain focus includes oceanographic studies, climate research, resource management, environmental monitoring, industrial exploration and exploitation of maritime resources, fisheries, surveillance of maritime transportation, search and rescue, among other applications.

2 Phd positions at the Gløsgaugen campus in Trondheim, Norway, relating to the inter-disciplinary field of ocean science and marine robotics are offered. The candidates will work in a research group that aims to integrate small satellites with imagers and communication payloads into an observation system for oceanography. The satellites will be part of  coordinated missions involving unmanned aerial vehicles, surface and underwater vehicles to study oceanographic phenomenon of interest especially in the context of studying the changing climate.

Broadband software-defined radio systems for Smallsats: Professor Nils Torbjörn Ekman, Department of Electronic Systems, torbjorn.ekman at ntnu.no <mailto:torbjorn.ekman at ntnu.no>
Rapid mission systems engineering for Smallsats:  Professor Egil Eide, Department of Electronic Systems, egil.eide at ntnu.no <mailto:egil.eide at ntnu.no>

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Deadline for applications: 2017-08-31

Qualification requirements

Successful applicants must have a Master degree in electrical engineering , aerospace engineering, electronics , or a related discipline. Applicants are required to justify their candidateship by explicitly explaining their personal motivation and academic aptitude for pursuing a doctoral degree within this research field. Applicants that expect to complete their Master degree studies by summer 2017 can apply.
Academic results, publications, relevant specialization, work or research experience, personal qualifications, and motivation and a desire to make an impact on critical societal problems will be considered when evaluating the applicants.
It is a prerequisite that the PhD scholar applies for and is granted admission to the NTNU PhD studies as soon as possible after employment. NTNUs PhD-rules require a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average ECTS grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best). Applicants must be qualified for admission as PhD students at NTNU. See https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ime.ntnu.no_forskning_phd&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=u8Esuemt8d3GtgaMXv3oh-7_25G2bIFr7MI1gxiR_Pc&s=mwviEb3IDuThvIa6LQNofhBQ__vWWLlKRsIgEwS8PSQ&e=   <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ime.ntnu.no_forskning_phd&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=u8Esuemt8d3GtgaMXv3oh-7_25G2bIFr7MI1gxiR_Pc&s=mwviEb3IDuThvIa6LQNofhBQ__vWWLlKRsIgEwS8PSQ&e= >for information about PhD studies at NTNU.
Excellent English skills, written and spoken, are required. Applicants from non-European countries where English is not the official language must present an official language test report. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:
TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
CAE/CPE: grade B or A.
Formal regulations
Appointments are made in accordance with the regulations in force regarding terms of employment for PhD candidates issued by the Ministry of Education and Research, with relevant parts of the additional guidelines for appointment as a PhD candidate at NTNU.
Applicants must undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme of study during their period of employment. The person who is appointed must comply with the conditions that apply at any time to employees in the public sector. In addition, a contract will be signed regarding the period of employment.
The successful candidate will be appointed for a period of 3 years, with possible extension to a fourth year if the candidate and department agrees on teaching related duties.
The research of this project has civilian objectives. However, equipment restricted by export licenses and ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) is being used in this research area. Applicants that are citizens of Norway, NATO countries, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, or Sweden are eligible. Other applicants must provide evidence of eligibility to use such equipment for their application to be considered.

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