2 Postdoctoral Fellows in Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS)

About the job

The Department of Electronic Systems, NTNU, has vacancy for two Post Doctoral fellowships within distributed acoustic sensing (DAS).

The two positions are part of the European Horizon-Infra-2022-Tech-01 program under the project entitled  “SUBMERSE” (SUBMarine cablEs for ReSearch and Exploration). NTNU is one of 24 partners in the project that lasts for 3 years. The overall objective of the project is to develop a new world-class research instrument integrating already existing infrastructures from there European nations as well as Pan-European and Pan-American institutions, to disseminate SOP and DAS data. Both Post Doc positions will be integrated in the Centre for Geophysical Forecasting (CGF), which is one of the Norwegian centres for research-driven innovation, funded by the Research Council of Norway and research and industry partners.

The successful applicants will work at the CGF premises at NTNU in Trondheim in our team of key researchers.  The Post Doc research fellowships will be hosted by the Department of Electronic Systems. The successful candidates will be offered 2-year positions, which could potentially be extended with teaching duties. The aim of the SUBMERSE project is to provide continuous recording of scientific data, especially focused on solid earth and marine science research.

Your immediate leader is the Head of Department.

Duties of the positions

The Post Doc projects will be conducting research on datasets acquired using one or several DAS interrogators. The applications of advanced DAS-methods are multifold: environmental monitoring (for instance whales), earthquake monitoring, monitoring underground storage of CO₂, land slide forecasting and oceanography.

An important part of the Post Doc projects is to collaborate with the other European partners in the project and use data from other regions for comparison as well as enhanced understanding. The Post Doc research will be in a team of scientists in statistics, computer science, electronic systems and geophysics. The post docs will hence be part of a cross-disciplinary team all working towards a common goal in the project.

The post docs will be given responsibility for planning, performing and analysis of geophysical and environmental DAS-data from various field experiments.

Required selection criteria

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a PhD degree in geophysics, physics or mathematics.

  • A solid background in analysis of distributed acoustic sensing data (DAS).
  • Good skills in signal processing.

The applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must document a thorough knowledge of English (equivalent to a TOEFL score of 600 or more).

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Strong implementation and programming knowledge.
  • Skills related to innovation.
  • Experience from operating DAS interrogators and DAS data acquisition.
  • Knowledge from using AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learing) algorithms.

Personal characteristics

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education and experience, as well as personal suitability for this position which include:

  • Willingness to learn new fields in a multidisciplinary research environment.
  • Problem solver, with ability to use existing knowledge in new ways.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 563 500 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 2 years.

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 on a daily basis.

About the application

The application must include the following:

  • CV which includes information about education background, publication record and work experience.
  • Certified copies of relevant transcripts and diplomas. Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or similar documentation, which describes in detail the program of study, the grading system, and the rights to further studies associated with the degree obtained.
  • Contact information for two references.
  • Documentation of fluency in the English language.

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no. Preferably, the attachments should be submitted as a single file. Please refer to the application number 2023/393 when applying.

Applicants who have been short-listed will be invited for interviews.

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.

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. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.  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 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 a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and 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.

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 Martin Landrø, martin.landro@ntnu.no.

Application deadline: 25.02.23

Department of Electronic Systems

The digitalization of Norway is impossible without electronic systems. We are Norway’s leading academic environment in this field, and contribute with our expertise in areas ranging from nanoelectronics, phototonics, signal processing, radio technology and acoustics to satellite technology and autonomous systems. Knowledge of electronic systems is also vital for addressing important challenges in transport, energy, the environment, and health. The Department of Electronic Systems is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .