PhD Candidate for optimization models for identifying solutions for emission reductions

About the position

PhD Candidate position on optimization models for identifying cost-effective solutions for emission reductions in the seafood industry

This PhD position is available at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management – section of Managerial Economics, Finance and Operations Research. The position is resident at NTNUs campus in Trondheim.

There is a PhD position available at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management – section of Managerial Economics, Finance and Operations Research. The position is resident at NTNUs campus in Trondheim. This is an educational position, which will provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a PhD-degree.

The position is connected to the PhD program at the Faculty of Economics and Management and the faculty will be your employer.

The department endeavors to promote research that meets high International standards. Subsequently, contact with International institutions is important. Therefore, the department encourages the successful PhD Candidate to spend one to two semesters of the contract period at a foreign university. The department offers support in the planning of such scholarly visits.

About the position

This PhD project is part of the new research project: ‘curbing Fisheries’ and Aquaculture’s Maritime air Emissions’ (FAME) that targets new knowledge and expertise to support the Norwegian government objective to decarbonize maritime transport in fisheries and aquaculture.

The Project will be implemented in cooperation with research partners Institute of Transport Economics and Universities of South-Eastern Norway and Turku, Finland, alongside key stakeholders from the public sector (including Directorate of Fisheries, Norwegian Environment Agency and Norwegian Maritime Authority) and the industry (including Kystrederiene, Fiskarlaget and Fiskebåt). It is a Collaborative and Knowledge-building Project funded by the Research Council of Norway.

While Norway has become a front-runner in the diffusion of low and zero emission transport technologies for private cars, other modes now receive attention. The Government requests policy instruments to promote a green transition of fishing and aquaculture vessels. Decision support systems using optimization are ideal for identifying cost-effective technical and operational measures to mitigate air emissions. However, their application in the seafood industry is currently limited. The PhD project aims to fill the knowledge gap by developing optimization models at the regional scale to identify cost effective and business feasible solutions for emission reduction. Novel aspects of the PhD research include abatement cost estimation and analysis of technological and financial risks as barriers to fleet renewal and adoption of low/zero-emission technology.

Duties of the position

  • Conduct original scientific research relevant to the research topic above
  • Publish and disseminate research results obtained in a suitable and timely manner
  • The candidate must engage in the FAME project activities as required
  • Complete mandatory coursework during the initial part of the employment period
  • Meet with and plan research tasks in collaboration with relevant research and industry partners from the FAME project

Qualification requirements

  • A relevant master’s degree in operations research or marine technology with some background in operations research. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD-degree.
  • The position requires excellent English oral and writing skills.

In addition, the following qualifications will contribute positively to the evaluation of the applicant:

  • Documented knowledge of optimization/operations research with a particular focus on integer programming.
  • Basic understanding or at least an interest in marine technology and/or low- and zero emission solutions for the transport sector.
  • Proficiency in at least one programming language, e.g., C++, Java or Python.

Recent graduates, or applicants who are in the final stage of their Master’s program, are encouraged to apply. Such an applicant may be offered the position under the condition that the diploma will show satisfactory final term results.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. This also applies to applications from candidates originating from countries covered by ITAR or “Electronic Code of Federal Regulations”.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant , 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 criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.

Personal characteristics

Personal qualifications which we see contributing positively to the research team are independence, work capacity and enthusiasm. We are also looking for candidates with social skills benefiting the work environment for the PhD candidates and in general.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, remunerated at gross NOK 501.200,- per annum before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.The period of employment is 3 years without required teaching duties. The position is connected to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Economics and Management and the faculty will be your employer. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Faculty of Economics and Management, Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management.

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.It is a prerequisite that the person appointed will have the same workplace as the main supervisor/ supervisory team.

After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

About the application

The application must include:

1)      Application letter concerning your motivation for completing a PhD

2)      A CV with information on education, previous research experience, together with authorized documentation of certificates and study records.

3)      Academic work (not master thesis). Joint work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a joint piece of work, applicants should enclose a short descriptive summary of what she/he contributed to the work.

4)      Names and contact details for 3 references

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application.

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates.

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, both bachelor’s and master’s education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

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

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.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Kjetil Fagerholt.

For questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Consultant Hilde Selli Egelie on hilde.s.egelie@ntnu.no.Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no 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).

Application deadline: 10.02.2023

Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management

We conduct research and teaching at an international level in the interface between technology/natural sciences and economics, management, and HSE (health, safety and the environment). Our goal is sustainable creation of value within technology-based areas in industry, business and the public sector in Norway. We have academic groups in Trondheim and Gjøvik. The Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management is one of four departments in the Faculty of Economics and Management.