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PhD Position in Structural Health Monitoring of Coastal Structures – NTNU, Norway, Apr 2022


The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applications for a Ph.D. position in Structural Health Monitoring of coastal structures, at the Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering, Norway – Apr 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
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Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491,200 NOK/Year

Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway


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Qualification Details

Required selection criteria

  • The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master's degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in Structural Engineering, Marine Engineering or Mechanical Engineering with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU's grading scale. Candidates with master’s degree in or second degree in Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Cybernetics or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU's grading scale will also be considered. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria, you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program PhD in Engineering (
  • Good written and oral English language skills

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  

Preferred selection criteria

  • A suitable background (master's degree) would be within structural, mechanical or marine engineering (cybernetics or electrical engineering, computer science or mathematical science or other education based on quantitative methods).
  • Experience in experimental research.
  • Experience in developing numerical and statistical models defined within the duties of the position and scope of work
  • Experience in data analysis, big data technology, machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer science or cloud computing
  • Experience with software coding in Python or Matlab

Personal characteristics

  • motivated and ambitious students with excellent grades
  • proficiency to carry out goal-oriented work and good cooperation abilities will be emphasized
  • excellent communication skills in scientific writing and oral presentation

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

Responsibilities/Job Description

Norway has about 130 Ferry connections, and they transport each year about 20 million vehicles and 40 million people. The ferry connections are critical components of the transport infrastructure, and any loss of service has economical, social and safety- impact on the society.

Ferry quays consists of two primary structural components, the ferry slip and the surrounding quay structure. The ferry quays are subject to complex loading scenarios over their service life that are influenced by environmental conditions, traffic, frequency of ferry arrivals, ferry operation and type/size of ferry. The quays are also frequently subject to structural damage and the forces acting on the ferry dock during docking operations are uncertain. As a consequence of limited knowledge on the true forces acting on the ferry quay, one has limited control of the degree of utilization of designed capacity which are calculated based on regulatory codes. This uncertainty propagates to the fatigue service life, and further on to maintenance and repair.

In collaboration with Møre og Romsdal County and the Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering, the Magerholm Ferry quay in Ålesund municipality in Norway is selected as test-site for SHM. The ferry quay will serve as an outdoor lab for SHM, force identification and damage detection research. The primary objective for the SHM system will be to detect damage and facilitate decision support in asset management and the test site serves as a means to assess and develop new algorithms for data analysis, focusing on advanced structural analysis, big data technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and other strategic components of a SHM system.

The position will be part of NTNUs Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering in Ålesund Norway, and is intended to enhance our research environment on the interacting civil engineering and ocean operation systems.

You will report to Associate Professor Torodd S. Nord as the main supervisor of research.

Duties of the position

The objective of the research is to develop and implement the necessary components to a functioning SHM system. To achieve this vision, the candidate will focus on the following:

  • develop the monitoring system and utilize information from acceleration measurements and met-ocean data
  • implement novel algorithms for within the field of SHM (involving machine learning, artificial intelligence) to detect damage
  • establish statistical models, numerical models and perform finite element model (FEM) analysis, simulations and updating
  • develop visualization features for decision making for ferry dock owners
  • participate in international scientific conferences and publish results in academic journals

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: IV-76/22

Application Procedure

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

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • letter of motivation
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Project proposal
  • Research plan
  • Name and address of three referees
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work

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.

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.

About the Department

Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering

We aim to be a hub of international knowledge and innovation in maritime operations. This involves education and research on the design of ships and marine equipment as well as on the operation of vessels. Maritime operations integrate technology, human factors and business. The interfaces between these areas often spark inspiration for innovation and new solutions. The Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

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Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 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 3 years. Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Engineering ( within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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 daily.

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 Ålesund, with its population of 50 000, will provide you with plenty of opportunities to explore a region of Norway that is famous for its beautiful scenery with high mountains and blue fjords. Ålesund itself, with its Art Nouveau architecture, is by many considered to be the most beautiful city in Norway! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

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.

Please submit your application electronically via 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).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number IV-76/22 when applying.

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Contact details

If you have any questions about the position, please contact associate professor Torodd Skjerve Nord, email: [email protected] If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Linda Granmo, e-mail: [email protected]

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