Norway: PhD Research Fellow in Technologi Sith Specialization in Mechatronics

PhD Research FellowsThe University of Agder invites applications for a full-time, fixed-term appointment as Research Fellow in Technology with specialization in Mechatronics for a period of three years, at the Department of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Science. The position is located in Grimstad, Norway. The starting date is negotiable.

The Faculty of Engineering and Science has a core group of more than 15 academic staff in the field of mechatronics, including 4 Professors, 5 Associate Professors and 6 PhD Research Fellows. The group is responsible for the BSc, MSc, and PhD programmes in mechatronics at the University of Agder and has an extensive network of Norwegian and international partner universities and colleges. With its regional industrial partners in the offshore oil and gas sector, the Mechatronics group constitutes one of the fastest growing research environments in mechatronics in the Nordic countries.

The PhD research project will focus on operation and maintenanceof offshore wind farms and the candidate is expected to take an active role in the Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind Energy, The candidate will be carrying out research and development within several of the following areas:

  • Deployment of structural health monitoring systems into offshore wind farms to monitor fatigue damage and to evaluate the structural response and operational life of the structure.
  • Development of fault detection systems for wind farms in order to detect abnormalities in the turbines and to avoid potential irreversible damage.
  • Development of required instrumentation and control algorithms for wind turbines to satisfy, simultaneously, regulation of the demand for power and minimization of the mechanical fatigue of the plant components subjected to sudden dynamic loading.
  • Significant practical work and experimentation in the motion laboratory at UiA. The motion laboratory consists of a commercial vehicle loader crane and two motion generators (Stewart platforms).

The successful applicant should hold a master’s degree in mechatronics engineering that covers the above fields.

The position places great demands on the applicant’s capacity for independent goal-oriented work, ability to concentrate and attention to detail. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic background and results, and any previous research and development work. Relevant industrial experience, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasised.

The PhD Research Fellow must be qualified for admission to the PhD Programme in technology with specialization in mechatronics at the University of Agder (UiA). For information on admission requirements, see [PHD]. Applications from applicants who already have a PhD will normally not be considered.

The following requirements must be met:

  • The average grade for courses included in the bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) must be C or higher.
  • The average grade for courses, except the master’s thesis, included in the master’s degree (or equivalent) should be B or higher.
  • The master’s thesis (or equivalent) should have the grade B or higher.
  • Programming skills in Matlab, FEM, FAST and MapleSim are expected.
  • Strong academic skills, experience or interest in the following areas: fault detection, control systems, structural dynamics, signal processing and instrumentation.

A high level of oral and written proficiency in English is required. Applicants from certain countries must document their English skills through one of the following tests, with the stated results or better:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language, with a minimum score of 550 on the Paper-based Test (PBT) or 80 on the Internet based Test (iBT).
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing System, with a result of 6.0.

The list of countries this pertains to can be found here: [NOKUT]

Possible categories of applicants from particular countries may be exempted, see [NOKUT]

Please note that the English test requirement applies to applicants from most countries according to the list mentioned above. No other tests will be approved, and certifications/statements cannot replace a test.

Further provisions relating to the position as PhD Research Fellow can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the Post of Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident, available for download at

Women are especially encouraged to apply.

The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society in its work force, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position, irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment.

Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions. The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the Civil Service.

There will be a trial period. More information on the trial period in the Civil Service Act, which can be read in unofficial translated Norwegian legislation: [Lovdata]

Organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected.

The position is remunerated within the State salary scale, salary plan 17.510, code1017, salary grade 50 (NOK 416.600). A 2 % compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions. For information on Norwegian salary grades, see: [Salary plan]

Applicants must submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “send application”. The following documentation must be submitted as attachments to the online application:

  • Copies of certificates and/or grades for all post-secondary education, up to and including the bachelor’s level, with a summary of the courses/subjects included in the degree.
  • Copy of your master’s degree or equivalent, with a summary of the courses/subjects included in the degree.
  • Applicants with education from other countries than Norway must attach a description of the relevant grading system used at the issuing institution.
  • Summary (approximately 1–2 pages) of the master’s thesis (in special cases the university will ask for the complete master’s thesis).
  • Applicants who are required to document their English proficiency must submit their TOEFL or IELTS test results (these may be forwarded after the closing date) or attach documentation that will give basis for exemption from the English test requirement according to the language requirements list mentioned above.
  • A list of publications (if any) and up to three scientific publications that the applicant wishes to include in the evaluation.

Original documents must be presented for verification to the University of Agder together with the copies by the appointed PhD research fellow upon arrival at UiA. Successful candidates will be asked, normally during the interview, to ensure that the issuing university submits documents in a sealed envelope directly to UiA or provide that their documents are accessed online, which allows UiA to verify the authenticity of these electronic documents via a secure website hosted at the issuing university (contact person at UiA will be provided later for certain candidates).

The applicants are also fully responsible for successfully uploading the documentation, and must ensure that the documents are within a reasonable size and in a format (PDF, PNG, JPEG, ODF, DOC) suitable for attachment.  Files that are overly large or in an irregular format will not be included in the documents that will accompany the application through the appointment process. Furthermore, please make sure that the documents are uploaded only once.

All documentation of education must be in the original language and in English, Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish (if the original language is not one of these), and the translation should preferably be from the issuing university. Additional documentation must be in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

The applicants are fully responsible for submitting complete documentation before the closing date. Applications with incomplete documentation will not be considered.

In accordance with §25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.

Application Deadline: 23 August 2012