Reseacher in Systems Engineering and Innovation

Deadline: 08.08.2022

University of South-Eastern Norway

The University of South-Eastern Norway, USN, is one of Norway’s largest higher education institutions, with around 18,000 students and 1,900 employees across eight different campuses.

We offer studies, research and knowledge dissemination, all targeting various professions and working life and with a high level of quality internationally. Our goal as a University is to create value both for the individual student and for business and commerce, the public sector and society in general. We achieve this by utilising the best tools we have: education and research.

USN is a University with a strong social commitment where studies and working life are integrated. At USN, we focus on practice-relevant, profession-oriented and applied research and education.

The students shall benefit from innovative educational methods and challenging studies closely associated with society's requirements and needs.

They will learn how to adapt to a society and working life that is constantly changing. The University shall meet major social challenges with knowledge and expertise, helping to promote practical solutions, structural changes and new ways of thinking. USN’s academic activities shall be embodied by a clear dedication to the UN’s sustainable development goals. The University aims to realise this main profile in close cooperation with society and working life.

For more information on USN, please go to www.usn.no

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences, and Maritime Sciences have a vacancy for a temporary post as researcher

About the position

Do you have great professional experience and interest in the subject area and curious on trying something new? Or maybe you are hungry for professional development and new insights?

This is a rare opportunity you should take a look at!

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences, and Maritime Sciences has a two year vacancy for a position as Researcher in Systems Engineering from 01.08.2022.

The position is attached to the Department of Science and Industry Systems and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is Kongsberg.

Our Systems Engineering research program is positioned towards the industry’s need to cope with disruptive technologies and innovation. Systems Engineering, systems architecting, digitalization, sustainability and human-centred design are key areas of focus for our research. We strive to create systems that are purposeful, and that create values for the company as well as for people, our society, and the environment. Our staff is internationally recognized, and nationally merited. We received the Quality in Higher Education Award in 2019 by the Norwegian Ministry of Education for our close collaboration with industry and we are starting up an industrial research school in complex systems in 2022.

Responsibilities and duties

The position is closely connected to the industry-driven R&D project : “Harvesting value from Big data and Digitalization through a Human Systems-Engineering Innovation Framework”, H-SEIF.

The project is a collaboration between the high-tech companies:

  • Semcon – an innovative consultancy company creating technology for the future,
  • Kongsberg Maritime – values technology excellence as a leading international supplier of controls and propeller solutions, creating the newest technology from the bottom of the sea, to outer space.
  • Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace – Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is Norway’s premier supplier of defence and aerospace-related systems and solutions. The company is a leading supplier of defence products and systems for command and control, surveillance, space, tactical communications, remote weapon stations and missiles systems.
  • Kongsberg Innovasjon - Kongsberg Innovasjon er en industribasert rådgiver, investor og et innovasjonsselskap som opererer over hele Norge. Vi støtter ambisiøse gründere, oppstartsselskaper og veletablerte selskaper som deler vår lidenskap for vekst, innovasjon og skalerbare forretningsidéer.
  • Statens Kartverk i Norge
  • P-Plan. P-Plan AS er en ledende aktør i Norge innenfor automatiske parkeringssystemer. Vår filosofi er å skape mer plass til mennesker og byliv ved en effektiv utnyttelse av plassen i parkeringsanleggene, samt å skape plass for et grønnere miljø.
  • Yeti Move - develops sustainable autonomous solutions for professional users. Starting with autonomous vehicles for snow removal at airports and related autonomous applications for industry, construction, and defence.
  • Technip FMC – is a supplier to the energy business, and srteves to drive the change the oil and gas industry needs.

And universities:

  • University of South-Eastern Norway (USN), Arkitekt- or Design Høgskolen i Oslo (AHO), ETH Zürich, Chalmers Tekniska Högskola, and ETH Zürich.

The partner companies, supplying complex systems in challenging markets, must increase the effectiveness of their engineering and innovation processes. Large-scale complex systems are hard for people to understand and visualize, especially before they are made. Such systems, though, have abundant related data from multiple sources, both operational (in-company) and contextual (public). In the project we create a collaborative framework enhancing effective systems development, specifically directed towards making data-supported early decisions.

As scientist in the project you will have a central position in the project together with the three other full-time employees (two PhD candidates and one more Postdoc), a number of Master’s students, and professors.

Appointment is for a period of one - two years.


Applicants to the position should have a Norwegian Master’s or Phd in Systems Engineering, Systems Architecture, Industrial Engineering, Product Design, Industrial Economics. candidates with a relevant engineering degree or equivalent higher education qualifications will be considered. Candidates with Industrial experience will count very favourable.

The candidate will work in a professional network of academics and industry experts. We search for a candidate motivated to share their knowledge and interact closely with our industrial and academic partners. Collaboration is an integrated part of the working atmosphere at the University of South-Eastern Norway. The candidate must be motivated and demonstrate a proven ability to work effectively within a team and in a collegiate manner to formulate and realise common objectives.

We are looking for a person with several of the following skills:

  • Master or Phd in systems Engineering, Multidisciplinary engineering, Engineering Manager, Project Manager, Software engineer, Industrial engineering, Civil engineering, or other relevant engineering, design, management, or data scientist discipline.
  • Systems perspective
  • Relevant work experience. Industrial experience will be valued as positive. This could be a position for an experienced industrial practitioner
  • Experience and/or ability and interest to operate in an industrial context
  • Topical knowledge related to at least one of the industrial partners
  • Open for travel to partners within Norway.
  • Good communication skills
  • Practical
  • Collaboration skills
  • Project manager skills
  • Self-driven

The candidate must have very good command of English and in one of the Scandinavian language.

The research area for the position can include technologies referred to in the Ministry's export control regulations, and the candidate must be eligible to obtain a security clearance.

We offer

  • Exciting and educational academic environment with stimulating work.
  • Individual competence plan and good opportunities for competence and career development for all employees.
  • Inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues.
  • Good pension scheme and favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Employee benefits, including opportunity to exercise during working hours.


Researcher (code 1108 or 1109): NOK 507 600 – 637 900/kr 583 500 – 776 900 a year, depending on seniority.

Higher salary may be offered to applicants with especially relevant experience.

A statutory contribution will be made from the employee’s salary to the state pension plan.

Salary grade according to seniority and competence. Statutory amounts for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted from salary.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post.

Additional information

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post.

According to our human resources policy, it is our aim that our employees, to the fullest extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the general population. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the post. We endeavor to further develop as an inclusive workplace and to adapt your workplace if required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have experienced periods where you have not been in employment, education or training.

Pursuant to section 25, 2nd paragraph of the Freedom of Information Act, information on the applicant may be disclosed even if the applicant has requested not be included on the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified if such requests are not allowed.

Contact information

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How to apply

University of South-eastern Norway uses online applications. We therefore ask applicants to register their application and CV online by clicking on the “Send application” link to the right.

The application must include the following documents:

  • Certified diplomas and certificates from university college/university
  • Master’s and/or Phd thesis
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these
  • Three references (contact information)

Please note that all documents must be translated into English or a Scandinavian language by an authorized translator.

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