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PhD position in Maritime ICT and cyber security

Deadline: 01.11.2020

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

With about 16,000 students, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, spread out on five campuses Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord and Haugesund.

Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal.

Department of Maritime Studies (IMS) has educations on bachelor-, master- and PhD-level with a strong and active research environment. We have 23 permanent employees from different nations and collaborations with other universities both nationally and abroad. The department of Maritime Studies is located in Haugesund.

The research activity in the department is mainly linked to the research program MarSafe and the research center MarCATCH. The researchers in MarSafe and MarCATCH collaborates close with the industry, and have focus on the risk and safety in the maritime industry, with the aim on organisational and operational aspects in relation to risk and safety management.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences (FØS) has up to two vacant PhD positions within Maritime ICT and cyber security

About the position:

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences (FØS) has up to two available PhD positions within Maritime ICT and cyber security. The positions are 100 % for 4 years (including 25% teaching duty). The PhD student will be part of the maritime safety research group (MarSafe) at the department of maritime studies. Place of employment is Haugesund, Norway. The PhD-students will apply for admission in the PhD programme in Nautical Operations. This unique Ph.D. Programme in Nautical Operations is a joint degree between the four institutions educating ship officers at a university level in Norway; University of South-Eastern Norway, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and UiT The Arctic University of Norway. More information on the Ph.D. programme can be found here: https://www.hvl.no/en/studies-at-hvl/study-programmes/2020h/phdnaut/.

These Ph.D. positions address ICT (information and communication technology) and cyber security unmet needs in the maritime domain. There is a particular emphasis on the human role and perspective of the usage, protection and maintenance of operational IT systems. Research projects in this area can be user centered or focusing on innovating new technical solutions to assist users within complex working environments.

About the PhD project/work tasks:

  • Plan and conduct research, applying relevant methods within quantitative and qualitative studies, assess and analyse data, interpret and form conclusions
  • Write scientific manuscripts for conferences and peer-reviewed journals
  • Apply for admission to and participate in the PhD program in Nautical Operations
  • Participate actively in the MarSafe research group
  • Travel may be required
  • 25 % teaching duties in relevant courses


  • Relevant MSc Degree within Computer Science, Software Engineering or other relevant topics
  • Experience with experimental study design, planning and performance, skilled in quantitative methods and preferably have knowledge of qualitative methods
  • Documented qualifications in the English language as per requirements for Norwegian Higher Education
  • The person that is hired must fulfil the requirements for admission into the PhD program in Nautical Operations. For more info, see https://www.hvl.no/en/studies-at-hvl/study-programmes/2019h/phdnaut/

Wanted qualifications:

  • Seafaring experience is a benefit
  • Research experience in industries within safety critical domains is an advantage
  • Experience and/or interest in human factors, HCD, HMI and human performance is a plus
  • Candidates with no maritime operative background may also apply if they have a demonstrated record in cyber security or human factors (publications or industry experience)
  • It is expected that the person hired will achieve good enough Norwegian skills to be able to communicate with colleagues and students in Norwegian

Personal skills:

  • Ability to work alone, in small and large groups, among multiple discipline experts
  • Good communication skills, both orally and in writing
  • Interest for teaching and supervision of students
  • Strong motivation for completing the PhD in the given timeline (2020-2024) and contributing to research within the maritime field

The PhD research fellow should have a master's degree in (or closely related to) systems engineering, software engineering, computer science, computing or information and communication technologies.

In addition to the required educational background, the following criteria will be evaluated: competence and grades on completed course work, quality of the master's thesis (excellent grade, equivalent of grade B or better on the ECTS grading system), publications (if any), communication skills, research and teaching experience, practical software engineering skills and experience.

The candidate must be diligent and display the ability to work independently, supplemented with regular guidance, and is expected to carry out high-quality research and to publish the results in national seminars, international workshops, conferences, and journals.

The PhD research fellow must enroll in the PhD programme in Nautical Operations at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and must meet the formal admission requirements for this PhD programme.

The PhD candidate will be assigned two academic supervisors, one from Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and one from the joint PhD program in nautical operations. The candidate must be enrolled as a PhD student in the Nautical Operations program within 3 months from the start of the employment.

Application procedure:

Applications will be evaluated by an expert panel of three members.

Applicants are asked to submit their application and CV online. Please use the link «Apply for this job» («Søk stillingen»).

The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment to the online application:

  • Master Thesis
  • Copies of selected academic publications (no more than 15)
  • A CV with a complete list of academic publications
  • Diplomas and certificates
  • A project plan of about 4 pages

Applicants should indicate which publications or parts of publications should be given special consideration in the evaluation. If the documents submitted are not in a Scandinavian language or in English, the applicants must submit certified translations of these. The transcripts must specify the topics, the course works, and the grades at the bachelor`s and master`s degree levels.

Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. It is required that the applicant enclose a review from NOKUT whether the education (bachelor and master’s degree) is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see www.nokut.no/en for more information about NOKUT’s general recognition. This may take some time and we recommend you to apply as soon as you know you will apply for this position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application.

Please enclose a project plan of about 4 pages. Applications that do not include a project plan will not be considered.

Applicants should note that the evaluation will be based on the documentation submitted electronically via Jobbnorge within the submission deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date. It is of utmost importance that all publications to be considered in the evaluation are uploaded as an attachment with the application, since these are sent electronically to the expert panel. Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at the college.


  • Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence enhancement and development
  • Opportunities for training within the working hours

Initial salaries will be offered at grade 54 (code 1017) in the Civil Service pay grade table scale.

There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see http://www.spk.no for more information). The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

General information:

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State employees Law in Norway ("Lov om statens ansatte)". Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and gender composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds.

Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.

Short-listed applicants will be called in for an interview and a presentation of previous work, e.g. based on their master’s thesis.


1) Professor Margareta Lutzhoft, leader of MarSafe research program and MarCATCH research center, [email protected]

2) Johanne Marie Trovåg,Head of Department of Maritime Studies, [email protected]

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