LEDIG STILLING VED UIT NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET

PhD Fellow in Cyber-physical and self-reconfigurable supply chain

Deadline: 27.11.2022

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UiT is a multi-campus research university in Norway and the northernmost university of the world.

Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.


Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.

Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology

The position

A PhD position is available at the Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology. The position is affiliated with the Aurora Center for Mathematical Structures in Computations (MASCOT).

Department of Industrial Engineering is one of five departments at the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology. The research activities at the Department is organized into three groups: "Intelligent Manufacturing and Logistics", "Arctic Technology and Icing" and "Materials Science".

The Aurora Center MASCOT will unify and advance research frontiers in the interplay of pure mathematics and computations by exploring fundamental mathematical structures and their increasing significance for modern algorithms and novel program architectures. Indeed, abstractions and ideas from pure mathematics generate crucial insights into the structure of computational algorithms and discretization techniques underlying numerical modeling and physical simulations. But large computations have also become more relevant for research in pure mathematics recently, as increasing computing power offers new possibilities to explore abstract structures and rigorously prove theoretical results that have been out of reach in the past due to their complexity. Between these two poles of interactions, the proposed Aurora Center will unite experts to reveal and exploit fundamental structures of mathematical computations explore the algebraic and geometric nature of computational complexity, and analyze structural methods to reduce this complexity, as well as to adapt these methods to concrete applications in optimization, control theory, and robotics.

The position is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year will be distributed as we see fit and will consist of teaching or other duties. The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to the PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position.

The workplace is at UiT in Narvik. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time after receiving the offer.

The project

The PhD candidate will work as a member of the research group ‘Intelligent Manufacturing and Logistics’. The work will be both theoretic research on cyber-physical system development and laboratorial test of the proposed systems and solutions.

The project aims at developing a cyber-physical system (CPS)-based, self-reconfigurable supply chain architecture with multi-source, multi-constrains, multi-agent with condition of multi-purpose. The PhD candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training.

The applicants must present a description outlining the academic basis of the PhD project. The project description shall not exceed 5 pages, literature references included. It must include a description of the theme, research question(s) and a reasoning of the choices. It should also indicate the methodologies to be used. The final project description will be developed in cooperation with the supervisor.

Contact

For further information about the position, please contact:

Professor Wei Deng Solvang:

or Head of Department Jan-Arne Pettersen:

Qualifications

This position requires a master’s degree or equivalent in Industrial Engineering or Mechatronics. The applicant shall also have advanced knowledge and relevant experience in advanced manufacturing and obotics and have programming skill in Python, ROS, and navigation systems.

Applicants must document fluency of in English and be able to work in an international environment. Nordic applicants can document their English capabilities by attaching their high school diploma.

In the assessment, the emphasis is on the applicant's potential to complete a research education based on the master's thesis or equivalent, and any other scientific work. The project description will also be considered. In addition, other experience of significance for the completion of the doctoral programme may be given consideration.

We will also emphasize motivation and personal suitability for the position. The candidate will be working closely with the supervisors and in team with other staff members and PhD candidates of the research group.

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Have excellent cooperation skills
  • Have good communication and interaction with colleagues and students
  • Is a proactive and solution-oriented team-worker

As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.

Admission to the PhD programme

For employment in the PhD position, you must be qualified for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology and participate in organized doctoral studies within the employment period.

Admission normally requires:

  • A bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS and a master's degree of 120 ECTS, or an integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS.
  • A master's thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 30 ECTS for a master's degree of 120 ECTS.
  • A master's thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 20 ECTS for an integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS.

In order to gain admission to the programme, applicants with a background from a Norwegian institution should have a minimum grade of C on their master thesis and a weighted grade average of 3.0 for the last two years of their master programme. A more detailed description of admission requirements can be found here.

Applicants with a foreign education will be subjected to an evaluation of whether the educational background is equal to Norwegian higher education, following national guidelines from NOKUT. Depending on which country the education is from, one or two additional years of university education may be required to fulfil admission requirements, e.g. a 4-year bachelor's degree and a 2-year master's degree.

If you are employed in the position, you will be provisionally admitted to the PhD programme. Application for final admission must be submitted no later than two months after taking up the position.

Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity are a strength and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite at least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.

We offer

  • Involvement in an interesting research project
  • Good career opportunities
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues 
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement 
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund 
  • More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here.

Application 

Your application must include:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV
  • Diploma for bachelor's and master's degree
  • Transcript of grades/academic record for bachelor's and master's degree
  • Explanation of the grading system for foreign education (Diploma Supplement if available)
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • 2-3 references with contact information
  • Master’s thesis, and any other academic works
  • Project description (5 pages)

All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Diplomas and transcripts must also be submitted in the original language, if not in English or Scandinavian. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD Fellow has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhD Fellow, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.

Remuneration for the position of PhD Fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to the Personal Data Act information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication, if you have requested non-disclosure.

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