Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Small-Scale Intelligent Manufacturing Systems

Deadline: 30.10.2021

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology/ Department of Industrial Engineering

The position

At the Department of Industrial Engineering a position is available for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in "Small-scale Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (SIMS) ", for a period of 3 years from 01.01.2022 to 31.12.2024. The position is affiliated with the research group "Intelligent manufacturing and logistics".

Department of Industrial Engineering is one of the departments at the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Our department has the responsibility of undergraduate studies (bachelor) in mechanical- and process engineering, graduate (master) studies in Industrial Engineering and contributes to the faculty PhD program in engineering. Further the department has responsibility for providing preparatory courses to ensure qualified candidates to all engineering programs at the faculty.

Research activities at the department has been organized into three groups: "Intelligent Manufacturing and Logistics", "Arctic Technology and Icing" and "Materials Science". Each research group gets annual funding from the department and is responsible for developing and carrying out research projects with regional, national and international partners. The department works especially close with regional industries and industrial clusters and the department has an extensive cooperation with academic partners in Europe, Asia and America.

The department has 12 laboratories, organized thematically based on fields of education and research, i.e., small-scale intelligent manufacturing system, additive manufacturing, robot and automation, material science, and laboratory for virtual and augmented reality in industrial simulation and optimization.

The position is a fixed term position with a duration of 3 years. Work place at UiT - Campus Narvik.

Appointment to the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is mainly intended to provide qualification for work in top academic positions. It is a prerequisite that the applicant is able to carry out the project over the full course of the employment period. No person may hold more than one fixed-term position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.

The position can/will additionally be assigned to teaching and related work for UiT in an amount equivalent to a maximum 25 % of a full-time employment.

The appointed Postdoctoral Research Fellow must have its daily workplace at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Narvik.

The position's field of research

The successful applicant will be working as an active member of the research group in "Intelligent manufacturing and logistics" and in team with researchers and doctoral fellows at our newly established Technology Center for Arctic Logistics Operations (ArcLog). The research field of the Postdoc position will be in intelligent and flexible manufacturing systems, especially towards the application of Industry 4.0 technologies in small scale production systems. The successful applicant should therefore possess core competence in advanced and intelligent manufacturing systems, industry 4.0, automation and robotics. Further the candidate should have extensive knowledge in computer science including programming and security systems.

The research group has currently several EU financed research projects and aims to develop new applications, especially targeted towards Horisont Europe. The successful applicant is expected to be able to initiate research cooperation and development project applications together with the members of our research group.

All candidates must submit a statement of their vision for how they will strengthen research activities.


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For appointment as Postdoctoral Research Fellow, the applicant requires a Norwegian doctoral degree in engineering or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree.

Qualification with a PhD is required before commencement in the position. If you’re at the final stages of your PhD, you may still apply if you have submitted your PhD thesis for doctoral degree evaluation within the application deadline. You must submit the thesis with your application. You must have dissertated before the start-up date of the position, January 1st 2022.

Industrial experience from advanced manufacturing systems and industry 4.0 technologies will add weight in your application.

Also following criteria will be emphasized in the assessment:

  • level of academic competence
  • level of research experience/track record
  • experience in working with national and international projects
  • collaboration with other researchers and industrial partners

The applicant should also elaborate his/her personal ambitions and motivation to this position. The assessment will also emphasize the applicant’s personal skills, i.e., independency, flexibility and team-working skill.

For research activities, high leverl of oral and writing skills in English are necessary. The working environment for this position is bi-lingual of Norwegian and English.

During the assessment emphasis will be put on the candidates motivation, potential for research, and personal suitability for the position.

At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University i 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 is 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 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

  • An excellent academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Good welfare arrangements for employees
  • Good arrangements for pension, insurance and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund


Your application must include:

  • Application letter
  • Vision statement for research activities (max 2 pages)
  • Description of your past research project and its relevance to the advertised position (max 1 page)
  • CV
  • Diplomas and transcripts (all degrees)
  • Written references
  • Contact information to 2-3 references
  • Project proposal
  • A list of your academic production
  • Description of your academic production, stating which works you consider most important
  • The academic works (published or not) you wish us to take into consideration in the assessment
  • Your PhD thesis

You must submit a project proposal that describe how you scientifically can contribute to (the project/described field of research). The proposal must include a progress plan.

The documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications sent via www.jobbnorge.no.

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.

The remuneration for Postdoctoral Research Fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

The successful candidate must be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of their department and the university as a whole. UiT wishes to increase the proportion of females in academic positions. In cases where two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.

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