2 PhD Candidates in Performance and Assessment in Maritime Training Simulators

Deadline: 15.11.2020

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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Faculty of Science and Technology

The position

The Department of Technology and Safety (ITS) at UiT the Arctic University of Norway has two PhD positions for applicants who wish to obtain the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD). Each position is affiliated with the study programme of nautical science and the research group Human Factors in the Arctic. The PhD candidates will be enrolled in the National Joint PhD Programme in Nautical Operations.

The PhD position will be part of the Centre of Excellence in Maritime Simulator Training and Assessment (COAST). COAST is a joint initiative of the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) and Uit The Arctic University of Norway (UiT). COAST aims to become a leading provider of simulator training and assessment for maritime education.

The PhD candidates will investigate the interplay of participants and technical tools in simulator training and assessment. The work will be part of COAST’s vision for novel research-based pedagogical approaches to simulator-based training and assessment methods. The candidates are expected to collaborate with other PhD projects in formulating research design, data collection and other COAST related dissemination activities across the consortium.

The Department of Technology and Safety is located in the technology building at Campus Tromsø. The advertised positions have its workplace at Campus Tromsø. The department has about 90 employees and has about 550 students. The department offers education in the fields of nautical science, aviation, safety-/societal safety, international preparedness and sustainable technology. The department also offers master’s degrees in Technology and Safety, Societal Safety and Aviation Science.

You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time, within 6 months after receiving the offer.

The positions are for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % each year, and will consist of teaching and other duties for the Faculty of Science and Technology.

The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme, application form and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) are available here.

The position's field of research

The objective of the PhD position is to:

  • Identify skills and competencies, both technical and non-technical, and measure them in a simulated environment
  • Transform the qualitative evaluations into quantitative weights
  • Create and validate a methodology for performance assessment and progression of trainees as an outcome of maritime simulator training
  • Develop performance indicators for maritime simulator training
  • Contribute to developing a progressive maritime simulator training program
  • Contribute to developing new models of organising simulator-based training and assessment in COAST
  • Contribute to developing systemic educational and institutional transformations by making partnerships for improvement


For further information about the position, please contact:

Associate Professor Bjørn-Morten Batalden:

or Professor Vegard Nergård:

We offer

  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

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This position requires a recognised Norwegian master’s degree or equivalent (2-year master degree or other equivalent competence) with a weighted average grade of B or better and also a grade of B or better for the master thesis. Under special circumstances, an average grade C can be accepted, if it can be documented that the candidate is particularly suitable for a PhD education. The master’s degree must be within Nautical Science, Maritime Technology, Technology and Safety or similar. Further, the candidate must have the theoretical education to obtain an unlimited license as master mariner according to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (deck officer class 1).

Personal suitability will be ascribed significant weight. Emphasis will be given to grades in master’s degree, relevant experience, your potential for research and motivation for the position. The position requires very good communication skills in both written and spoken English. The applicant must write a one-page project description for the PhD project.

It is an advantage with good knowledge of and experience with:

  • Maritime simulators, preferably working as an instructor
  • Developing maritime simulator training scenarios
  • Ship operations

The National Joint PhD Programme in Nautical Operations

Admission to the joint national PhD programme in nautical operations is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. You will participate in organised research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment.

You must fulfil the requirements for admission to the PhD programme in nautical operations. The candidate must be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, see this site for more information.

Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme, application form, and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) are available at National Joint PhD Programme in Nautical Operations.

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


The application must be submitted electronically via www.jobbnorge.no and shall include:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV
  • Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees)
  • Documentation on English proficiency. This website states how English profiency shall be documented.
  • Written references
  • Contact information to 1-3 references
  • Master thesis, and any other academic works
  • Project description

The documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language.

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.

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.

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.

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. UiT will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to Offentleglova 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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