PhD Research Fellow in Systems Engineering

Deadline: 31.12.2022

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

About the position

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has a vacancy for a 100% position as PhD Research Fellow in Systems Engineering from 1 March 2023.The position is located at the Department of Science and Industry Systems and reports to the Head of the Department. The place of employment is Kongsberg.

The employment period will be three years of full-time with no teaching obligations. There is a premise for employment that the PhD Research Fellow is enrolled in USN’s PhD-program in PEA (Process, Energy & Automation Engineering) within three months of accession in the position.

About the PhD-project

Industrial systems will become increasingly integrated. Digitalisation and Industry 4.0 are forces behind this. Increased connectivity brings new challenges. Complexity, System efficiency, System interdependencies, Emerging behaviour, and Black boxes (hidden internal interfaces) are some of the new challenges.

Systems Integration (SI) is an important element of systems engineering that involves the integration of hardware, software, products, services, business processes, and humans. The successful candidate will contribute to a novel system integration framework that addresses the challenges of complex systems.The research method will be based on a methodology referred to as “Industry as a laboratory”. In this methodology, we explore challenging problems from industry, apply our methods and solutions to the industry, and observe the results. The candidate will collaborate with the Green Platform BATNET project within the concept of industry as a laboratory.


Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree (120 ECTS) equivalent to higher education qualifications ideally within engineering disciplines, physics and mathematics. Master’s degrees from the school of business could also be considered depending on their specialization eg. Technology management, and systems engineering specialization. The degree must be accomplished before the application deadline. However, students in the process of finalising their degree before the scheduled commencement of the position may also apply and can be offered a position conditioned on a satisfactory result. Admission to the PEA doctoral program requires a weighted average grade of B or higher from master’s degree.

The candidate must have the ability to work independently and at the same time have the motivation to share knowledge and take part in teamwork. Personal suitability for the post will be emphasised.Co-operation between staff members 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.

Other qualifications:

  • Experience and/or ability and interest to operate in an industrial context
  • Ability to think broadly and creatively in an interdisciplinary fashion
  • A strong research perspective and motivation to publish in leading academic journals and conference proceedings
  • Written and oral fluency in English and Norwegian or Scandinavian languages.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on varied industrial experience and personal suitability for the post.

We offer

  • A stimulating and growing research environment, with good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
  • A good social environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
  • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours


PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 501 200,- a year. Further promotion will be based on time served in the position. In special cases, employment in code 1378 (NOK 501 200 – 636 700,- a year) may be considered.

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

Other information

The Academic Appointments Board for PhD Research Fellowships is responsible for the appointment. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. The candidates deemed best qualified will be invited to an interview.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post. Please note that approved work permit is a prerequisite for the employment.

According to its human resources policy, the University of South-Eastern Norway targets a balanced gender composition and aims to recruit persons with a background as an immigrant.

[The Department has few women/men appointed in scientific positions, and women/men are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.]

The University contributes to the Inkluderingsdugnaden (a voluntary scheme to promote inclusion), and it is our aim that our employees, to the fullest extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the general population. We therefore encourage qualified applicants with disabilities to apply for the post. The University will facilitate the workplace for employees with disabilities.

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

For more information about the position, please contact any of the below:

  • Associate Professor Omid Razbani, phone +47 90709524
  • Head of Department, Elisabet Syverud, phone +47 41360488

For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact:

How to apply

The University of South-Eastern Norway makes use of online application management. Applicants to the post must register their application and CV with enclosures online via the Jobbnorge recruitment portal by clicking on the link on the right-hand side – “Søk stillingen” (Apply for the post).

The following documents shall be attached to the online application:

  • Transcripts and diplomas of Bachelor's and Master's Degrees (120 ECTS)
  • Other relevant certificates (if applicable, must be specified)
  • A one-page project proposal or motivation letter
  • Documentation of language proficiency
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these
  • Three references (contact information)

Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or in English. Any translations must be certified.

The application will be assessed on the basis of the attached documentation as requested above. Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the required documentation has been uploaded with the application deadline.

The University has been awarded a Charter & Code certificate by the European Commission, and is entitled to use the HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) logo. The University is also a member of the EURAXESS network, which contributes to good working conditions for mobile researchers.

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