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PhD Candidate in Intelligent Production and Logistics

Deadline: 25.08.2019

About the Position

Department of Industrial Engineering announces two vacant PhD candidate positions in the area of “Sustainable Arctic Logistics Operations in the Era of Industry 4.0” at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology. The successful candidates will be working in the department’s research group “Intelligent Production and Logistics”. Both positions are connected to the department’s newly established research centre “Technological Competence Centre of Arctic Logistics Operation (ArcLog)”.

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.

ArcLog has the following four thematic focuses in the context of being the driven force in Arctic engineering technological development:

  • Increasing automation for effective and sustainable production for small and medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
  • Secure, effective and sustainable transportation
  • Knowledge and experience-based tourism
  • Preparedness logistics

The appointment is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year, distributed as 25 % each year in a four-years period, shall be used for teaching assistance at the department or project activities administrated by ArcLog. Guidelines for the research fellow duties are therefore needed to be followed.

Department of Industrial Engineering

Department of Industrial Engineering (http://uit.no/indtek) is one of five departments at the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, UiT the Arctic University of Norway. The department’s core business is education, research and industrial projects in the fields of mechanical, process and industrial engineering. In addition to responsibility of undergraduate/bachelor studies in Mechanical Engineering, Process Engineering and graduate/master study in Industrial Technology, the department also has a joint responsibility with other departments for providing preparatory courses to ensure qualified candidates and enable increased recruitment to the faculty’s engineering programs.

The department’s research has been organized in terms of three groups: “Intelligent Manufacturing and Logistics”, “Arctic Technology and Icing” and “Materials Science”.

Each 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 has 12 laboratories that is organized thematically based on defined educational and research fields, i.e., small-scale intelligent manufacturing system, additive manufacturing, robot and automation, material testing, and laboratory for virtual and augmented reality in industrial simulation and optimization.

The department works especially closely with regional industries and industrial clusters. The department has also extensive cooperation with academic partners in Europe, Asia and America.


A qualified candidate needs to hold a Master degree in engineering, preferable in Industrial Engineering, Mechatronics, Automation, or Computer Science. Candidates with experience in programming, simulation, machine learning and algorithm design will be prioritized.

Candidates with other disciplinary backgrounds can also apply if she/he can justify her/his relevance to these positions based on working experience and/or knowledge background.

Together with the application, the applicant is asked to deliver a project description up to five pages. The description needs to provide research orientation in thematic focus that the candidate wants to emphasize. The relevance and scientific soundness of the project proposal will be heavily emphasized in the evaluation process.

The suitable candidate must have a grade average of B or better at the Master of Science study. Further information about requirements for admission to PhD studies is given in Regulations on PhD at UiT and for the faculty.


Your application must include:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • Project description
  • CV
  • Diplomas and transcripts (diploma supplement) for both bachelor and master level education
  • Master’s thesis and any other academic works, up to five. The master thesis is regarded as one work.
  • Three references with contact information

Qualification with a Master’s degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are near completion of your Master’s degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis and a statement from your supervisor or institution indicating when the degree will be obtained. You must document completion of your degree before commencement in the position.

Documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications through Jobbnorge.

Terms of employment

Remuneration of PhD positions are in salary code 1017. There is a 2% deduction for contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

UiT has good welfare arrangements for employees, including beneficial arrangements for pension, insurances and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The appointment is for a period of four years with the objective of completion research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to the faculty’s PhD program is a prerequisite for employment, and the program 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.

As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training; thus if you already hold a PhD we will not appoint you to this position.


Further information about the position is available by contacting:

  • Head of the department Wei Deng Solvang, Phone: +47 79 96 63 51, E-mail: [email protected]
  • Associate professor Jan-Arne Pettersen, Phone: +47 76 96 62 17, E-mail: [email protected]

Other information

UiT’s HR policy objectives emphasises diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background. UiT is an will make the necessary adaptations in order to facilitate for employees with reduced functional ability.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act. You may request to not be registered on the public list of applicants, but the University may decide that your name will be made public. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.

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