Postdoctoral Fellow in mathematical modelling and control of multirotor UAV

Deadline: November 12, 2018

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is the world's northernmost university with 3,500 employees and 16,000 students. The Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology educates and conducts research and dissemination within Engineering Science and Technology. Our goal is to develop future industry, business and society, with a particular focus on The High North. The faculty has approximately 200 employees in five departments and three administrative sections.

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The Department of Electrical Engineering has a Postdoctoral Fellow position vacant. The position is attached to the research group Electromechanical systems.

The position of Postdoctoral Fellow is a fixed term position for a period of two years. The main objective of the appointment as a post-doctoral research fellow is to qualify for work in senior academic position. No one may be appointed to more than one fixed term period as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the same institution.

Further information about the position is available by contacting professor Raymond Kristiansen, +4776966196, [email protected].

The position’s affiliation

The position is affiliated with the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology (IVT) at UiT Narvik, Department of Electrical Engineering (IET), research group on Electromechanical systems. The research activities of the group are aimed at power and energy systems, electronics and communications, as well as advanced control, and (coordinated) motion control of rotating systems. Further information about the research activities can be found here.

The position’s field of research/field of work

The position is related to an ongoing project on use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), specifically multirotors for shore-to-ship and ship-to-ship transportation of cargo. The field of research for the position is mathematical modelling and advanced control of multirotor UAVs in general, with a special focus on research problems related to landing and take-off on moveable platforms, as well as autonomous operation of multirotor UAVs with suspended cargo loads.

Qualification requirements

For appointment as Postdoctoral Fellow, the applicant requires:

  • Norwegian doctoral degree in the subject area concerned or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognised as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree

When applying for a Postdoctoral Fellowship, the applicant shall submit a project proposal for the qualifying work. This proposal shall include a progress plan. It is required that the applicant will be able to complete the project during the period of appointment. The successful candidate should be enthusiastic and highly motivated and be willing to work both independently and with other researchers. Good oral and written English skills are important.

Further, applicants must be able to document teaching qualifications in the form of documented practical competence as a teacher, university-level teaching seminars, other teaching education or through having developed a teaching portfolio, refer to the website about teacher training courses.

We seek applicants with relevant competence within fields such as nonlinear systems and control theory, attitude parameterization and rotational control applications, as well as guidance, navigation and (coordinated) control of unmanned aerial vehicles. Candidates with a PhD in control engineering or similar are preferable.

Emphasis is attached to personal suitability.

Working conditions

The working hours shall primarily be utilised for research, research-related activities and research administration. The position will also include some academic duties such as teaching and supervision of bachelor and master students at the department.

The successful applicant must be willing to engage himself/herself in the ongoing development of his/her discipline and the university as a whole.

The remuneration for this position 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 applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee’s mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants’ qualifications based on the written material presented by the applicants, and the detailed description drawn up for the position.

The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position. A trial lecture may also be held.

The Arctic University of Norway wishes to increase the proportion of females in research positions. In the event that two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.


The application must be submitted electronically via the application form available on and shall include:

  • letter of application
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • diplomas and references
  • form for documentation of teaching qualifications
  • list of works and description of these. The list of works shall contain the following information:
    • author(s), the work’s title
    • for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
    • for publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages
  • academic works: The applicant may submit up to ten works that are central to his/her production. The applicant’s doctoral thesis is regarded in this context as one work.
  • In addition, the applicant shall provide a description of his/her production stating which works he/she considers the most important and which shall therefore be the main emphasis of the assessment. A brief description of the other listed works shall also be included to demonstrate depth of production.

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

Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted by the stipulated deadline.


Applicants shall also refer to the Supplementary regulations for appointment to postdoktor (Postdoctoral Fellow), stipendiat (PhD) and vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) positions at UiT and to the Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for posts of postdoktor (Postdoctoral Fellow), stipendiat (PhD), vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) and spesialistkandidat (Resident).(In Norwegian only)

Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.

UiT has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age, gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.

UiT is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.

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

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