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Post doctor position in Department of Maritime Studies (IMS)

Deadline: 09.10.2020

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

With about 16,000 students, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, spread out on five campuses Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord and Haugesund.

Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal.

The Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences (FØS) has three departments with about 120 employees and 2000 students at the campuses Bergen, Haugesund and Sogndal.

The Faculty is educating students to disciplinary courses and professional studies. The faculty offers education on bachelor-, master- and PhD level.

The Faculty has a close collaboration with the trade and industry in the whole region of HVL. This results in research collaboration and a wide portfolio to continuing and further education.

The various educational provision gives unique possibilities for collaborations between different subject areas and disciplines within the faculty, however, also with other faculties.

The Faculty of Business and Administrations (FØS) is organized with three departments and one research center:
- Department of Business Administration (IØA)
- Department of Social Sciences (ISV)
- Department of Maritime Studies (IMS)
- Maritime Research

Department of Maritime Studies (IMS) has educations on bachelor-, master- and PhD-level with a strong and active research environment. We have 23 permanent employees from different nations and collaborations with other universities both nationally and abroad. The department of Maritime Studies is located in Haugesund.

The research activity in the department is mainly linked to the research program MarSafe and the research center MarCATCH. The researchers in MarSafe and MarCATCH collaborates close with the industry, and have focus on the risk and safety in the maritime industry, with the aim on organisational and operational aspects in relation to risk and safety management.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences (FØS) has an available position as post doc in Department of Maritime Studies (IMS), campus Haugesund

About the position:

This position is a new initiative, conceived to strengthen the profile of the Faculty and the University. The position dovetails with other ongoing and planned research initiatives, including the HUMANE project, which is addressing the technical and organizational aspects of autonomous shipping, and the ambition to create a distributed Living Lab for maritime technology. The position as post doc is a temporary position available from 15.09.2020 - 14.09.2022.

Workplace is in campus Haugesund.

Key duties- and responsibilities:

  • Conceive, lead and support efforts to formulate, disseminate, test and institutionalize human-centered methods for design of future maritime systems of various degrees of autonomy
  • Develop, support and potentially lead team in research in human interaction, collaboration, and teaming with autonomous systems
  • Develop, support and potentially lead team in research in asymmetrical/uneven deployment of novel technology, and the interplay between 'new' and 'traditional' maritime operations
  • Conduct research, applying relevant methods within quantitative and qualitative studies, assess data, interpret and form conclusions
  • Work with academic, technical and industrial partner organizations to communicate research knowledge
  • Lead and support efforts to form international networks and consortia with the aim of developing and submitting EU applications for research funding in the field
  • Write scientific manuscripts and whitepapers summarizing results for conferences and peer-reviewed journals


  • Ph.D. Degree within the area Human Centered Design, Human Factors Engineering and Human Systems Engineering or similar
  • Multidisciplinary knowledge from academia and the maritime industry is key
  • Documented, in depth experience with applying human factors philosophy and human-centered design methods, academically as well as in maritime industrial settings
  • Experience within EU/international research
  • Skills in Project Management, including experience with international networks and research consortia

Other qualifications:

  • Expertise within the field of maritime electronics and digital systems (past, present and future), including their capabilities and limitations, as well as the applicable rules and regulations
  • Documented work experience with addressing rules and regulations, cooperation with government and regulatory authorities, ship owners and operators, classification societies, designers and academia
  • Excellent written and oral communication and marketing acumen; ability to articulate complex technical issues effectively and appropriately for a wide range of audiences and across multiple stakeholder groups

Personal skills:

  • Self-motivated, with the ability to work remotely, alone, in small and large groups, and among multiple discipline experts
  • Interest for motivating and inspiring others to participate in research and development

Application procedure:

To apply for this position, please use the link “Apply for this job” (“Søk stillingen”).

The applications will be assessed by the information entered in www.jobbnorge.no at the application deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date, including the scientific work (up to 15 pieces), complete publication list, certificates and diplomas. If the diplomas, transcripts or other documentation are not in a scandinavian language or English, the applicant must upload the certified transactions himself. If the attachments exceed 15 MB, they must be compressed before uploading or attaching as a link.

The applications will be sent electronically to the expert committee. Based on the committee's recommendation, qualified applicants will be invited to an interview and an trial lecture. Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

We offer:

  • Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence enhancement and development
  • Opportunities for training within the working hours

The position as post doc is paid according to the Government's salary regulation, in position code 1352 - postdoktor.

There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see http://www.spk.no/en for more information). The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

General information:

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State employees Law in Norway ("Lov om statens ansatte)". Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and gender composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds.

Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected. Applicants may be called in for an interview.


1) Professor Margareta Lützhöft, [email protected]

2) Head of department Johanne Marie Trovåg, [email protected]

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