The Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering has a vacancy for a
PhD position in Marine Plastic pollution
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The Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering has a vacancy for a
PhD position in the topic “Uncertainty management in operations and
stakeholder networks to handle marine litter”. The phd-position is connected
to an interdisciplinary project at NTNU Sustainability.
The Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering is located in Ålesund
and is known as one of Norway's most industry interactive campus. The
department conducts education and research in technology areas such as civil
engineering, water and environmental engineering, ship design and product and
system design, as well as nautical, shipping and shipping management and
maritime logistics. About 90 people are currently employed at the department.
Research Collaboration in Sustainability
In 2015, the 2030 agenda with the 17 sustainability goals was adopted by all
UN member states. The sustainability goals see the environment, economy and
social development in context. The time horizon for necessary changes is
short, and it is challenging to combine different considerations without
conflicts of objectives and unintended consequences of measures.
NTNU is now announcing 43 individual PhD positions that will contribute to a
greater understanding of system effects, societal changes and conflicts of
interest related to the sustainability challenges. These positions are divided
into 9 interdisciplinary projects with mainly 4-7 PhD positions in each
project (https: // www. ntnu.no/sustainability/calls).
In this position, the candidate is expected to cooperate with the other PhD
students in the project.
About the position
The position is one of five PhD positions connected to the NTNU Sustainability
project Combining skills to identify the "Sweet Spot" to solve marine plastic
pollution in Norway, an interdisciplinary initiative led by NTNU Ålesund. The
objective of the project is to bring forward outstanding research to build on
current activities at different departments at NTNU to investigate
transformative solutions to the marine plastic problem through circular
economy. The terminology “sweet spots” reflects the idea of using mutually
complementing knowledge systems to build a comprehensive picture of marine
plastic pollution in Norway and use this as a springboard for co-developing
interventions that are eco-effective.
Uncertainty management is increasingly critical as global challenges, like
marine plastic pollution in oceans, necessitate the emergence of new
stakeholder constellations and the restructuring of the operating environment
of many firms. This PhD research seeks to build empirically grounded new
knowledge that captures how theories from operations risk management,
decisions under uncertainty, and novel methodologies and data gathering
strategies, such as organizational network analysis, can aid organizations to
address new sources of uncertainties (risks and opportunities). The aim is
to stop marine plastic waste entering the ocean, and to increase the
circularity of marine plastics through reuse and reproduction. Both objectives
are best achieved when firms and external stakeholders (such as universities,
governmental bodies and the public) collaborate and share resources. The
characteristics of these relations can, for example, explain cooperation,
knowledge transfer, facilitating innovative ideas, risk behavior, support with
decision-making and cooperation. The PhD work builds on current activities at
NTNU to develop clusters and innovation networks for marine plastic waste
reuse and recycling, and will examine industry and stakeholder contexts on
both individual and network level.
For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education
up to an obtained doctoral degree.
The PhD will report to Head of department, project manager and supervisor.
Duties of the position
The PhD fellowship holder is expected to work on the project ‘Combining
skills to identify the "Sweet Spot" to solve marine plastic pollution in
He/she is expected to complete the necessary doctoral coursework.
Take part in SME engagement workshops, conduct semi-structured interviews
with key stakeholders, and combine quantitative and qualitative research
Conduct research, publish, and write publishable papers that constitute
the requirement for the PhD position.
Required selection criteria
You must have a professionally relevant background in Technology
Management/ Operations Management, Management of maritime operations,
Decision Making under Uncertainty, or equivalent education.
Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme,
where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and
an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent
education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading
scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must
have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade
background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are
particularly suitable for a PhD education.
You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral
program (https: // www. ntnu.edu/studies/phiv)
The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the
degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in
artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and
Preferred selection criteria
Statistical and analytical skills
Ability to use software programming and modelling packages
Good written and oral English and Norwegian or other Scandinavian language
Ability to work independently and in team
Ability to engage in multi-disciplinary team
Ability to carry out projects will be given special weight.
exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic
an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
Salary and conditions
PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at
gross from NOK 491 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and
seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian
Public Service Pension Fund.
The period of employment is 3 years.
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD
programme in engineering. (https: // www. ntnu.edu/studies/phiv) within three
months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme
during the employment period.
The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to
Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates
who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with
the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.
After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of
The position is subject to external funding.
It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution
About the application
The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the
assessment must be in English.
Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please
note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available
on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows
clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out
The application must include:
CV, certificates and diplomas
transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have
not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the
master's thesis has been submitted.
A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your
master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a
completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
Name and address of three referees
If you have publications or other relevant research work
If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to
attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both
bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education.
Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already
have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.
Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your
contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your
In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be
placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities.
Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the
NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality
according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.
Working at NTNU
A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified
candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or
The city of Ålesund , with its population of 50 000, will provide you with
plenty of opportunities to explore a region of Norway that is famous for its
beautiful scenery with high mountains and blue fjords. Ålesund itself, with
its Art Nouveau architecture, is by many considered to be the most beautiful
city in Norway! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools,
kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the
As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the
development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are
In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name,
age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested
not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Hajnalka Vaagen,
email Hajnalka.firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about the recruitment
process, please contact Nelly Ann Longva, e-mail: email@example.com.
Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV,
diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be
considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master
Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide
confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).
If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of
transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number
IV-224/21 when applying.
Application deadline: 07.01.2022.
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Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering
We aim to be a hub of international knowledge and innovation in maritime
operations. This involves education and research on the design of ships and
marine equipment as well as on the operation of vessels. Maritime operations
integrate technology, human factors and business. The interfaces between these
areas often spark inspiration for innovation and new solutions. The Department
of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering is one of eight departments in the
Faculty of Engineering.
7th January 2022
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