Senior Researcher in Expandable Multi-imaging Underwater Acquisition Systems

Oslo Metropolitan University
December 11, 2022
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Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Department of Mechanical,

Electronics and Chemical Engineering

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway's third largest university, with nearly 22,000 students and 2,200 employees. Through the students we educate and the research we produce, the university has a direct impact on society, both in Norway and beyond.

The university has two campuses, one in central Oslo and another a short distance from the city in the municipality of Lillestrøm.

OsloMet is home to some of Norway's largest and oldest educational programmes, including degree programmes in nursing, engineering and teacher education. The university is also a hub of research and technological innovation aimed at strengthening and sustaining the Norwegian welfare state.

The Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD) offers higher education and research and development (R&D) activities within technical subjects, arts and design. The Faculty has approximately 4.000 students and 400 staff members and is situated at Pilestredet Campus in downtown Oslo and at Kjeller Campus in Viken.

The Department of Mechanical, Electronic and Chemical Engineering (MEK) is one out of five departments at TKD. The department offers three bachelor's degree programmes and a master's degree programme in Electrical Engineering, in addition to research and development activities. The department has approximately 35 staff members, 10 PhD students, and 800 students.

There is a vacancy for a 100% full-time position as Senior Researcher at the Department of Mechanical, Electronic and Chemical Engineering in underwater robotics and subsea imaging systems to work as part of the EU funded project ANERIS. The position is temporary for 22 months, with a possibility for extension, with a start date during the first quarter of 2023.

The ANERIS project (operAtional seNsing lifE technologies for maRIne ecosystemS) is led by ICM-CSIC in Spain and includes 26 international research and industrial partners. The project proposes to develop the next generation of scientific instrumentation tools and methods for sensing marine life. The design of the new instruments and methods will integrate different types of marine life-sensing technologies: genomics, imaging-bio optics, and participatory sciences. The technologies will be implemented in a codesign framework, involving all the interested stakeholders: academia, industry, civil society, and government. The project proposes the concept of Operational Marine Biology (OMB), understood, as a biodiversity information system for systematic and long-term routine measurements of the ocean and coastal life, and their rapid interpretation and dissemination. OsloMet is co-leading one of the project work packages and will be responsible for the development of an Expandable Multi-imaging Underwater Acquisition System (EMUAS). This is a low cost cabled underwater camera system that will allow to obtain real-time video images of underwater sites and is used to automatically generate marine biology and environmental data information. The system will be tested and demonstrated in OsloMet Oceanlab and in two test sites in Spain (OBSEA) and Ireland (SmartBay).

Read more about the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design and the Department of Mechanical, Electronic and Chemical Engineering here: https: // www. oslomet.no/en/about/tkd/mek

Read more about our research groups and the OsloMet Oceanlab here: Research and development - OsloMet - Robots to the rescue: Exploring the Oslo Fjord with autonomous vehicles - OsloMet

Your main duties and areas of responsibility will be to
  • Carry out research and development work in the framework of EU project ANERIS
  • Be responsible for the development of an Expandable Multi-imaging Underwater Acquisition System (EMUAS). This includes mechanical and electronic design, manufacturing and testing
  • Supervise at bachelor's and master's level, and, if relevant, on continuing and further education programmes
  • Be in contact with the professional field
  • Carry out academic-administrative tasks
  • Disseminate research both to academic communities and to society in general
  • Participate in the development of large-scale research projects and applications for external funding together with colleagues in the academic community
  • Participate in research collaborations with national and international partners
  • Qualification requirements
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Robotics or equivalent field
  • Documented experience in the development, manufacturing, and testing of underwater robotics systems
  • Good oral and written presentation skills in English are required.
  • General criteria for appointment to teaching and research positions are set out in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts.

    In the assessment and ranking of qualified applicants, emphasis will be

    placed on

  • Research and development work of relevance to the position
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with the design of underwater robotic systems, servo-mechanisms, pressure housings, high pressure sealings
  • Experience of participation in research networks and externally funded projects
  • Potential for project acquisition
  • Experience of teaching and supervision at bachelor's and master's degree level
  • Digital proficiency
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate well with students and colleagues
  • Personal qualities that make a positive contribution to the working environment
  • It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to make adaptations to the workplace where required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have had periods where you have not been in employment, education or training.

    Application process

    You will be assessed by an Expert Committee. You must upload the following documents with the application within the application deadline:

  • Application letter
  • CV, reference letters and all pages of certificates/diplomas
  • Complete publication list
  • Up to 10 scientific works with an overview
  • 2 references with contact information
  • We only process applications sent via our electronic recruitment system and all documents must be uploaded for your application to be processed. The documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be authorised. Originals and ID must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document checks to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact hrtkd@oslomet.no

    Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. Before submitting the application documents to the Expert Committee, all applications will be reviewed by the faculty, and applicants who do not meet the formal qualification requirements will not be submitted for assessment.

    OsloMet has adhered to the principles in the DORA declaration (sfdora.org/read/) and obliged the institution to follow the recommendations in this declaration.

    We offer
  • An exciting job opportunity at Norway's third largest and most urban university
  • Participation in research groups in a creative and inspiring academic community
  • Time for profession-oriented research and development work
  • Loan and pension arrangements with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (spk.no/en/)
  • Beneficial welfare schemes and a wide range of sports and cultural offers
  • Free Norwegian language classes to employees and their partners/spouses
  • Workplace in downtown Oslo with multiple cultural offers
  • Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway (oslomet.no/en/work)

    The salary for the position is in accordance with the Basic Collective Agreement for state employees and OsloMet's pay policy for Researcher position code 1109 i.e. NOK 553 500 – 714 000 per year. A higher salary may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants.

    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 OsloMet.

    Other information

    If you would like more information about the position, feel free to contact:

  • Head of Research Tore Gimse, tlf +4793058720
  • Professor Alex Alcocer, tlf +4767238843
  • If you would like to apply for the position, you must do so electronically through our recruitment system.

    Deadline for applications: 11.12.2022 Ref.: 22/07541

    OsloMet is a Charter & Code certified institution by the EU Commisson holding the right to use the logo HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R). OsloMet is a member of the EURAXESS network supporting a positive work environment for researchers in motion.

    OsloMet has signed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). DORA recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.

    Type of employment Temporary position

    Contract type Full time Salary In accordance with the Basic Collective Agreement for state employees and OsloMet's pay policy Number of positions 1 Full-time equivalent 100% City Oslo County Oslo Country Norway Reference number 22/07541 Contact

  • Tore Gimse, +4793058720
  • Alex Alcocer, +4767238843
  • Published 08.Nov.2022 Last application date 11.Dec.2022 11:59 PM CET

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