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SINTEF Digital supplies research-based expertise and technology for the development of systems, products and services in the fields of micro and sensor systems, monitoring and communication systems and information systems and numerical modelling software. We operate a modern micro-/nanolaboratory (MiNaLab) that is among the world’s leading laboratories in the development and small-scale production of radiation sensors.
SINTEF Digital leverer forskningsbasert kompetanse og teknologi for utvikling av systemer, produkter og tjenester innenfor feltene «mikro og sensorsystemer», «overvåkings- og kommunikasjonssystemer» og «informasjonssystemer og beregningsorientert programvare». SINTEF Digital har et moderne mikro-/nanolaboratorium (MiNaLab) som er et av verdens ledende laboratorier innen utvikling og småskalaproduksjon av strålingssensorer.
SINTEF Digital is searching for
Postdoctoral fellowship candidate

The position’s field of research/research project 
Postdoctoral position: Intelligent monitoring of drilling operations in sensitive environments 
About the project: 
INDORSE is a researcher project financed by the PETROMAKS2 programme of the Norwegian Research Council. The project is a collaboration between SINTEF Ocean, SINTEF Digital, NTNU Department of Engineering Cybernetics and the Center of Excellence of Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (NTNU-AMOS), and focuses on the spatial and temporal dynamics of particle dispersal from oil drilling, and methods and technology for observing the ecosystem. To adequately sample the local environment, this project calls for a swarm of autonomous mobile measurement platforms (including Autonomous Underwater Vehicles or AUVs) equipped with sensors measuring current, hydrography and suspended particle content utilizing adaptive sampling strategies. The interaction between the AUVs and a shore/ship-based decision support system requires acoustic communication. INDORSE aims to achieve its objectives through 1) analyzing the dynamics of the dispersal of drill cuttings and how to observe it, 2) utilizing state-of-the-art mathematical models of the process, 3) analyzing the feasibility and quality of acoustic communication between AUVs and installations, and 4) developing, testing and demonstrating key elements of the monitoring system. The project will employ a PhD student dedicated to system analysis, sampling theory and the establishment of technology requirements, and a post.doc researcher with focus on technological solutions including fully autonomous control for sampling. 
The postdoctoral candidate will contribute to the project within the following areas: 
  • Responsibility for tests and demonstrations: There will at least be two field tests during the project, and one of the field campaigns will be run in Frænfjorden, which has an active deposition site for mine tailings with a particle size distribution very similar to that of cutting from oil. The postdoctoral will be the main responsible for coordination and implementation of the field works. 
  • System and sensor integration: Sensors for oceanographic variables (may include current, temperature, salinity, pressure, turbulent kinetic energy) compatible with the AUV technology need to be identified. A sensor package suitable for measuring suspended particles must be identified and adapted for this application. This includes sensors to be used onboard the AUV, but also larger instruments on buoyed platform. Enable data communication and logging. 
  • Sampling theory: Adaptive sampling strategies for drilling scenarios, focusing on what features need to be observed at which spatial resolution to observe the system. Use of simplified models through machine learning, and optimization based methods for path planning to maximise expected information value from measurements. Establish methods to find optimal sampling strategies. 
  • Technology requirements: Establish methods to calculate the demands put by the system to be observed on the number of observation platforms, their performance and their sensor packages. 
Qualification requirements: Successful applicants must have a doctoral degree in control engineering, cybernetics, marine technology, applied mathematics/statistics or a similar discipline, with strong skills in one or more areas such as system theory, adaptive sampling and estimation, mathematical modelling, and instrumentation/navigation. The applicant should be experienced in robotic system integration, and is expected to have great organizational skills such as the ability to plan, coordinate resources and meet deadlines.  Applicants are required to justify their candidateship by explicitly explaining their personal motivation and academic aptitude (general applications will not be considered).  
Academic results, publications, relevant specialization, work or research experience, personal qualifications, and motivation will be considered when evaluating the applicants. 
The research of this project has civilian objectives. However, equipment restricted by export licenses and ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) is being used in this research area. Applicants that are citizens of Norway, NATO countries, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, or Sweden are eligible. Other applicants should provide evidence of eligibility to use such equipment for their application to be considered. 
Excellent English skills, written and spoken, are required. Applicants from non-European countries where English is not the official language must present an official language test report. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are: 
TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)  
IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted) 
CAE/CPE: grade B or A. 
Formal regulations: 
Must have a doctoral degree within a relevant area. 
We offer: 
Challenging applied research tasks. 
A good work environment with skillful, experienced, and creative research colleagues. 
Well-established national and international scientific and industrial networks. 
A large degree of autonomy, and flexible working hours. 
Social benefits (pension plan, insurance, possibility for kindergarten, etc.). 
The successful candidate will be appointed for a period of 2 years, with possible extension to a permanent position if all parties are interested. 
Contact persons will be Esten Ingar Grøtli (, Tor Nordam ( ) and Professor Tor Arne Johansen ( . 
How to apply:  
Please apply online by clicking "apply". Applicants are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree. 
The application with a CV and certified copies of diplomas and certificates must be sent electronically with information about education and relevant experience (all in one combined PDF file).  

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Esten Ingar Grøtli 
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+47 920 99 036

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