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PhD position in marine underwater hyperspectral imaging

A PhD position is available at the Department of Biology, preferably starting 15 June 2017. The appointment has a duration of 3 years with the possibility of until 1-year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department. (To undertake the teaching duties it is a requirement that the candidate speaks Norwegian or another Scandinavian language).

The position is part of Center of Excellence Autonomous Marine Operations and systems (CeO AMOS) activity. Workplace will be at Trondhjem biological station (TBS).

Information about the department

The strategy of the Department of Biology is to understand biological processes of life to preserve the environment. The current research fields at the Department include aquaculture, ethology, evolutionary biology, environmental toxicology, plant and animal physiology, marine biology, molecular biology, natural resource management and general ecology.

Further information about the department can be found at http://www.ntnu.edu/biology

Job description

The primary goal of this PhD project is to use Underwater Hyperspectral Imagery (UHI) to generate new knowledge with respect to underwater habitats and bio-diversity.

The PhD position will have the responsibility to perform UHI measurements on underwater platforms to identify, map and monitoring selected habitats and taxa of interest. The measurements will be performed in concert with NTNU AMOS and Applied Underwater Robotics Laboratory (AUR-Lab) cruise activity with RV Gunnerus. There may also be cruises/field work abroad.

The PhD candidate will be a part of the NTNU AUR-Lab and AMOS PhD student team (currently 92 PhD students) and will work cross-disciplinary using enabling technology for marine science applications.


We seek a candidate that is motivated and able to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration, have good communication and networking skills and, are proactive and forthcoming, and able to work independently if needed.

The candidate will need to have knowledge in basic ocean optics and expertise in underwater hyperspectral imaging “hands on use” with respect to use of UHI instrumentation and software (MSc level). Further, use of the hyperspectral imaging software ENVI and interpretation of optical fingerprints is essential.

You will have the following qualifications:

  • MSc in marine biology, with depth knowledge/skills in underwater hyperspectral imaging, bio-optics, pigment-chemotaxonomy and multivariate statistical analysis.
  • Experienced in both laboratory and cruise work, ability to use new sensors: Hard- and software, implementation on platforms with following interpretation of data. 
  • Curiosity for the unknown.

In addition, programming skills in R, MatLab or similar programs will be a benefit, as well as experience in instrument development, optics, statistics, and fieldwork/work on research vessels.

The regulations for PhD programmes at NTNU state that a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best) for the two last years of the MSc is required. Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

Terms of employment

The appointment of the PhD fellows will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. Applicants must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the appointment and have to be qualified for the PhD-study.

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

The position as PhD is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Geir Johnsen, Department of biology, NTNU, Tel. +47 9189 7027, E-mail: geir.johnsen@ntnu.no

Further information about the Department can be found at http://www.ntnu.edu/biology

The application

Applications with CV, certificates from both Bachelor and Master, possible publications and other scientific works, certified copies of transcripts (certified copies of documentation on English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) ) and reference letters should be submitted.

The application should include:

  • Project proposition (0.5-2 pages) indicating how the applicant envisages her/his contribution within the project
  • CV (including list of publications and relevant former positions)
  • Certified copies Bachelor & Master degrees, transcripts
  • Short statement from a former supervisor/tutor/teacher
  • Contact information for two references (including email addresses and telephone number)
  • English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position: NV-77/17

Application deadline: 1 June 2017

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