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PhD candidate in Robotic Vision for Robotic Welding of Large Aluminium Structures

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    NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Computer science
    EngineeringMechanical engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    07/06/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Trondheim

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate at Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

The PhD position is in the Robotics and Automation group. The research group has a large robot laboratory with a wide range of robots, robotic tools and vision systems, and includes computer solutions based on ROS, industrial protocols and Industry 4.0. The research benefits from a synergy between the manufacturing industry with its strong focus on cost effective operations, and the offshore and maritime industries with high-value products in small batches. The scholarship is one of four PhD scholarships financed by a project on robotic welding of large aluminium structures, where the objective is to combine geometric data from CAD with  robotic vision for efficient planning and execution of robotic welding. The project is a KPN project funded by the Research Council of Norway and the industrial partners, which are Hydro, Leirvik, Norsk Aluminium and Digitread.   


The position reports to Professor Olav Egeland

Main duties and responsibilities

  • The candidate will work on robotic vison for tracking of weld seams, and for trajectory planning and online adjustment of multi-pass welding operations.  
  • The solutions will be implemented in the robot laboratory of the department, which includes state-of-the-art robots, vision systems, laser scanners and welding equipment.
  • The focus will be on geometric methods for computer vison and laser scanning in combination with methods for the determination of weld seam features. The handling of highly reflective aluminium surfaces will be important.

Qualification requirements

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in Robotics, Computer Vision and Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent education, with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

Other qualifications

  • The candidate should be proficient in kinematics and geometric methods for industrial robots and robot vision systems, and the development of software for such systems.
  • Experience with ROS, OpenCV, Matlab, Python, and C++ is desired
  • Good written and oral English, and preferably Norwegian, language skills


Personal characteristics

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Good English communication skills, both oral and written
  • Positive attitude and interested in teamwork

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

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Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years without required duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD Program in Engineering: https://www.ntnu.edu/iv/phd-information

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

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 criterias 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 work.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent, NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life (http://trondheim.com/). Having a population of 200 000, Trondheim is a small city by international standards with low crime rates and little pollution. It also has easy access to a beautiful countryside with mountains and a dramatic coastline.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Olav Egeland, email: olav.egeland@ntnu.no 

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via www.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): http://www.chsi.com.cn/en/). Pakistan applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from https://www.hec.gov.pk/english/pages/home.aspx.

Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number IV-180/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 7 June 2019

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