PhD and Postdoc Research Fellowships in Cybernetics Engineering, Norway

Deadline: 8 August 2011
Open to:  MSc degrees in engineering cybernetics/control engineering or similar,  or MSc degree in petroleum engineering, multiphase flow modeling or similar
Scholarship: For PhD position- NOK 391 100 (gross) ; For Postdoc position- NOK 455 900 (gross)


Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering together with Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology of Norwegian University of science and technology (NTNU) offer 4 PhD research fellowship positions and 1 post doc position are vacant within the research project “Intelligent drilling – automated underbalanced drilling operations”, funded by the Norwegian Research Council and Statoil ASA. The PhD scholars and Post Doc will work on challenging research problems in an active research team at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics and the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics, NTNU, in close interaction with researchers from Statoil and International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS), and with extensive international cooperation.

The main research objective is to develop intelligent closed-loop control concepts for improved safety and efficiency of offshore underbalanced drilling operations (UBD). UBD with complete control over borehole hydraulics will be an enabling technology for getting access to reserves in mature fields which are unreachable with conventional drilling technologies. Moreover, such UBD technology will provide a number of other enhancements in safety and efficiency of drilling operations.
Relevant research themes are :

* Holistic automated pressure and flow control for underbalanced drilling
* Two-phase flow modeling, estimation and control in underbalanced drilling
* Autonomous and adaptive control and observer designs for underbalanced drilling
* Fault detection, and fault tolerant and robust control for underbalanced drilling
* Well control and barriers in automated UBD wells
* Modeling and control of slugging in UBD wells


For the PhD scholarships: Required backgrounds for the PhD-positions are MSc degrees in engineering cybernetics/control engineering or similar, or MSc degree in petroleum engineering, multiphase flow modeling or similar. The applicants should indicate which theme(s) they are interested in. Solid scientific qualifications, relevant MSc research topics, motivation and personal qualities are important.

It is a prerequisite that the PhD scholar applies for and is granted admission to the NTNU PhD studies as soon as possible after employment. NTNUs PhD-rules require 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). 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.

For the Post Doc position: Applicants must have a PhD in engineering cybernetics/control engineering or similar, or a PhD in petroleum engineering on topics closely related to automated drilling. For applicants with a control background, specialization in automated drilling systems is advantageous. Documented scientific qualifications, relevant PhD research topics and personal qualities are important.

Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document a TOEFL score of 600 or higher.
The application must include information about education, exams and earlier experience. Certified copies of certificates and diplomas must be enclosed. Relevant scientific works should be submitted. Joint works will be taken into account. In cases where it is difficult to determine the applicant’s contribution, a short note of explanation should be supplied.


The PhD scholarships are offered for a period of 3 years, while the post doctoral position will be offered for a period up to 3 years.

PhD positions– the position is placed in salary code 1017, which currently corresponds to a yearly gross income of NOK 391 100 (pay scale level 48). From this 2 % will be deducted for mandatory membership in the National Pension Fund.

Postdoc position– Postdoc fellowships are placed in salary code 1352, salary level 57 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 455 900 per annum of which 2 % is deducted for State Pension scheme.

How to Apply

Applications are to be submitted electronically through this page.  In order to apply, you need to register on the webpage linked above. Aattachments in one file are preffered.
Applications should be marked: IME 028-2011, and in addition you have to state for which position it is applied for. The deadline for the application is 8 August 2011.


Professor Lars Imsland
e-mail: [email protected]

The full information kit about this fellowships offer can be found here.

The Official Website

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