PhD position in Risk Analysis for Industry 4.0


Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)


Trondheim, Norway


Faculty of Engineering Science ( at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for one PhD position at Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (

Information about the department
The PhD candidate will be affiliated with the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MTP), RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintenance, and Safety) group ( The overall mission of the
RAMS group is to contribute to safer, more productive and more sustainable industry, transport and society.
The PhD project will also benefit from an interdisciplinary environment, because part of an initiative for stable collaboration with the Department of Electronic Systems (Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering).

Work description
Recurring major accidents in industry have shown inadequate assessment of system risk due to lack of monitoring and motivated the development of innovative approaches for Dynamic Risk Analysis (DRA).
Today’s technologies from industry 4.0 allow for a major step forward within DRA. wireless sensor networks, cyber-physical systems, internet of things, cloud computing and machine learning are the most appealing solutions for collection and decision in monitoring applications.
The main goals of the PhD candidate will be:
(i) Providing a unifying framework for DRA in industry 4.0;
(ii) Exploiting data fusion and machine learning for real-time risk evaluation.
Although the resulting methodologies will be general and might be applied to a wide range of application contexts, the project will focus on scenarios that are relevant for process industry.
The position is awarded for a period of 3 years.

A master's degree with an average grade B or better as measured in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) grades, or an education at the equivalent level is required. Masters in RAMS, Chemical Engineering, Applied mathematics and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are welcome. A research-oriented master thesis within one of these areas is expected. Programming and modeling skills are welcome.

Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken. 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.

In extraordinary circumstances, formal documentation of language skills can be relinquished. In such cases the candidate’s language skills will be assessed in a personal interview.

Conditions of appointment:
PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at wage level 50, gross NOK 430 200 before tax. There will be a 2 % deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.
Engagement as a PhD Candidate is done in accordance with “Regulation concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident”, given by the Ministry of Education and Research of 19.07.2010. The goal of the positions is to obtain a PhD degree. Applicants will engage in an organized PhD training program, and appointment requires approval of the applicants plan for a PhD study within three months from the date of commencement. See for more information.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government's policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Women are encouraged to apply.
According to the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the list of applicants.
Applications must contain information of educational background and work experience, reference person(s), CV, possible publications and other scientific works, certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. In addition a project description of 1-2 pages including a short presentation of the motivation for a PhD study, how the applicant sees his/her background suitable, the applicant’s view of research challenges within the area of the PhD position and how the competence of the applicant can contribute to solve these challenges.

For more information about the position, please contact Nicola Paltrinieri or Pierluigi Salvo Rossi:

Applications and attachments have to be submitted electronically through Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.
Mark the application with IV 66/17.

Anticipated commencement: Fall 2017, in agreement with the Department
Application deadline: 15 March 2017

Contact Name

Nicola Paltrinieri

Contact E-mail