PhD Candidate in Earth Sensing

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Apr 2024

21 Mar 2024
Job Information

Research Field

Environmental science
Researcher Profile

Leading Researcher (R4)

Application Deadline

15 Apr 2024 - 00:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

About the job

The Centre for Geophysical Forecasting (CGF) at NTNU has a vacancy for a PhD position in the field of Earth Sensing. The CGF is a centre for research-driven innovation and is funded by the research council of Norway and industry partners. Our goal is to become a world-leading research and innovation hub for the geophysical sciences, creating innovative new products and services in earth sensing and forecasting domains. Novel use of geophysical sensing data is an important part of this research and will be applied here to improve our understanding of CO₂ migration and retention and in rock systems with contrasting tectonic stress states.

The overall research goal for this PhD position is to gain insights into the nature of long-term CO₂ migration and retention, by looking at natural CO₂ fluxes in a transect from the mid-Atlantic Ridge to the Norwegian continental margin. Using global and local earthquake detection networks supplemented by fibre-optic sensing of seismicity, the candidate will build seismic strain models for a transect from Iceland to Norway for the present period and compare this to the tectonic history of the region, using multi-scale assessments of CO₂ migration in stress-sensitive rock models. A major focus will be on statistical analysis of seismicity data from multiple detection systems (seismometers and FO cables). Other key research tasks include analysis of CO₂ emissions data from natural volcanic systems, including use of isotope and satellite data. Stress-sensitive flow models of CO₂ transport along faults and fractures and analysis of geomechanical datasets from planned CO₂ storage sites offshore Norway will be used to apply the insights gained from earth sensing datasets.

The immediate leader and supervisor is Professor Philip Ringrose.

Duties of the position

  • The candidate will mainly work on innovative research in the field of long-term CO₂ migration and retention, resulting in at least two, ideally three, peer-reviewed Journal papers.
  • The candidate will work at the CGF premises at NTNU in Trondheim as part of our team of leading researchers, interacting with industry partners and research institutes, and developing innovative concepts.
  • The candidate will present ongoing research at key national and international seminars and conferences.

Required selection criteria

  • Candidates must have a relevant background in earth science, with a good grounding in geophysics, remote sensing and data analysis.
  • Candidates must have a Master’s degree in earth/planetary science or applied geoscience, and we will include students who expect to complete their Master degree studies by summer 2024.
  • Applicants must satisfy the requirements for entering the PhD program at NTNU .
  • The admission to PhD education at NTNU requires an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best) for the last two years of the MSc degree, and C or higher for the BSc degree.
  • MSc students who expect to complete their Master degree studies by summer 2024 are encouraged to apply. Employment will then start when the MSc degree is completed.
  • Applicants who are not fluent in a Scandinavian language must document a thorough knowledge of English (equivalent to a TOEFL score of 600 or more).
  • The CGF work with data that are subject to export control. The appointments are to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, PostDoc and research assistant.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level.
  • The position will be based in the Department of Electronic Systems, within the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate  and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant 

Preferred selection criteria

  • Candidates also need to show a keen interest in multidisciplinary scientific research and innovation.
  • Some knowledge of geology, tectonics, geochemistry and remote sensing will be an advantage.
  • Candidate should ideally demonstrate good written and oral English language skills.

Personal characteristics

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education and experience, as well as personal suitability for this position which includes:

  • Willingness to learn new fields in a multidisciplinary research environment.
  • Strong implementation skills, including programming knowledge.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Drive to transition research results into innovative products and services.
  • Self-motivated, ambitious, resilient, resourceful, result-oriented, and independent.
  • Excellent writing skills, capable of synthesizing and expressing complex ideas clearly.
  • Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment  with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 532 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme within the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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 criteria 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.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include:

  • CV and certificates.
  • A motivational cover letter.
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Name and contact information of three referees.
  • Where relevant copies of publications or other relevant research work

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here . If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

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

General information

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.  

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation . You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Philip Ringrose: [email protected] . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Helene Alnes Vedlog: [email protected]

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.  

Application deadline: 15.04.24

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Questions about the position

Philip Ringrose:
[email protected]

Deadline 15th April 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Høgskoleringen 1, 7491 Trondheim

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