PhD Position within Maritime Simulation and Pedagogical Method

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 14 Sep 2021

About the position

We have a vacant PhD position for research related to the topic:

Becoming a professional through simulation-based training

The announced PhD project is part of a larger research project, Professional education, and simulation-based training (PROSIM). PROSIM is a comparative study of simulation-based practices in maritime, health and biomedical laboratory science education. To prepare students for entering the workplace, professional education in these fields requires practical as well as theoretical training. On this educational path, the students need to acquire not only the technical skills, but also start learning about the social and cultural codes of professional practice, such as models of hierarchy, communication practice, social roles, and the subtle understanding of division of labor. Simulations can provide a unique opportunity to prepare and assess students in a risk-free environment, that can contextualize training in work relevant technical and social scenarios. PROSIM draws on situated, distributed and socio-cultural theories to study professional learning in everyday simulation practice.

The PhD will contribute to our understanding of the relationship between professional education and the professional fields the students are training to become part of, emphasizing the use of simulation-based training to prepare the candidates. The candidate should have primary focus on simulation in maritime education. The comparative ambition of PROSIM will be attended to by comparing choices in maritime education with the practices in the other two fields, opening for an outside perspective on taken for granted premises within its own field. The applicant should frame their project to fit within one, or a combination of, these identified overall questions: 

  • How do the different social, material, and cultural premises for simulation-based training shape the simulation activities in maritime, health science and biomedical laboratory science?
  • How are simulations used to bridge theory and professional practice in the different fields?
  • How are the simulation experience connected to the specific professional practices which students are training for?
  • In what ways do simulations in different fields prepare students for their future professional life?

The applicant should develop the project proposal according to the attached template   and is encouraged to contact the supervision team for more information and for input on the proposal, and the formulation of relevant research questions. The applicant must show in the project proposal how the project is anchored theoretically in the use of simulation in education. The project proposal must state how the candidate intends to proceed in order to collect empirical data and include privacy and ethical considerations. The research proposal should also consider the methodical and comparative ambitions of the project.

You will report to Head of department.

Duties of the position

PROSIM is an interdisciplinary research project, with strong emphasis on interdisciplinary dialogue. The candidate is expected to participate actively in the research group and visit the campus of the other participating partners in Gothenburg and USN during the project.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in the maritime or social-science field
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level 
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education. 
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program ( ) 

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants  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

  • Previous experience in studying work and/or learning in complex socio-technical domains
  • Interest in, or experience of, the maritime domain and particularly within nautical operations
  • Previous experience with studies using qualitative studies, preferably video interaction analysis
  • Potential for publishing research at an international level
  • Keen interest in the wider context of own research, and an ability to engage in cross-disciplinary teams
  • Good written and oral English and Scandinavian language skills  

Personal characteristics

  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in team
  • Strong analytical skills

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 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 in 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 applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include: 

  • CV, certificates and diplomas 
  • 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. 
  • A research proposal (5 pages), briefly explaining the background and preliminary research methodology of the project (e.g. what are the main research questions and how you want to address them).
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 works)
  • Name and address of three referees 

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.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief 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

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

The city of Ålesund, with its population of 50 000, will provide you with plenty of opportunities to explore a region of Norway that is famous for its beautiful scenery with high mountains and blue fjords. Ålesund itself, with its Art Nouveau architecture, is by many considered to be the most beautiful city in Norway! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

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.

In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Marte Fanneløb Giskeødegård, telephone +4792268391, email . Charlott Sellberg (University of Gothenburg) and Aud Wahl (NTNU) will also be part of the PhD supervision team.  If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Siri Schulerud, e-mail: .

Please submit your application electronically via 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) .

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number IV-171/21 when applying.

Application deadline:14.09.21

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering

We aim to be a hub of international knowledge and innovation in maritime operations. This involves education and research on the design of ships and marine equipment as well as on the operation of vessels. Maritime operations integrate technology, human factors and business. The interfaces between these areas often spark inspiration for innovation and new solutions. The Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering  is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 14th September 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Ålesund
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service NTNU i Ålesund

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