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Investigating circular manufacturing by using digital technologies

  • // Norway
  • University/Institute Name Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU)
  • University/Institute Name Department of Manufacturing & Civil Engineering
  • Attendance Type On Campus
  • Position Duration3 years
  • Position Funding Type
  • Application deadlineExpired

Position Details (PhD Program)

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

You will be part of a research group investigating circular manufacturing can be enabled by using digital technologies.

You will be part of the recent research project, CIRMAN an international cooperation project with India and Japan financed by the Norwegian Research Council.

The partners are the National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Waseda University, Institute of Technology in Hyderabad, SFI Manufacturing and SFI NORCICS.

You will report to the head of department.

Duties of the position

  • Investigate value added of digital representations (digital twins) in closed-loop decision making, where life cycle options valuation based on criteria such as:
  • Reverse logistics, design for circularity, product functionality, quality, cost, etc.
  • Perform theoretical and experimental work related to the area of the research described for the position
  • Help develop course material work for the CIRMAN project
  • Conduct the required course work and credit points
  • Contribute to project meetings, workshops, seminars, etc
  • Conduct academic writing and publish project results in acknowledged peer-reviewed journals
  • Participate in national and international scientific conferences

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in Industrial ecology, Industrial economy and technology management, Product lifecycle management (or similar subjects), Industrial engineering, computer simulation, programing.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, 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.Master’s students can apply, but the master’s degree must be obtained and documented by 01.02.2023You must meet the requirements for admission to the English language skills, written and oral

The appointment is to be made in accordance with  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

  • The ability to conduct high-quality research and publish results in acknowledged peer-reviewed journals
  • Programming skills are valued as a skill for developing design codes to connect different material, process, and product models for multicriteria decision making
  • Good written and oral English language skills

Personal characteristics

  • Creative, with a strong ability to work goal-oriented and independently
  • Good skills to deliver oral and written presentations of research results
  • You should enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in working in project teams

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 501 200 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.

The position is subject to external funding.

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
  • 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.
  • Project proposal
  • Name and contact information of three referees
  • If you have 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.

Research Skills Required

Computer/Software Skills Required

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