PhD Candidate in Integration of sensor technologies 2016, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway

Publish Date: Aug 08, 2016

Deadline: Aug 15, 2016

PhD Candidate in Integration of sensor technologies for enhancing virtual reality based training at the Department of Engineering and Safety (IIS)

Application deadline: 15.08.2016

Ref. no 2016/4932

The Department of Engineering and Safety (IIS), has a PhD position vacant for applicants who wish to obtain the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD). The position is affiliated with the Human Factors in the Arctic research group at UiT – The Arctic university of Norway.

The PhD position is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD Candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment.

Further information about the position is available by contacting:
Associate professor Puneet Sharma, +47 77660391,, or
Associate professor Jarle André Johansen, +47 77660366,


The Department of Engineering and Safety (IIS) at UiT the Arctic University of Norway is an interesting and exciting workplace with a focus on a good working environment for employees and a good learning environment for students. The department has an important role as a knowledge provider for the labor market in the region, through education, research and continuing education. Our students appreciate that the department works closely with the industry during the study program.

Tromsø is known as an active city with many international cultural activities, such as a film and music festival, Tromsø International Film Festival and the Northern Lights Festival. Tromsø has a great nature with abundant hiking opportunities during summer and winter, and a friendly and open international population.

The position’s affiliation

The Department of Engineering and Safety is organised under the Faculty of Science and Technology. Activities at the department take place in the new technology building located at Campus Tromsø. The advertised position has its workplace at Campus Tromsø.

The department has about 70 employees and has about 400 students in our various programs. The department offers education in the fields of nautical science, aviation, safety-/societal safety and environment. In addition, the department offers a Master's degree in Technology and Safety. The department is working to establish research training within our fields.

This research project is a collaboration between the two disciplines: Automation (belonging to the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology) and Nautical Sciences (belonging to the Faculty of Science and Technology) both located at campus Tromsø.

The PhD Candidate will work in close collaboration with the Automation team. The Automation team is involved in doing research in the field of electronics, sensors, image processing, eye tracking, and virtual reality. The group has access to state-of-the-art aircraft and ship simulators, and hardware such as, Oculus Rift DK2, Meta 2 Development kit and SMI eye trackers.

The position’s field of research/research project and other duties

Recent advances in technology has enabled the creation of virtual environments that can be used for providing training in domains such as Nautical Sciences and Aviation. In this project, we plan to integrate sensors (such as: eye trackers, EEG, video, haptic feedback, posture and gesture tracking) in the virtual reality training scenarios. Use of haptic feedback and gesture tracking would improve the interaction and immersion in the virtual environment. The data from eye tracking, video, EEG and posture sensors will be used to: First, provide an in-depth debriefing on the actions of the trainee. Second, understand and address the problems in training and the design of the associated scenarios. Third, understand the interplay between the degree to which a scenario can be simulated and the technological limitations of the proposed sensor integrated system.

Qualification requirements

The successful applicant must fulfil the requirements for admission to the faculty’s PhD programme, cf. Regulation for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at UiT– The Arctic University of Norway. In addition, he/she be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

This position requires Master’s degree in Electronics, or Computer Science, or similar.

The Master’s degree should be recognized as equivalent to a 2-year Norwegian Master’s degree.

Language skills:

  • Good communication skills in both written and spoken English

The applicant must write a one-page project description for the PhD project.

Emphasis will be given to grades in master’s degree, the project description submitted by the candidate, relevant research experience, and personal suitability.

Working conditions

The normal period of employment is four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year, distributed as 25 % of each year, shall be used for teaching or other duties for the university, cf. Guidelines for the research fellow’s duties.

The position will be assigned teaching duties in Automation or related studies.

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the research fellow has already completed parts of his/her research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position (PhD Candidate, research assistant, or the like) in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.

Remuneration for the position of PhD Candidate is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. During this assessment process, emphasis will be attached to the applicant’s potential for research as shown by:

  • Master’s thesis or equivalent,
  • any other academic works, and
  • project description.                                    

In addition, consideration may be given to work experience or other activities of significance for the implementation of the PhD studies, and to any teaching qualifications. This includes teaching education, teaching experience, experience from popularization and experience/education from other types of dissemination. Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted by the stipulated deadline.

The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will called to an interview. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position.


The application must be submitted electronically via the application form.

The application must include:

  • Letter of application
  • Proposal for project description                                      
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • copies of:
    • diploma and transcript from your Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
    • diploma and transcript from your Master’s degree or equivalent
    • diploma supplement for completed degrees
    • documentation of English language proficiency
    • testemonials
  • List of works and description of these. The list of works shall contain the following information:
    • author(s), the work’s title
    • for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
    • for publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages
  • The works (published or unpublished) which the applicant wishes to be taken into consideration during the assessment process must be submitted
  • List of references with contact information.

All documentation that is to be evaluated must be certified and translated into English or a Scandinavian language.

All documents mentioned above are mandatory for evaluation.

Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted by the stipulated deadline.

Applications submitted via email will not be evaluated.

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