Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Department of Mechanical, Electronics and Chemical Engineering

Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway's third largest university with almost 22,000 students and over 2,500 employees. We have campuses in central Oslo and at Romerike. OsloMet educates students and conducts research that contributes to the sustainability of the Norwegian welfare state and the metropolitan region.

The Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD) offers higher education and research and development (R&D) activities within technical subjects, arts and design. The Faculty has approximately 4.000 students and 400 staff members and is situated at Pilestredet Campus in downtown Oslo and at Kjeller Campus in Viken.

Do you want to contribute to the development of fully autonomous ocean observing systems composed of swarms of miniature underwater robots, unmanned surface vessels, and drones?

The Department of Mechanical, Electronics and Chemical Engineering at OsloMet is hiring one PhD fellow (100%). The appointment is for a term of 3 years.

Area of Research

The PhD fellow will contribute to the OASYS http://www.oasys-project.eu/

(Ocean-Air synoptic operations using coordinated autonomous robotic SYStems and micro underwater gliders) research project, funded by EU Horizon 2020 ERA-NET cofund MarTERA. OASYS is a multidisciplinary research project in collaboration with NTNU, Norwegian Polar Institute, and TriOS GmbH.

One of the barriers towards a better understanding and sustainable development of marine related economic activity is the high cost associated with ocean observing systems. Autonomous robotic systems are steadily modernizing the way we obtain data and interact with the ocean. However, most of existing autonomous systems still require the involvement of manned missions in the deployment/recovery phases which represents a substantial share of the total operational costs. The OASYS project will develop an innovative fully automated Ocean-Air coordinated robotic operation with the potential to drastically reduce the cost of ocean observing systems. The project proposes the development of a swarm of low cost Micro Underwater Gliders (MUGs) that can operate autonomously with the support of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) for deployment, recovery, battery charging, and communication relay. The system reduces human intervention to a minimum, revolutionizing the affordability of a broad range of surveillance and data collection operations. The technologies developed through the project will enable the creation of future products, solutions, and scientific research, related to the commercialization of the autonomous observing systems and the generated data. The proposed observing systems will be demonstrated during sea trials in Trondheim fjord and in a tidewater glacier in Svalbard, Norway.

OsloMets role in the project is the development of a fleet of Micro Underwater Gliders (MUG) that can be deployed and recovered using UAVs and USVs. In particular, the candidate will perform research and development in the areas of

  • Mechanical design and optimization of variable buoyancy systems
  • Electro-mechanical design and miniaturization
  • Energy storage and inductive battery charging strategies
  • Autonomous deployment/recovery mechanisms using UAVs/USVs
  • Navigation and motion control strategies

The candidate will work mainly in the area of Marine Robotics, Autonomous Systems, Bio-inspired robotics. The candidate will be member of the Automation, Robotics, and Intelligent Systems (ARIS) research group and work together with other researchers, PhD students, and post doctoral researchers from OsloMet, NTNU, and the Norwegian Polar Institute.


  • Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, or relevant field with 120 ECTS or equivalent with an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E passing of grades and Bachelor’s degree in the same fields with an average grade of C and higher
  • Knowledge/ experience in one or more of the following topics: robotics, electro-mechanical design, control systems
  • High motivation for the research work described above
  • Fluency in English, both spoken and written

Desired skills

  • Experience in development of mechanical / electromechanical prototypes, 3D modelling, and involvement in DIY projects
  • Experience with one or more of the following: electric motors, sensor data acquisition, servo drives, micro-controllers, hydraulics, hydraulic seals, pressure vessel design
  • Basic programming skills in Python, MATLAB, or similar.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, plan and direct own work, and be goal-oriented.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Experience in publishing academic Works.

It is important for OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active efforts to further develop as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required.


  • The PhD position presupposes admission to a PhD program approved by the Department of Mechanical, Electronics, and Chemical Engineering.
  • Final project plan shall be completed and approved within 3 months after being offered the position.

We can offer you

  • an exciting job opportunity at Norways third largest and most urban university
  • a dynamic professional working environment with challenging tasks in an area of substantial development
  • a unique academic and research collaboration across different research groups
  • beneficial pension arrangements with the Norwegian State Pension Fund
  • good employee welfare arrangements and free Norwegian classes to employees and their partners
  • relocation support, cultural courses and on boarding services
  • working location in downtown Oslo with multiple cultural offers

OsloMets International Career Site gives information on living and working in Oslo.


You must upload the following documents together with your online application by the final date for the Application:

  • Application letter, CV and copies of diplomas/certificates and transcripts.
  • Any publications you wish to be considered (maximum 3).
  • Names and contact details of at least 2 references.
  • All candidates, other than Scandinavian and native English speakers, must document their English skills. 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 suspended. In such cases the candidate's language skills will be assessed in a personal interview. If you are in the process of taking the test and the results will come after the deadline, please contact us and let us know.

Please apply electronically to this position by clicking on the button «login and apply». All the documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language. Any translations must be government authorized. Originals must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

You must upload all of these documents. Original documents and valid passport must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying to the project and what makes you particularly qualified to carry out this PhD work.

Contact information

For further information about the fellowship and the project, please contact

Associate Professor Alex Alcocer, Dept. Electrical Engineering, OsloMet, email: alex.alcocer@oslomet.no

Associate Professor Alfredo Carella, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, OsloMet, email: alfredo.carella@oslomet.no

Professor Tor Arne Johansen, Dept. Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU, email: tor.arne.johansen@ntnu.no

For information about processing of applications or if you have any problem uploading documents, please contact HR advisor Mette Bjørtomt, e-mail: metteb@oslomet.no.


Salary is set in accordance with the Norwegian State Salary Scale, position code 1017 NOK 442 400 – 472 300. By law 2% of the salary is deducted as to the Norwegian State Pension Fund. The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy that the national labour force should to the greatest possible extent reflect the diversity of the population. Therefore, we encourage qualified candidates with immigrant background or reduced functional ability to apply for this position.

OsloMet is an IA (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise and operates in compliance with the Norwegian IA agreement. According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) your name may be published on the public applicant list even if you have requested non-disclosure. You will in this case be contacted before your name is published.

Ref.:       18/06722             

OsloMet has implemented the Charter & Code and been certified by the EU Commission with HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) and is part of the EU network for mobility of Researchers Euraxess.

Type of employment Stipendiat
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Etter avtale
Salary NOK 442 400 – 472 300
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 18/06722
Published 27.Jun.2018
Last application date 15.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CEST

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