4 PhD positions at the NTNU VISTA Centre for Autonomous Robotic Operations Subsea

About The NTNU VISTA Centre for Autonomous Robotic Operations Subsea (CAROS)

We have 4 PhD positions at the NTNU VISTA Centre for Autonomous Robotic Operations Subsea, Department of Marine Technology and Department of Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU. 

 The NTNU VISTA Centre for Autonomous Robotic Operations Subsea (CAROS) is an interdisciplinary research centre between the NTNU Departments of Engineering Cybernetics and Marine Technology and Equinor on autonomous underwater robotic operations with focus on resident autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that are supported by subsea docking systems for energy charging and communication. The VISTA Center is awarded by Equinor and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, funded for 5 years in collaboration with host institution NTNU. Together with ground-breaking research on articulated underwater robots and autonomy we proceed towards a game changer in offshore oil and gas activities in terms of increased efficiency in marine operations and lower CO2 footprint. The proposed scope will contribute to higher uptime of subsea production units as well as higher marine environmental capabilities in case of incidents. The addressed research will also be of high relevance for ocean science and other marine industries such as maintenance and inspection of offshore wind installations and aquaculture. The methods will be demonstrated and tested on the NTNU snake robot Eelume, an articulated intervention-AUV (AIAUV), as well as the electric work class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) with manipulator (Minerva). 

Our available positions

WP1: PhD Candidate within Autonomous docking and intervention operations of an articulated intervention-AUV (AIAUV), Department of Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU.  Read more

Contact person: Prof. Kristin Y. Pettersen, e-mail: Kristin.Y.Pettersen@ntnu.no

WP 3: PhD Candidate within Adaptive missions and on-board re-planning for subsea resident AUVs, Department of Marine Technology, NTNU. Read more

Contact person: Prof. Martin Ludvigsen, e-mail: Martin.Ludvigsen@ntnu.no 

WP5:  PhD Candidate within supervisory risk and organization control of marine robotics supporting subsea operations, Department of Marine Technology, NTNU. Read more

Contact person: Prof. Kjetil Skaugset, e-mail: Kjetil.Skaugset@ntnu.no

WP 6: PhD Candidate within Formal and informal methods for robust design, testing and verification of autonomous control systems of subsea resident underwater vehicles, Department of Marine Technology, NTNU. Read more

Contact person: Prof. Asgeir J. Sørensen, e-mail: Asgeir.Sorensen@ntnu.no 

Why apply for a PhD?

As a PhD candidate you will be employed 3 or 4 years (Teaching assistant) at NTNU. A PhD degree will position you for a career in industry, public sector and academia. This is unique possibility to combine theory and experimental work in partnership between NTNU and Equinor. 

The latest start for the positions will be August/September 2021. 

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