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PhD Fellowship position in Internet of Drones in Coastal and Forest Surveillance and Search and Rescue Operations

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.

The Departments of Mechanical, Electronics and Chemical Engineering (MEK) have a vacant PhD Fellowship position in Internet of Drones in Coastal and Forest Surveillance and Search and Rescue Operations. The PhD candidate will be part of the Electronics Engineering group, and the project will receive support from the OceanLab at OsloMet. The Department of Mechanical, Electronics and Chemical engineering (MEK) and the Department of Product Design (PD) from Faculty TKD will be collaborating on the PhD position.

Area of research

In recent years, IoT has been widely used as a promising solution in various sectors. For example, the integration of drones with the IoT has resulted in a paradigm known as the Interne of Drones (IoD) which have several potential applications towards sustainable smart environments. Specifically, IoD can play a significant role in disaster management, health monitoring, and smart agriculture. Additionally, IoD is observing an immense interest from industry to integrate drone systems with the traditional networks while dealing with several aspects related to Quality of Service (QoS), Quality of Experience (QoE), deployment issues, and reliable communications. Moreover, drones play a vital role in deploying LTE networks in remote locations. Drones are also considered as an important part of 5G/6G deployments where they can be used to enhance the coverage and capacity of the network. Therefore, the main aim of this PhD position is to develop a system using the IoD paradigm that provides monitoring and surveillance and assists people in event of emergency.

The position will be offered for a period of three years (100% position), or alternatively, four years including 25% compulsory work (teaching and supervision activities or research administrative work). The decision on whether a 3 or 4-year position is suitable will be discussed as a part of the interview process. The start date of the position is 01.10.2024 at the latest.  

Qualification requirements and conditions 

The following grade requirements are a condition for employment in the position:

Admission to the doctoral programme in Innovation for Sustainability at the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design at OsloMet, within 3 months after employment in the position, is a prerequisite for joining the position. To be admitted to the PhD program, the applicant must have a B or better at the master's degree and C or better at the bachelor's degree. Candidates who already hold a PhD in the same or similar field may not apply. Applicants who already hold a PhD, in the same or related field, cannot apply. In assessing the applicants, emphasis will be placed on the department's overall needs and the applicant's potential for research within the field. General criteria for employment in academic positions are covered by the Regulations on employment conditions for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, scientific assistant and specialist candidate. 

Preferred selection criteria 

It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to make adaptations to the workplace where required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have had periods where you have not been in employment, education or training.  


To be considered for the position, you must upload the following documents by the application deadline: 

Official diploma and transcript must be submitted before taking up the position, no later than 01.10.2024. If your educational institution is not able to deliver an official diploma by the deadline, you must submit documentation from the institution that confirms that your master´s degree is completed by the same deadline. We only process applications sent via our electronic recruitment system and all documents must be uploaded for your application to be processed. The documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be authorized. You must present originals at any interview. OsloMet checks documents, so that you as a candidate will get a real evaluation and fair competition. The final project plan will be made in collaboration with the assigned supervisor when applying for admission to the doctoral programme.

We can offer you 

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway.

Other information  

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The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, job title and position code. State salary NOK 532 200 per year. 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. A background check may be conducted to verify information in submitted CVs and available documents. Background checks are not conducted without the consent of the applicant and relevant applicants will receive further information about this. If you would like to apply for the position, you must do so electronically through our recruitment system. Deadline for applications: 01.03.2024Ref.: 23/08820                                    

OsloMet is a Charter & Code certified institution by the EU Commisson holding the right to use the logo HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R). OsloMet is a member of the EURAXESS network supporting a positive work environment for researchers in motion.

OsloMet has signed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). DORA recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.

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 are seen to be in conflict with the criteria in the latter law will not be considered for the position.

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