2 PhD Research Fellow Positions in Computational and Applied Marine Science Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), the faculty of Engineering and Business Administration Norway

On January 1st, 2017, Bergen University College, Sogn og Fjordane University College and Stord/Haugesund University College merged to form Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.


With about 16,000 students, it will be one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes will be offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels.


Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal. 


2 PhD research fellow positions in Computational and Applied Marine Science


Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), the faculty of Engineering and Business Administration, currently has two vacant PhD research fellow positions in computational and applied marine science.


The fellowships are part of a research collaboration between the HVL (http://www.hvl.no) and the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) (http://www.imr.no).


The PhD research fellows will be affiliated with the faculty’s strategic research programme on ICT engineering (http://ict.hib.no) which has currently 20 professors and associate professors, 15 PhD students, and a large number of master’s students, and focuses its main research in the areas of engineering computing, software engineering, and sensor network.

The PhD research fellows will be part of the HVL research group on engineering computing, and the IMR research group on fisheries dynamics. 

The research group on engineering computing works in the interface between computational mathematics, computer science, and engineering, which includes topics from numerical analysis, computational methods for ordinary- and partial differential equations, variational image processing, geometric numerical integration, algebra, operads and algebraic geometry.

The Institute of Marine Research is the leading fisheries research institute in Norway. It is responsible for data collection and developing stock assessment models to support quota advice in Norway. The Institute is also responsible for providing scientific advice to government agencies, industry, and other civic institutions in Norway and plays a leading role within the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES).

The PhD research fellows will work on a cross-disciplinary, collaborative research project between HVL and IMR, which seeks to develop cutting-edge methodologies to support a framework for modelling and prediction of fish stock’s population dynamics, and uncertainty quantification. The principal areas of research will include elements of computational modeling, optimization, parameter estimation, image processing, and numerical solutions to space-time ordinary, partial, and delay differential equations. Results from the PhD research are expected to provide key contributions to the IMR strategic project on fish stock assessment and uncertainty reduction – REDUS (Reduced Uncertainty in Stock Assessment, http://redus.no/).



Applicants must have solid quantitative background, with a master's degree in mathematics, computational and applied mathematics, or mathematical biology. Graduate thesis (excellent grade, equivalent of grade B or better on the ECTS grading system) and courses must cover one or several areas including numerical solution to ordinary-, delay- and partial differential equations, numerical optimization, image processing, and computational modeling. Excellent grades in courses at graduate level are also expected. Applicants are expected to have strong programming skills in Matlab, C/C++ or Python. Knowledge of the R programming language would be an added advantage. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated ability to work independently, good English language skills and a potential to carry out high-quality research.


The Master's thesis must be submitted for assessment within the application deadline, and the Master's degree must be approved no later than 4 weeks after the application deadline.


The PhD research fellow must enroll in the PhD programme in Computer Science: Software Engineering, Sensor Networks and Engineering Computing at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and must meet the formal admission requirements for admission into the PhD programme. 25% of the 4-year period will be designated to duties such as teaching, development and administrative tasks. The employment period may be reduced if the successful applicant has held previous employment as a research fellow.


An application for enrolment should first be submitted after an appointment is made and the supervisor(s) will help with this procedure. The candidate must be enrolled as a PhD student within 3 months from the start of the employment.

Application procedure


Applications will be evaluated by an expert panel of three members.


Applicants are asked to submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job” (“Søk stillingen”).


The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment to the online application:

  • Master thesis
  • Copies of selected academic publications (no more than 15)

  • A CV with a complete list of academic publications

  • Diplomas and certificates


Applicants should indicate which publications or parts of publications should be given special consideration in the evaluation. If the documents submitted are not in a Scandinavian language or in English, the applicants must submit certified translations of these. The transcripts must specify the topics, the course works, and the grades at the bachelor`s and master`s degree levels.


Applicants should note that the evaluation will be based on the documentation submitted electronically via Jobbnorge within the submission deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date. It is of utmost importance that all publications to be considered in the evaluation are uploaded as an attachment with the application, since these are sent electronically to the expert panel. Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at the college.




Initial salaries will be offered at grade 50 (code 1017) in the Civil Service pay grade table scale. There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see http://www.spk.no/en%20f for more information).


The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

General information


The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State employees Law in Norway ("Lov om statens ansatte)". Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.


State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and gender composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds.


Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected. 


Applicants may be called in for an interview.


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Professor Talal Rahman, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Telephone: +47 55 58 72 46

Email: talal.rahman@hvl.no


Senior Scientist Dr. Sam Subbey, Institute of Marine Research

Telephone: +47 46 83 68 23

Email: samuel.subbey@imr.no

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