PhD student in multidisciplinary in collaborative work within the maritime domain

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This is Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

With about 17,000 students, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, spread out on five campuses Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord og Haugesund.

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.

The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences (FØS) has three departments: the Department of Business Administration, the Department of Maritime Studies and the Department of Social Sciences. The academic staff at the faculty has about 140 employees, in total, there are about 2300 students on the three campuses: Bergen, Haugesund and Sogndal.

The Department of Maritime Studies (IMS) has educations at bachelor's, master's and PhD levels and a strong and active research environment. We have 25 permanent employees and 9 PhD students from different nations and collaborate with universities and research institutes nationally and internationally. The Department of Maritime Studies is located in Haugesund. The research activity in the department is mainly linked to the MarSafe research program. The researchers at MarSafe work closely with the industry, and focus on risk and safety in the maritime industry, with the main focus on organizational and operational aspects related to risk and safety management.

PhD student in multidisciplinary in collaborative work within the maritime domain

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences (FØS)
has a vacancy for PhD student in multidisciplinary in collaborative work within the maritime domain

About the position:

The maritime research center, Center for Safety at Sea, at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) gathers and visualises the research environments at HVL within the center’s focus areas - Green Shipping, Safety in Shipping and Digitalisation. The center promotes cross-disciplinary collaboration in research and development, and is an arena for interaction between HVL, maritime industry and maritime authorities.

Center for Safety at Sea is developing further and has received funding for a project aiming to building cross-disciplinary competence within maritime safety and safety culture in the green transition in the maritime industry. We will therefore hire a PhD candidate within the area Multidisciplinarity in collaborative work. There is a particular emphasis on how knowledge and experience about humans in general and seafarers in particular is being disseminated, understood and integrated into maritime development projects, be they technical, regulatory or educational. The student will focus on collaboration across the human factors and engineering sciences and how to best foster a mutual understanding of human strengths and capabilities, the human role and the operational and regulatory perspectives. Research projects in this area can be user-centred or focusing on innovating new technical solutions to assist users within complex working environments.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences (FØS), Department of Maritime Studies (IMS) has a vacant PhD position within Multidisciplinarity in collaborative work. The position is 100 % for 3 years. The PhD student will be part of the maritime safety research group (MarSafe) at the department of maritime studies. Place of employment is Haugesund, Norway.

The PhD student must apply for admission in the PhD programme in Nautical Operations. This unique PhD Programme in Nautical Operations is a joint degree between the four institutions educating ship officers at a university level in Norway; University of South-Eastern Norway, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and UiT The Arctic University of Norway. More information on the PhD programme can be found here: This PhD position addresses Multidisciplinarity in collaborative work within the maritime domain

Workplace is at campus Haugesund.

About the PhD project:
Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Plan and conduct research, applying relevant methods within quantitative and qualitative studies, assess and analyse data, interpretand form conclusions
  • Write scientific manuscripts for conferences and peer-reviewed journals
  • Active participation in the research program MarSafe and the PhD program in Nautical Operations, collaboration in a cross-disciplinary environment
  • Travelling may be required

Required qualifications:

  • Relevant MSc Degree within maritime safety, maritime operations, safety culture, usercentred design or other relevant topic. The MScmust be of 120 ECTS (based on a BSc of 180 ECTS) or an integrated MSc of 300 ECTS. It is a requirement of a weighted grade average of minimum B. Applicants not covering the B average requirement may apply if documented that the candidate is particularly suited for the position. The Master thesis must be handed in within the application deadline and the MSc degree must be approved no later than four weeks after the application deadline
  • Knowledge of and experience with research methods and data analysis
  • Documented qualifications in the English language as per requirements for Norwegian Higher Education
  • The person that is hired must fulfil the requirements for admission into the PhD program in Nautical Operations. For more info, see

Additional qualifications:

  • Seafaring experience
  • Experience from cross disciplinary or multi disciplinary work/research
  • Research experience in industries within safety critical domains is an advantage
  • Experience and/or interest in human factors, HCD, HMI and human performance is a plus
  • Candidates with no maritime operative background may also apply if they have a demonstrated record in human factors (publications or industry experience)
  • Norwegian skills as per requirements for Norwegian Higher Education

Personal skills:

  • Ability to work alone, in small and large groups, among multiple discipline experts
  • Good communication skills, both orally and in writing
  • Strong motivation for completing the PhD in the given timeline and contributing to research within the maritime field

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.

Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. It is required that the applicant enclose a review from NOKUT whether the education (bachelor and master’s degree) is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree.

Please see for more information about NOKUT’s general recognition. This may take some time and we recommend you to apply as soon as you know you will apply for this position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application.

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.


  • Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence enhancement and development
  • Opportunities for training within the working hours

Initial salaries will be offered at grade 54 (code 1017) in the Civil Service pay grade table scale.

There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see 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.

Short-listed applicants will be called in for an interview.

Employed on condition that you are granted a work and residence permit (must be considered individually).


1) Professor Margareta Lützhöft, programleder marSafe og faglig leder i Senter for sjøsikkerhet: mhl@hvl.n

2) Instituttleder Johanne Marie Trovåg:

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