Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Twin Modelling of Machine Learning-Enabled Machinery

Job description

The University of Stavanger invites applicants for a position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Twin Modelling of Machine Learning-Enabled Machinery used for Innovative Offshore Applications at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science. The position is vacant from 01.08.2022.

The objective of the position is to strengthen research, and to give researchers/scholars holding a doctoral degree the opportunity for further qualification toward top academic positions.

Postdoctoral Fellow is employed for a period of two years and four months. 

The position will be affiliated with the following projects: “Dynavac Separator – A sustainable and responsible system to handle offshore drilling waste” and “Swell Energy Convertor – Proof of Principle Study for PTO system”.  The position is financed by two projects co-funded by the Research Council of Norway and the industry.

The qualifying project will be carried out at the University of Stavanger. It is assumed that the appointee will work full time on the project and that she/he will participate in the academic community.

About the research projects

The postdoctoral project will focus on developing digital twins for the detailed modelling and analysis of the innovative machine learning-enabled machinery systems investigated in the research projects. The purpose is to allow for more optimal design, operations and maintenance of these systems.

Dynavac Separator – A sustainable and responsible system to handle offshore drilling waste

This project is owned and led by Dynamic Well Solutions AS. In this project, the Dynavac Separator (DynaSep) which is a novel, fully integrated waste handling system that can allow drilling mud waste to be treated directly onboard an offshore rig, is proposed. This system is a digitalised, sustainable, responsible and cost-efficient waste management solution. DynaSep will process the drilling mud waste onboard the rig to a treatable level by the rig’s own drilling waste processing units. This is highly beneficial for the environmental footprint, as it eliminates the need to send the drilling mud waste to shore for treatment. This also entails significant cost savings and the elimination of weather-dependent and dangerous crane lifting activities. DynaSep is characterised by a fully integrated automatic system supported by computer and machine learning, and all operations are performed automatically in a seamless fashion. Moreover, the product can be installed on offshore drilling platforms such as jack-ups, semi-submersibles and drillships. This project will design, build, demonstrate, quantify the performance and show the robustness of the DynaSep system using advanced state-of-the-art digital twin models in combination with detailed reliability assessments.

Swell Energy Convertor – Proof of Principle Study for PTO system

This project is owned and led by Ocean Energies AS. In this project, the proof of principle of the power take-off system in the swell energy convertor (SWC), a large wave energy converter (a single unit is 50 to 70 m wide), is performed. The SWC will utilise Norway’s proud history and high offshore engineering and construction competency, ranging from fishing vessels to state-of-the-art offshore drilling rigs. Careful planning is required to reduce both technical and financial risks when developing such a large offshore construction. This pre-project will develop a digital twin, initial baseline design and initial latching control design of the PTO system that is crucial for the continuation of research and development (R&D) in the main project.

Qualification requirements

You must have a ph.d. with a specialisation relevant for the project. The ph.d. thesis must have been submitted for evaluation within the application deadline for the position and approved before accession.

You must also have experience with the development of large complex digital twins, preferably using multi-body methods, finite element methods and/or Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

It will be an advantage if you have experience with machine learning and design of mechanical systems.

You must have good command of both oral and written English.

In the assessment the following criteria will be emphasised:

  • submitted scientific work and your personal skills for completing the project within the timeframe
  • international experience and network
  • qualifications within the areas of creativity, innovation and commercialisation of research
  • good teamwork, communication skills and ability to participate in research communities across organisational units
  • ability to work independently in a structured manner
  • motivation, sense of responsibility and accountability, work capacity and enthusiasm for research

We offer

  • varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation
  • an ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure
  • salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, 17.510, code 1352, NOK 530.000 – 590.000 gross per year. A higher salary may be considered in special cases. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits
  • favourable membership terms at a gym and at the university sports club, SiS sports club at campus
  • employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors
  • Hjem-jobb-hjem, discounted public transport to and from work
  • as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced.
  • relocation programme
  • language courses: On this page you can see which language courses you may be entitled to (look up “language courses” under employment conditions)


University of Stavanger values independence, involvement and innovation. Diversity is respected and considered a resource in our work and learning environment. Universal design characterises physical and digital learning environments, and we strive to provide reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities.

You are encouraged to apply regardless of gender, disability or cultural background.

The university aims to recruit more women within the subject area. If several applicants are considered to have equal qualifications, female applicants will be given priority.

Contact information

More information on the position can be obtained from Professor Yihan Xing, tel: +47 51 83 10 58 , e-mail:

Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR advisor Rosa Andrade, tel: +47 51 83 11 91, e-mail:



To apply for this position please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Your application letter, relevant education and work experience as well as language skills must be registered here. In the application letter, you must state your research interests and motivation for the position.

The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application:

  • CV with a full summary of your education and experience
  • documentation of approved ph.d. If you have not completed the ph.d., you may enclose a confirmation from the institution on the expected date of obtaining the doctoral degree. 
  • complete list of academic publications with information on where they are published. You may also upload up to 5 publications, including your ph.d. thesis or published monograph based upon the thesis.
  • transcripts and certificates, and other documentation that you consider relevant

Applications are evaluated based on the information available in Jobbnorge on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload. 

Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants – see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act. If your request is not granted, you will be notified.

UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in Jobbnorge.

General information

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. If your application is considered to be in conflict with the criteria in the latter legislation, it will be rejected without further assessment.

Employment as Postdoctoral Fellow is regulated in “Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, research assistant and resident”.

Your qualifications for the position, based on documentation registered in Jobbnorge, will be assessed by an internal expert committee. Based on the committee’s statement, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview before any recommendations are made. References will also be obtained for relevant candidates. More about the hiring process on our website.

UiS has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

It is a prerequisite that you have a residence which enables you to be present at/available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.

The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of meaning between the texts, the Norwegian text takes precedence.

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UiS – challenge the well-known and explore the unknown

The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 2,200 employees. The university has high ambitions. We strive to have an innovative and international profile, and be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Our common direction is driven by consideration for green and sustainable change and equitable social development, through new ways of managing natural resources and facilitating better cities and local communities. Energy, health and welfare, learning for life are our focus areas.

In constant collaboration and dialogue with our surroundings, regionally, nationally and internationally, we enjoy an open and creative climate for education, research, innovation, dissemination and museum activities. Academic life at the University of Stavanger is organised into six faculties comprising various departments/schools and National Research Centres, as well as the Museum of Archaeology. We are a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university is located in the most attractive region in the country with more than 300,000 inhabitants. The Stavanger region has a dynamic labour market and exciting cultural and leisure activities.

Together with our staff and students we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

The Faculty of Science and Technology offers study programs at bachelor, master and doctoral level. The faculty has established close cooperation on research with NORCE (Norwegian Research Centre AS) and the regional industry. A number of master’s and doctoral theses are made in collaboration with the industry. The faculty has established research collaborations with universities in the US and Europe, and has developed several academic environments that are at the forefront internationally.The faculty has about 2,800 students and approximately 500 employees at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Structural Engineering and Materials Science, Department of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering, Department of Energy Resources and the Department of Safety, Economics and Planning.

The Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science carries out research and offers study programs in Offshore Technology, Marine and Subsea Technology, Offshore Wind, Industrial Asset Management, Structural Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The department has a high international profile with students and staff from around the world. There are currently 60 employees including research fellows and postdocs, and 660 students at the department.

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18th July 2022

Post expires on Monday July 18th, 2022