Monday, July 19, 2021

PhD Research Fellows in small satellite space services development


A position as PhD Research Fellow for developing satellite space services are available at Centre for Space Sensors and Systems (CENSSS) and the Department of Technology Systems (ITS).

CENSSS is a Centre for researched based innovation (SFI) at the Department of Technology Systems at Kjeller. The Centre is funded by the Norwegian Research Council for 5 years, with a possible 3 year extension. CENSSS addresses scientific and technological challenges, as well as business opportunities, within "new-space" satellites for Earth Observation and within Space Exploration “to the Moon and Mars”.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo. Starting date preferably no later than 31.12.2021. The fellowship period is 3 years and devoted to carrying out a project entitled CENSSS.

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Job description

There is an abundance of satellite data generated every day, which can be utilized to provide new services and applications for our society. The PhD fellow will work with either (1) on-board processing development (for example on FPGA, GPU, CPU) of Earth Observation sensor data, (2) deep learning on specific data sets (for example Copernicus data) or (3) data fusion of different types of data sets to provide new insight.

The specific project description will be developed together with the supervisor and the partners, depending on the skillset and interest of the PhD fellow. It is expected that the PhD fellow will work closely with one or more partners at CENSSS.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition is to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

Master’s degree or equivalent in physics, electronics or related fields

A foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system

The PhD candidate must be eligible to obtain a “restricted” security clearance according to the Norwegian National Security Act (Lov om Nasjonal Sikkerhet, a.k.a. “Sikkerhetsloven”), i.e. preferably a citizen of Norway or a NATO country

Grade requirements:

The norm is as follows:

the average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system

the average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system

the Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system

Fluent oral and written communication skills in English and a Scandinavian language.

English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries and exemptions from the requirements:

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:

Personal skills

Ability to take initiative and come up with new ideas to solve theoretical and practical problems

Ability to work independently as well as in a team

Good communication skills

We offer

Salary NOK 491 200 – 534 400 per year depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)

Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement

Vibrant international academic environment

Career development programmes

Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include:

Cover letter - statement of motivation and research interests

CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)

Copies of the original Bachelor and Master’s degree diploma, transcripts of records

Documentation of English proficiency

List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee

Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system (please follow the link “Apply for this job”). Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this. 

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

Contact information

For further information please contact: Professor Svein-Erik Hamran, e-mail: or or Stian Løvold e-mail:

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Therese Ringvold, e-mail:


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