Recruits PhD-fellow for transport revolution

Prestigious EU scholarship provides one PhD position at CHNL, Nord university. The chosen candidate will be one of 15 fellows working with a network of European industry and key academic institutions.

  • By CHNL

Both passenger transport and freight transport are most likely increasing dramatically by 2050. Hundreds of cities and industrial regions in Europe are connected by more than 37,000 km of waterways. Compared to other modes of transport – which often face capacity problems – inland waterway transport is characterized by reliability, energy efficiency and a capacity for increased use. This highlights the potential for development, but only if inland waterways are made economically competitive.

Skilled researchers provides smart solutions

The topic is autonomous transport on inland waterways. The position is funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network «AUTOBarge»: European training and research network on Autonomous Barges for Smart Inland Shipping.

AUTOBarge is about seizing an opportunity. Europe`s waterways are a vital resource that have been underused for most of the last century. AUTOBarge marks the start of exploting these canals and rivers. With the possibility of mass autonomous shipping, this can be done without damaging the environment.

But to be able to do this we need new people with new skills. These innovators must be experts in remote control, monitoring, smart logistics, regulatory aspects, and many more areas associated with the complexity of inland shipping. The 15 early-stage researchers recruited to AUTOBarge will begin this transport revolution.

–  Combining being a PhD-student as well as a part of a broad European collaboration with fourteen other research fellows is an exciting model. This will be a very interesting project for the PhD student and for the university, says the dean at Nord university Business School, Gry Agnete Alsos.

Will work on solutions for inland shipping

The open position at Centre for High North Logistics will work to develop a conceptual model based on complex-system principles about the different factors influencing the adoption of autonomous inland shipping. Another goal is to model socio-economic scenarios for ship-owner`s adoption of autonomous inland shipping.

–  The fellow will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills for the Jobs of Tomorrow as well as active participation in workshops and conferences, says associate professor Roberto Rivas Hermann.

Hermann will supervise the PhD-fellow at Nord university. He explains that the PhD candidate will have main office in Bodø, with an included international mobility at Chalmers University and secondment from Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute.

Hermann (left) will supervise the fellow with professor Terje Mathisen. Professor Gisle Solvoll (right) will co-supervise another PhD-fellow. (Photo: Per Jarl Elle)

A master degree or equivalent in economics or business administration is required for the position. It must be less than four years since the candidate earned the degree, as the applicant must be defined as an early-stage researcher.

– We are especially interested in applicants who are interested in logistics, supply chain management, agent-based modelling, complex system analysis and maritime economics, says Hermann.

Network fellows must be able to speak and write English and be willing to move to Bodø. At the time of selection the candidate cannot have resided or carried out their main work or studies in Norway for more than 12 months in the three years prior to recruitment.

  • Read more about the position here
  • Employing conditions at Nord University are published here
  • More information on the additional fourteen positions can be found here

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