University of Agder (UiA)

Researcher in design of innovative modular floating islands

2024-08-10 (Europe/Oslo)
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The University was officially established in 2007, but has a history dating back to 1839, and was formerly known as Agder University College.

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About the position

A fixed-term 100% position as researcher is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a Researcher in Structural Engineering, affiliated to the Department of Engineering Sciences, for a period of 2 years. The position is located at Campus Grimstad.  The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty. 

The Department of Engineering Sciences has more than 90 employees in scientific positions, and more than 1500 students at all levels. A variety of research is conducted within all the groups; Mechatronics, Renewable Energy, Civil Engineering and Industrial Economy, and we also welcome interdisciplinary projects within the department or with other research groups. This position will be associated with the Civil Engineering section. We have a broad international cooperation, and close collaboration with industrial partners and public services in the region. This is a benefit both for teaching and research. The partners contribute with assignments, competence and resources.

Project Background

As one of the successfully funded projects of the 1st joint transnational call under the EU Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership, the FAMOS project aims to develop innovative modular floating island concepts for offshore sites. To achieve this, technological assessments of innovative concepts under various environmental conditions, systems integration of marine renewable energy devices, and social acceptance of the proposed island solutions must be harmonised.


The Researcher will be expected to perform design and analysis of innovative concepts of floating islands. Dynamic response analysis (hydrodynamic and aerodynamic) and structural integrity analysis are expected to be carried out numerically. The Research Fellow should work collaboratively with project partners, e.g, from Italy, Cyprus, and Poland to contribute to the project tasks. Short-term scientific missions in Italy and joint supervision are expected in numerical and experimental work. The research work will be aimed at the preparation, drafting and submission of research reports, submission of high-quality publications, and dissemination activities at the European level.

Required qualifications

  • Master’s degree in marine technology, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a relevant subject area. Potential applicants must have had their theses approved by the time of the application deadline. 
  • Expertise in one of the following fields: fluid dynamics; design of marine structures; offshore wind energy or wave energy; multi-physics simulations of marine and offshore structures; experimental analysis of marine structures.

Desired qualifications

  • Good experience with research and publications;
  • Research or work experience with offshore structures.

Emphasis will be placed upon the project description and the relevance it has with regard to the subject in question and the research environment at the faculty. 

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised.

We offer

  • professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation 
  • a positive, inclusive and diverse working environment 
  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers  
  • membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund 

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 90.400, code 1108 Researcher, NOK 535 000-625 000 gross salary per year. Higher salary grades may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions. 

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning the acts relating to Control of Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology.

Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions. Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. Read more about the employment process

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.


The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link "Apply for this job".

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically: 

  • Transcripts from master’s and bachelor’s studies with grades
  • CV with detailed education and work experience
  • Up to 10 academic articles and R&D projects which the candidate wishes to particularly emphasise for the assessment process 
  • A brief project description on the topic of design of modular energy islands (max 2 pages)
  • If the applicant already has a PhD, then the diploma and thesis should be uploaded

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. 

Application deadline: 10.08.24


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Job details

Researcher in design of innovative modular floating islands
Jon Lilletuns vei Grimstad, Norway
Application deadline
2024-08-10 23:59 (Europe/Oslo)
2024-08-10 23:59 (CET)
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About the employer

The University was officially established in 2007, but has a history dating back to 1839, and was formerly known as Agder University College.

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