Publisert: 20.01.23

PhD Candidate position on optimization models for identifying solutions for emission reductions

There is a PhD position available at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management – section of Managerial Economics, Finance and Operations Research. The position is resident at NTNUs campus in Trondheim. This is an educational position, which will provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a PhD-degree. The position is connected to the PhD program at the Faculty of Economics and Management and the faculty will be your employer.

The department endeavors to promote research that meets high International standards. Subsequently, contact with International institutions is important. Therefore, the department encourages the successful PhD Candidate to spend one to two semesters of the contract period at a foreign university. The department offers support in the planning of such scholarly visits.

About the position

This PhD project is part of the new research project: ‘curbing Fisheries’ and Aquaculture’s Maritime air Emissions’ (FAME) that targets new knowledge and expertise to support the Norwegian government objective to decarbonize maritime transport in fisheries and aquaculture.

The Project will be implemented in cooperation with research partners Institute of Transport Economics and Universities of South-Eastern Norway and Turku, Finland, alongside key stakeholders from the public sector (including Directorate of Fisheries, Norwegian Environment Agency and Norwegian Maritime Authority) and the industry (including Kystrederiene, Fiskarlaget and Fiskebåt). It is a Collaborative and Knowledge-building Project funded by the Research Council of Norway. 

While Norway has become a front-runner in the diffusion of low and zero emission transport technologies for private cars, other modes now receive attention. The Government requests policy instruments to promote a green transition of fishing and aquaculture vessels. Decision support systems using optimization are ideal for identifying cost-effective technical and operational measures to mitigate air emissions. However, their application in the seafood industry is currently limited. The PhD project aims to fill the knowledge gap by developing optimization models at the regional scale to identify cost effective and business feasible solutions for emission reduction. Novel aspects of the PhD research include abatement cost estimation and analysis of technological and financial risks as barriers to fleet renewal and adoption of low/zero-emission technology.

Duties of the position

  • Conduct original scientific research relevant to the research topic above
  • Publish and disseminate research results obtained in a suitable and timely manner
  • The candidate must engage in the FAME project activities as required
  • Complete mandatory coursework during the initial part of the employment period
  • Meet with and plan research tasks in collaboration with relevant research and industry partners from the FAME project

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Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management

IØT has challenging and inspiring educational programmes and research projects in the cross-disciplinary field of technology management. Through its programmes of study, IØT educates candidates with a solid technological basis in methodology and theory on how to develop and manage technologically based organisations.


Participation in, and development of, research projects in close co-operation with Norwegian industry, the department is also developing models, tools and methods for how to manage Norwegian industry.

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