NHL Stenden Hogeschool Academie Maritiem Instituut Willem Barentsz

Professional Doctorate candidate in the maritime field

0.5 - 1.0 fte

Do you want to make a meaningful contribution to the innovation of the maritime sector?

On behalf of Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz, the maritime academy, NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences is looking, as of January 2023 for a

Professional Doctorate candidate in the maritime field

0,5 - 1,0 fte

In the maritime sector, there is a need for academic and more practice-based research to reinforce each other to make the sector safer and more sustainable.

Technological solutions are offered from academia. However, without a deep understanding of the everyday practice of the sector, it is unlikely that the full potential of these developments can be realised. The Professional Doctorate can bridge this gap by making knowledge practically applicable.
The Professional Doctorate is the practice-oriented equivalent of PhD tracks at universities where the candidate conducts research at a university of applied sciences at the highest level.

More information about the PD can be found here: Vereniging Hogescholen | Professional doctorate

Who are we looking for

Do you have a university or university of applied sciences master's degree in the maritime field or in another field relevant to the maritime sector and would you like to deepen your knowledge, develop personally and contribute to solutions of practical problems?

We are looking for candidates who recognise themselves in one or more of the following profiles:

  • Managers and senior professionals working in private/public organisations in the maritime domain.
  • Academic staff working at universities of applied sciences/universities looking for a further step in their research career.
  • Recent graduates of a university of applied sciences or university master's programme.

Profile

We require:

  • A completed university of applied sciences or university master's degree in the maritime field or in another field relevant to the maritime sector
  • Up-to-date knowledge of maritime practice
  • A demonstrable good command of the English language (at least level C1)
  • Independence, perseverance, curiosity, collaborative spirit and a drive to improve practice
  • Demonstrable research and publication experience is a plus.

Research area:

  • You will conduct practice-oriented research that contributes to the sustainability, safety and competitiveness of the maritime sector.
  • Your topic and research question should be in line with the research of the Maritime Research Group of NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences.
  • In particular our group is engaged in multiple (inter-)national research projects which include two PD research topics. One on knowledge acquisition and distribution on the application of fuel cells and batteries for marine propulsion of ships (Number 1), and the other on data-driven design of ships (Number 2).
  • Other areas of practical innovation may also be suitable for PD research, when in line with the area of the research group. Potential candidates and/or their employers are invited to react.

Research topics:

Number 1:

A strong consortium of Dutch companies and universities has conceived a research and development project on Zero Emission shipping, focused on the application of fuel cells and batteries. Recently it was announced that this project is granted funding from the Nederlandse Organisatie Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO).

NHL Stenden is an integrated partner in this consortium, with a vital task on the distribution and utilization of the knowledge as developed in this project, for a wide variety of knowledge users. This task faces the following challenges:

  • There are currently no industry guidelines for training or education in the application and use of batteries and fuel cells.
  • Current education and training are focused on ships using conventional propulsion, green propulsion in any form is underexposed.
  • There is a wide variety of stakeholders in terms of education and training, each with their own interests, needs and education level.

Obviously, new tools can be employed, such physical, numerical and/or visual simulators and/or serious games, although the interaction with more traditional means may also provide value. Designing, developing and testing an optimal toolset will be an endeavor of practice-oriented research, which will be performed in close collaboration with the consortiums’ research groups, companies and laboratories where the actual knowledge is developed.

For this work we are looking for a Professional Doctorate candidate with a Msc. background in technology or engineering, e.g. in the field of Maritime, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics or Physics. Interest in education or knowledge management is an asset.

For more information on this research topic, please contact Herbert Koelman, professor in Maritime Innovative Technologies, Herbert.Koelman@nhlstenden.com.

 

Number 2:

A strong consortium of European companies and universities has conceived a research and development project on smart computational tools for shipbuilding. Recently it was announced that this project is granted funding from the EU Horizon Europe Framework Programme. NHL Stenden is integrated partner in this consortium, with three main tasks of research and development:

  • The design and implementation of a system for data-driven early ship design and optimization.
  • Cyber Security governance.
  • IP protection and exploitation strategy.

Situated on the interface between theory and practice, the first task will in particular be suitable for Professional Doctorate research. Obviously, the nature of the solution will be part of the research, although preliminary deliberations point towards an automated pre-process of generation and analyses of ship design variations. This results in large combinations of design-related data, which can be utilized in subsequent   machine learning and optimization strategies.

An interesting aspect of our consortium is the presence of European design offices and shipyards, so all proposed methods and tools can be evaluated with ships that are actually being designed and build in Europe.

For this work we are looking for a Professional Doctorate candidate with a Msc. background in engineering, e.g. in the field of Maritime, Mechanical Engineering, Aviation, Industrial Design or Computer Aided Design. Interest in computational tools is an asset.

For more information on this research topic, please contact Herbert Koelman, professor in Maritime Innovative Technologies, Herbert.Koelman@nhlstenden.com

 

What we offer:

  • During your Professional Doctorate route, you will take support courses to further develop yourself and your research skills.
  • You will work in a multidisciplinary team and be supervised by a professor and fellow researchers.

Employment conditions

We will be happy to get in touch with you and make further employment arrangements with you about the form best suited to you for this 4-year programme.

Apply

Are you the colleague that we are looking for? Send your letter of application and CV (in one document) including a brief description of the research you would like to do (max 1500 words), via the “sollicitatieknop” (application button) stating vacancy number 3023 MIWB.

Procedure

The deadline date for applications is 18 December 2022.

Questions?

For further information, please contact Welmoed van der Velde, welmoed.van.der.velde@nhlstenden.com

 

 

 

Region:

  • Friesland

Job type:

Contract

Working hours:

Full-time
Part-time

Working days:

Day

Application deadline:

18/12/2022

Expected Start Date:

01/01/2023

Location:

Leeuwarden

Contacts:

Mathijn Lindstedt

Company homepage:

http://www.nhlstenden.com

Office address:

Rengerslaan 8-10 8917DD Leeuwarden