The EU-supported PhD programme PERSEUS will allow NTNU to recruit 40 PhD candidates. The candidates will research digital technologies as tools to solve issues related to energy, healthcare, manufacturing, mobility and ocean-based technologies. 

The PERSEUS Doctoral Programme has been granted EU funding through Horizon 2020
MSCA-COFUND programme. This is the first COFUND-supported programme at NTNU and the second in Norway.

Digital transformation and sustainability

The new programme has a total budget of 14,6 million euros and will open positions for 40 PhD candidates to be recruited at NTNU through two open calls for applications over a five-year period.

The PhD candidates of PERSEUS will work in the thematic areas of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, Digital Twins, Internet of Things, Extended Reality and Information and Cyber Security, linked to sectors of great societal importance: Energy, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Mobility and Ocean-based technologies.

– The knowledge and diversity of NTNU’s scientists constitute a great potential for developing and using digital technologies as tools to solve societal challenges, comments Torbjørn Svendsen. Svendsen is Director of NTNU Digital that has been instrumental in initiating the collaboration leading to the PERSEUS-application.

– We are very happy that PERSEUS is becoming a reality. The project will increase knowledge about the use of digital technology to help achieve the sustainability goals, and strengthen NTNU’s position within digital transformation, says NTNU’s Vice-Rector for Research, Tor Grande.

Benefits from broad collaboration

The PERSEUS PhD programme involves broad collaboration at NTNU and with 11 top-level academic partners from 8  European countries and 8 Norwegian industry partners.

Through this collaboration, NTNU can offer the 40 PhD candidates state-of-the art laboratories, involvement into long-term and large-scale research and innovation projects, as well as contact with relevant stakeholders and user groups.

– We see great value in the fact that PERSEUS comprises a broad multidisciplinary research, international collaboration and clear links between academia and industry. This foundation will give the PhD candidates complementary digital and transferable skills, and provide society with highly specialized and sought-after personnel that can drive the next revolution of digital transformation technologies, says Coordinator of NTNU Digital, Vilija Balionyte-Merle.

Various fields of research and expertise

At NTNU, the project has been developed in a close collaboration between various fields of research at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, and the strategic initiative NTNU Oceans.

– I am proud of the commitment and contributions from the collaborators, both internally and externally. The result was an excellent application, and a doctoral programme that will educate top-level researchers who contribute to a smart, safe and sustainable future, says Vice-Dean for Research at NTNU’s Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, and PERSEUS coordinator, Ingelin Steinsland.

External Collaborators

Education and research institutions:

  • Technische Universitat Berlin (Germany)
  • Institut Mines-Télécom (France)
  • Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnolocia e Ciência (Portugal)
  • Chalmers Tekniska Høgskola AB (Sweden)
  • Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (Danmark)
  • Alma Mater Studiorum – Universita Di Bologna (Italy)
  • Politecnica di Milano (Italy)
  • Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)
  • EURECOM (France)
  • Tampeeren Korkeakolulu-Saatio SR (Finland)
  • Aalto Korkeakolulusaatio SR (Finland)

Industry partners:

  • Olavs hospital
  • Trønder Energi AS
  • Sykehuset Innlandet HF

Contact person for PERSEUS: Ingelin Steinsland, NTNU.