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Since being founded in 2015, Ascend has competed with top universities across the globe in the International Aerial Robotics Competition. Every year we admit new members who build on the work of the previous team, making us more experienced and knowledgeable with each passing year. Scroll down to see which positions you can apply for!

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Join our BOARD

The Board is responsible for the organizational and managerial tasks related to running Ascend NTNU. You will coordinate the high level work of the team, ensuring that plans and deadlines are kept, budgets are met, and that work is flowing smoothly. As a board member, your prime responsibility is to facilitate the work done by the student members and to represent Ascend NTNU externally.  You will have the opportunity to shape Ascend NTNU as an organization through your decisions, such as through the recruitment of new members, cooperation with sponsors and external parties and creating the vision and goals for the years team.

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Positions we offer

Project Manager and Deputy Project Manager

The Project Manager is the chair of the board and works to further Ascend NTNUs goals and vision. The position requires that you are proactive, see improvement areas, facilitate a good work culture and promote growth, both individual and organizational.

The Project Manager works closely with the board to coordinate the groups organizational needs. The role of Project Manager is often more about responsibilities than it is about specific tasks. Amongst many other things you will sit with the main responsibility for keeping a good relationship with partners and other external actors. Your tasks will vary from week to week and provide opportunities to work with most aspects of the project. Permanent tasks include leading board meetings and general meetings, and responsibility for cooperation with the main sponsors.

The Deputy Project Manager has the main responsibility for human resources and Health, Safety and Environment in Ascend. You become a trustee for the group members and is responsible for social cohesion. You will also assist the project manager with planning, follow-ups, and goal setting. Furthermore, you are responsible for recruiting new group members, new board members and group leaders.

The Project Manager and the Deputy Project Manager work closely together and distribute tasks between them. This collaboration gives a great deal of flexibility when it comes to tasks and allows you to adapt responsibilities so that you can work with what interests you the most.

We are looking for someone who:
- wants to work with an organization and enjoys varied work tasks
- is comfortable communicating with external actors, sponsors and other partners.
- strives to find good solutions in co-operation with others.
- is structured and good at keeping overview.
- is proactive, but can also think on their feet.
- works well with others.
- wants to improve Ascend by making major organizational decisions.
- is extroverted and comfortable with being a representative of Ascend, both in the team, and for the surrounding world.

If you have any question about these positions, do not hesitate to contact:
Oskar Østby (Project Manager) at
Inger-Lovise Pleym Fjellgaard (Deputy Project Manager) at

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Chief Engineer & Deputy Chief Engineer

The Chief Engineer and Deputy Chief Engineer have managerial responsibility over the technical work in Ascend NTNU. It will be your task to lead the technical work, making sure that all the groups cooperate towards a common goal. This includes planning, organizing and coordinating the work between the technical group leaders. It is critical to have an understanding of the systems being developed, how they fit together, how to adjust technical plans as the systems develop and finally how the systems should be integrated in the end. The insights and experience you gain as Chief Engineer or Deputy Chief Engineer will give you a comprehensive picture of multiple engineering disciplines that most others do not have.

As a board member, it is your task to keep the board informed on the technical progress of the team. You will also be responsible for keeping the technical group leaders informed on decisions made by the board, ensuring a good flow of information between the administrative and technical members of the organization. There will also be opportunities for you to assist the team members with technical work where it is needed.

The Chief Engineer and Deputy Chief Engineer will collaborate closely and share responsibility for many of the tasks related to administration of the technical work. You will have some freedom in defining and dividing the tasks between you. These tasks will include maintaining the technical components of the project management platforms (like Confluence and Jira), coordinating and documenting systems testing, formulating and maintaining the technical plans, arranging internal and external technical meetings, etc.

We are looking for someone who:
- is good at cooperating and have a passion for leadership.
- has a big interest for robotics, and preferably experience with C++ or ROS.
- likes to work with big, complex systems, preferably with experience from other projects.
- is structured, tidy and organized.
- can keep the overview of what things that are important at what times.
- is extroverted and comfortable with being a representative of Ascend NTNU: both in the team, and for the surrounding world.

If you have any questions about those positions, you can contact:

Torjus Bakkene (Chief Engineer) at
Håvard Brenne (Deputy Chief Engineer) at

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Head of Economics

The Head of Economics controls the use of the organization's financial assets. A reliable and predictable flow of resources is crucial to the team's success, and as Head of Economics your main responsibility is to make sure that resource allocation is optimized. Your job will mainly be focused on budgeting, keeping accounts and manage our in-house kiosk. The job also involves reaching out and taking care of both new and old sponsors, and report to the board and group leader of the current financial situation. Some tasks may be to make sure invoices are paid in due time, and that sponsored money arrives as scheduled. As the Head of Economics, you will also cooperate with the Marketing team, especially during event planning.
Economic experience is positive, but not a requirement, as there will be given full training.

We are looking for someone who:
- wishes to manage Ascend’s resources the best way possible.
- is interested in economics, accounting and budget planning.
- good and structured work methods.
- wants practical experience with running the economy in a student organization.
- wants to learn more about economics.

If you have any questions about this position, you can contact:
Akira Helgeby (Head of Economics) at

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Head of Marketing

The Head of Marketing is responsible for ensuring good communication and cooperation between Ascend NTNU and other organizations, companies and students. You will facilitate the making of these collaborations and bring Ascend NTNU closer to its goals. This also includes leading the marketing team, helping and assisting when needed. You will plan, test and perform different marketing strategies, both physically in Trondheim, on our social media and webpage. As the Head of Marketing, you have the freedom to find new and creative ways to reach out to the students with concrete and measurable results. Furthermore, you will have a significant impact on the development of Ascend’s brand. This includes creating a culture that inspires students to engage in research and innovation tied to autonomous drones. As Head of Marketing, you will also be a part of the board. This gives you good opportunities to shape and change Ascend NTNU for the better.

We are looking for someone who:
- is interested in marketing and willing to learn more about digital marketing.
- wishes to create and nurture relationships with partners and press.
- has good communication skills in both Norwegian and English.
- wishes to motivate others to reach a shared goal.  
- is good at cooperating and have a passion for leadership.
- is solution oriented, ambitious, focused, and driven by results.

If you have any questions about this position, you can contact:
Tiril Isaksen (Head of Marketing) at

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AI Group Leader

The AI group is responsible for the high-level planning and decision making done on-board our drone systems. As a group leader for the AI, you will be working with the high level information provided by the sensor processing systems in the Perception group. The systems your group designs will make informed decisions based on the current state of the drone and the world around the it. These decisions will then be transformed into commands sent to, and enacted by the Control group. The AI group has in the past made use of state-of-the-art technology within deep- and reinforcement learning, but traditional problems within path planning, higher level mission planning and information representation also fall under the umbrella of AI.

Lately, the AI group has also been responsible for developing the in-house simulator that we use to test our systems virtually. The goal is to provide Ascend with a simulator capable of providing both realistic physics as well as photorealistic graphics, enabling testing of computer-vision and complex interactions in the simulator.

As the AI group leader, you will coordinate the development of the simulator and high-level planning and decision making systems for the drone.

Keywords: Path- and Mission Planning, Decision Making, Simulation, Game Development, Unity

If you have any questions about this position, you can contact Aksel Lunde Aase at

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Control Group Leader

The Control group is responsible for the drone movement and bringing decisions to life. We are, in a sense, the interface between software and hardware. The Control group works on everything from flight control systems to obstacle avoidance, path planning and object interaction. As a group leader in the Control group, you must ensure that these systems are robust and reliable. The Control group works closely with all the other technical groups. It's the group leaders responsibility to coordinate system designs and communication within the group and with other groups. The Control group depends on frequent testing of their systems. As a group leader, it's important to ensure this happens in a safe manner and handle errors in an appropriate way. As the group handles systems all the way down to actuators and hardware level, you are expected to oversee all systems and how they work together in order to guide the group members.

As the Control group leader, you will coordinate your group in making systems which ensure safe and robust flight and command execution for the drone.

Keywords: Control systems, Object Interaction, Obstacle Avoidance, Finite State Machine, Simulation

If you have any questions about this position, you can contact Marcus Lerfald (Head of Control) at

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Hardware Group Leader

The Hardware group designs and builds Ascend’s drones. As the leader of this group, your main responsibility is the drones’ mechanical and electrical systems. You will make the decisions about the drones’ overall design and functionality, ensuring that the drone will work in the best possible way given the requirements and specifications of the mission at hand. This means that you will get insight in everything from CFD, carbon fiber production and CAD to electromechanical systems, circuit board design and  PCB-production, on top of designing the drone itself. You will naturally cooperate closely with all the other technical groups, deciding which sensors and computers will be placed on the drone.

As the Hardware group leader you will have a central role in designing, making and testing the physical drone that Ascend NTNU will use.

Keywords: CAD, RC Vehicles, Power Analysis and Fluid Dynamics, Carbon Fiber Production, 3D Printing, PCB Design, Altium Designer, Signal Processing

If you have any question about this position, you can contact Adrian Opheim at

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Perception Group Leader

The Perception group develops the systems which transform sensor data into meaningful information about the environment. Being a group leader for the Perception group means that you will select the sensor systems used on the drone, cooperating closely with the Hardware group on the placement of these components. Your group will mainly work with camera-based sensors, investigating the usage of depth cameras, deep learning and conventional computer vision to solve both mission specific and general tasks. The drones are also equipped with other sensors, such as IMUs, LIDARs, etc., which need to be utilized or fused in an efficient manner. The field of computer vision and sensor fusion is constantly evolving, and you will be working with cutting edge techniques in these fields.

As the Perception group leader you will process and interpret sensor data and transform it into meaningful information.

Keywords: Deep Learning, Computer Vision, Pose Estimation, Image Processing, Sensor Fusion

Should you have any questions, you can reach Øyvind Taksdal Stubhaug at

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"Tiden min i Ascend ga meg en unik muliget til å jobbe på et stort teknisk prosjekt over lengre tid. Dette ga meg masse erfaring innen samarbeid, ledelse og teknisk forståelse innen robotikk. Ascend har utvilsomt gjort meg til en bedre ingeniør og jeg hadde ikke vært der jeg er i dag uten den opplevelsen."

– Matias Christensen (Engineer R&D Flight Control & Autonomy - FLIR Unmanned Aerial Systems)

"Tiden min i Ascend bygde opp min entusiasme for teknologi.
Den bidro til at jeg fikk deltidsjobb i et bedrift jeg skal skrive masteroppgave for neste år
og jeg er sikker på at mange av de beste minnene mine fra tiden som student kommer til å være fra Ascend."

– Emil Martens (Team 2018-2020, Perception Group Leader 2019)

"Jeg var med i Ascend i tre år, både i AI gruppen, Perception og Alpha Pilot. Da jeg begynte i Ascend, i 1. klasse, hadde jeg lite programmerings erfaring. Det første året fikk jeg mulighet til å jobbe tett med flere svært flinke  4. og 5. klassinger. Dette hjalp meg utrolig mye både innenfor programmering, men også til å få et overblikk over robotikk og autonomi. I løpet av det første året i Ascend fikk jeg lært konsepter som ikke skulle dukke opp på studiet før i 3. klasse, som jeg nå direkte får brukt for på jobb.
Jeg er nå intern hos Cognite og jobber med å bringe robotikk inn i industrien. Jeg jobber hovedsaklig med ROS, på en veldig lik måte som i Ascend. Jeg har også hatt internships hos FFI, Kongsberg og FLIR unmanned aerial systems, der kunnskapen fra Ascend ble sterkt verdsatt av bedriftene. Jeg kan trygt si at erfaringene fra Ascend har hjulpet mer enn studiet og anbefaler alle med interesse for teknologi å søke.

– Nadia Wangberg (Team 2018-2020)

Why should you apply?

An empowering environment

By joining of Ascend you become part of a goal oriented and technology focused project where we work together to reach our goals.

Combine it with your studies

Several of our members write their project or master thesis about the work they do in Ascend. There is also an opportunity to take courses on leadership at NTNU.

Organizational experience

At Ascend you are contributing to a technical project from start to finish - This gives lots of valuable experience.

Add theory to the real world

At Ascend you take some of the most advanced topics you learn at NTNU out from the lecture hall and into real life.

Cutting edge technology

Be a part of an organization that uses and develops state of the art technology within the field of autonomous robotics.

Innovative culture

Our work culture is flexible, and your contribution can involve tasks outside your job description if they fit your interests and experience.