PhD Candidate in the design for manufacturing and re-manufacturing of wood constructions

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 04 Mar 2024

4th March 2024

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The Department of Manuafctoring and Civil Engineering has a vacancy for a
PhD Candidate in the design for manufacturing and re-manufacturing of wood constructions
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About the job

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

The research group on civil engineering and geomatics is searching for a PhD candidate interested in circular manufacturing of wood-based structures. The candidate will be part of the recently started research project, 1-2-TRESTEG, joining a cross-disciplinary team of researchers and PhD colleagues investigating circularity from different perspectives .

This project is part of the department’s long-term research strategy addressing the circularity and efficiency of the building sector in general and prefabricated wood-based structures in particular. NTNU is also part of the Norwegian Wood Cluster ( ), both contributing to, and having access, to an extensive industry- and academia network.

Keywords for the position are: Design for manufacturing, integrated parametric design and production set-up, re-manufacturing, and automated production. The starting point for the PhD-candidate in terms of research question, method, boundaries, and case-studies will be discussed and agreed-upon between the candidate and the supervisors.

A particular case could be to conduct design studies of pre-fabricated wall- and building elements, outline and test design for manufacturing/remanufacturing strategies, and provide new insights into digital integration of design, production and traceability.     

Your immediate leader is the Head of Department.

Duties of the position
  • Conduct theoretical and experimental studies of the above-mentioned research case study.
  • Document and publish results in acknowledged peer-reviewed academic publication channels.
  • Conduct at least the mandatory course credits for PhD-candidates at NTNU.
  • Contribute to project meetings, workshops, seminars, etc.
  • Contribute positively to the work environment in general and the research team at department level.

Required selection criteria
  • You must have a professionally relevant background in at least one of the following areas:

    -Wood science and technology

    -Civil engineering


    -Manufacturing / Production engineering

    -Mechanical / Structural engineering

    Robotics / Cybernetics

    -Applied materials

  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • Master's students can apply, but the master's degree must be obtained and documented by september 2024.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program (link)


The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant 

Preferred selection criteria
  • Interested in conducting laboratory work (i.e.; automation/manufacturing lab) and on-site industrial case studies.
  • Programming skills.
  • Familiar with standard BIM/CAD/CAM/CAE software.
  • Norwegian or other Scandinavian language skills are an advantage.

Personal characteristics
  • Creative
  • Ability to work goal-oriented and independently – but also willing to include the team in driving the research forward
  • Positive attitude
  • Good communications skills

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 532 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years.
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Engineering within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.


The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants , and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must be attached to the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include:

  • CV and certificates
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Project proposal
  • Name and contact information of three referees
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here . If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.  

The city of Gjøvik has a population of 30 000 and is a town known for its rich music and cultural life. The beautiful nature surrounding the city is ideal for an active outdoor life! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation . You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Geir Ringen, [email protected], +47 41679834 or Thomas Haavi, [email protected], +4798230442. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Kristine Rognlid Hagaseth, e-mail: [email protected]

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.  

Application deadline: 04.03.2024

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