Phd Research Fellow in Materials Science

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 Jan 2021

About the position

A PhD research fellow position is available in the field of coating and surfaces to reduce fouling in marine applications. The PhD project is a collaboration between Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering and the Industrial Ecology Program, Dept. of Energy and Process Engineering.

Fouling may be a problem on surfaces caused by the operating environment, and the accumulation of unwanted material on the solid surface can destroy the functionality. In fish farming, there will be biofouling on all materials in contact with seawater. This include both steel constructions and the polymer cage wires. Today, the poly(ethylene) based cages are impregnated to reduce fouling, causing emissions of copper to the environment. The mechanisms for fouling and new coating materials for the impregnation process are of great interest to investigate further.

In this project, the main focus will be on investigating the surfaces which may be exposed to fouling in sea water. Materials, and especially the polymeric cages wires, will be characterized, relating mechanical properties to both structural and functional aspects. In particular, the impregnation process will be looked into to find novel material solutions with better anti-fouling properties from a sustainable point of view. An important goal of the project is to understand how to combine good anti-fouling performance with materials durability on an environmentally friendly material surface. The project includes life-cycle analysis.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact: Assoc. Professor Hilde Lea Lein, e-mail: hilde.lea.lein@ntnu.no  or Professor Andreas Erbe, e-mail: phd-corrosion@material.ntnu.no

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in in materials science, physics, chemistry or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale . If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant .

Background and experience in coating, surface treatment and mechanical properties are desired. We search for a person that is creative, innovative and can work independently, and has good communication skills and is able to collaborate with other PhD candidates.

The candidate must have, or complete before the summer of 2021, a master’s degree in the field of materials science, physics or chemistry.

Excellent written and oral English language skills as well as presentation skills are required.

  • To undertake the teaching duties, it is a requirement that the candidate speaks Norwegian or another Scandinavian language.

Personal characteristics

  • The successful candidates can take responsibility for progress and can work independently.
  • The candidates have good communication skills and are able to collaborate closely with other members of the research group.
  • The candidates must be diligent and able to show initiative on behalf of their own work.

In the evaluation of which candidates are best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 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 4 years. This includes one year with teaching duties.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in PhD programme in materials science  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.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.
Aspired starting date is as soon as possible.

About the application

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

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • Name and address of three referees
  • Documentation of English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) if English or a Scandinavian language is not the applicant's mother tongue.
  • A statement on when the applicant can start in the position if selected.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

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

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

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.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI) .

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number NV-1/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 31.01.2021

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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering  

We are Norway's leading educational and research environment in materials engineering, materials chemistry and materials science.  In collaboration with business and industry, we are a driving force for the development of innovative materials as well as new applications and manufacturing processes.  Activities in our disciplines are vital for the green shift. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering  is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences .

Deadline 31st January 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
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