PhD Candidate in Structural Health Monitoring of Marine Structures

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 23 Mar 2024

1 Mar 2024
Job Information

NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Department of Marine Technology
Research Field

Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

23 Mar 2024 - 23:59 (Europe/Oslo)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description
This is NTNU

NTNU is a broad-based university with a technical-scientific profile and a focus in professional education. The university is located in three cities with headquarters in Trondheim.

At NTNU, 9,000 employees and 43,000 students work to create knowledge for a better world.

You will find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

About the job

 The Department of Marine Technology  has a vacancy for a PhD Candidate in Structural Health Monitoring of Marine Structures. For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

This position will focus on the structural health monitoring of marine structures, including vessel hulls and floating offshore wind turbines (FOWTs) using the inverse Finite Element Method (iFEM). For this project, the candidate will start by developing an iFEM code for reconstructing the shape of simple steel structures (beams and plates). After validating the iFEM code for simple structures, it will be further developed for shape sensing of a hull, first numerically and then experimentally using a full-scale vessel made available to us at NTNU for research activities. After the model is validated for vessel hull SHM, it will be tested for a FOWT hull or tower numerically and possibly experimentally in a model test. Additionally, there is an opportunity to further develop the iFEM code and extend its application to monitor the composite blades of wind turbines. The numerical models developed by other team members could also support the testing of the iFEM code.

Your immediate leaders are your supervisor and the Head of the Department.

Duties of the position
  • conduct original, cutting-edge research, including critical literature review to identify the state-of-the-art and research gaps, designing research projects and methodologies, and generating, collecting, and analysing data
  • publish findings in top-tier journals and present at international conferences
  • collaborate actively within the project team and with external partners
  • engage in professional development through attending seminars, lectures, and workshops as well as networking (all supported financially and professionally)

Required selection criteria
  • relevant background in Marine, Mechanical, Aerospace or Structural Engineering, or a related discipline
  • proficiency in finite element methods
  • strong knowledge in continuum and damage mechanics
  • education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • 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 August 2024
  • meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program ( )
  • good command of English both written and spoken

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
  • experience in experimental strain measurement
  • knowledge in composite materials
  • programming skills in MATLAB, Python and Fortran
  • experience in signal processing and data science

Personal characteristics
  • self-motivated with intellectual curiosity
  • strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • attention to details
  • excellent communication, collaboration, and networking abilities
  • ability to work independently and as part of a team

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.

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

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
  • 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
  • cover letter explaining your motivation and qualifications for the position
  • research proposal aligned with the position's objectives including a brief background and the state-of-the-art, research questions, methodologies, and anticipated outcomes
  • contact information for three referees
  • documents indicating research or professional background relevant to the position (publications, project report, etc.)

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 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.

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 Associate Professor Mojtaba Mokhtari, [email protected] . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Marit Gjersvold, [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: 23.03.2024


NTNU - knowledge for a better world

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

Department of Marine Technology

We develop methods and technology related to the blue economy: oil and gas extraction at sea, ship technology and the equipment industry, fisheries and aquaculture. We also have a strong commitment to the development of sustainable solutions for offshore renewable energy, coastal infrastructure, and marine robotics. Marine technology helps to solve major global challenges related to the environment, climate, energy, food and efficient transport. The Department of Marine Technology  is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

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Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent

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