Phd Position Within Nonlinear Wave Kinematics And Wave Loads On Offshore Wind Substructures

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 21 Apr 2024

29 Mar 2024
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Established Researcher (R3)

Application Deadline

21 Apr 2024 - 00:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

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Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

About the job

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

About the position

As part of the NRC KPN grant “Bottom Fixed Offshore Wind Turbines in Extreme Waves” (B-WAVE), we have a vacancy for a 3-year PhD position at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering within the Marine Civil Engineering group. The ever-growing demand of offshore wind for a sustainable green energy supply requires increasing research on accurate and efficient evaluations of the sea states and the wave loads on the wind turbine substructures. In the B-WAVE project, the wave conditions and wave loads will be analysed through a numerical framework with extensive validations.

This specific PhD project focuses on met-ocean analysis, large-scale sea-state numerical analysis and wave load calculations on offshore wind substructures. A fully nonlinear potential flow framework will be used as a foundation for further developments and applications. More sophisticate breaking wave algorithms will be investigated, multiple marine environmental stressors will be included, and an automated multi-scale workflow based on modelling and large datasets will be developed and applied. For the interaction between wind and propagating waves, a non-hydrostatic wave model will employed.

The numerical models used for those activities reside within the open-source hydrodynamics framework REEF3D ( ). The model is developed in-house and the candidate will be a member of the research team. The new developments will be implemented in REEF3D and the numerical results will be validated extensively from previous experimental campaigns. The position reports to the head of department and the main supervisor a professor. 

Duties of the position

  • work on the numerical investigations, validations and applications within nonlinear wave kinematics and wave loads on offshore wind substructures
  • contribute to the development of the open-source hydrodynamics software REEF3D
  • publish in top-ranking journals and conferences
  • perform excellent and independent research
  • collaborate with the project team at NTNU

Required selection criteria

  • sound knowledge of fluid mechanics
  • strong understanding of ocean waves and wave mechanics
  • have in-depth experience working with fully nonlinear potential flow models or similar/equivalent other numerical wave models
  • you must have a professionally relevant background in coastal engineering, ocean engineering, fluid mechanics and oceanography
  • 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
  • you must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program 
  • excellent English skills, spoken and written

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

  • programming skills in C/C++, Fortran, Python or equivalent
  • experience with open-source software
  • documented experience with met-ocean analysis
  • documented experience with wave forces calculations
  • experience with data-driven methods
  • to have demonstrated the ability to write and publish international scientific articles based upon carried out research tasks will be considered as an advantage

Personal characteristics

  • self-motivated, enthusiastic, and dedicated
  • motivated to solve computational physics problems
  • ambitious and goal oriented
  • team player
  • excellent communication 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:

  • cover letter specifically addressing how the candidate complies with the required qualifications for the position
  • CV and certificates
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees
  • language skill attests
  • academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 items)
  • name and contact information of three referees

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.

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 Hans Bihs,  email [email protected] . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Alexander Skomakerstuen, 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: 21.04.24

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

We conduct research and teaching in civil and transportation engineering, technical planning, structural engineering, water and wastewater engineering and hydraulic engineering. Graduates from our programmes become employees – in both the public and private sectors – with a sustainability mindset combined with competitive knowledge and skills. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering  is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 21st April 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Høgskoleringen 1, 7491 Trondheim

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