PhD Candidate in Structural Analysis of ASR-Affected Concrete Structures

Updated: 11 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Nov 2021

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD Candidate at the Department of Structural Engineering . The Department has about 140 employees, half of them PhD Students.

The current PhD position will be affiliated to the Concrete group  which is a team of scientists dedicated to the study of all aspects of concrete. The Concrete group conduct research on concrete from material to structural level based on theoretical, numerical and experimental investigations. The research group is involved in several national and international research projects, it has a close collaboration with the industry, and it has extended laboratory facilities with a rich history.

The successful candidate is expected to conduct research within the field Structural analysis of ASR-affected concrete structures. Nonlinear and time-dependent finite element analysis using material models that account for ASR-effects. Focus is on adoption of material data from laboratory experiments, establishment of a theoretical framework accounting for cracking, anisotropy, and time- and temperature dependence, and verification of the theory by applying it on real ASR-affected bridges. The main project results will be verified by applying the gained knowledge on selected ASR-affected bridges ("demonstrators"). The candidate should also contribute to development of guidelines for how to evaluate the damage consequences assessing the structures serviceability, durability and capacity.

The PhD position involves both theoretical, numerical and experimental research. The candidate will work with a team of experienced researchers within the fields of structural design and concrete materials and will do research in close collaboration with the Norwegian authorities for roads and railways, SINTEF, three foreign universities (Laval and Ottawa in Canada and Gustav Eiffel University in France), and the concrete industry.

The position is funded by the research project “Management and extended service life of infrastructures affected by Alkali-Silica Reaction (MESLA) chaired by NTNU and granted by the Norwegian Research Council.

The position will follow NTNU’s PhD education , and it is expected that the successful candidate will undertake the necessary courses as part of the PhD program as well as submitting a research plan no later than 3 months from the date of joining.

You will report to the supervising Professors. 

Duties of the position

  • Perform research and report progress on a regular basis in agreement with the supervisor(s)
  • Experimental and theoretical research according to the research plan and the project objectives
  • Complete the necessary course/training to work in the laboratory
  • Laboratory work
  • Communication and dissemination of research results under supervision

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in civil engineering, within structural analysis and design 
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, 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  
  • You must have excellent written and oral English language skills

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants  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

  • Proven skills/track record in the relevant areas of research, or work experience from the industry
  • Knowledge of programming/software, MATLAB, Python, FEA software, LabView, etc.
  • Interest in theoretical as well as experimental studies
  • Research quality and publications - Journal and conference papers
  • Norwegian (or Scandinavian) language skills are an advantage

Personal characteristics

  • Ambitious and motivated for research work in this field
  • Good communication and dissemination skills
  • Well-organized and able to plan and conduct laboratory activities and execute experiments
  • Good analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Genuine interest in research and willingness to learn

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 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 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 
  • Research interest/area and motivation (maximum 1 page A4 size)
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • Name and address 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.

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 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

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.

In accordance with The Public 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.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Terje Kanstad, telephone +47 73594519, email . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Consultant Elin Pedersen Nystuen, e-mail .

Please submit your application electronically via 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 IV-227/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 30.11.2021

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Deadline 30th November 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
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