PhD Candidate, Positive Displacement Pump for Low-head Seawater Pumped Storage Applications

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Mar 2020

About the position

We are looking for a highly motivated person to be a part of the team working on the EU Horizon 2020 project ALPHEUS.

We have a vacancy for a PhD position at the Department of Energy and Process engineering (EPT), Faculty of Engineering, NTNU. The position is funded by the Horizon 2020 project ALPHEUS. The candidate will work on investigating a positive displacement pump for low-head seawater pumped storage applications. The work performed in ALPHEUS will be important for enabling a higher penetration of intermittent renewable energies because energy storage capabilities are provided.

The work will contribute to reaching the EU targets on climate emissions reductions and accelerate the green transition.

In this work numerical methods will be the primary tools, especially Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tools. Investigations of structural domain might also be considered necessary. Validation of numerical results will be performed on a model, and then the numerical code and setup will be used for design optimization and upscaling to prototype scale.

The work place will be at the Waterpower Laboratory on the Gløshaugen Campus.

The Head of Department is Professor Terese Løvås. The position`s supervisor is Associate Professor Pål-Tore Selbo Storli.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Execute the appropriate numerical investigations for determining the applicability of a positive displacement pump for the intended use
  • Produce reports on the findings for reporting to the European Commission
  • Complete admission to, and comply to duties and requirements according to, the doctoral programme at NTNU

Qualification requirements

Essential qualifications:

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in mechanical or civil engineering or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale . Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

  • Documented high competence in CFD, where experience with deforming meshes will benefit the applicant’s success
  • Good written and oral English skills
  • Highly skilled in the use of advanced text editors

Desirable qualifications:

  • Previously authored peer reviewed journal paper
  • Previously participated in projects funded from outside academia

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, postdoctor and research assistant

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

Personal characteristics

  • Highly motivated for entering a PhD programme
  • Independent and be able to ensure progress on a day to day basis
  • Able to accept that sometimes limitations are necessary to ensure progress
  • Good cooperative and communicative skills

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, 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 479 600 before tax per year. 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 admission to the PhD programme in Engineering . As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

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 criterias 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.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

About the application:

Questions about the position can be directed to Assoc. Prof. Pål-Tore Storli, +4773592518, e-mail:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. It is necessary to include a Diploma Supplement with European Masters Diplomas from outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Masters Diplomas from the China Credentials Verification (CHSI): .  

Application deadline: 01.03.2020

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Department of Energy and Process Engineering

We conduct research and teaching covering the entire energy chain, from resources to the end-user. We look at how energy is produced and used by humans and machines in a sustainable way with regard to health, climate change and the resource base. The Department of Energy and Process Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 1st March 2020
EmployerNTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary

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