PhD Candidate within Marine Hydrodynamics

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 Jan 2020

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate related to the topic "Hydrodynamic performance of ship propulsion and resistance in a seaway" at The Department of Marine Technology.

Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships is an expressed focus area for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to contribute to the global fight against climate change. Improving energy efficiency performance of new and existing ships is one of the strategies. The performance of a ship in operation is influenced by the physical environment, e.g. by actions from wind and waves. However, resistance testing of ships is still typically performed in calm water conditions. There is a need for more research on the integrated hydrodynamic performance of ships in operational conditions, related to energy efficiency.

The research work of the PhD project will focus on the hydrodynamic performance of ship propulsion and resistance in operational conditions. Research methods will include development of efficient numerical simulation models and physical model experiments for validation. Application of the numerical model as a "digital twin" for a ship will be investigated to examine the hydrodynamic model relative to real-time measurements, which in turn could facilitate operational monitoring of ship performance.

The candidate will be associated with SFI Smart Maritime ( ), hosted by SINTEF Ocean, and SFF AMOS ( ) at NTNU. The candidate will also be included in relevant research projects where the department is a partner.

The position reports to David Kristiansen (Associate Professor).

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Complete a training component as part of the PhD degree of a minimum of 34 ECTS.
  • Participate in research group activities at the Department of Marine Technology, SFI Smart Maritime and SFF AMOS.
  • Participate in international activities such as conference attendance and research collaboration.
  • Complete and publish original research work under supervision, sufficient for attainment of a PhD degree.   

Qualification requirements

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 [subject area] 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.

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

Other qualifications

  • A background in marine hydrodynamics, with experience from experimental, numerical and/or theoretical methods is favourable
  • Programming skills in e.g. C++ and python
  • Good written and oral English skills is required
  • Communication skills in Norwegian is favourable

Personal characteristics

We are looking for a person who is:

  • enthusiastic
  • dedicated
  • highly motivated
  • willing to work both independently and with other researchers

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement. NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA .

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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, with start-up at latest on August 20th, 2020.

Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Marine Technology. 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

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. 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.

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent, NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life ( ). Having a population of 200 000, Trondheim is a small city by international standards with low crime rates and little pollution. It also has easy access to a beautiful countryside with mountains and a dramatic coastline.

Questions about the position can be directed to David Kristiansen, phone number + 47 971 26 185, e-mail: [email protected]

About the application:

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. 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): ).

Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number IV-35/20 when applying.

Application deadline: 31.01.2020

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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 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.

Deadline 31st January 2020
EmployerNTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary

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