PhD Position Within the Field of Ice Action on Structures for Offshore Wind

Updated: 8 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 Jan 2020

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD position at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering .

The candidate shall address the design and operation of structures for the exploration of Offshore Wind energy in areas with sea ice. We want to develop a meso-scale dynamic sea ice drift model that can use available met-ocean data (from satellites and weather forecast) and predict the local ice drift velocity around a fixed structure. The output from this model will give input into the existing SAMCoT IIV model (developed at TU-Delft) that simulates the coupled ice-structure interaction and can be used to predict the structural response.

The strategic ambition is to maintain world leading group on ice action on slender offshore structure that was initiated through SAMCoT and established through FATICE. The group consists of NTNU, TU-Delft, HSVA (Hamburg ship model basin), TUHH (Technical university og Hamburg) and Aalto.

The position reports to Professor and Academic Programme Director, Knut Vilhelm Høyland.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • The candidates main duty is to carry out research leading to a PhD, but it is also expected that the  candidates takes part in discussions with other PhD students / Post-Docs or researchers addressing relevant topics
  • Independently set up research plans and conduct them accordingly
  • Take lead in writing research papers under supervision
  • Contribute in supervising master students within the field
  • Comply with the PhD training programme of the Faculty of Engineering

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 Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Marine Technology, applied Mathematics or Applied Physics 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

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

Other qualifications

  • Relevant field experience may be an advantage
  • Programming experience may be an advantage
  • Good written and oral English language skills

Personal characteristics

  • As a PhD student, you will go into an existing group so you should have a cooperative spirit and be able to work within the national and international group
  • You should be open and broad minded
  • You should be hard working

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 (without required teaching duties), and startup will be within 20.08.2020. 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.

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 Professor and Academic Programme Director, Knut Vilhelm Høyland, phone number: 73594632, e-mail:

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 SO-11/20 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 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 31st January 2020
EmployerNTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Gløshaugen

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