Norwegian University Science and Technology PhD Positions, Norway

Publish Date: Oct 08, 2015

Deadline: Nov 01, 2015

The Department of Engineering Design and Materials (IPM) at the Norwegian University Science and Technology (NTNU) announce two vacant PhD position in "Predicting long term properties of composites". The PhD positions is for 3 years.

Fiber reinforced plastics (composites) are frequently used to build high performance products to solve demanding technical challenges. Their high strength and stiffness combined with low weight, possible flexibility and ease of manufacture of complex shapes gives many advantages. To be able to operate these products safely and reliably, their long-term performance needs to be understood. This project will develop a new approach to model and predict long-term performance in harsh environments.

The physical and chemical ageing processes of the composite material due to environmental effects and external mechanical loading shall be predicted by modeling the constituent materials of the composite, i.e. fibers and matrix material, and their interaction.

The project works closely together with the industry. The participants in the project are DNV GL, three oil companies and four engineering companies.

Requirements for the position:

IPM is looking for two PhD candidates with complementary skills and education to work on the project. The candidates must have excellent analytical and modeling skills combined with interest in experimental work. The successful applicants are motivated and ambitious students with excellent grades. Proficiency to carry out goal-oriented work, good skills to deliver oral and written presentation of research results (good writing skills in English are essential), and good cooperation abilities will be emphasized.

Please state your experience with the following subject areas (given in alphabetical order):

  • Chemical reaction kinetics
  • Composite micro mechanics
  • Creep
  • Diffusion in composites
  • Diffusion in polymers
  • Fatigue
  • Finite element analysis
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Laminate theory
  • Microstructure property relationship
  • Multiscale modeling
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Rate dependent properties
  • Surface Science
  • Time temperature superposition
  • Viscoelasicity

In addition, please write a one-page essay describing what motivates you to apply for the position and why you are qualified for the task.

Providing TOEFL and/or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Test scores or equivalent would strengthen your application.

The PhD candidates will be required to work in Trondheim at the Department of Engineering Design and Materials. A statement on when the applicant can start in the position if selected should be supplied.

Conditions of appointment:

PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at wage level 50, gross NOK 429 400 before tax. There will be a 2 % deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

Engagement as a PhD Candidate is done in accordance with "Regulation concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident", given by the Ministry of Education and Research of 19.07.2010. The goal of the positions is to obtain a PhD degree. Applicants will engage in an organized PhD training program, and appointment requires approval of the applicants plan for a PhD study within three months from the date of commencement. See for more information.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government's policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Women are encouraged to apply.

According to the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the list of applicants.

The application must contain information of educational background and work experience. Certified copies of transcripts and reference letters should be enclosed.

Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should to be submitted. Mark your application with IVT-121/15.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Andreas Echtermeyer,

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