Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomechanics

Trondheim, Norway
Wednesday, 24 June 2020
End of advertisement period
Friday, 31 July 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Structural Engineering.

A two and a half year (2.5) postdoctoral position is available at the research group Biomechanics, Department of Structural Engineering, within the field of soft tissue biomechanics related to the upper airways and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

The position is associated with the Frinatek project VirtuOSA: virtual surgery in the upper airways new solutions to obstructive sleep apnea treatment. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway. The project is a joint effort between solid mechanics (one Postdoctoral Fellow, this position), fluid mechanics (one PhD candidate), and medicine (one Postdoctoral Fellow, ear nose throat surgery). With this we will have access to patient specific data (e.g. CT scans of upper airways, airflow measurements pre and post surgery).

This postdoctoral position will address both experimental investigations and theoretical modeling. A biaxial soft tissue test rig will be utilized with diverse soft tissue materials and used in characterization of parameters for hyperelastic material models to be used in nonlinear finite element analysis. The material models will also be employed in fluid structure interaction simulations (task for the PhD position). SINTEF Industry contributes with CFD analyses and experimental validation.

You will report to Professor and Associate Professor.

Duties of the position

The candidate will participate actively in the virtuOSA team where the research tools are experimental, theoretical and numerical. The main discipline is solid biomechanics. The candidate will contribute with:

  • experimental investigations of soft tissue constituents representative of upper airway tissue (adipose, muscular, glandular, connective). Tissue constituents will be investigated separately and in combination. Tissue from other parts of the body will provide a basis, but also upper airway dissected tissue will be investigated.
  • defining appropriate material models for the soft tissue response, along with parameter estimation based on the experimental measurements.
  • some implementation (modifications) of the material models in e.g. ABAQUS UMAT routines. Finite element simulation of patient specific parts of upper airway.
  • discussions with the project team and giving input to the FSI activities.

It is expected that the results from the project is published in peer-reviewed journals and at scientific conferences.

Required selection criteria

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in solid mechanics, structural mechanics, computational mechanics or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

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, post doctor and research assistant.

  • the applicant should be fluent in English (spoken and written). Applicants from non-English speaking countries outside Europe must document English skills (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE or CPE).

Preferred selection criteria

  • background in biomechanics, structural mechanics, experimental mechanics, computational mechanics or similar.
  • a strong background in nonlinear finite element methods.

Personal characteristics

  • ambitious person with good workability
  • highly motivated to perform interdisciplinary research
  • willing to work both independently and collaborate with other researchers
  • able to carry out theoretical, experimental and numerical work

We offer

Salary and conditions

The employment period is 2,5 years.

Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 542 400 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 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 plan or project proposal
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 3 works)
  • Name and address of three referees

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 suitability.

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.

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 Bjørn Skallerud, 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-148/20 when applying.

Application deadline: 31.07.2020

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Department of Structural Engineering

We teach mechanical engineering, engineering and ICT, and civil and environmental engineering. The Department conducts internationally leading research and participates in several large national research projects. The Department of Structural Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 31st July 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service Gløshaugen

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