Post-doctoral Fellowship in Experimental Fluid Mechanics

Trondheim, Norway
Tuesday, 2 March 2021
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 8 April 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

A post-doctoral position is available in experimental fluid mechanics at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering, in the Thermo-Fluids research group. The appointment has a duration of 2-4 years, to be determined based on funding at contract signing. The position is financed directly by the Department of Energy & Process Engineering.

The successful candidate will be expected to be actively involved in several on-going projects within the Experimental Fluids Lab. On-going projects focus on mixing in channel flows, the bespoke generation of turbulent flows using active grids, and the impact of turbulence on wind energy related problems. It is envisaged that the successful candidate will perform experiments using the new 2.7 m x 1.8 m active grid in the large-scale NTNU wind tunnel and take on deputy leadership tasks relating to group and lab management, PhD and MSc student co-supervision, and paper writing.

The position will be supervised by Associate Professor Jason Hearst (, whom you can contact for further information.

Please read this entire posting before applying for this position.  Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Duties of the position

The successful candidate will work in a team with other post-docs and PhD candidates. The candidate will independently perform and set-up experiments under the guidance of the position supervisor.  The successful candidate will also be expected to help supervise PhD and MSc students and take-on some leadership tasks within the broader research group. Specific duties include:

  • Performing experiments in the wind tunnel and/or water channel in the Fluids Lab at NTNU.
  • Analysing experimental data.
  • Preparing journal manuscripts based on experiments and analysis performed at NTNU.
  • Assist in the supervision of PhD and MSc students.
  • Support lab management and scheduling activities.

It is expected that the position will start within 2021.

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 Fluids Mechanics or 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.

Required qualifications:

  • A PhD in fluid mechanics.
  • Programming skills in MATLAB, Python, or similar packages.
  • Experience conducting fluids experiments (e.g., hot-wire anemometry, particle image velocimetry, laser-Doppler anemometry, planar laser-induced fluorescence).
  • A track record of publishing papers in top fluids journals, e.g., J Fluid Mech, Exp Fluids, Phys Rev Fluids, or highly regarded general journals.

Preferred selection criteria:

  • Experience with CAD software packages (e.g., SolidWorks, Fusion360, NX).
  • Experience working in teams.
  • Experience with LaVision hardware and DaVis software.
  • Experience mentoring other PhD or MSc students.
  • Good written and oral English language skills

Personal characteristics

  • Enthusiastic.
  • Highly motivated.
  • Works effectively in teams and individually.
  • Able to operate in a goal-oriented manner.

We offer

Salary and conditions

The employment period will be between 2 and 4 years, which will be firmly established at contract signing pending funding availability.

Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 545 300 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.

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:

  • A complete CV, explicitly including education and publication details.
  • A “research statement” briefly describing your PhD research, and any research interests you would like to explore further. This document should not exceed 2 pages.
  • A “qualifications” document explicitly listing each of the above “required qualifications” and “preferred selection criteria”, and briefly describing how you meet each of the “required qualifications” and some or all of the “preferred criteria”. This document should not exceed 2 pages.
  • Name and contact information for at least 2 referees

An application missing any of the above may be considered incomplete by the selection committee.

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.

In accordance with The Public 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 Jason Hearst, 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 I when applying.

Application deadline: 08.04.2021.

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

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 8th April 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service Trondheim, Norway

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