Postdoctor, Design and Verification of Large Floating Coastal Structures

Trondheim, Norway
09 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
07 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


A two-year Postdoctoral position is available at Department of Marine Technology, NTNU, within the area of structural response analysis of large coastal structures. This position is a part of the ongoing KPN project "Design and Verification of Large Floating Coastal Structures"; LFCS, funded by NRC (Norwegian Research Council) and partners LMG Marin, Multiconsult, Norsk Hydro, NPRA (Norwegian Public Road Administration) and Sweco. (See

Established design and analysis methods for floating structures are based on wave field models that are uniform over the structure. Considering large floating coastal structures for fjord crossing and near-shore development, such as floating bridges, every component of environmental loading can vary over the structure; waves can be very different at the two sides of a fjord, wind characteristics will be influenced by local topography, and the water current will vary with local bathymetry. This will have important implications for the analysis and design of these bridges.

The large dimensions (typically 2 - 5 km for proposed fjord crossings by floating bridges) will cause the structure to be quite flexible, and the fluid-structure coupling (hydroelasticity and aeroelasticity) will not be negligible as in the case of traditional rigid bodies, and this interaction may become crucial.

The primary objective of the present research project is to provide recommendations for design guidelines for large coastal structures (LFCS), and to establish the corresponding methods/tools for hydroelastic analysis of coastal structures in spatially inhomogeneous environmental conditions and bathymetry.

Secondary objectives are to provide rational models for description and evaluation of inhomogeneous environmental conditions for coastal areas in relation to wave/wind/current loads, to develop improved methods for computation of hydroelastic response of large floating coastal structures under such conditions, and to develop improved methods for mooring and positioning of such structures.  Combined rigid, elastic and/or articulated structures are also to be addressed.

A considerable part of the KPN-project is devoted to model testing in the ocean lab, thus hydroelastic model tests are an important part of this project. The Postdoctor will be involved in the planning and analysis of model test results. An important task in this connection will be to conduct numerical studies to support the selection of model and environmental conditions for the testing.


The applicants must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) in marine technology, ocean engineering or a similar relevant area. Disciplines such as structural analysis and hydrodynamics are particularly relevant, as well as background in analysis of fluid-structure interaction. Familiarity with experimental techniques is considered to be an advantage.

Excellent English skills, spoken and written, are required. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document English skills by an approved test. Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

The successful candidate should be enthusiastic and highly motivated and be willing to work both independently and with other researchers. The successful candidate must also fulfill the requirements for admission to a doctoral program.


Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 512 200 per annum before tax. There will be a 2% deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

The appointment of the Postdoctoral fellows will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees.

The Postdoctoral fellowship is awarded for 2 years.

For further information, please contact Professor Bernt J. Leira ( ), 
tel. +47 90593508. The following can also be contacted:  Professor Torgeir Moan ( and Associate Professor Erin Bachynski ( )

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. Persons with immigrant background are encouraged to apply. NTNUĀ“s objective is to increase the number of females in scientific positions. Female applicants are therefore encouraged to apply.

The application

The application must contain information of educational background and work experience. Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates, copies of transcripts and two reference letters should be enclosed. Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should be submitted via this webpage at

Mark the application with IV-234/18.

Application deadline is  07 October 2018

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.

About this job

  • Deadline Sunday, October 7, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Department of Marine Technology
  • Jobbnorge ID 157251
  • Internal ID 2018/30675
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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