PhD Position in Advanced Solid-State Welding of Aluminium Alloys

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

About the position

A PhD position is available at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering. The appointment has a duration of 3 years.

Job description

PhD position in Advanced Solid-State Welding of Aluminium Alloys: Industrialization and Applications of the Hybrid Metal Extrusion & Bonding Process (HYB)

With the advent of novel production technologies such as additive manufacturing, new opportunities emerge in product design, which may lead to unpredicted material behaviour and poor compliance. The theme of this PhD is to develop understanding of crack propagation in additively manufactured aluminium alloys. Special emphasis will be put on technology induced surface quality that effects crack initiation and growth. Film deposition technology will help to understand and mitigate such effects.

Qualification requirements

PhD candidate:

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 [subject area] 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. Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained 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

Other qualifications

The applicant must have a MSc (or equivalent) in industrial or mechanical engineering and a documented background in fracture and fatigue of weldments with emphasis on welded aluminium joints. It is strongly preferred that the candidate already has some experience with testing of conventional MIG welds and at the same time is fully updated on the corresponding properties achieved using advanced solid state joining techniques such as FSW and HYB. The applicant has to prove capabilities in performing static and fatigue tests in the lab with high degree of independence, and advanced skills in using Finite Element Codes for fatigue assessment. The candidate should also have experience in performing standard metallurgical analysis of weldments, including optical microscopy, SEM analysis and microhardness testing.

The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work problem oriented. He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams. Proficiency to systematically carry out goal-oriented work, in combination with good skills to deliver oral and written presentation of research results, along with good collaborative capabilities will be emphasized. Excellent English skills—written and oral—are required.

Personal characteristics

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 449 400 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years. 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 are qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months after commencement of the position.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

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. 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.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Filippo Berto, 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. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number IV-246/18 when applying.

The application should contain:

  • CV, it should include: relevant formal educational background, diploma grade, participation in research projects, work experience, skills and any other relevant experience
  • Certified diploma (note that diploma supplement or similar has to be attached for degrees outside Norway).
  • Master diplomas from China have to be verified by China Credentials Verification (CHSI)
  • Certified grade transcripts and documentation of an average grade of B or better as described above.
  • Reference letters
  • Motivational letter of maximum two pages describing why the applicant wants to come to NTNU, the applicant’s view of research challenges within the area of the PhD position and how the applicant´s competence can contribute to solve these challenges
  • Statement of experience with regard to the list of important subject areas mentioned above
  • Proficiency in English

Application deadline: 31.10.2018

Anticipated commencement: As soon as possible or 1 February 2019 at the latest.

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 Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

We educate graduates who can create new products, operate and maintain products, and manage projects. The Department has a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes. We conduct wide-ranging research in fields such as technology, energy, product quality and development, and productivity. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 31.10.2018
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Dep. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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