PhD Position, Design of Blue-green Infrastructure Solutions

Trondheim, Norway
NOK 449 400 per annum
23 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
10 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

Klima 2050 and Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering has an opening for a PhD position within the topic of tools for design of blue-green infrastructure solutions. 

Klima 2050 is a Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) financed by the Research Council of Norway and the consortium partners ( The aim of the Centre is to reduce the societal risks associated with climate changes and enhanced precipitation and flood water exposure within the built environment. The SFI status enables long-term research in close collaboration with trade and industry, as well as other research partners aiming to strengthen Norway's innovation ability and competitiveness within climate adaptation. The composition of the consortium is vital in order to being able to reduce the societal risks associated with climate change.

In Klima 2050 emphasis is placed on development of moisture-resilient buildings, stormwater management, blue-green solutions, measures for prevention of water-triggered landslides, socio-economic incentives and decision-making processes. Both extreme weather and gradual changes in the climate is addressed.

The Research Centre is organized as a joint SINTEF/NTNU unit, hosted by SINTEF. The Centre leadership is shared between the research organizations SINTEF, NTNU, NGI and BI. The Centre encompasses the value chain of market and public players within the Norwegian construction business. For the time being eleven PhD Candidates and two postdoc. positions are associated with the Centre. Read more about the Centre at

The position reports to Associate Professor.

Job description

  • development of methods and tools for design of blue-green infrastructure accounting for climate change and varied geographical climates
  • design and performance tools for nature-based solutions (NBS)
  • application of existing models
  • development of new tools based on the output from previous PhD work in Klima 2050

Klima 2050 has gathered extensive field data through several pilots which will be important input. The PhD project on methods and tools for design will focus on how we can utilize the field research results for design purposes in designing for a future where resilience and adaptation to climate change are two of the most important factors. 

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 Civil Environmental Engineering 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.

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

  • background in urban water systems with focus on stormwater management
  • solid background in programming and experience with a variety of models
  • creative, with a strong ability to work problem oriented
  • enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams
  • fluent written and oral English language skills, working language will be Norwegian and/or English (candidates from universities outside Scandinavia and English speaking countries are kindly requested to document English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

Personal characteristics

  • creative and independent
  • good cooperative skills
  • strong problem solving abilities
  • good communication skills, oral and written

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 without required duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Hydraulic and Environmental 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 qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

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 Associate Professor Tone M: Muthanna,, phone +4795186817 or Senior Research Scientist Edvard Sivertsen,, phone +47 48605179. 

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. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number IV-256/18 when applying.

Application deadline: 2018-12-10

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 Civil and Environmental Engineering

We conduct research and teaching in civil and transportation engineering, technical planning, structural engineering, water and wastewater engineering and hydraulic engineering. Graduates from our programmes become employees – in both the public and private sectors – with a sustainability mindset combined with competitive knowledge and skills. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 10.12.2018
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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