PhD within the Field of Geotechnical Engineering

Trondheim, Norway
19 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a 3 year PhD scholarship for research in Computational Geotechnics within the Geotechnical Engineering Group. The group has 5 full time professors, 1 senior researcher, 3 technicians, 14 PhD students and 2 research assistants. The group has a modern geotechnical laboratory as well as drill rigs and equipment for advanced field work.

The position reports to Professor Gustav Grimstad

Job description

The PhD research will be within continuum mechanics and elasto-viscoplasticity. The research aims to provide a constitutive model for soft, sensitive Scandinavian clays for practical geotechnical design using the Finite Element Method. A good starting point is available through a soil model recently developed at NTNU for the GeoSuite NovaPoint software package under the “Geofuture” research program. A specific task is to include a small strain stiffness formulation in the model and improve its anisotropic features. The model is to be tested, improved and calibrated to fit laboratory and field test data. Main advisor for the PhD study will be Professor Gustav Grimstad.

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 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

( her kan det i tillegg legges inn øvrige krav og ønsker, som bl.a. relevant erfaring)

Other qualifications

  • Knowledge of and interest in both theoretical and practical geotechnics
  • Competence in computational engineering
  • Good written and oral English and Norwegian language skills (ta stilling til språkkrav)

Personal characteristics

  • Open and broad minded
  • Hard Working
  • Contributes to a good work environment

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 candidate:

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is x years (with or without required duties?). Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in [subject area] (Link to website, if applicable). 

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.

Research assistant:
Research assistants are remunerated in code 1018,1019 and 1020 depending on comptetence (ta stilling til valg av kode). For a period of until (two years). This is a position where the tasks will give the opportunity to gain research experience in scientific work and methods.

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 Gustav Grimstad, phone number: +47 41300948, e-mail: or Professor Steinar Nordal, phone number: +47 90031845, 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. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number IV-166/18 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.01.2019

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Deadline 01.01.2019
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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