Phd Scholarship, Modelling of Turbulent Combustion in Underventilated Fires

Trondheim, Norway
30 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
20 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate at Department of Energy and Process Engineering.

A PhD position (scholarship) is vacant at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering.  The position is of 3 years duration.

The position will be part of FRIC – Fire Research and Innovation Centre, established in Trondheim by RISE Fire Research (, Sintef (, NTNU and a number of industry and public partners and funded by the Research Council of Norway and partners of the centre. The main goal of the centre is improved evidence-based decision-making and solutions for fire safety and fire protection in the built environment. The objective of the PhD project is modelling of turbulent combustion at reduced oxygen concentrations, aka. underventilated fires, with relevance for the built environment.

The candidate will be supervised by Professor Ivar S. Ertesvåg.

Job description

The task of the position will be to advance CFD modelling of turbulence-chemistry interactions at reduced oxygen concentrations. This will include chemical kinetics in turbulent flames, interactions between turbulence and chemistry, influences of increased chemical timescale (lower Damköhler number) on modelling of turbulence-chemistry interactions, development and testing of models for use with averaged (RANS) and large-eddy simulations (LES). Modelling will primarily be based on OpenFoam, while other codes might also be relevant. Simulations will be validated against experimental data.

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 mechanical engineering, physics or similarly relevant education with emphasis on computational fluid dynamics, 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. Very good English skills, spoken and written, are required. 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.

In the evaluation and comparison of several applicants, proven abilities to learn, work independently, conduct and publish similar research will be beneficial.  Experience with CFD and coding/programming is required, and knowledge of OpenFoam is a benefit.

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

Personal characteristics

The position requires a high level of personal responsibility and initiative. The candidate should be able to work independently as well as in team.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, 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 3 years (with or without required duties?). 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 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 Professor Ivar S. Ertesvåg, Department of Energy and Process Engineering, 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-79/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 20.02.19

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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 20.02.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Department of Energy and Process Engineering

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