NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY -NTNU

MSCA Individual Fellowship, Department of Structural Engineering

Location
Trondheim, Norway
Posted
05 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
25 Mar 2019
Ref
MSCA -IF- IV/16
Contract Type
Temporary
Hours
Full Time

About the call

The NTNU Challenge invites experienced researchers across eight disciplines of any nationality and age to work in tandem with a supervisor in order to submit successful applications to Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships.

If chosen, you will be invited to participate together with a supervisor on a three-day symposium on MSCA-IF at NTNU Trondheim from 22 to 24 of May. Together, you will write and prepare an application towards the MSCA-IF Call with deadline 11 September 2019. Travel costs related to the events 22-24 May will be covered by NTNU.

About Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF)

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) aim to support the career development and training of researchers in all scientific disciplines through international and inter-sectoral mobility. By funding excellent research and providing attractive working conditions, the MSCA offer high quality professional opportunities open to researchers of any age, nationality or discipline.

The goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and inter-sectoral mobility. Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in Europe (EU Member States and Associated Countries) and beyond.

Project proposal

Development of test regimes and numerical procedures for concrete subjected to high-intensity loading.

Concrete is the most used building material in the world, and is the main construction material for a possible SFTB. The SFTB concept has generated worldwide interest, and contributes to highlighting Norwegian research and construction. Some of the challenges to overcome before building this superstructure are fire, blast and fragment loads (or any combination of these). In the event of an accident, it is crucial to be able to predict how the structure will behave. If a fuel truck collides and catches fire we need to know what the consequences are. Doing full-scale tests on such a massive structure is not feasible, so we have to rely on smaller component tests and numerical simulations.

The successful postdoctoral fellow will participate in research related to blast and impact loading against concrete structures. Concrete is a heterogeneous conglomerate which is challenging to model accurately. To account for this it is possible to make a mesoscale model which describes the two phases – the aggregates and the cement paste – of the concrete separately. The grading curve and the concrete recipe together with mechanical testing in the lab allows us to establish a numerical framework for these mesoscale models. These models will in turn be used to make predictions about concrete behavior at a structural level. Component tests will then be used for validation of the numerical models.

For the complete project proposal as well as additional information regarding the NTNU Challenge, see https://www.ntnu.edu/horizon/msca 

Eligibility criteria

  •  The researcher must, at the date of the MSCA-IF call deadline, possess a PhD Degree and/or an equivalent of minimum four years’ full-time research experience.
  •  The researcher must, at the date of the MSCA-IF call deadline not have conducted his/her main activity in the country of the beneficiary (Norway) for more than 12 of the 36 months.
  •  Evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, selection will be conducted by the supervisor. Emphasis will be placed upon the academic accordance with the supervisor and the project proposal.

We offer

  •  A designated supervisor with whom to prepare an application for the MSCA-IF call with 
  •  A two-day symposium with showcasing of expertise and best practices on how to apply to MSCA-IF
  •  A follow-up day with the supervisor and possible individual guidance by experts on MSCA-IF
  •  Administrative support up to the call deadline

Conditions

Appointment as post doc up to a maximum of 24 months at NTNU rests on the prerequisite of an approved application to the MSCA-IF call with deadline 11 September 2019. Feedback on said applications is expected early 2020.

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 call may be directed to: msca@horizon.ntnu.no  or martin.kristoffersen@ntnu.no

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 jobbnorge.no with your CV, cover letter, diplomas and certificates that highlight the alignment of your application. In addition, the applicant must describe a research project that will strengthen and complement the presented research (max 2 pages).

Please refer to the application number MSCA- IF- IV/16 when applying.

Application deadline: 25.03.2019

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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 Structural Engineering

We teach mechanical engineering, engineering and ICT, and civil and environmental engineering. The Department conducts internationally leading research and participates in several large national research projects. The Department of Structural Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 25.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Engagement
Place of service Department of Structural Engineering