PhD Candidate, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Trondheim, Norway
08 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
23 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have vacancies for four (4) PhD candidates related to Hydrogen Embrittlement at Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Note that each position is announced separately with different application numbers.

The PhD positions are part of two projects financed by the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and industrial partners:

Safe Pipelines for Hydrogen Transport (HyLINE)

HyLINE will address pipeline material challenges related to transporting clean hydrogen gas in the existing pipeline infrastructure for natural gas transport and new pipeline infrastructure.

Multiscale Hydrogen Embrittlement Assessment for Subsea Conditions (M-HEAT)

The primary objective for M-HEAT is to establish a hydrogen informed framework for accurate and cost-effective engineering assessment of industry relevant materials exposed to hydrogen in subsea conditions.

The PhD candidates will work in a research group consisting of Professor Afrooz Barnoush, Professor Roy Johnsen, Adjunct Professor Mariano Iannuzzu (Curtin University, Australia) and Adjunct Professor Ole Øystein Knudsen (SINTEF). In 2018 a total of 12 PhD candidates were working with hydrogen embrittlement projects connected in this group.  The group has also close connections and research cooperation with international research groups around the world.

The position reports to Professor Afrooz Barnoush

Job description

When metallic materials are exposed to hydrogen environment, hydrogen can be absorbed and diffuse into the metals, interact with microstructure and deformation, and cause material degradation (i.e. hydrogen embrittlement) that may lead to premature failure with catastrophic consequences. Hydrogen embrittlement is a long-standing challenge for both the traditional energy industry as well as the renewable energy sector. It is a critical failure mode that must be considered in securing the material integrity and developing the life extension strategy of structural components.  Hydrogen can come from different sources: For the actual projects, absorbed hydrogen from H2-gass (HyLINE) and from cathodic polarization (HyLINE and M-HEAT) are the two important sources.

HyLINE project

PhD Position 2: Hydrogen degradation in low alloyed steels exposed to pressurized hydrogen gas

This Ph.D. position will focus on advanced materials characterization and nano mechanical testing to

understand the influence of hydrogen on the local material structure and mechanical properties.  This PhD candidate will work in close cooperation with Max-Planck-Institute für Eisenforchung (MPIE), Germany.

Qualification requirements

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:

  • Material science, material physics or material engineering with knowledge and experience in nanomechanical testing and experience in advanced characterization methods

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

  • Good written and oral English language skills

Personal characteristics

  • Motivated and ambitious students with excellent grades
  • Ability to work both individually and in a team environment and a high level of personal responsibility
  • Excellent communication skills in scientific writing and oral presentation
  • Eager to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences

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 qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months after commencement of the PhD 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 positions can be directed to Professor Afrooz Barnoush, phone: +47 971 45 311, email:

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 within the application deadline. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of the Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI):

Note that each of the 4 PhD positions are announced separately with different application numbers (IV 131/19, 132/19, 133/19, 134/19), and you have to apply for each one if you are interested in the other position(s).

Please refer to the application number IV-132/19 when applying for this position.

Applicants later invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Application deadline: 23 April 2019

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 programs. 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 23.04.2019
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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