Phd Position in Modelling of Turbulent Combustion in Underventilated Fires

Trondheim, Norway
19 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
18 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate at Department of Energy and Process 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 head of department is Professor Terese Løvås. The position's day-to-day project management and supervision is by Professor Ivar Ertesvåg.

Main duties and responsibilities

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

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 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. 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

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

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, 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 479 600 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 (without required duties). Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Engineering, please see:

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.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

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 Ertesvåg, 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-215/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 18.08.19

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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 18th August 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Project
Place of service Department of Energy and Process Engineering

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