PhD Candidate in Design and Fabrication of Solid Repellent Surfaces

Trondheim, Norway
22 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
15 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD Candidate at the Department of Structural Engineering.

NTNU Nanomechanical Lab, Department of Structural Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is seeking a PhD Candidate for a collaborative project on solid-repelling surfaces. The PhD position is one of the three positions supported by the new researcher-project "Dual-Functional Anti-Gas Hydrate Surfaces (D’andra)" financed by the NANO2021 program of the Research Council of Norway (2020-2024).

Gas hydrate deposition and subsequent plugging represent a significant threat for deep-water natural resource exploration and transport. Deploying passive anti-hydrate (solid) surfaces where no external force or energy inputs are needed, is a promising alternative with enormous value creation potentials and positive environmental impact, to replace the costly and eco-unfriendly de-hydrate methods. 

The ultimate goal of the D’andra project is for the first time to develop and evaluate anti-hydrate surfaces with both deposition-supressing and super-low adhesion properties. The scope of the PhD study will be designing and fabrication of solid (gas hydrate)-repelling surfaces.

The PhD candidate will work at NTNU Nanomechanical Lab, chaired by three full time professors and two adjunct professors from the industry. In 2020, there are 17 PhD students and 3 post-doc fellows working in the NTNU Nanomechanical Lab.

The state-of-the-art NTNU NanoLab will be the chief platform for the PhD candidate to synthesize and characterize the materials.

You will report to your supervising professors. 

Duties of the position

  • Perform excellent and independent research on the topic attached to the position
  • Publish in top-ranking journals and conferences
  • Interact with the research group where this position will be hosted and with international leading groups in the same field

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in nanotechnology, material chemistry or physics, or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable 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, post doctor and research assistant.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience from and knowledge of material design and fabrication
  • Documented knowledge and lab experience of material synthesizing
  • Excellent communication skills in both oral and written English

Personal characteristics

  • Motivated and ambitious 
  • Ability to work both individually and in a team environment, and a high level of personal responsibility
  • Eager to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. 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 that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Engineering within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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 criteria 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.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment 
  • Name and address of three referees

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

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

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. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Zhiliang Zhang, telephone +47 93001979, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Elin Pedersen Nystuen, e-mail

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. 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 Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number IV-245/20 when applying.

Application deadline: 15.02.2021

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 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 15th February 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Gløshaugen

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