PhD Candidate within Wave-Structure Interaction through the SFI BLUES Research Centre

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Trondheim, Norway
14 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
01 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate at the Department of Marine Technology. The position is part of the eight-year duration Centre for Research Based Innovation SFI BLUES, which is a collaboration among SINTEF Ocean, NTNU, NGI, and several industry partners from Norway. The main objective of SFI BLUES is to enable Norwegian industry to create new types of floating stationary structures which satisfy the needs and requirements from renewable energy, aquaculture, and coastal infrastructure. The present position is related to floating solar islands.

Floating solar islands has a significant potential as global contributor towards the green shift. Highly cost-efficient marine platforms are needed for large scale harvest of renewable energy from the oceans. This calls for multi-modular and/or flexible structures that to a large extent follows the waves. Flexible structures such as elastic floaters (tubes) and membranes are promising components. With innovative combinations of these, they may serve many applications, such as for instance aquaculture, mariculture, light-weight marine operations and infrastructure (submerged breakwaters), in addition to floating solar islands. Despite its significant potential, the existing literature is relatively modest on membranes and flexible floaters in waves.

In the present work you will perform leading research on island structures composed by flexible tubes and membranes in waves. The exact island concept to study will be elaborated and decided during the first year of the work.

The work will involve theory development, numerical simulations (both use of existing software and implementation of new numerical models that are developed during the work) and experiments in wave tanks.

You will report to your Supervising Professor.

Duties of the position

  • The main duty of the position is to perform research on solar islands exposed to ocean waves.
  • Courses must be taken during initial stages of the work.
  • The candidate must participate and contribute in Blues workshops arranged twice per year

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 marine hydrodynamics, applied mathematics 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.

  • Programming skills in MATLAB, Python, or similar
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience with hydro-elasticity
  • Experience with laboratory experiments / hands-on practical scientific work
  • Experience with implementation of numerical models

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to take initiative and to work independently
  • Highly motivated and scientifically curious
  • Strong analytic skills
  • Practical skills
  • Enthusiastic, able to adapt and learn
  • Positive attitude and interested in teamwork
  • Willing and able to work with both theory, numerical implementation and experiments

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

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 be 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 on a daily basis.

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.

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 Trygve Kristiansen, telephone +47 91702628, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Marit Gjersvold, 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 SO-IV-03/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.02.21

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 Marine Technology

We develop methods and technology related to the blue economy: oil and gas extraction at sea, ship technology and the equipment industry, fisheries and aquaculture. We also have a strong commitment to the development of sustainable solutions for offshore renewable energy, coastal infrastructure, and marine robotics. Marine technology helps to solve major global challenges related to the environment, climate, energy, food and efficient transport. The Department of Marine Technology is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 1st February 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Department of Marine of Technology

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