PhD Candidate in Composite Pipeline Integrity Management

Trondheim, Norway
22 Mar 2021
End of advertisement period
15 Apr 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

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About the position

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for one PhD position.

The C-PIMS project is developing a pipeline integrity management system for composite pipes applications, both onshore and subsea. Such systems are widely used for inspecting and evaluating maintenance requirements for metal pipes. As composite pipes are replacing many metal pipes such systems are also needed for composite pipes. The pipes could transport water, oil, gas and hydrogen in the near future when fossil fuels are getting phased out. This PhD work will focus on Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) of such pipes. The NDE results are key input to the evaluation of the pipe system structural integrity. The candidate will investigate how to improve existing NDE methods for being useful for thick composite pipes and to modify the composite materials with e.g. nano fillers to make them more inspectable.

The position is part of a larger Joint Industry project led by DNV and financed by the Norwegian Research Council and the industrial partners. Close cooperation will be with DNV.

You will report to Professor Andreas Echtermeyer

Duties of the position

  • Evaluate existing NDE methods.
  • Interact closely with suppliers of NDE equipment.
  • Prepare test samples.
  • Interpret NDE test results.
  • Find innovative solutions to improve NDE methods.
  • Develop/invent methods to modify composite pipe for being easier to inspect.

The position will require much experimental work and data analysis.

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 mechanical engineering, polymer science 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.

Other required selection criteria

  • Excellent experimental skills.
  • Good analytical skills.
  • Good written and oral English language skills.

Preferred selection criteria

  • A deep understanding of the physics behind the interaction of nondestructive inspection methods with materials.
  • Knowledge of composites and polymers.
  • Knowledge of Nondestructive evaluation methods.
  • Good written and oral Norwegian language skills.

Personal characteristics

  • Innovative
  • Able to work with people of widely different characteristics
  • Can work independently and be a team player
  • Persistent
  • Good organization skills
  • Able to work together with external companies

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:

  • Motivation letter explaining why you think you are the perfect match for the position
  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • A separate statement of maximum two pages should be added describing how the candidate would set up an experimental test program to identify if a NDE method can detect fiber failure in a composite
  • Name and address of referees (up to three would be fine)

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.

In accordance with The Public 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 Professor Andreas Echtermeyer, phone number: +47 971 23 217, 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-101/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 15 April 2021

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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 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 programmes. 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 15th April 2021
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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