PhD Candidate in Rheology of Cement-Based Materials with Low Carbon Binders

Trondheim, Norway
14 Jun 2021
End of advertisement period
09 Jul 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD Candidate at the Department of Structural Engineering at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway in cooperation with Department of Mechanical engineering, DTU, Lyngby, Denmark. The Department at NTNU has about 140 employees, half of them PhD Students. The current PhD position will be affiliated to the Concrete group which is one of five research groups at the department. The group studies concrete from production to structure theoretically, numerically and experimentally in several national and international research projects in close collaboration with the industry. We have extensive laboratory facilities with a rich history. DTU Mechanical Engineering covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within mechanics, energy, materials and surfaces, manufacturing, product development, including a team of researchers that focus on computational rheology in manufacturing processes. There are a scientific staff of about 135 persons, 100 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons.

The PhD is in the field “Rheology of fresh concrete”. Production, technical quality and environmental footprint of concrete structures depend to a large extent on proportions and flow of fresh concrete. Being the worlds most consumed structural material, the properties of fresh concrete are therefore very important. At NTNU a two-phase proportioning- and rheology model for optimized particle packing and suspending phase rheology has been developed for proportioning of concrete with predictable fresh and hardened properties. Lately the model was further developed with a micro-proportioning approach for enhanced rheology prediction based on constituent properties of fines from manufactured aggregates and also new types of cement and Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCM). This PhD scholarship will focus on extending the constituents to include use of upcycled fines and coarse particles from reclaimed raw materials and other forms of secondary sources based on circular economy.

The rheology studies target industrial applications including self-compacting concrete for conventional casting, sprayed concrete, 3D-printing, and high performance low carbon concrete for slip-forming of large structures. To reach industrialization, the experimental and modelling studies will investigate various materials and study a modified industrial rheology test based on the existing FlowCyl apparatus.

The experimental work will mainly be carried out at the concrete laboratories of NTNU. The experiments will include selected particle characteristics, admixture-surface interactions, rheology, and stability.  The modelling will mainly be carried out at DTU during a 1-year research stay. It includes artificial intelligence and computational fluid dynamics to analyze experiments, model rheology at the material scale and simulate concrete flow at the production-/structural scale.

The position will follow NTNU’s and DTU’s PhD education through an institutional joint doctorate degree agreement (cotutelle) with NTNU as home institution and DTU as host institution.You will report to the supervising


Duties of the position

  • experimental and numerical research according to the research plan and the project objectives
  • report progress on a regular basis in agreement with the supervisor(s)
  • complete the necessary course/training to work in the laboratory
  • communication and dissemination of research results under supervision

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in civil engineering 
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level 
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education. 
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program
  • You must have a background in concrete/building/general materials science or structural design
  • Excellent written and oral English language skill 

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • proven skills/track record in the relevant areas of research, or work experience from the industry
  • knowledge of programming/software, MATLAB, Python, ANSYS, LabView, etc.
  • keen interest and endurance in experimental work and desire to combine this with modelling
  • research quality and publications - Journal and conference paper
  • Norwegian (or Scandinavian) language skills are an advantage

Personal characteristics

  • ambitious and motivated for research work in this field
  • good communication and dissemination skills
  • well-organized and able to plan and conduct laboratory activities and execute experiments
  • team worker that can cooperate in interdisciplinary team
  • good analytical and critical thinking skills
  • genuine interest in research and willigness to learn

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 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. A 4 years period with 25% of the time allocated to teaching assistance/supervision may be considered for candidates with the proper background and supervision interest.

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.

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

About the application

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 
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted 
  • academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • name and address of three referees 

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

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 and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

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 Stefan Jacobsen, telephone +47 73594551, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Consultant 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-178/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 09.07.2021

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 9th July 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Gløshaugen

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