Postdoctoral Position within Developing Novel Frameworks for Automated Multiphase Pipe

Trondheim, Norway
17 May 2022
End of advertisement period
15 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position 

We have a vacancy for a 3-year Postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP).

The Postdoctoral fellowship is part of a Collaborative and Knowledge-building Project called MultiFlow SUITE: Smart Utilization of Data for CondItion Monitoring, Operational OpTimization, and Tie-in DEsign, financed by the Research Council of Norway. Partners include SINTEF, IFE, NTNU and industrial partners Neptune Energy, Technip Norge, Schlumberger Information Systems, LedaFlow Technologies and ESSS.

The overall objective of the project is to develop novel frameworks for automated multiphase pipe flow monitoring, model tuning and virtual flow metering. The methods to be used in the research are combining large amounts of lab and industrial multiphase pipe flow data and statistical processing methods, machine learning (ML), uncertainty quantification, and predictive physics-based models.

The Postdoctoral fellow is assigned to the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP). The Postdoctoral fellow is expected to work on dissemination and knowledge-transfer activities (webinars, presentations and article publishing), including developing an online course about the topics of the project (multiphase flow fundamentals and machine learning applications). The postdoctoral fellow is also expected to supervise master students and support other work packages considering her/his interests and proficiency. The postdoctoral fellow is supervised by Associate Prof. Milan Stanko from the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP).

The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

You will report to Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • The postdoctoral fellow is expected to perform research to support other work packages.
  • The Postdoctoral fellow is expected to work on organizing bi-yearly dissemination and knowledge-transfer activities such as webinars and presentations.
  • The Postdoctoral fellow is expected to contribute to publication of articles in conferences and journals.
  • The Postdoctoral fellow is expected to develop an online course about the topics of the project (multiphase flow fundamentals and machine learning applications).
  • The postdoctoral fellow is expected to supervise/co-supervise undergraduate students.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD 
  • You must have a professionally relevant background in physics or engineering, e.g. within one of the following engineering fields: mechanical, chemical, process, petroleum engineering.
  • Good written and oral English language skills are essential
  • The candidate should have prior and documented experience within fluid mechanics, and using programming to solve engineering problems that require modeling.

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

  • It is an advantage if the candidate has prior experience within multiphase flow, and machine learning
  • It is an advantage if the candidate has prior experience with multimedia content creation (tablet teaching, video creating and editing)
  • It is an advantage if the candidate has prior knowledge of Python and JavaScript

Personal characteristics

  • A high level of personal responsibility and initiative
  • Work independently as well as part of a team in accordance with the project objectives

We offer 

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 545 300 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.

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.  

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result. 

The application must include: 

  • CV, certificates and diplomas 
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees.  
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 items) 
  • Research plan 
  • 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. 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. 

Under the freedom of 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 Associate Professor Milan Stanko, telephone +47 73 59 49 44, e-mail If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Consultant Anne-Lise Brekken, 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).  

Please refer to the application number IV-127/22 when applying.  

Application deadline: 15.06.2022. 


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 Geoscience and Petroleum

We conduct teaching and research related to management of Earth’s geological resources. Norway’s rich resources of wind, water, oil, gas and minerals have been and are essential to the country’s prosperity, and will continue to be in the future. The Department plays a key role in the development of technology and the education of graduates who enable value creation based on our natural resources. The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 15th June 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Institutt for geovitenskap og petroleum

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