PhD Candidate in Timber-Concrete Composites

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Gjøvik, Norway
08 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
31 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

Using wood as a structural material is continuously gaining more attention due to the increasing demand for sustainable infrastructure. The characteristics such as lightweight,  appropriate compressive and tensile strength, and being a renewable and environmentally friendly resource are among the main reasons for increasing interest in the utilization of timber in structures. On the other hand, using timber in some structural elements, such as floor slabs and bridge decks, brings some challenges regarding stiffness, acoustic performance, and fire safety. Thus, timber-concrete composites (TCC) have become popular in renovating and constructing these elements.

The degree of composite action between timber and concrete is one of the main factors affecting composite efficiency. Different methods, such as mechanical fasteners, notches, perforated steel strips, and adhesives, can be used to connect timber and concrete; each method can lead to some challenges. Furthermore, long-term effects such as creep and shrinkage in the materials can affect the performance of the composite. The sustainability of TCC is the other issue that needs to be enhanced to suit future demands.

This Ph.d position will mainly focus on the performance of the TCC and the existing challenges of using these composites in the building and construction industry. The Ph.D. candidate will be a member of the group of Green and Advaced Building Materials at NTNU and will cooperate with existing research activities at the department, such as the SirkTre Project.

You will report to the head of the department.

Duties of the position

  • A state-of-the-art report on how different shear connectors or modification methods can affect the performance of TCCs.
  • Experimental investigation of selected materials and processes to achieve intended material properties.
  • Characterization and modelling of the material properties and environmental impact assessment of the investigated materials.
  • Documentation of the production or treatment processes for the investigated materials in forms of patent applications, scientific papers and project report.
  • Undertake the necessary courses (30 ECTS) as part of the PhD program.
  • Contribute to the academic environment at department, faculty and NTNU
  • Report regular research progress in agreement with the supervisors

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in Civil Engineering, Wood or Concrete Science and Technology, Mechanical engineering, or equivalent field.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, 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.
  • Good English language skills, written and oral

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate 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

  • Relevant publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience in relevant modeling or experimental work on timber or concrete structures
  • Experimental or theoretical work on the sustainability of building materials

Personal characteristics

  • The candidate must be independent, have great work capacity and enthusiasm for research.
  • The candidate is expected to contribute to a good research and work environment.
  • Personal qualities such as creativity, analytical, and structured reasoning, as well as the ability to carry out projects will be considered in the selection process.
  • The applicant must be motivated to work closely with teams and external partners
  • Self-starter with initiative and ability to set up, organize and execute your research

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 501 200 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.

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 your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include: 

  • CV and certificates
  • 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.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Name and contact information of three referees
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work

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.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short 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

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.

The city of Gjøvik has a population of 30 000 and is a town known for its rich music and cultural life. The beautiful nature surrounding the city is ideal for an active outdoor life! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

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.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Mohammad H. Baghban, telephone +4748351726, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Per David Nielsen, e-mail:

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.  

Application deadline: 31.03.2023

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 Manufacturing and Civil Engineering

Our profile of expertise can help to solve the world’s most important societal challenge: the development of sustainable solutions in industry and society. This profile includes research on modern industrial processes, use of new and recycled materials, new technological solutions and the application of new forms of organization and business models. The Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 31st March 2023
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Gjøvik
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Gjøvik

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