PhD Candidate in Corrosion of Reinforcement in Concrete Structures

Trondheim, Norway
23 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
11 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

We have a vacancy for a PhD Candidate at the Department of Structural Engineering, NTNU in Trondheim, Norway.

The current PhD position will be hosted by the Concrete Group. The Concrete Group conducts research on concrete from material to structural level based on theoretical, numerical, and experimental investigations. The research group is involved in several national and international research projects, and it has close collaboration with the industry. The present project will be undertaking in cooperation with Equinor and linked to the research project Excon – Green management of infrastructures. Excon has more than twenty participants from the Norwegian civil engineering industry, including consultants, owners, material producers, contractors and research organizations.

Reinforcement corrosion is the main deterioration mechanism in concrete structures. The successful candidate is expected to conduct research within the field of numerical simulation of reinforcement corrosion in marine exposed concrete structures with the overall aim to extend the service life of existing structures. The candidate will develop a numerical model at material level. The material model must consider the main parameters controlling reinforcement corrosion with sufficient accuracy, and the result must at the same time be applicable as input for a large structural analysis. The model is to be calibrated and compared to field data.

The PhD position involves both theoretical and numerical research. The candidate will work with a team of experienced researchers within the fields of materials science and desing of reinforced concrete, and is expected to do research in close collaboration with Norwegian infrastructure owners like Equinor and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

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

Your immediate leader will be Professor Jan Arve Øverli.

Duties of the position

The PhD candidate shall

  • Perform theoretical 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 PhD training consisting of courses (minimum 30 ECTS credits).
  • Publish the research outcomes in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a background in structural engineering relevant for numerical simulation of reinforced concrete structures.
  • You must have excellent written and oral English language skill.
  • 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 

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

You should preferably have

  • a background in material science relevant for reinforced concrete.
  • proven skills/track record in the relevant areas of research (theoretical, numerical and experimental), or work experience from the industry.
  • knowledge of programming/software, MATLAB, Python, Diana, ANSYS etc.
  • research quality and publications - journal and conference papers.
  • Norwegian (or Scandinavian) language skills.

Personal characteristics

The applicant should

  • be highly motivated and diligent
  • have good analytical and critical thinking skills
  • be well-organized
  • be able to take initiatives and work independently, but also as part of a group
  • have good skills on multidisciplinary collaboration
  • have good communication skills in scientific writing and oral presentations.

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 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 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 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: 

  • A motivation letter.
  • 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 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.

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 Professor Jan Arve Øverli, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact June Hovde, 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: 11.04.2023


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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 11th April 2023
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service

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