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PhD Candidate in Digital Twin for Circular Built Environment

About the job

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

The Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering at NTNU in Gjøvik seeks a PhD candidate for a circular economy and wood-based construction position. This position aims to optimize circular value chains for wood-based materials by promoting sustainable wood use and ensuring transparent material tracking using digital technologies. The project seeks to improve sustainability, traceability, and efficiency in the circular built environment and meet the demand for recyclable materials by implementing a circular economy in the wood-based construction industry. The goal of the position is for the candidate to obtain a doctoral degree and improve circularity in the wood-based construction industry. The duration of the PhD position is three years.

The Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering develops innovative and sustainable solutions for society. The Department is divided into four subject groups, each with its research fields and involved in interdisciplinary research collaboration. This position will be part of the department's subject group for the Built Environment and Geomatics and the research group focused on studying Digital Twins for a sustainable built environment. Currently, the group has several national and EU projects on the circular built environment, with several PhDs. The group has built a solid national and international network. Thus, the candidate will become part of an active research environment throughout the duration of the study and potential exchange with international partners.

Your immediate leader is the Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • Conduct high-quality research on digital twin for a circular built environment.
  • Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team to develop circular wood value chain optimization through digital technologies.
  • Analyzing and interpreting data to derive meaningful insights.
  • Actively participate in designing, implementing, and evaluating circular economy solutions for wood-based construction.
  • Engage and communicate with academic and industry partners and stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the dissemination and outreach of the research outcomes through public media, conferences, and publications.
  • Submit an application for admission to the PhD program at NTNU no later than 3 months after the employment.
  • Report regularly research progress in agreement with the supervisors.
  • Undertake the necessary courses (30 ETC) for the PhD program.
  • Contribute to the academic environment at the department, faculty, and NTNU.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in  civil engineering, architecture, computer science, and geomatics.
  • 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.
  • Master's students can apply, but the master's degree must be obtained and documented by 01.08.2024.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program (link)
  • You should have experience with BIM and data analytics.
  • The candidate is expected to be fluent in written and oral English language skills. Candidates from universities outside Scandinavia and English-speaking countries are kindly requested to document English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)). TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test), IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5, CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

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

  • An interest in wood-based construction, circular economy, and/or construction processes.
  • Have experience with Unreal Engine (UE), and blockchain.
  • Have experience with digital product passport.

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to work independently as well as in cross-disciplinary teams.
  • Ability to interact and collaborate with actors in academia, public sector, and industry.
  • Ability to thrive and contribute to the work environment.
  • Be self-motivated, focused, and goal oriented.
  • Scientifically curious and open to new research challenges, demonstrate persistence in addressing technical problems.
  • Good communication and dissemination skills.

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid gross NOK 532 200 per annum before tax. 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 (Link to website, if applicable) 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 be attached to 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.
  • Project proposal
  • 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 Vilma Zubinaite, email  If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Kristine Rognlid Hagaseth, email

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: 27.02.2024

Gjøvik bygning fasade Foto: Marte Foss/NTNU

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.

Questions about the position

Vilma Zubinaite
Associate Professor / Førsteamanuensis

Deadline 27th February 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Gjøvik
Duration Temporary
Place of service Teknologivegen 22, 2815 Gjøvik

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