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Phd Candidate In Thermomechanical Evaluation Of Insulation Systems For Liquid Hydrogen Tanks

About the job

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

The position is part of the EU project NICOLHy. The project aims to develop novel insulation concepts based on Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIP) that enable the safe, cost- and energy efficient storage of large quantities of liquid hydrogen LH2. New design concepts are needed because the current technologies used in small and medium storages today are not suitable for up-scaling, they would imply prohibitive costs, long construction time, low failure tolerance and limitation on tank shape selection.

We are looking for you to develop hydrogen tanks equipped with the novel insulation systems and to perform thermomechanical evaluation of the insulation systems. Modelling of the thermal and mechanical performance of different design concepts will be required. Modelling will be largely based on Finite Element Analysis FEA and multiphysics simulations. Some experimental work will be performed to check the validity of the models.

The project will accelerate the integration of hydrogen into the European energy economy and industry, which is necessary to be in line with the European Green Deal and to keep confidence of the population in the policy and the technology.

The development will be done in cooperation with research institutes and universities in Germany, Greece, Italy and Norway. NTNU will focus on the conceptual design of the tank, some detailed concepts and the thermomechanical evaluation of tanks equipped with the novel insulation system.

Your immediate leader is Professor.

Duties of the position

  • take part in the mandatory PhD research education programme
  • write and defend a PhD thesis
  • explore creative novel solutions by finding suitable materials and construction principles
  • become familiar with the technology of storage tanks and their insulation systems
  • model the mechanical and thermal behavior of insulation for hydrogen storage tanks
  • participate in project meetings at the European partners and present your work

Required selection criteria

  • you must have a professionally relevant background in mechanical, materials or civil engineering or physics
  • 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
  • documented analytical and modeling skills
  • good written and oral English language skills

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

The candidate should have experience with several of the following subjects:

  • finite element modelling
  • creep, temperature and rate dependent properties
  • thermodynamics, kinetics, heat flow
  • fatigue, fracture mechanics, dynamic analysis of structures and buckling
  • composite laminate theory, progressive failure analysis
  • programming skills, e.g. be familiar with programming in Python

Personal characteristics

  • motivated and ambitious
  • creative and experimental
  • good team player
  • able to work independently
  • proficiency to carry out goal-oriented work
  • good oral and written presentations 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 from gross NOK 532 200 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.

The position is subject to external funding.

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, maximum length one page
  • name and contact information of three referees
  • if you have publications or other relevant research work
  • tabulate your experience on one page with all required and preferred skills in detail
  • a statement on when the you can start in the position if selected should be supplied

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 Andreas Echtermeyer, telephone +47 97123217, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Consultant Hedda Winnberg, 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: 19.03.2024


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 Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

We educate graduates who can create new products, operate and maintain products, and manage projects. The Department has a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes. We conduct wide-ranging research in fields such as technology, energy, product quality and development, and productivity. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 19th March 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Richard Birkelands vei 2B, 7034 Trondheim

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