PhD Research Fellow in Materials Science and Engineering

Trondheim, Norway
02 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
22 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

A PhD research fellowship is available at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, aiming to develop a general framework for modelling of electrochemical gas evolution, consisting of advanced numerical methods and novel physical models. Models will be validated with experimental data obtained in the project, mainly by means of optical methods such as high-speed video. Detailed knowledge of electrochemical gas evolution is crucial for optimization of electrodes, which affects the efficiency of several industrial processes, for instance electrolytic production of aluminium, zinc and copper, electrolysis of water and the chloralkali industry. In order to facilitate optical measurements, experimental activities will focus on water electrolysis, i.e. hydrogen evolution. The primary research will be within model development and numerical simulations, supported by experimental activities where necessary, in collaboration with other research efforts at the department.

The candidate must hold a master's level degree or equivalent in a relevant field, primarily in electrochemistry, material science or physics. Candidates with master's level education in other branches of engineering may also be considered, provided a relevant background can be documented. Students graduating with a Master degree this spring are also encouraged to apply.

Advanced previous knowledge of electrochemistry and surface reactions is an advantage, but not a prerequisite if the mathematical and physical background is strong. Experience with modelling and programming is however considered as a prerequisite. Knowledge of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is considered as an advantage for applicants, due to the focus on numerical simulations. A good candidate can work independently in a cross-disciplinary environment, and can find creative solutions to the problems presented in the project. The candidate should have good communication skills, and should be able to discuss scientific challenges and results with other graduate students as well as colleagues, and other researchers in the field.

Detailed information on our PhD programs can be found at:

The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that the applicant must have a master's degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best). Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

Applicants must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the appointment. A contract will be drawn up regarding the period of appointment and work related duties.

The appointment of the PhD will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. The appointment has a duration of 3 years with the possibility of 1 year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department. (To undertake the teaching duties it is a requirement that the candidate speaks Norwegian or another Scandinavian language).

The position as PhD is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

For more information about the position please contact: Associate Professor Kristian Etienne Einarsrud, e-mail: Information about the NTNU department and the NTNU research group can be found online: and

The application should contain:
• CV including certificates from Bachelor and Master as well as Reference letters.
• List of publications with bibliographical references.
• Documentation of English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) if English or a Scandinavian language is not the applicant's mother tongue.
• A statement on when the applicant can start in the position if selected.

Applications must be submitted electronically through this page. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

Mark the application with NV-41/17.

Application deadline is March 22, 2017.

About this job

  • Deadline 3/22/2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 135005
  • Internal ID NV-41/17
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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