PhD Position Within Marine Hydrodynamics

Trondheim, Norway
15 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

We have an open PhD position related to prediction and reduction of frictional ship resistance, especially due to surface roughness.

Ship resistance is in most cases dominated by frictional resistance. Frictional resistance of ships depend on the ship speed and geometry, but also on the surface roughness and presence of marine growth (fouling). Better prediction methods for how the frictional resistance is influenced by roughness is needed, in order to make better resistance predictions and to enable reduction of the frictional resistance for example by application of special coatings. Together with SINTEF Ocean, the Department of Marine Technology has competence, laboratories and equipment for experimental research in frictional ship resistance. Furthermore, numerical solution of the Navier-Stokes equations is increasingly important also for research in frictional ship resistance and effects of roughness. Thus, both numerical and experimental work is expected to be important. The main objective of this research is to understand and predict how different types of roughness influence the frictional resistance of ships.
The position is part of the 8-year long research project on improved energy-efficiency in shipping called SFI Smart Maritime, which was started in 2015, where leading Norwegian industry is participating, together with SINTEF Ocean and NTNU.
The position requires a Master’s degree in marine technology, fluid mechanics, surface science, industrial mathematics or a similar relevant area. The successful candidate should be enthusiastic and highly motivated for combined numerical as well as experimental research. The candidate shall show self-reliance and be willing to work both independently and with other researchers. Background knowledge and experience within roughness drag modelling or flow simulation will be considered as an advantage. The successful candidate must also fulfill the requirement for admission to a doctoral program
Excellent English skills, written and spoken, are required. Applicants from Non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must present an official language test report. The acceptable tests are TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:

  • ·       TOEFL: 600 / writing 4.5 (paper-based test), 92 / writing 22 (internet-based test)
  • ·       IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
  • ·       CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 432,300 before tax. There will be a 2 % deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

Engagement as a PhD Candidate is done in accordance with “Regulation concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident”, given by the Ministry of Education and Research of 19.07.2010. The goal of the positions is to obtain a PhD degree. Applicants will engage in an organized PhD training program, and appointment requires approval of the applicants plan for a PhD study within three months from the date of commencement.

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The position is of 3 years duration.

For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Lars Erik Holmedal, Department of Marine Technology, NTNU, Trondheim. Email:, or prof. Kourosh Koushan Department of Marine Technology, NTNU, Trondheim. Email:

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government's policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Women are encouraged to apply.

The application
The application must contain information of educational background and work experience. Certified copies of transcripts and reference letters should be enclosed. Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should be submitted via this webpage at Mark the application with IV-87/17.

Start-up date may be discussed, but preferably August 2017.

Application deadline is 24. March 2017

According to the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the list of applicants.

About this job

  • Deadline 3/24/2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Department of Marine Technology
  • Jobbnorge ID 135316
  • Internal ID IV-87/17
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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