Postdoc Position in Statistical Mechanics and Transport Properties of Complex Fluids

Trondheim, Norway
04 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
01 May 2017
SO IV-22/17
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering Science ( at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has vacancy for a Postdoc position at Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (

Information about the department

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MTP) has broad interdisciplinary expertise in the fields of logistics, machine design, product development, materials science, risk and reliability of complex systems. The research at the department focuses on development, optimization and improvement of industrial processes and production systems. One of our goals is to secure the Norwegian industry and administration with access to knowledge and expertise on an international level. The Postdoc position will be affiliated to the Materials Research Group.


This project is concerned with the transport properties, especially the viscosity, of complex fluids. One of the areas of interest in the group is in electrolyte systems: aqueous electrolyte (salt) solutions and ionic liquids (liquid electrolytes). The fluids of interest will thus be mixtures containing molecules with both hydrophobic and hydrophillic groups. These systems are becoming a new frontier in friction research and are very promising for low-friction applications, as demonstrated for instance by the amazing effectiveness with which water-based synovial fluid lubricates our joints. However, we do not yet have sufficient understanding of the transport properties of these complex liquids. The aim of this project is to develop general understanding of transport in complex liquids involving electrolytes as well as practical methods for calculating the viscosity and other transport properties. Theoretical work has so far been limited to detailed atomistic simulations. These are extremely demanding and can only give insight into specific systems, but it is simply not feasible to simulate enough different systems to deduce general trends. This project will instead use a more powerful general approach: a combination of kinetic theory of fluids and simulations of simple model fluids. Along with this, there will be close interaction with experimental and theoretical groups in Stockholm and at Imperial College London.


The candidate should hold a PhD in physics, chemistry or engineering. He or she should have a background in statistical mechanics or thermodynamics, and have experience with transport properties, molecular-dynamics simulations, or kinetic theory. Within the general aims of the research group, the goals of this project can be adjusted depending on the skills and interests of a suitable candidate.

Excellent English skills, spoken and written, are required. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document English skills by an approved test. Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).


Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 488.900,- per annum before tax. There will be a 2% deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

The appointment of the Postdoctoral fellows will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees.

The Postdoctoral fellowship is awarded for 2 years.

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Astrid S. de Wijn,, telephone +47 73597098

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. Persons with immigrant background are encouraged to apply. NTNUĀ“s objective is to increase the number of females in scientific positions. Female applicants are therefore encouraged to apply.

The application

The application must contain information of educational background and work experience. Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates, copies of transcripts, publication list and two reference letters should be enclosed.

Applications with CV and attachments have to be submitted electronically through Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

Commencement date will be agreed later.

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Application deadline is 1 May 2017

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About this job

  • Deadline Monday, May 1, 2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Institutt for maskinteknikk og produksjon
  • Jobbnorge ID 136568
  • Internal ID SO IV-22/17
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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