PhD Position within Structural Engineering, Reliability, and Risk Assessment

Trondheim, Norway
10 Jun 2017
End of advertisement period
15 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The built environment, i.e. infrastructural elements, industrial buildings and facilities as well as residential buildings, constitutes the basis for our economy and the continuous development of our society. In this respect load bearing structures play an important role, since their primary purpose is to provide the functionality of the built environment and the safety of its users. Consequently, a large proportion of the society’s economic resources are invested in the continued development, maintenance and renewal of structures and it is of great importance that decisions made in connection with structures are optimal. Optimal in the sense that the benefit of structures as well as the possible adverse consequences such as loss of lives, damage to the qualities of the environment and the direct and committed costs are considered and optimal decisions are identified.


The announced PhD project Risk based decision making for optimal management of load bearing structures will take up the challenges related to the sustainable development and preservation of the build environment.

Basis will be taken in the recent research advances in the field of risk-based maintenance planning for civil and marine structures. Besides the state-of-the-art representation of typical structural systems and deterioration processes, research focus of this project is the consistent consideration of different types of uncertainties and consequences, and the development of practical decision support for the optimal management for real structures and portfolios of structures. Having a clear focus on implementation, the project will develop and assess new methodologies alongside 2-3 practical case studies for which close collaboration with the corresponding stakeholders is foreseen.

Academic: The successful applicant must have an MSc or a comparable degree (5 years; 120 ECTS) in civil engineering, structural engineering, or comparable competence. The academic profile should document very good skills in at least one of the fields: reliability analysis, risk analysis, advanced structural analysis, advanced computation.

Personal: Communication skills are important, and applicants should have a high level of proficiency in written and spoken English. Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must document a thorough knowledge of English (equivalent to a TOEFL score of 600 or more).

The successful candidate will be expected to cooperate closely with other members of the research team and with industry partners.

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.

The successful candidate will be employed at and enrolled in the PhD program at Department of Structural Engineering.

For further information, please contact Jochen Köhler (+47 73594517, e-mail ).

The position is 3 years, possibly 4 years duration with 25% teaching duties.

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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 www.jobbnorge.noMark the application with IV-149/17.

Envisaged start-up date will be October 1, 2017.
Application deadline is August 15, 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.


  • Deadline
    Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • Employer
    NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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  • Place of service
    Institutt for konstruksjonsteknikk
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