PhD Position within Drillstring Dynamics

Trondheim, Norway
16 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
15 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP) invites applicants to one three-year PhD position within drillstring dynamics. The successful candidate will be located on the Group for Well Construction and Production.

The position’s field of research/research project

Drilling is a process characterized by large uncertainties and lack of information on downhole conditions. At the same time, modern sensor technologies allow a larger amount of downhole data to be available in real-time. This thesis involves develop both physical and theoretical models for the drillstring that are convenient for being used in real-time to diagnose and potentially control the drilling operation. Laboratory work is needed to verify the models and this will be a major part of the thesis.


Applicants are advised to address the following selection criteria in their applications:

  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in mechanical engineering, electronics, mechatronics, mathematics, cybernetics or petroleum engineering
  • Experience with instrumentation of sensors and laboratory work
  • Programming skills
  • A high level of interpersonal skills for effective collaboration with scientists and technicians
  • A high level of personal responsibility and initiative
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English

The successful candidate will be employed full-time by the NTNU for a fixed period of three years.


PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 436 900 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.

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Sigve Hovda, email:

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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, in addition to a motivational letter addressing the mentioned selection criteria. Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should be submitted.

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Application deadline: 15 January 2018.


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 Monday, January 15, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Department of Geoscience and Petroleum
  • Jobbnorge ID 145742
  • Internal ID 2017/39822
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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