PhD position in Modelling of Transport in Materials

Trondheim, Norway
15 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Feb 2018
SO IV-13/18
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

A PhD position is available in modelling of transport properties of materials at the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MTP), NTNU.

About the Materials Group

The materials group deals with materials applications: engineering materials and surfaces – manufacturing, properties and components. The group consists of an interdisciplinary mixture of engineers, physicists, and chemists. We have many industrial and international academic collaborations and aim to provide a stimulating environment for PhD students' learning and development.

Project description

Durability of materials is an important issue for building long-term sustainable equipment and structures. Many changes that occur over time in materials lead to damage, degradation, and loss of function. In the mechanisms of these changes, an important role is played by transport such as diffusion and friction. Friction, for example, leads to wear. And diffusion of atoms inside a solid can lead to structural changes or chemical reactions where the atoms end up, such as corrosion. Understanding how this transport works and how it relates to the damage is crucial for slowing or preventing the destruction of the materials. This project will focus on modelling and understanding these transport properties of materials, and relating them to chemical and mechanical damage.

Requirements and Qualifications

A suitable candidate should:

  • have a Master's degree in Material Science, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or a similar field
  • have an affinity for modelling, either by computer simulations or using mathematical tools
  • be highly motivated with a good grade average (minimum overall grade B, corresponding to 120 credits).
  • be able to work both in a research team as well as carry out personal research projects
  • have good knowledge of written and spoken english.

It would be considered advantageous if a candidate also has:

  • enthusiasm for applied theoretical research
  • experience with modelling-based research projects
  • previous knowledge of materials science, thermodynamics, or statistical mechanics
  • experience with molecular-dynamics or Monte-Carlo simulations
  • a history of publications and/or conference attendance.

The positions include full financing for 3 years for the PhD positions. Work location is primarily NTNU in Trondheim, Norway.

Conditions of appointment

PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated with gross salary NOK 436 900 before tax deduction. There will be a 2 % deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage. As a member of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund you are offered:

  • A good pension scheme
  • A favorable housing loan interest
  • Good insurance schemes

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. Applicants for a PhD will have to engage in an organized PhD training program, and appointment in the positions requires approval of the applicants plan and qualifications for the PhD study within three months from the date of commencement of the PhD position. See and for more information.

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. NTNU´s objective is to increase the number of females in scientific positions and female applicants are therefore encouraged to apply.

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.

The application

The application should include the following attachments:

  • CV (should include: relevant formal educational background, diploma grade, participation in research projects, skills, and any other relevant experience.)
  • Diploma (note that diploma supplement or similar has to be attached for degrees outside Norway), or certified transcripts of records
  • Reference letters
  • Motivational letter and a description of the research plan
  • If applicable, list of publications, conferences list and other relevant scientific work

Applications with CV, grade transcripts, diplomas, description of research plan and other enclosures should to be submitted electronically through Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. 

For further information about the position, please contact:

Associate Professor Astrid de Wijn,, Telephone +47 73597098

Mark the application with SO IV-13/18

Commencement date will be agreed later.

Application deadline is 11 February 2018