PhD in Gas Turbine Combustion Instabilities in Annular Combustors

Trondheim, Norway
25 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering 
Department of Energy and Process Engineering


An early stage researcher PhD position in ANNULIGhT, a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, is available in the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at NTNU.

ANNULIGhT is an Innovative Training Network for early stage researchers (ESR) in the general area of combustion dynamics in gas turbines. The gas turbine industry is a vital driver of innovation, economic growth, and mobility in the EU and urgently needs a new generation of creative engineers equipped with multi-disciplinary skills in order to accelerate the development of new innovations needed for flexible, efficient power generation and sustainable aviation. ANNULIGhT brings together leaders from industry, academia and research institutes to provide an innovative, structured, multi-disciplinary training programme in combustion dynamics. ESRs will gain experience outside academia, hence developing innovation and employability skills. From a research perspective, ANNULIGhT adopts a novel and innovative research methodology to combustion dynamics, which is to study them exclusively in annular combustion chambers where all the physics of the problem are present.

You will be one of 15 ESRs spread across a network of partners: NTNU, CERFACS, University of Cambridge, TU Munich, TU Berlin, CNRS, ETH Zurich, Ansaldo Energia, Safran Helicopter Engines and Safran Tech. ESRs will receive training in the state-of-the-art theory, high performance computing, and advanced experimental methods including high-speed laser diagnostics applied to combustion instabilities, ignition and blow-off in annular chambers.


NTNU is seeking a highly qualified candidate for a PhD position to investigate different passive control methods and the effect of azimuthal asymmetries on the thermoacoustic response of annular combustors. You will join an active group in gas turbine combustion and combustion modelling with Professors Nicholas Worth, Jonas Moeck and James Dawson.

The research topic will focus on experimental work, but may also involve some theoretical modelling, to investigate combustion instabilities and the effect of different passive damping methods on the flame response and combustion dynamics in a laboratory scale annular combustor. The combustion lab at NTNU has state-of-the-art facilities equipped with data acquisition systems, instrumentation, high-speed PIV and high-speed laser induced fluorescence systems.

The position is open to all nationalities however the candidate MUST comply with the mobility rule of the Marie Curie Actions: “at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation (Norway) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date.”

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).


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.

The position is of 3 years duration.

For informal enquiries about the PhD position, please contact Professor James Dawson, Department of Energy and Process Engineering, NTNU, Trondheim. Email: or Associate Professor Nicholas Worth, Department of Energy and Process Engineering, NTNU, Trondheim. 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. Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should be submitted via this webpage at www.jobbnorge.noMark the application with IV-57/18.

Start-up date is as soon as possible, or may be discussed with Head of department.

Application deadline is 28 February 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.

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