PhD Position in Modelling Viscosity of Polar Fluids and Electrolytes

Trondheim, Norway
11 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

2 PhD positions are available in modelling viscosity of polar fluids and electrolytes 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

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 hydrophilic 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.

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 at 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 documents have to be submitted electronically through Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

  • 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
  • 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 IV-81/18

Commencement date will be agreed later.

Application deadline is 11 March 2018

About this job

  • Deadline Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Institutt for maskinteknikk og produksjon
  • Jobbnorge ID 148135
  • Internal ID IV-81/18
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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