PhD Position within Multi-Physical Modelling in Cold Climate Engineering

Trondheim, Norway
21 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Department of Civil and Engineering

PhD position within multi-physical modelling in cold climate engineering - Modelling of freezing, frozen and thawing soils considering distinct ice-lenses


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (IBM) invites applicants for a three years PhD in a joint research project between the Geotechnical research group, the Road, Transport and Geomatics research group and the PoreLab center of excellence. The area of research is Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical modelling of soil behavior during freezing and thawing processes.

The PhD Research Fellowship will be a part of the PoreLab center of excellence, Thermodynamic Driving Forces, Work Package 5. PoreLab is a Norwegian Center of Excellence created in 2017 and situated at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, and the University of Oslo (UiO). It focuses on the physics of porous media using experimental, theoretical and computational methods. The PhD research will be closely linked to PoreLab.

The objective of the PhD Research Fellowship is to develop a discontinuous computational model for the physical and thermodynamic processes in water saturated porous media during freezing and thawing. The position is leading to a doctorate degree in Geotechnical Engineering and there is therefore a requirement that applicants are to be admitted to the PhD program at NTNU.


The position requires a Master’s degree in geotechnical engineering, road construction engineering, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, porous media physics or similar relevant area, with strong credentials. Having a background in continuum mechanics, thermodynamics, computational methods, and knowledge of computing languages such as Fortran or C++ are desirable.

Strong analytical capabilities and good written and oral communications skills in English are essential. To be qualified for admission to the PhD program at NTNU, the candidate must demonstrate a B average or better (on the European Credit Transfer System -ECTS- grading scale) at the MSc level.

The successful candidate should be enthusiastic and highly motivated and be willing to work both independently and with other researchers. The successful candidate must also fulfill the requirement for admission to a doctoral program.


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 Professor Gustav Grimstad, phone: +47 73 59 68 70, 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, and a short presentation of the motivation for a PhD study and how the applicant sees his/her background suitable. 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 Mark the application with IV-98/18.

Start-up date may be discussed, but tentatively June 2018.

Application deadline is 21.03.2018

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. 


  • Deadline Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Jobbnorge ID 148639
  • Internal ID 2018/6254
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary


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