PhD Position in Sediment Erosion in Hydro Turbines

Trondheim, Norway
12 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Apr 2018
IV- 63/18
Contract Type
Full Time


The Faculty of Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for a position as a PhD Research fellow at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering. The described PhD is part of the research within the Norwegian Centre for Hydropower Technology (HydroCen).

Information about the Department of Energy and Process Engineering

The Department of Energy and Process Engineering (EPT), a part of the Faculty of Engineering, is organized into six sub divisions - or research groups - for both teaching and research purposes. These are: Energy and Indoor Environment, Fluid Mechanics, Industrial Ecology Program, Industrial Process Technology, Renewable energy and Thermal Energy (the present position is organized with the Fluid Mechanics group).

The Department of Energy and Process Engineering has a total of 200 employees, including approx. 90 doctoral students (PhD). We have an extensive contact network, and graduates from our master's programs are employed by both industry and public administration. Our research is applied to both offshore and onshore industry, by consulting companies, energy advisory services, engineering companies, and public administration.

Information about the Norwegian Centre for Hydropower Technology (HydroCen)

HydroCen is a Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME). The FME scheme is established by the Norwegian Research Council. The objective of the Research Council of Norway FME-scheme is to establish time-limited research centres, which conduct concentrated, focused and long-term research of high international caliber in order to solve specific challenges in the field. The FME-centres can be established for a maximum period of eight years

The main objective of HydroCen is to enable the Norwegian hydropower sector to meet complex challenges and exploit new opportunities through innovative technological solutions. The research areas includes: hydropower structures, turbine and generators, market and services, and environmental design. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is the host institution and is the main research partner together with SINTEF Energy Research and the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA).

Project description: “Sediment erosion in hydro turbines”

Sediments are the largest challenge for hydropower development in many regions of the world. Sediments are filling the reservoirs and eroding structures and turbines. Therefore, the design of turbines, hydraulic structures, flushing techniques and reliable sediment measurements are key knowledge domains for future development. The primary objective of this project is find solutions to measure and handle sediments at power plants exposed to high sediment yield. In addition, the following secondary objectives are defined:

  • Develop new procedures and techniques for monitoring sediment transport in rivers
  • Describe environmental impacts of altered sediment transport and suggest new mitigation methods
  • Develop and test new turbine design that tolerate high sediment concentration
  • Develop and evaluate new technical solutions for sediment handling in reservoirs

The PhD-student will work on the development of turbines that tolerate high sediment concentration, and he/she will work in close cooperation with other researchers in this project and in HydroCen.


We seek a highly-motivated individual:

  • Holding an excellent Master degree in Mechanical Engineering or Physics with a specialization in Fluid Mechanics
  • Creativity and willingness to work in an inter-disciplinary project
  • Familiar with experimental methods using e.g. Particle Image Anemometry or Laser Doppler Anemometry
  • Ability and motivation to conduct high-quality research, including publishing the results in relevant journals and presenting at conferences
  • Analytical skills
  • Good programming skills and knowledge of quality evaluation methods (experience with MATLAB and/or LabVIEW).
  • Very good communication skills (both written and oral) in English. Knowledge of a Scandinavian language is preferable.

Applicants are asked to provide a research statement (max 3 pages) in their application, describing research interests and initial plans with regards to the above project description. The statement should also provide details on how the project relate to previous education, research and competence.

Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must provide evidence of good written and spoken English language skills. The following tests can be used as documentation: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A.


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 further information about the position, please contact Prof. Ole Gunnar Dahlhaug, 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

Mark the application with IV-63/17.

Start-up date may be discussed, but tentatively 1st  August 2018

Application deadline is 15th April 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 Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Energy and Process Engineering
  • Jobbnorge ID 149587
  • Internal ID 2018/7987
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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