PhD Position in Experimental Fluid Mechanics

Trondheim, Norway
23 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering 
Department of Engergy and Process Engineering


A PhD position is available at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering, in the Fluid Mechanics research group. The position is financed by the Department of Energy and Process Engineering.

A non-Newtonian fluid is a fluid that does not obey Newton's “law of viscosity”. Often, this means that the viscosity of the fluid is dependent on the shear experienced by the fluid. For a liquid this might be colloquially interpreted as it becoming “thicker” or “thinner” as you try to deform it. Non-Newtonian fluids are commonly found in biological systems as well as many industrial processes and natural phenomena. Examples include blood, ketchup and mixtures of cornstarch with water. For a particular sub-set of non-Newtonian fluids called dense suspensions, there are some very interesting physics that occur. If sufficient shear is applied, the fluid begins to behave like a solid; this is referred to as “shear jamming”.

This phenomenon is typically observed in rotational systems, but the challenge of this project will be to investigate it in a linear traversing system using high-speed imaging. The successful candidate will build a rig to observe the shear jamming phenomenon and explore issues relating to how two shear jamming fronts interact. Preliminary studies will also be performed on towed cylinders and grids in water to test the data acquisition protocols and analysis techniques.


The successful applicant should be enthusiastic and highly motivated as well as be able to work effectively by themselves and in a team. Specific qualifications are listed below:

Required qualifications:

  • A Masters degree in engineering, applied mathematics, physics or equivalent, with a minimum average of B (ECTS).
  • Strong background in fundamental or applied fluid mechanics.
  • Programming skills in MATLAB, Python, or similar packages.
  • Experience with state-of-the-art experimental fluid mechanics measurements (e.g., hot-wire, particle image velocimetry, laser-Doppler anemometry, high-speed imaging).

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience with CAD software packages (e.g., SolidWorks, Fusion360).
  • Experience working with electromechanical systems.
  • Experience as part of a design team or project.


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 appointment has a duration of 3 years as a researcher towards the degree of PhD. Depending on the candidate's preferences and qualifications, the position duration could be changed to 4 years with a 25% teaching duty for the Department throughout the employment period.)

The project will be supervised by Associate Professor Jason Hearst, Department of Energy and Process Engineering, NTNU, Trondheim. Email: You can contact him for further information.

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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 .

Transcripts of grades are required for all candidates. If you are applying from outside Norway, please include a document detailing the grading/credit equivalencies to the Norwegian or ECTS systems. If this is not available, then please include a document describing the grading system at your university and the requirements for degree completion. This can be a print-out from your university’s webpage or in some cases is included on your actual transcript. If your transcript does not include an average grade for the last two years of your education, please calculate it and include it in your application.

In addition to the required fields on the Jobbnorge website, please include a “research statement” with your application. The research statement should briefly describe your Masters or previous research experience and include a statement about how you would plan to complete the proposed project of this posting. The research statement should not exceed 2 pages, although 1 page is preferred. Furthermore, please include a “qualifications” document explicitly detailing how you meet each of the required and some (or all) of the desired qualifications listed above. An application missing these two documents may be considered incomplete by the selection committee.

Mark the application with IV-125/18.

Start-up date may be discussed, but tentatively 10. August 2018

Application deadline is 26 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.

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