PhD Position within Behaviour and Modelling of Multi-Layered Joints

Trondheim, Norway
16 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
08 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


The Norwegian Research Council has defined CASA (Centre for Advanced Structural Analysis) hosted by the Department of Structural Engineering, in close cooperation with the Department of Material Science and Engineering and the Department of Physics and with SINTEF Materials and Chemistry as a research partner, as a Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI). The objective of the SFI scheme is to strengthen Norwegian research groups that work in close collaboration with partners from industry and public enterprises in order to support long-term research that promotes innovation and value creation. The industrial partners in the Centre are Audi AG, Benteler Aluminium Systems Norway AS, BMW group, DNV-GL AS, Honda R&D Americas Inc., Hydro Aluminium AS, Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, Multiconsult, Norwegian Defence Estates Agency, National Security Authority, Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Renault, Statoil Petroleum AS and Toyota Motor Europe. The main objective with the Centre is to provide a research and technology platform for the creation and development of smart, cost effective, safe and environmentally friendly structures and products through multi-scale testing, modelling and simulation.

During a car accident, the body structure of a vehicle has to maintain its integrity such that minimal forces are transferred to the occupants. This means that all structural elements in the car body and the connections between them have to behave in a controlled and reliable manner. In the design process numerical simulations are extensively used by the automotive industry to optimize the performance of the car body. This requires, however, robust and reliable models of the connectors between the different elements in order to reproduce real life behaviour.

The topic of the vacant PhD position is the behaviour and modelling of multi-layered joints using mechanical fasteners. The project will include testing and modelling of joints between aluminium and steel sheets at different physical scales in order to propose a macroscopic model for large scale shell simulations. 


Applicants should have a master’s degree in structural or mechanical engineering. Good knowledge of material mechanics and structural mechanics, including the finite element method, is important. It is also desirable that the applicant has some experience with experimental work, e.g. material and component testing at high rates of deformation.

The applicant should be fluent in English (spoken and written), familiar with giving presentations and lectures in English and also interested in learning Norwegian.


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 4 years duration, of which 25% teaching duties

 For further information about the PhD scholarship, please contact: Professor Magnus Langseth - NTNU (e-mail: ) or Assoc.Professor David Morin – NTNU (e-mail: ).

See -programme 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. 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-160/18.

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

Application deadline is 08.05.18

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 Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Institutt for konstruksjonsteknikk
  • Jobbnorge ID 151427
  • Internal ID 2018/11627
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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