PhD Position, Flash Floods in Steep Terrain

Trondheim, Norway
19 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
27 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

World of Wild Waters focus on gamification of Natural Hazards and aim at bringing together knowledge on physical and statistical behavior of Natural Hazards with knowledge on digital storytelling and human behavior to create immersive user experiences based on real data, realistic scenarios and simulations. Experiences to be used as basis for preventive and emergency measures to safe live and cost. World of Wild Waters aim at being the future tool for analyzing and communicating cause and effect of potential Natural Hazards as floods and landslides.


As a part of a strategic effort on Water related challenges the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (IBM) at NTNU has vacancy for a position as PhD Research Fellow on the topic Flash Floods in Steep terrain. The work will be carried out in cooperation with the project World of Wild Waters (WoWW). A project in NTNU’s strategic portfolio of projects to pursue transformative research on the development and application of digital transformation technology. More info:

Water is our most valuable resource, but also a source creating imminent dangers. To secure infrastructure for water and against water is a challenge combining multidisciplinary engineering knowledge and skills and thus an area with a large strategic potential for IBM.  World of Wild Waters is focused on gamification of Natural Hazards and aim at bringing together knowledge on the physical and statistical behavior of Natural Hazards with knowledge on digital storytelling and human behavior to create an immersive user experience based on real data, realistic scenarios and simulations.

The main aim is to investigate existing and develop new methodologies and knowledge on hydraulic modelling of flow velocities and forces in steep water courses during extreme events. The result of the work shall enable identification of critical locations along a water course during major floods and extreme events. The most significant challenges to be solved will be related to small catchments with sparse information. How to use sensors, Internet Of Things (IOT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support the modelling and updating of the models will be a part of the work. The work will cooperate with PhD work focusing on visualization of the hydraulic and hydrological processes.


We will prioritize candidates based on the following criteria:

  • Competency in Hydrology and hydrological modelling
  • Programming skills in relevant languages will be an advantage
  • Competencies on IOT, AI, Sensor technologies and internet communication will be an advantage
  • Excellent communication skills - written and oral.
  • High cooperative skills and ability to work in a team, as well as independently.

In the application the candidate is encouraged to present his or hers motivation for this particular PhD study and briefly sketch how he or she expect, intend or hope to contribute to improve the assesment of floods in steep terrain.

The successful candidate must fulfil the requirement for admission to the doctoral program at the Faculty of Engineering, NTNU. The working languages will be Norwegian and/or English. All applicants must be able to communicate fluently in English (spoken and written). Candidates from universities outside Scandinavia and English speaking countries are kindly requested to document English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)).


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.

Working address is at NTNU in Trondheim. For further information about the position, please contact Professor Oddbjørn Bruland 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.

Master students finishing in June 2018 may 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-156/18.

Start-up date October 15th, 2018

Application deadline is May 27th, 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, May 27, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Jobbnorge ID 151350
  • Internal ID 2018/11548
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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