PhD Position in Experimental Fluid Mechanics

Trondheim, Norway
26 May 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering 
Department of Energy and Process Engineering 


A PhD position is available within the Fluids Mechanics group at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at NTNU. The position is fully financed by the Department of Energy and Process Engineering.

The project is aimed at the development of high-speed Scanning-PIV and its application to measure turbulent flows. Scanning-PIV is an advanced velocimetry technique which allows full three-dimensional velocity fields to be captured. The method involves the use of a mechanical or optical device to deflect a laser beam or sheet, and rapidly “scan” across and illuminate a flow of interest. The motion of passive tracers which are seeded into the flow are then recorded using high speed cameras, and the 3D velocity field calculated from these. The method can be highly accurate but crucially, the scanning speed must be much faster than the flow speed, limiting its application. In this project, work will be undertaken to increase the scanning speeds possible, allowing a broader range of flows to be investigated. The position will involve conducting a series of laboratory experiments using high speed lasers, high speed cameras, and electronic timing devices. The flow of interest will be selected depending on the performance of the method, but could include a turbulent channel flow, a reacting jet, or the flow in a large mixing tank. The project will also involve developing processing and analysis software in Matlab, and the detailed analysis of experimental data.


The successful applicant should be enthusiastic and highly motivated, be able to work well both independently and with other researchers, and have a strong background in fundamental or applied fluid mechanics. Applicants should have a Masters degree and an excellent academic track record in mechanical or aeronautical engineering, experimental physics, applied mathematics, or equivalent. Good programming skills in MATLAB and LabView or other similar packages is essential. Experience with lab work is required, as well as a demonstrated ability to develop technical solutions. Experience with CAD software, state-of-the-art experimental methods in fluid mechanics, and knowledge of electro-mechanical systems are also highly desirable.


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 Associate Professor Nicholas Worth, 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 www.jobbnorge.noMark the application with SO IV-184/18.

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

Application deadline is 20 June 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 Wednesday, June 20, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Energy and Process Engineering
  • Jobbnorge ID 153421
  • Internal ID 2018/15339
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary


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