PhD Position in Alkali Silica Reaction in Concrete

Trondheim, Norway
29 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
10 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering

Department of Structural Engineering


The Department of Structural Engineering at NTNU is looking for a PhD candidate within the field of concrete durability, more specific alkali silica reaction (ASR) in concrete.

The aim of the project is to obtain a better understanding of parameters controlling ASR in concrete. During ASR, alkali mainly originating from the cement cause certain silicate containing minerals from the aggregates to react in the presence of water which can result in a swelling reaction of the concrete. This swelling can have detrimental consequences for the structural integrity of the concrete. The potential ASR reactivity of aggregates or the concrete as a whole is commonly tested using accelerated laboratory tests. Worldwide many different accelerated tests are used which are adapted to local aggregates, building practice and exposure conditions. The inconsistencies between these different tests limit the trade of aggregates across borders and the formation of international regulations.

The PhD project will focus on understanding different mechanisms investigated with the various accelerated test methods; more specifically the impact of the accelerating substances applied in some of the tests such as NaOH and NaCl. The aim is that by providing a better understanding of these parameters, we will obtain a better understanding of the governing mechanisms and provide a common base for tackling the ASR challenges on an international level.


The successful applicants are motivated and ambitious students with excellent grades and have a Master’s degree or equivalent in structural engineering, material science, geology, inorganic chemistry or related fields. The project will focus on the chemical aspect of ASR therefore a basic understanding of chemistry is required. Experience with developing and carrying out laboratory investigations, as well as experience with numerical techniques are an advantage. Proficiency to work goal oriented, skills for interpretation and communication (written and oral) of obtained research results, and good cooperation abilities will be emphasized. The applicant should be fluent in English (spoken and written), familiar in giving presentations and lectures in English, and preferably speak Norwegian.


PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 449 400 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. Collaboration with SINTEF (Norway) and Laval University (Canada) is foreseen in the project. The 25% duties will comprise assistance in the laboratory.

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Klaartje De Weerdt ( ), and Professor Mette Geiker ( ).

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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 IV-204/18.

The anticipated commencement of the PhD study is 1st of September 2018. A statement of when the applicant can start in the position if selected should be supplied.

Application deadline is 10 August 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 Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Institutt for konstruksjonsteknikk
  • Jobbnorge ID 155058
  • Internal ID 2018/21249
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary


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