PhD in Spillways for Hydropower Dams job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the position

The Norwegian Hydropower Technology Research Center, HydroCen, has a vacancy for a PhD student. HydroCen is hosted by NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, and is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and the Norwegian hydropower industry. The research is both theoretical and experimental and focuses primarily on hydroelectric technology. However, the market, environmental impact and social acceptance are also part of the research.

For a doctoral position, the objective is a complete doctoral training until obtaining a doctorate.

The project within HydroCen, InSpillyFish, to which this PhD position belongs, has a multidisciplinary approach where reducing the mortality of downstream migratory fish is an issue. The work is part of the WP1 work package in HydroCen, Hydropower Structures. More information can be found here: HydroCen vannvei og damkonstruksjoner – NTNU.

The position reports to supervisors, WP1 Workgroup Leader, Professor Leif Lia and Associate Professor Elena Pummer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering Research Group.

Job duties

The doctoral student will work on innovations on weirs for hydroelectric dams, based on hydraulic design. Research work can include both concept studies, optimization and final design. It can be both field studies, experimental work in the laboratory and numerical simulations.

The position is limited to three years and no further duties will follow the position.

Selection criteria required

  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian study program, where 120 credits are obtained at master’s level
  • You must have relevant professional training in hydraulic engineering or hydroelectric engineering
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master’s program, or equivalent education, equal to B or better on the NTNU grading scale. If you don’t have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you have a lower academic level, you can be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for doctoral training.
  • You must demonstrate in-depth knowledge of hydroelectric structures and hydroelectric systems
  • Good written and oral English skills
  • You must be able to obtain security clearance for dam safety work

The appointment must be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research National guidelines for the appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant

Preferred Selection Criteria

  • Experimental work experience in the laboratory and in the field
  • Skills in using CFD
  • Documented cooperative skills in scientific work
  • Documented references for the supervision of students in practical and similar work

Personal characteristics

  • Contributes to an open-minded scientific work environment
  • Contributions to a sustainable social environment will also be valued
  • Good communication skills
  • Prepared for hard work for periods
  • Able to see the right solutions on complicated problems

We offer

Salary and conditions

Doctoral students are paid according to code 1017, and are normally paid gross from NOK 491,200 per year before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian civil service pension fund.

The term of employment is three years.

Appointment to a doctoral position requires that you be admitted to the doctoral program in engineering within three months of your employment and that you participate in an organized doctoral program during the period of employment.

The engagement must be carried out in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the laws relating to the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technologies. Candidates who, after evaluation of the application and attachment, are found to conflict with the criteria of the latter Act will be barred from recruitment at NTNU. After the appointment, you should assume that there may be changes in the working area.

The position is fully funded by the Norwegian Hydropower Technology Research Centre, HydroCen.

It is a prerequisite to be present and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

The application and the supporting documents to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only assessed against the information available at the application deadline. You should ensure that your application clearly indicates how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out above.

The request must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Bachelor’s and master’s transcripts and diplomas. If you have not completed the master’s degree, you must submit confirmation that the master’s thesis has been submitted.
  • Name and address of the three respondents concerned
  • If you have publications or other relevant research, please provide references.

If all or part of your training was taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation on the extent and quality of all of your training, both bachelor’s and master’s, in addition to other graduate studies. The description of the required documentation can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach it as well.

Joint work will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint work, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In evaluating the most qualified candidate, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions and potential will also count in the evaluation of candidates.

NTNU is committed to following criteria for research quality assessment in accordance with the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

general informations

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified applicants to apply, regardless of gender, functional ability or cultural background.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is Norway’s innovation capital with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including health care, schools, kindergartens and general equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Subsidized professional day care for children is easily accessible. Additionally, Trondheim offers great educational opportunities (including international schools) and opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has a low crime rate and clean air. own.

As an employee of NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development of the subject implies and the organizational changes that are adopted.

According to the Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, function and municipality may be made public even if you have requested that your name not be included in the list of candidates.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Leif Lia, telephone +47 73 59 47 49 / +47 918 97 792, email [email protected] or Ass. Professor Elena Pummer phone +47 73 59 22 44 or +47 413 74 533, email [email protected] If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Consultant Amalie Nyeng via email: [email protected]

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. The Diploma Supplement must be attached for European Master’s degrees outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of master’s degree from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for an interview, you must include certified copies of transcripts and letters of reference.

Application deadline: 17.04.22

NTNU – knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

We carry out research and teaching in civil and transport engineering, technical planning, structural engineering, water and wastewater engineering, and hydraulic engineering. Graduates of our programs become employees – in the public and private sectors – with a sustainability mindset combined with competitive knowledge and skills. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of the eight departments of the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline April 17, 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Full time

Duration Temporary

place of service NTNU Trondheim