PhD Candidate in Aluminium Structures job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - NTNU | 327987

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PhD Candidate in Aluminium Structures job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - NTNU | 327987

At the Department of Structural Engineering, we have a vacancy for a PhD candidate in the testing, modelling and optimisation of aluminium extrusions under extreme loads. The position is linked to the research group SIMLab (Structural Impact Laboratory).

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

The advent of electric vehicles has brought about new challenges related to the design of efficient yet lightweight aluminium structures. The development of more and more complex aluminium extruded profiles has been motivated by the need for increased protection of battery trays and the gradual substitution of steel for aluminium in the automotive industry. Thicker walls, multiple chambers and complex cross-sections are just some of the aspects that challenge current FE modelling technologies, while the demand for accurate simulations of vehicle parts within reasonable timeframes is maintained.

This project will address the new challenges associated with the mechanical behaviour of complex profiles under extreme loads from a modelling point of view. The work is to be carried out within a world-leading research group with decades of experience in the testing, modelling and simulation of structures subject to extreme loads. The candidate will contribute to consolidating the group’s leading position with regard to aluminium structures.

Your immediate leader is associate professor Miguel Costas.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant 

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 501 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is three years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Engineering within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include: 

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

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

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

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

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Miguel Costas, email, or David Morin, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Kristine Grønvold, e-mail:

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.  

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.

We teach mechanical engineering, engineering and ICT, and civil and environmental engineering. The Department conducts internationally leading research and participates in several large national research projects. The Department of Structural Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 3rd March 2023 Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology Municipality Trondheim Scope Fulltime Duration Temporary Place of service

PhD Candidate in Aluminium Structures job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - NTNU | 327987

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