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Postdoc position in AMOS - Department of Marine Technology

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    NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Computer scienceCybernetics
    EngineeringMaritime engineering
    TechnologyMarine technology
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    21/07/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Trondheim

About the position

We have a vacancy for a postdoctoral position within Assessment of accidental impacts against ocean structures at the Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS), Department of Marine Technology

Accidental impacts and collisions from ships or ice features are events that may jeopardize the integrity of most ocean structures, such as ships, oil and gas installations, fish farms, offshore wind turbine foundations, large floating bridges etc. The resistance to such actions must be dealt with in the accidental limit state (ALS) format; i.e. large deformations and damage may be accepted but the structure should not collapse. The design against accidental ship impacts is often quite explicit as concerns oil and gas installations, but for other structures methods and design rules are often simplistic or even lacking.  Thus, new advanced methods as well as simpler, design-oriented methods should be developed. The goal of the postdoctoral position is to contribute to this development.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Analysis of structural response to impacts by means of nonlinear finite element methods (e.g. LS-DYNA, ABAQUS, USFOS).
  • Continuum mechanics modelling of ice and parameter calibration for ALS analysis.
  • Fluid/ice-structure interaction to be included where relevant, e.g. by means of ALE methods
  • Development of simplified methods based on external mechanics principles and internal mechanics with emphasis on plastic methods
  • Propose new rule formulations for design verification.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral fellow:

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in Marine Technology or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

Qualification requirements

  • PhD degree in Marine Technology, Ocean Engineering, Civil Engineering or a similar relevant area.
  • Excellent knowledge of the theoretical basis of the nonlinear finite element method
  • Experience with modelling and analysis of structural response
  • Familiar with plastic analysis of beams, frames, stiffened plates and large panels
  • Excellent English skills, written and spoken, are required. Applicants from non-English speak countries outside Europe must present an official language test report. The acceptable tests are TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are
    • TOEFL: 600 / writing 4.5 (paper-based test), 92 / writing 22 (internet-based test)
    • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
    • CAE/CPE: grade B or A

Other qualifications:

  • Experience with fluid/ice-structure interaction analysis is beneficial 
  • Academic results, publications, relevant specialization, work or research experience, personal qualifications, and motivation and a desire to make an impact on the development of rational methods for safe design against accidental impacts will be considered when evaluating the applicants.

Personal characteristics

  • High motivation, enthusiasm and dedication to the work
  • Willingness to work independently as well as to communicate and collaborate with other researchers
  • Active engagement in the detailed planning of the research work

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

Salary and conditions


Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 523 200 before tax per year.

Note: Preliminary table subject to approval by the Storting.  From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 2.5 years.  

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 criterias 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.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Jørgen Amdahl, Department of Marine Technology, NTNU, Trondheim. phone number 95745663,  E-mail: jamda@ntnu.no 

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number IV-195/19 when applying.

Include project proposition (1-2 pages) indicating how the applicant envisages her/his contribution within the research work. Short statement from a former supervisor/tutor/teacher. Contact information for two references (including email addresses and telephone number).English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)

Application deadline: 21.07.2019


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

Department of Marine Technology

We develop methods and technology related to the blue economy: oil and gas extraction at sea, ship technology and the equipment industry, fisheries and aquaculture. We also have a strong commitment to the development of sustainable solutions for offshore renewable energy, coastal infrastructure, and marine robotics. Marine technology helps to solve major global challenges related to the environment, climate, energy, food and efficient transport. The Department of Marine Technology is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.


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