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Department of Materials Science and Engineering


A PhD position is available at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The appointment has a duration of 3 years with the possibility of up to 1-year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department. (To undertake the teaching duties it is a requirement that the candidate speaks Norwegian or another Scandinavian language).


Material failures in medical devices can be life threatening to patients. Medical grade metals, alloys and polymers used in implantable devices require metallurgical- and polymer science expertise to verify that the materials will perform as expected, and to identify potential issues which could lead to failures. Production methods, chemical composition, grain size, inclusions, cracks/fractures, surface morphology and chemical properties, precipitation of ions/elements/additives, material ware and incompatibilities, as well as the potential for corrosion/degradation must be identified to secure patent safety and quality of life.


The overall objective of the PhD position will be to focus on the design, production and modification of surface properties, including surface coatings, of materials and components used in intravascular catheters for the administration of antineoplastic drugs. The influence that advanced therapy medical surface degradation, i.e. loss of performance, efficiency and accuracy due to material-drug-biological system interactions, has on the engineering performance and service lifetime of the medical device will be evaluated.


In the present project there is a need to integrate physical, chemical, biochemical and clinical methods with respect to the interaction and behaviour of engineering materials in relation to human health and environment. The PhD student will therefore be working in a multidisciplinary research environment, with close interactions with the broader medical community. Partners in the project are Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, St. Olavs Hospital, and Trannsfercenter für Kunststofftechnik GmbH. As the partners are pooling their resources in order to strengthen the project, the PhD student will have access to the partner’s state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

Information about the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NTNU can be found online at:


The successful applicant should hold a Master of Science (MSc) degree with knowledge in both processing and characterization (metallurgy) of traditional materials, including metals, alloys, and ceramic materials, as well as in polymer science with focus on medical grade materials. Solid understanding of and experience from in-vitro practical laboratory work, test method development and execution, characterization of material properties from both in-vivo/in-vitro handling of medical devices, and advanced data analysis is required.


The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that the applicant must have a MSc degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies, with an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best). Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement (or a similar document), which describes in detail the study and grade system applied, as well as the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree: http://ec.europa.eu/education/policies/rec_qual/recognition/diploma_en.html


The position requires that the candidate has excellent written and oral communication skills, and is fluent in English. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document their English skills by an approved test. Approved tests include TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).


Applicants must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the appointment. A contract will be drawn up regarding the period of appointment and work related duties. The appointment of the PhD will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges, and to the general regulations regarding university employees. NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.


The position as PhD is compensated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.


Further information can be obtained from:

Professor Ragnhild E. Aune, Email: ragnhild.aune@ntnu.no; tlf. +47 91897663.

Associate Professor Fride Vullum-Bruer, Email: fride.vullum-bruer@ntnu.no; tel: +47 98667654


The reference number of the position is: NT- 24/17


Application deadline is 05.03.2017




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