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Faculty of Natural Sciences

Department of Materials Science and Engineering


A PhD research fellow position is available in the field of coating and surfaces to reduce fouling in marine applications. The PhD project is a collaboration between Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering and the Industrial Ecology Program, Dept. of Energy and Process Engineering.

Fouling may be a problem on surfaces caused by the operating environment, and the accumulation of unwanted material on the solid surface can destroy the functionality. In fish farming, there will be biofouling on all materials in contact with seawater. This includes both steel constructions and the polymer cage wires. Today, the poly(ethylene) based cages are impregnated to reduce fouling, causing emissions of copper to the environment. The mechanisms for fouling and new coating materials for the impregnation process are of great interest to investigate further.

In this project, the main focus will be on investigating the surfaces which may be exposed to fouling in sea water. Materials, and especially the polymeric cages wires, will be characterized, relating mechanical properties to both structural and functional aspects. In particular, the impregnation process will be looked into to find novel material solutions with better anti-fouling properties. An important goal of the project is to understand how to combine good anti-fouling performance with materials durability on an environmentally friendly material surface.

The candidate should hold a university degree (Master of Science or equivalent) in materials science, physics, chemistry or a related discipline. Background and experience in coating, surface treatment and mechanical properties are desired. We search for a person that is creative, innovative and can work independently, and has good communication skills and is able to collaborate with other PhD candidates.

Aspired starting date is as soon as possible

Detailed information on our PhD programs is found at: http://www.ntnu.no/nt/english/phd

The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best) for the two last years of the MSc is required. 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 and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree: http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/diploma-supplement_en.htm

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. All applicants must be able to communicate fluently in English (in speaking and writing). PhD scholarship recipients are employed for three years in the position. The position as PhD research fellow is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

For more information about the position please contact: Assoc. Professor Hilde Lea Lein, e-mail: hilde.lea.lein@ntnu.no or Professor Andreas Erbe, e-mail: phd-corrosion@material.ntnu.no

Information about the department and the research group can be found online at: http://www.ntnu.no/materialteknologi/english and

The application should contain:
• CV including transcripts from Bachelor and Master as well as contact details of at least two references
• Documentation of English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) if English or a Scandinavian language is not the applicant's mother tongue.
• A statement on when the applicant can start in the position if selected.

Applications must be submitted electronically through this page.

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

Mark the application with ref.no NV-119/17.

Application deadline is December 15, 2017.

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