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Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

We educate graduates who can create new products, operate and maintain products, and manage projects. The Department has a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes.  We conduct wide-ranging research in fields such as technology, energy, product quality and development, and productivity. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

PhD Position in Modelling Viscosity of Polar Fluids and Electrolytes (IV-242/18)

One PhD position is available in modelling viscosity of polar fluids and electrolytes at the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MTP), NTNU.


About the materials group


The materials group deals with materials applications: engineering materials and surfaces – manufacturing, properties and components. The group consists of an interdisciplinary mixture of engineers, physicists, and chemists. We have many industrial and international academic collaborations and aim to provide a stimulating environment for PhD students' learning and development.


Project description


This project is concerned with the transport properties, especially the viscosity, of complex fluids. One of the areas of interest in the group is electrolytes (salts): water-based electrolyte solutions and ionic liquids, which are liquid salts. The project will focus on mixtures containing molecules with both hydrophobic and hydrophilic chemical groups. These systems are becoming a new frontier in friction research and are very promising for low-friction applications, as demonstrated for instance by the amazing effectiveness with which water-based synovial fluid lubricates our joints. To make full use of these possibilities, we need more general understanding of the transport properties of these complex liquids. The aim of this project is to develop this understanding as well as practical methods for calculating the viscosity and other transport properties. Since the goal is to deduce general trends, this project will use a combination of approaches: kinetic theory of fluids and simulations of simple model fluids. Along with this, there will be close interaction with experimental and theoretical groups in Trondheim, Stockholm and at Imperial College London.


Requirements and Qualifications


A suitable candidate should:

  • have a Master's degree in Material Science, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or a similar field
  • have an affinity for modelling, either by computer simulations or using mathematical tools
  • be highly motivated with a good grade average (minimum overall grade B, corresponding to 120 credits).
  • be able to work both in a research team as well as carry out personal research projects
  • have good knowledge of written and spoken english.

It would be considered advantageous if a candidate also has:

  • enthusiasm for applied theoretical research
  • experience with modelling-based research projects
  • previous knowledge of materials science, thermodynamics, or statistical mechanics
  • experience with molecular-dynamics or Monte-Carlo simulations
  • a history of publications and/or conference attendance.

The position include full financing for 3 years for the PhD positions. Work location is primarily at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway.


Conditions of appointment


PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated with gross salary NOK 449.400 before tax deduction. There will be a 2 % deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage. As a member of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund you are offered:


•           A good pension scheme

•           A favorable housing loan interest

•           Good insurance schemes


Engagement as a PhD Candidate is done in accordance with “Regulation concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident”, given by the Ministry of Education and Research of 19.07.2010. Applicants for a PhD will have to engage in an organized PhD training program, and appointment in the positions requires approval of the applicants plan and qualifications for the PhD study within three months from the date of commencement of the PhD position. See https://www.ntnu.edu/iv/phd-information and https://innsida.ntnu.no/doktorgrad for more information.


The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government's policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Persons with immigrant background are encouraged to apply. NTNU´s objective is to increase the number of females in scientific positions and female applicants are therefore encouraged to apply.


The application


Applications with CV, grade transcripts, diplomas, description of research plan and other enclosures should to be submitted electronically through www.jobbnorge.no. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. The application should include:


  • CV (should include: relevant formal educational background, diploma grade, participation in research projects, skills, and any other relevant experience.)

  • Certified diploma (note that diploma supplement or similar has to be attached for degrees outside Norway.

  • Master diplomas from China have to be verified by China Credentials Verification (CHSI) https://www.chsi.com.cn/en/

  • Diploma (note that diploma supplement or similar has to be attached for degrees outside Norway), or certified transcripts of records

  • Reference letters

  • Motivational letter

  • If applicable, list of publications, conferences list and other relevant scientific work

For further information about the position, please contact:


Associate Professor Astrid de Wijn, astrid.dewijn@ntnu.no, Telephone +47 73597098


Mark the application with IV-242/18


Commencement date will be agreed later.


Application deadline is 28 October 2018


According to the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the list of applicants.

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  • Søknadsfrist
    28. oktober 2018
  • Arbeidsgiver
    NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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  • Arbeidssted
    Dep. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
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