Ph.D. Position in Biocomposites (Norway) Deadline: Mar.01, 2019

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Application Deadline

March 01, 2019

Program Commencement

September 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

3 Years

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Program Details

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at NTNU is seeking to appoint a PhD candidate on a project that is looking into developing environmentally friendly, recyclable bio-based building materials that have good thermal and noise insulation while being easy to install and being attractive to the eye. Additive manufacturing (3D printing) is seen as the key manufacturing method for prototype development. The final production process has to be suitable for high volume production.

The position reports to Prof. Andreas Echtermeyer at the materials group of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at NTNU. Close cooperation will be with Dr. Gary Chinga Carrasco at Rise-PFI, located on the NTNU campus.

The selected candidate undertakes to participate in an organized Ph.D. programme during the employment period with the following job description:

  • Select candidate material solutions and structural arrangements.
  • Produce the solutions mainly with additive manufacturing.
  • Experimentally test the properties.
  • Compare test results against theoretical predictions.
  • Modify production process to be suitable for an industrial scale.
  • Implement parts of the solution in an industrial setting.

The position will require much experimental work, making material formulations, printing structures and testing their properties. The most promising technology should be implemented in an industrial production process. Which materials to choose and determining how the substructure of the panels should look like will be based on material engineering and structural modeling.

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Eligibility/ Requirements

The main objective of the PhD-position is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is the completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in mechanical engineering, polymer science or physics or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a Ph.D. degree.

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 Ph.D., post doctor, and research assistant.

Other qualifications

  • Excellent experimental skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • Good written and oral English language skills.

Preferred qualifications

  • Knowledge of composites and polymers.
  • Knowledge of additive manufacturing / 3D printing
  • Good written and oral Norwegian language skills

Personal characteristics

  • Innovative
  • Able to work with people of widely different characteristics
  • Can work independently and be a team player
  • Persistent

Application Process

Please submit the application electronically  with your CV, diplomas and certificates within the application deadline. A separate statement of maximum two pages should be added describing how the candidate meets the six “other and 1 preferred qualifications” stated above. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of the Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI)

Please refer to the application number IV-71/19 when applying.

Find more details about the Department and the Ph.D. program here.

Further questions about the position can be directed to:
Prof. Andreas Echtermeyer, phone number: +47 971 23 217, e-mail:
Dr. Gary Chinga Carrasco, phone number: + +47 454 12 304, e-mail:

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