Postdoctoral Candidate in Structural analysis of ASR-affected concrete structures

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
December 05, 2022
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The Department of Structural Engineering has a vacancy for a

Postdoctoral Candidate in Structural analysis of ASR-affected concrete


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About the job

The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

The current Postdoc position will be affiliated to the Concrete group which is a team of scientists dedicated to the study of all aspects of concrete. The Concrete group conduct research on concrete from material to structural level based on theoretical, numerical and experimental investigations. The Concrete group is involved in several national and international research projects, it has a close collaboration with the industry, and it has extended laboratory facilities with a rich history.

The successful Candidate is expected to conduct research within the field Structural analysis of ASR-affected concrete structures. Nonlinear and time- dependent finite element analysis using material models that account for ASR- effects. Focus is on adoption of material data from laboratory experiments, establishment of a theoretical framework accounting for cracking, anisotropy, and time- and temperature dependence, and verification of the theory by applying it on real ASR-affected bridges. The main project results will be verified by applying the gained knowledge on selected ASR-affected bridges ("demonstrators"). The candidate should also contribute to development of guidelines for how to evaluate the damage consequences assessing the structures serviceability, durability and capacity.

The Postdoc position involves both theoretical, numerical and experimental research. The candidate will work with a team of experienced researchers within the fields of structural design and concrete materials and will do research in close collaboration with the Norwegian authorities for roads and railways, SINTEF, three foreign universities (Laval and Ottawa in Canada and Gustav Eiffel University in France), and the concrete industry.

The position is funded by the research project “Management and extended service life of infrastructures affected by Alkali-Silica Reaction (MESLA) chaired by NTNU and granted by the Norwegian Research Council.

You will report to the supervising Professors Max Hendriks, Terje Kanstad and the project leader Jan Lindgård.

Duties of the position
  • Perform research and report progress on a regular basis in agreement with the project team
  • Experimental and theoretical research according to the research plan and the project objectives
  • Complete the necessary course/training to work in the laboratory
  • Laboratory work
  • Communication and dissemination of research results under supervision
  • Required selection criteria
  • You must have a professionally relevant background in civil engineering, within structural analysis and design.
  • You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD in Structural Engineering. If you can document that the PhD thesis has been submitted, your application can be assessed even if you have not yet defended your dissertation.
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills
  • The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.

    Preferred selection criteria
  • proven skills/track record in the relevant areas of research, or work experience from the industry
  • knowledge of programming/software, MATLAB, Python, FEA software, LabView, etc.
  • interest in theoretical as well as experimental studies
  • research quality and publications - journal and conference papers
  • Norwegian (or Scandinavian) language skills are an advantage
  • Personal characteristics
  • ambitious and motivated for research work in this field
  • good communication and dissemination skills
  • well-organized and able to plan and conduct laboratory activities and execute experiments
  • team worker that can cooperate in interdisciplinary team
  • good analytical and critical thinking skills
  • genuine interest in research and willingness to learn
  • Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

    We offer
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits
  • Salary and conditions

    As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 563 500 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. 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 criteria 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.

    The position is subject to external funding.

    It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

    About the application

    The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

    Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

    If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

    The application must include:

  • CV and certificates
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees. If you have not yet completed your Ph.D, you must provide confirmation on your estimated date for the doctoral dissertation, or that your PhD thesis has been submitted
  • A copy of the doctoral thesis. If you are close to submitting, or have recently submitted your thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed doctoral degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment.
  • Research plan
  • Name and contact information of three referees
  • If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

    Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

    In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates.

    NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

    General information

    Working at NTNU

    NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway's culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.

    NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality. (tas bort hvis ikke aktuelt)


    The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.


    As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

    A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

    If you have any questions about the position, please contact Terje Kanstad, telephone: 73594519, email: If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Kristine Grønvold, e-mail:

    If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.

    Application deadline: 05.12.2022


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