PhD position in Nature Based Hydraulic Infrastructure Design for Glaciated Mountain Regions

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Trondheim, Norway
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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About the position

The PhD position is at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. The candidate will be part of the Hydraulic Engineering group ( and cooperate internationally. 

This position is a fixed term, full time (100 %) position for 3 years.

Duties of the position

Outbreaks of supraglacial lakes (dammed by ice or moraines) or subglacial lakes can lead to large flood events. These events are strongly affected by climate change. Through climate change and with the fact, that environmental changes are occurring with high speed in glacial regions, the lakes build up quickly. Hence, engineers must take fast design decisions for new or existing hydraulic infrastructure. These engineering decisions can often not include the back coupling to the nature’s reactions. But these local changes may influence the glaciated mountain regions on larger geographical scales.  

The PhD candidate will work on the interface between process-based modelling and catchment modelling, including probabilistic interpretations. The aim is to achieve the input data for mitigation measure design and for required changes in existing infrastructure design. A back coupling of the changes through the infrastructure design to the catchment system must be included.

This will be a great step to support engineers building in dialogue with nature.

Required selection criteria

PhD candidate:

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in Civil Engineering (focus: Hydraulic and Geotechnical Engineering), Engineering Geology, Engineering Hydrology, Computer Science or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD 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 PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

  • Excellent written and oral English skills
  • Motivation to deliver research results and disseminate these (written and oral)
  • Excellent organisation skills and high level of personal responsibility
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to work in an inter- and cross-disciplinary manner

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience in numerical modelling and Geographical Information Systems
  • Experience in field measurements and model tests
  • Prior academic output
  • Prior relevant job experience

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidate:
PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 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 3 years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Civil Engineeringe, within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.


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.


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

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. 

The application must include :

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Research plan or project proposal
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • Name and address of three referees

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 suitability.

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

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 


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.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Elena Pummer, e-mail: . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Tone Måsøval Arntzen, e-mail:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number IV-244/20 when applying.

Application deadline: 15.01.2021