PhD in Loss Prevention and Operational Safety of Hydrogen Technologies job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the position

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineeringhas a vacancy for aa PhD Candidate in Loss Prevention and Operational Safety of Hydrogen Technologies

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

Insufficient knowledge about safety issues related to widespread roll-out of hydrogen technology represents a major bottleneck for the industry. It is of key importance for the future hydrogen society to safely manage hydrogen and avoid accidental releases.

This PhD position is part of the SH2IFT-2 project on “Safe Hydrogen Fuel Handling and Use for Efficient Implementation 2”, funded by the Norwegian Research Council (ENERGIX-program) and involving internationally renowned research institutes and industries. As our PhD candidate in this project you will work in collaboration with SINTEF.

You will investigate:

  • the degradation mechanisms, their modeling and monitoring to be considered for hydrogen containment technologies
  • the influence of such degradation mechanisms on a potential breach dimension and release frequency
  • the design of ad-hoc preventive safety barriers for the degradation mechanisms

For these activities, you will have the chance to participate in and use data from experimental tests on hydrogen-metal interaction, conducted within the SH2IFT II project. Ad-hoc experimental tests will allow understanding the behavior of specific mechanisms of material degradation. Several state-of-the-art advanced experimental techniques will be considered to monitor crack formation and growth which lead to material failures and component hydrogen loss of containment. In addition, numerical optimization approaches will be adopted to enable effective material degradation prognostics. This will aim to design a tightly monitored system and ad hoc preventive barriers enabling safe application of hydrogen containment technologies.

You will report to Professor

Duties of the position

  • take part in the mandatory PhD research education program
  • conduct independent research and publish the results in recognized scientific journals

Required selection criteria

  • you must have a professionally relevant background in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, safety engineering or similar disciplines
  • your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master’s level
  • you must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master’s degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • you must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty’s doctoral program
  • you must have good written and oral English language skills

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant

Preferred selection criteria

  • ability to identify patterns or connections between interdisciplinary domains that are not obviously related, and to identify key or underlying issues in complex modeling cases
  • ability to transfer an idea to others in an understandable and effective way
  • adherence to moral and ethical principles of scientific integrity

Personal characteristics

  • ability and confidence to self-manage and execute tasks individually
  • manifest drive and determination
  • openness to feedback and input from others as well as the ability to collaborate, negotiate and influence others

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 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 (without duty work).

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD program in Engineering ( within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD program 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 the 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 daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English (ta stilling til dette)

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 clearly shows how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor’s and master’s degrees. If you have not completed the master’s degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master’s thesis has been submitted.
  • a copy of the master’s thesis. If you have recently submitted your master’s thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master’s degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Research plan
  • Name and address of three referees
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work

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, both bachelor’s and master’s education, in addition to other higher 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

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 opportunities 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.

In accordance with The Public 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 Professor Nicola Paltrinieri, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR consultant Linn-Cecilie Felle, 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 an interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number IV-79/22 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.04.2022

NTNU – knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life

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 programs. 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.

Deadline 1st April 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Fulltime

Duration Temporary

Place of service Institute for Mechanical Engineering and Production

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