Open PhD position at NTNU in Sustainable Soil Stabilisation

About the job

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at NTNU has an open position for a PhD candidate in sustainable soil stabilisation. It focuses on evaluating climate friendly techniques for soil stabilisation using laboratory and field experiments.

The PhD position will be affiliated to the Geotechnical Engineering group which focuses on computational geotechnics complimented by extensive field work and advanced field and laboratory testing of geomaterials. The research of our group aims for safe, environmentally sound, and cost-effective solutions for the built infrastructure. Research encompasses roads, railways, harbours, and complex deep-underground city construction.

The PhD Candidate will be part of a research team in the “Sustainable, Stable Ground” (SSG) project. This project aims to radically change the deep-mixing technology to sustainable alternatives originating from solid wastes and make a circular economy around this technology. To achieve this goal, interdisciplinary research is set up with a bottom-up combined experimental and modelling approach, across both scales and disciplines. The study focuses on stabilizing soft marine clays and “quick clays” in particular. Quick clays pose a hazard threat to the society, and it is important to develop environmentally friendly and cost-effective methods to stabilize this material.

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

The position has a duration of 3 years.

You will report to a main supervisor.

Duties of the position

  • Evaluate and understand the performance of industry by-products and alternative binders to stabilise clays using advanced laboratory testing and in-situ mechanical testing
  • Assess the hydro-mechanical properties of stabilized clays with macro scale tests
  • Contribute to the development of a tool for design and modelling of stabilized soils based on advanced modelling techniques and a material model for deep mixed stabilized soil
  • Collaborate with the other researcher in the SSG project
  • Disseminate research findings using typical academic channels (e.g., presentations at conferences/workshops and peer-reviewed publications)

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in geotechnical (civil) engineering
  • 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:
  • Good 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, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate 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

  • Experience and a strong research interest in soil stabilization at both laboratory and field scale
  • Data analysis skills and experience with relevant software and programming languages (e.g., MATLAB, Python)

Application deadline: 31.07.2023

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