Postdoctoral Fellow in Experimental Fluid Mechanics: Function of Wave Perturbation Interactions with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology - NTNU

Postdoctoral Fellow in Experimental Fluid Mechanics: Function of Wave Perturbation Interactions with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology – NTNU

About the position

We announce a 4-year postdoctoral fellowship as part of the ERC project, for experimental work in a unique water channel facility In NTNU Trondheim, Norway. The experiments will be unique in combining the designed waves, turbulence, and medium flow simultaneously. This is a rare opportunity for an excellent candidate with an experimental background to work in a highly energetic, ambitious, multinational research team in a stimulating environment.

You will work in the group he leads Professor Simin Å. Ellingsen.

The WaTurSheD project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC), is interested in the triple interactions of waves, turbulence and shear currents (WTC) and how they mix with water under the surface. How heat and gas mix in the ocean is critical to ocean and climate modeling, but the underlying physics is not well understood, something the project will address; Thus, the research is a scientifically exciting study of fundamental fluid mechanics, and important for our future.

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

You will be responsible for a large-scale lab campaign in the Great Water Canal (Joss and others. 2020, J. Fluid Mech. 911, A4), in close collaboration with many postdocs and other postdocs.

The applicant must include a brief research proposal of no more than one page (see below).

Duties of the position

  • Planning, preparing and implementing the latest experiments
  • Some management and supervision tasks in the research group, including preparing article manuscripts
  • Some secondary administrative and educational tasks

Required selection criteria

  • You must have completed a Norwegian PhD or a corresponding foreign PhD that is recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD in Physics or Mechanical Engineering. If you can document that your doctoral thesis will be obtained, in all likelihood, before the stated start date, your application can be evaluated even if you have not yet defended your thesis. Documentation of the Ph.D. degree obtained must be submitted before you can take up the position.
  • Extensive empirical research experience in a relevant branch of the physical sciences at a level publishable in high-quality international journals is an absolute requirement.
  • Excellent English language skills, including documented skill in independent scholarly writing (eg, essay manuscripts). The position’s responsibility will be to help bring the manuscripts within the research group to a publishable level.
  • Strong international publishing record in reputable journals, with an emphasis on quality over quantity.

The date is determined according to Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as post-doctoral fellow, doctoral candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate (in Norwegian).

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience in experimental fluid mechanics is an obvious advantage, particularly turbulent flows and particle image velocity (PIV) measurement. Experience with laser-based and other optical methods is relevant. However, extensive laboratory experience with other modern laboratory techniques can compensate in some cases.
  • Previous knowledge of turbulence and/or surface waves is an advantage.
  • Experience in building and upgrading laboratory equipment is particularly valuable.
  • Experience in writing or developing code and data analysis methods is especially valuable.
  • A background in curiosity-driven basic research is preferred over applied/industrial engineering research.

Female applicants (or other non-male genders) are especially encouraged.

Note: A background in computational fluid mechanics with standard software (such as ANSYS and OpenFOAM) is not particularly relevant and does not qualify itself for the position.

Personal characteristics

  • Enthusiastic and excited
  • Efficient while diligent
  • Creative, able to find creative solutions to problems
  • Team player and generous collaborator
  • Tolerant and flexible in a very diverse environment

Emphasis will be placed on personal and character traits. Due to the extended responsibilities within the research group, data from the references will be important, and the interview phase will be carefully conducted, possibly including two rounds of interviews depending on the applicants.

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Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (Code 1352), you are typically paid a total of NOK 573,900 per year before taxes, depending on qualifications and seniority. 2% of salary is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

The working period is 4 years.

Engagement must take place in accordance with applicable regulations regarding State employees and civil servants (in Norwegian), acts relating to the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technology. Candidates deemed by application and facility evaluation to be inconsistent with the criteria in the latest NTNU Recruitment Act will be prohibited.

After the appointment you should assume that there may be changes in the field of work.

The position is subject to external funding from the European Union.

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

About the app

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

Publications and other scholarly works must be attached to the application. Please note that your application will only be considered based on the information provided by the application deadline. You should therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience meet the criteria specified above.

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

The application must include:

  • CV and testimonials
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees
    • In English; Provide an official/professional translation if required.
    • If you have not yet completed your PhD, you must submit confirmation on the estimated date of your PhD thesis, or that your PhD thesis has been submitted.
    • For transcripts from countries outside Norway, please include an official explanation of grades for international comparison (often provided by the awarding university).
  • Academic work – published or unpublished – that you wish to specifically take into account in the assessment (up to 5 items)
  • Research plan, one page max (see below)
  • Name and contact information for three references

The research plan should outline a 4-year pilot project to study fluid mechanics in the high ocean. Applicants will obviously have different degrees of knowledge, which will be taken into account. The plan need not correspond to the actual project but should demonstrate an understanding of planning and executing a lab campaign to study the properties of the World Trade Center in a laboratory where waves, perturbations and currents can be individually modeled, from first steps to deployable data representations.

If all or parts of your education are transferred overseas, we also ask you to attach documents relating to the entire scope and quality of your education. You can find a description of the required documents over here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach it as well.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to determine your contribution to the joint business, you should attach a brief description of your participation.

In evaluating the best-qualified candidate, emphasis will be given to education, experience, and personal and character traits. Motivation, ambitions and potential will also count in the evaluation of candidates.

NTNU is committed to following the evaluation criteria for research quality according to San Francisco Declaration of Research Evaluation – DORA.

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Work in NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity are an asset. We want our faculty and staff to reflect the culturally diverse population of Norway and we are constantly striving to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision-making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with world-class institutions and carry out our social responsibilities in 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 actively working to increase the number of women working in scientific positions and has a number of Resources to promote equality.

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

As an employee of NTNU, you must at all times comply with changes involved in subject development and organizational changes that are approved.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to remove yourself from the public list of applicants, this must be justified. The evaluation will be carried out according to current legislation. You will be notified if the application is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the job, please contact Professor Simen Å. Ellingsen, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Emmy A. Høiseth, email:

If you think this sounds interesting and matches your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via Attach your CV, certificates and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you should be able to obtain certified copies of your documents.

Application deadline: 23.10.2022

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Limit October 23, 2022
employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipal Trondheim
Domain full time
Period temporary
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