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PhD Fellowship in “Risk and Reliability in Geotechnical Engineering"

Topic: PhD Fellowship in “Risk
and Reliability of Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations”

Location: NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Deadline: 09 Mar 2012

Salary: NOK 391 100 to NOK 448
100 per year (equivalent of approximately £43 000 to £50 000)

Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology at The Norwegian University of
Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applicants for a Ph.D. fellowship in
“Risk and reliability of Offshore Wind Turbine Foundation”. This fellowship
(together with two other fellowships within the same project) is part of a joint
academia-industry initiative in the field Renewable Energy at the faculty. The
research initiative is supported financially by Statoil, DNV and Norconsult.  The Ph.D. candidates will together with a postdoc
and a professor form a research group with special focus on foundation of offshore
wind turbines. The research will be part of a multidisciplinary effort within
marine technology, hydrodynamics, structural engineering and material science
and will be carried out in close cooperation with industry and the Centre for
Environment-friendly Energy Research, Nowitech.


current design practice for offshore wind turbine foundation relies heavily on
experiences gained from Oil & Gas industry, leading to a prominent problem
of over-design. One challenge for the wind industry is therefore to reduce cost
but maintain an acceptable reliability margin. This particular project aims at
developing a rational and systematic approach to deal with soil variability using
statistical methods which can be applied to foundations of offshore wind
The study includes soil data
evaluation to identify soil properties and aspects of soil variability that
affect the performance of offshore wind turbine foundations. The study also
involves developing probabilistic models that encompass important soil
variability. The probabilistic models may further be integrated into design
using, for instance, the First Order Reliability Method or Monte-Carlo


Candidate with background and interest in engineering
mathematics, statistics and/or numerical methods in geotechnical engineering (
i.e. implementation and
using numerical models)
are strongly
encouraged to apply.
The research direction may
be modified according to the qualification and interest of the applicants.


Ph.D. fellowships are awarded
for a total of 3 years.


Applicants should hold
a master’s degree within geotechnical engineering or equivalent and must be
qualified for admittance to Ph.D. study at NTNU.




Ph.D. fellows are
remunerated in the salary level 48-56 on the Norwegian State salary scale,
gross NOK 391 100 to NOK 448 100 per year (equivalent of approximately £43 000
to £50 000). Ph.D. students with limited or no work experience after
graduation are normally remunerated at level 48. A pension contribution to The
Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (Statens pensjonskasse) of 2 % of gross
salary will be deducted.


The appointment of the
Ph.D. fellow will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities
and university colleges. Applicants are obliged to engage on an organized Ph.D.
training program, and appointment requires approval of the applicant’s plan for
a Ph.D. study.


position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy of balanced ethnicity,
age and gender. Persons with immigrant background are encouraged to apply.
NTNU’s objective is to increase the number of females in scientific positions.
Female applicants are therefore encouraged to apply.


with CV, certificates, copy of relevant transcripts and diplomas, as well as a
brief outline of possible research topics should be submitted electronically
via, marked with
and PhD 3 (
variability and application of statistical methods)
. Application
deadline: 9 March 2012. Applications received after the deadline might still be


further information on this particular topic (i.e. Risk and Reliability of
Offshore Wind Turbine Foundation), please do not hesitate to contact Dr Thi
Minh Hue Le (Tel  +47 73 59 68 71 or


The full announcement
for all the three PhD fellowships can be viewed at: Further information
on the project and the other two fellowships can be obtained via contacting
Professor Gudmund Eiksund, Department of Engineering Science and Technology,
NTNU, Norway (tel + 47 73 59 45 90,

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