PhD in the Wider Uptake project

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 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has a vacancy for a PhD candidate at the Water and Wastewater group as part of the Horizon 2020 project Wider Uptake. The period of employment is 3 years. Upon completion of all program requirements, the candidate will be awarded a PhD in civil engineering. The Water and Wastewater group comprise of 6 permanent faculty positions, 3 technicians, and between 15-20 PhD and PostDocs.

Wider Uptake ( will facilitate industrial symbiosis by co-development of a roadmap towards wider Uptake of water-smart solutions for wastewater reuse and resource recovery. The research program's overall goal is to demonstrate innovative technical solutions that optimize water reuse, resource recovery, and energy utilization in selected industry settings. Specific tasks include the development of monitoring and control schemes to adequately manage the health and quality risks associated with the reuse of treated wastewater and recovered resources.

The position reports to a professor.

Duties of the position

This position is part of the project “Wider Uptake” funded by the Horizon 2020 Program of the European Union. The duties of the position are thereby defined by this project.

  • Development of procedure for monitoring and control of health and quality risks
  • Research tasks for the case study
  • Preparation of journal and conference papers
  • Presentation of results at international conferences

Required selection criteria

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 with a specialization in water 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.

Other required selection criteria

  • Background Basic knowledge on risk assessment methods
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

Preferred selection criteria

  • Basic knowledge of EU regulations for the use of recycled water, microbiological and chemical standards for wastewater and resource recovery
  • Familiar with online sensor technology
  • Norwegian language is an asset
  • Laboratory experience 

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to work both individually and in a team environment and a high level of personal responsibility
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce work of a consistently high standard
  • Excellent communication skills in scientific writing and oral presentation

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, previous experiences, personal suitability, and motivation, consistent with the requirements specified in this advertisement.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 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 [subject area] (Link to website, if applicable) 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
  • Motivation letter
  • Publication list
  • Name and address of two 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 Prof. Cynthia Hallé, email . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Hege Johansen, 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-172/20 when applying.

Application deadline: 20.09.2020