Saturday, April 17, 2021

PhD Candidate in Bioinspired Architectured Materials


We have a vacancy for a PhD Candidate at Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

The position will focus on the fundamental study in the design principles of architectured materials in Nature. Deep understanding the clues of nature designs will lead to design of novel bioinspired architectured materials with remarkable mechanical properties for further industrial applications. Additive manufacturing techniques will be intensively used to explore the design principles of architectured materials.


You will report to Associate Professor Chao Gao

Duties of the position

The candidate will intensively study on the complex design of architectured materials in nature to achieve outstanding mechanical performance. Fundamental study will be performed to understand biological principles which offer important design guides to develop advanced and adaptive architectured materials. Designed novel materials/structures/devices shall have a lot of potential applications in several industrial areas. The main duties of candidate include the following tasks:

Extract design principles of architectured materials in nature and develop theoretical models

Build numerical models and carry out experiments to verify the theoretical models

Design bioinspired architectured materials to achieve high functionality by using these design principles

Participate in other relevant research activities though our international collaborators

Conduct independent research and publish the results in recognised scientific journals

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 solid mechanics (architectured materials) 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

In-depth understanding of modelling theoretical mechanical models

Solid knowledge of ABAQUS and hands-on scientific programming experience in Matlab/Python/Fortran

Strong background of mechanical testing on 3D/4D printed samples and biological materials

Good written and oral English language skills. Applicants from non-European countries where English is not the official language must document English skills by an approved test. Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

Preferred selection criteria

Rich experience in modelling biological materials, constitutive modelling of 3D/4D printed materials, and simulations of bioinspired structures under static and dynamic loading

Personal characteristics

Strong interest and self-motivation to discover interesting natural structures

Ability to think and work independently

Team player with cooperative attitude

Good communication skills

Be comfortable with writing papers/reports and presenting research results publicly

We offer

exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment

an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues

favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

employee benefits

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 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.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Engineering, 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:

Motivation letter explaining why you think you are the perfect match for the position

CV, certificates and diplomas

Name and address of referees (up to three would be fine)

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.

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 Associate Professor Chao Gao, email:

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-102/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 30 April 2021


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