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PhD Candidate(s) in Adaptive and Flexible Forming and Manufacturing of Advanced Aluminium Components

    NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    EngineeringMechanical engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    22/03/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Trondheim


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About the position

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering are looking for (1 - 3) PhD Candidate(s) in "Adaptive and Flexible Forming and Manufacturing of Advanced Aluminium Components".

The PhD candidate(s) will be part of the NTNU Aluminium Product Innovation Center (NAPIC), which is a collaboration between Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Faculty of Architecture and Design. NAPIC is hosted by the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, which is part of the Faculty of Engineering. The centre is a unique collaboration between NTNU, SINTEF, the aluminium manufacturing industry and select customers, currently including 28 active PhDs/Postdocs. The aim is to explore new-aluminum product opportunities, employing a research-driven innovation approach based on cross-disciplinary collaboration between product design and development, manufacturing, materials technology and product applications. The vision is to become a world leader in research-driven aluminium product innovation. NAPIC is part of the MANULAB—a Norwegian Manufacturing Laboratory Infrastructure project—where state-of-the-art laboratory technology for aluminium forming, welding, assembly, assistive manufacturing and material characterization is available. The motivated candidate(s) will be offered the opportunity to earn a dual PhD-degree in a collaboration with Texas A&M University, where NTNU and Texas A&M have exchange and cotutelle agreements, joint supervision, available joint PhD-courses and laboratory facilities. These positions will all be directly or indirectly related to industrial research projects primarily in the automotive actors, seeking to innovate within product applications such as battery trays, chassis and suspension systems, safety/crashworthiness systems and components, etc.

About the position

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at NTNU seeks until three PhD candidates within the field of metal forming.

With the current transformation to Industry 4.0, metal forming is subject to radical shifts towards increased flexibility and adaptivity of products, machine tools, and processes, enabling a transition from conventional mass production towards highly flexible, customized production, with reduced manufacturing investments and improved sustainability footprint. Three focal areas are described in the following:

a)     Develop a theoretical and operational framework that integrates mechanical product and process models and machine learning for model-driven, in-line and real-time, adaptive control of forming of advanced aluminum products.

b)     Innovate, develop and demonstrate proof-of-concept concept for flexible tooling of aluminum stretch-bending processes. The concept should offer  the capability and the kinematics needed  to digitally adjust (servo-mechanically or servo-hydraulically) the shape of an integrated tooling to serve a set of different product configuration derived from the same product platform.

c)     Develop a strategy and associated model for calibration of aluminum profiles in order to reduce geometrical variations arising from extrusion, profile cooling and forming. Methods for calibration can be stretching, expansion and/or compressing, introducing plasticity in the cross-section of the profiles to mechanically change the geometry, locally and/or globally, while improving dimensional accuracy.

All areas described above will preferably be a combination of numerical and experimental studies, having access to cutting-edge laboratory equipment for aluminium forming (3D-stretch-bending, tube bending, adaptive rotary bending etc), software and models for numerical simulation and world leading academic/industry eco-system of research-based innovation within aluminium forming. 

Prior knowledge:

  • Preferably the candidates have a background from:
  • Mechanical / Industrial engineering
  • Forming of aluminium (or steel)
  • Continuum mechanics and numerical simulation
  • Advanced manufacturing / Industry 4.0 / Cyber-Physical-Systems
  • Cybernetics engineering
  • Industrial mathematics
  • Materials


The selected candidate will report to the professor responsible for the project.

Duties of the position

  • Take part in the mandatory PhD research education program

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 mechanical engineering 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

  • excellent grades from your MSc (minimum average grade B)
  • proven towering knowledge/skills in key area(s) of the position
  • good skills to deliver oral and written presentation of research results
  • excellent English skills—written and oral—are required.


Preferred selection criteria

  • data-driven modelling and some programming basics (like Python, Matlab)
  • experience with experimental studies

Personal characteristics

  • communication skills
  • analytical
  • independent, self-going and progress-oriented
  • ambitious
  • goal-oriented
  • good collaborative capabilities

We offer

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 https://www.ntnu.edu/studies/phiv 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.

The position is subject to external funding.

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. 

You must write an essay (maximum 1 page) where you present the research plan and strategy for approaching the research problem.

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Research plan or project proposal (maximum 2 pages)
  • Recommendation letter from a thesis supervisor/professor.
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works)
  • Name and address of three 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 department head, Professor Torgeir Welo, torgeir.welo@ntnu.no, tel. +47 41440061, or Professor Geir Ringen, geir.ringen@ntnu.no, tel. +47 41679834.

Please submit your application electronically via www.jobbnorge.no 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-68/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 22 March 2021

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