Tailored opportunities: PhD Position in Sediment Erosion in Hydro Turbines-Norway


The Faculty of Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for a position as a PhD Research fellow at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering. The described PhD is part of the research within the Norwegian Centre for Hydropower Technology (HydroCen).

Sediments are the largest challenge for hydropower development in many regions of the world. Sediments are filling the reservoirs and eroding structures and turbines. Therefore, the design of turbines, hydraulic structures, flushing techniques and reliable sediment measurements are key knowledge domains for future development. The primary objective of this project is find solutions to measure and handle sediments at power plants exposed to high sediment yield. In addition, the following secondary objectives are defined:

  • Develop new procedures and techniques for monitoring sediment transport in rivers
  • Describe environmental impacts of altered sediment transport and suggest new mitigation methods
  • Develop and test new turbine design that tolerate high sediment concentration
  • Develop and evaluate new technical solutions for sediment handling in reservoirs

The PhD-student will work on the development of turbines that tolerate high sediment concentration, and he/she will work in close cooperation with other researchers in this project and in HydroCen.


Applicant should be highly-motivated individual:

  • Holding an excellent Master degree in Mechanical Engineering or Physics with a specialization in Fluid Mechanics
  • Creativity and willingness to work in an inter-disciplinary project
  • Familiar with experimental methods using e.g. Particle Image Anemometry or Laser Doppler Anemometry
  • Ability and motivation to conduct high-quality research, including publishing the results in relevant journals and presenting at conferences
  • Analytical skills
  • Good programming skills and knowledge of quality evaluation methods (experience with MATLAB and/or LabVIEW).
  • Very good communication skills (both written and oral) in English. Knowledge of a Scandinavian language is preferable.


Application deadline is 15th April 2018


Applicants are asked to provide a research statement (max 3 pages) in their application, describing research interests and initial plans with regards to the above project description. The statement should also provide details on how the project relate to previous education, research and competence.

The application should also contain information of educational background and work experience. Certified copies of transcripts and reference letters should be enclosed. Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should be submitted via this webpage at www.jobbnorge.no.

For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Ole Gunnar Dahlhaug, Department of Energy and Process Engineering, NTNU, Trondheim. Email: ole.g.dahlhaug@ntnu.no

See https://www.ntnu.edu/iv/doctoral-programme for more information.

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