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PhD position in Service Life Prediction of Existing Concrete Structures

PhD position in Service Life Prediction of Existing Concrete Structures

Fakultet for teknologi, kunst og design, Institutt for bygg og energiteknikk

Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus (HiOA) er landets største statlige høgskole, med rundt 17 000 studenter og 2000 tilsatte. HiOA har studiesteder i Pilestredet, på Kjeller og i Sandvika. Vi skal være et attraktivt studie- og arbeidssted som samvirker aktivt med storbyregionens samfunns-, arbeids- og kulturliv. Vårt mål er å bli et ledende universitet i Norden med en profesjonsrettet profil.

Fakultet for teknologi, kunst og design, Institutt for Bygg- og energiteknikk

The Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Department of Civil Engineering and Energy Technology is looking for a motivated PhD candidate with a master’s degree within structural concrete engineering. The vacant PhD research fellowship position has a duration of 4 years with 25% of the time assigned to supervision task of BSc projects at the Department of Civil Engineering and Energy Technology

The Department has about 500 students and 30 staff members. For more information about the faculty, see our website:

The PhD position is located at HiOA’s Department of Civil Engineering in Oslo. However, the candidate will be enrolled in the PhD Programme at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of structural engineering, in Trondheim. The position will involve a stay of about one year at this host institution. The applicants must qualify for admission to the actual PhD Programme.

Area of research

The PhD research project should fall within the research area; Service life prediction and numerical simulations of deteriorated reinforced concrete structures. Documented knowledge and experience within the topics; “2D and 3D non-linear finite element analyses of reinforced concrete structures”, “residual capacity and repair of deteriorated concrete structures” and “concrete technology” will be emphasized.

Qualifications and requirements

The following qualifications are required:

  • Master’s degree in Civil engineering, structural concrete engineering, or related fields combining structural engineering and concrete technology, with an average grade B or better.

Ability to work      independently and goal-oriented.Ability to communicate fluently      in English, both verbally and in writing. One Scandinavian language      is preferred.

The applicant must submit a research project proposal of no more than 5 pages. The proposal must indicate that the project will realistically lead to a doctoral degree within the four-year period. The project proposal may be written in a Scandinavian language or in English. The project proposal should include a presentation of possible research questions, relevant theory, methodological approach, and a progress plan for the proposed doctoral project

The final project plan and PhD study plan for the PhD fellowship period are required to be completed, approved by the supervisor and acknowledged by the PhD host institution within 3 months after commencement of the position.



Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic background and results, and any previous research and development work. The project proposal will be an important component in the assessment of the applicants. Working experience from relevant engineering and construction industry is an advantage. Personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasized.

The University College, on its side, is committed to securing good supervision for the successful applicants. Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews.

We use an electronic recruitment system. If you wish to apply for the position, register your application and CV by clicking the button and tick which of the positions you wish to apply for.

Contact information

Professor, Gro Markeset, +47 67 23 32 81


Head of department, Bjørn Wangensteen, +47 67 23 86 29



Salary is set in accordance with the Norwegian State Salary Scale, job code 1017, wage scale 50-54 (NOK 429 400 – 458 500).

Please apply electronically to this position by clicking on the button «Apply here». All application documents submitted should be in English or in a Scandinavian language.

Expert committee

As an applicant you will be assessed by an expert committee. The application must contain:

  • Application and CV
  • Project proposal (Max. 8 pages, including list of references)
  • Full list of publications and any other papers or publications you wish to be considered
  • Attested copies and transcripts of Bachelor and Master Diplomas and Grades
  • Your Master’s degree thesis

The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy that the national labour force should to the greatest possible extent reflect the diversity of the population. Therefore, we encourage qualified candidates with immigrant background or reduced functional ability to apply for this position. HiOA is an IA (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise and operates in compliance with the Norwegian IA agreement. Questions about adaptation and the working environment may be directed to the contact persons.

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