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Topic: PhD Fellowship in “Risk and Reliability of Offshore Wind Turbine Foundation”
Location: NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Deadline: 09 Mar 2012
Salary: NOK 391 100 to NOK 448 100 per year (equivalent of approximately $68 000 to $78 000)

The Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applicants for a Ph.D. fellowship in “Risk and reliability of Offshore Wind Turbine Foundation”. This fellowship (together with two other fellowships within the same project) is part of a joint academia-industry initiative in the field Renewable Energy at the faculty. The research initiative is supported financially by Statoil, DNV and Norconsult. The Ph.D. candidates will together with a postdoc and a professor form a research group with special focus on foundation of offshore wind turbines. The research will be part of a multidisciplinary effort within marine technology, hydrodynamics, structural engineering and material science and will be carried out in close cooperation with industry and the Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research, Nowitech.

The current design practice for offshore wind turbine foundation relies heavily on experiences gained from Oil & Gas industry, leading to a prominent problem of over-design. One challenge for the wind industry is therefore to reduce cost but maintain an acceptable reliability margin. This particular project aims at developing a rational and systematic approach to deal with soil variability using statistical methods which can be applied to foundations of offshore wind turbines. The study includes soil data evaluation to identify soil properties and aspects of soil variability that affect the performance of offshore wind turbine foundations. The study also involves developing probabilistic models that encompass important soil variability. The probabilistic models may further be integrated into design using, for instance, the First Order Reliability Method or Monte-Carlo simulation.

Candidate with background and interest in engineering mathematics, statistics and/or numerical methods in geotechnical engineering (i.e. implementation and using numerical models) are strongly encouraged to apply. The research direction may be modified according to the qualification and interest of the applicants.

Ph.D. fellowships are awarded for a total of 3 years (may be extended to 4 years with some teaching duties).

Applicants should hold a master’s degree within geotechnical engineering or equivalent and must be qualified for admittance to Ph.D. study at NTNU.

Salaries:
Ph.D. fellows are remunerated in the salary level 48-56 on the Norwegian State salary scale, gross NOK 391 100 to NOK 448 100 per year (equivalent of approximately $68 000 to $78 000). Ph.D. students with limited or no work experience after graduation are normally remunerated at level 48. A pension contribution to The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (Statens pensjonskasse) of 2 % of gross salary will be deducted.

The appointment of the Ph.D. fellow will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges. Applicants are obliged to engage on an organized Ph.D. training program, and appointment requires approval of the applicant’s plan for a Ph.D. study.

The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Persons with immigrant background are encouraged to apply. NTNU’s objective is to increase the number of females in scientific positions. Female applicants are therefore encouraged to apply.

Applications with CV, certificates, copy of relevant transcripts and diplomas, as well as a brief outline of possible research topics should be submitted electronically via www.jobbnorge.no, marked with ref.no. IVT-21/12 and PhD 3 (Soil variability and application of statistical methods). Application deadline: 9 March 2012. Applications received after the deadline might still be considered.

For further information on this particular topic (i.e. Risk and Reliability of Offshore Wind Turbine Foundation), please do not hesitate to contact Dr Thi Minh Hue Le (Tel +47 73 59 68 71 or Email: thi.le[ at ]ntnu.no).

The full announcement for all the three PhD fellowships can be viewed at: http://www.jobbnorge.no/job.aspx?jobid=80896&reset=1&p=1. Further information on the project and the other two fellowships can be obtained via contacting Professor Gudmund Eiksund, Department of Engineering Science and Technology, NTNU, Norway (tel + 47 73 59 45 90, http://www.ntnu.edu/bat/geotechnics).


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Topic: PhD Fellowship in “Risk and Reliability of Offshore Wind Turbine Foundation”
Location: NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Deadline: 09 Mar 2012
Salary: NOK 391 100 to NOK 448 100 per year (equivalent of approximately $68 000 to $78 000)

The Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applicants for a Ph.D. fellowship in “Risk and reliability of Offshore Wind Turbine Foundation”. This fellowship (together with two other fellowships within the same project) is part of a joint academia-industry initiative in the field Renewable Energy at the faculty. The research initiative is supported financially by Statoil, DNV and Norconsult. The Ph.D. candidates will together with a postdoc and a professor form a research group with special focus on foundation of offshore wind turbines. The research will be part of a multidisciplinary effort within marine technology, hydrodynamics, structural engineering and material science and will be carried out in close cooperation with industry and the Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research, Nowitech.

The current design practice for offshore wind turbine foundation relies heavily on experiences gained from Oil & Gas industry, leading to a prominent problem of over-design. One challenge for the wind industry is therefore to reduce cost but maintain an acceptable reliability margin. This particular project aims at developing a rational and systematic approach to deal with soil variability using statistical methods which can be applied to foundations of offshore wind turbines. The study includes soil data evaluation to identify soil properties and aspects of soil variability that affect the performance of offshore wind turbine foundations. The study also involves developing probabilistic models that encompass important soil variability. The probabilistic models may further be integrated into design using, for instance, the First Order Reliability Method or Monte-Carlo simulation.

Candidate with background and interest in engineering mathematics, statistics and/or numerical methods in geotechnical engineering (i.e. implementation and using numerical models) are strongly encouraged to apply. The research direction may be modified according to the qualification and interest of the applicants.

Ph.D. fellowships are awarded for a total of 3 years (may be extended to 4 years with some teaching duties).

Applicants should hold a master’s degree within geotechnical engineering or equivalent and must be qualified for admittance to Ph.D. study at NTNU.

Salaries:
Ph.D. fellows are remunerated in the salary level 48-56 on the Norwegian State salary scale, gross NOK 391 100 to NOK 448 100 per year (equivalent of approximately $68 000 to $78 000). Ph.D. students with limited or no work experience after graduation are normally remunerated at level 48. A pension contribution to The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (Statens pensjonskasse) of 2 % of gross salary will be deducted.

The appointment of the Ph.D. fellow will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges. Applicants are obliged to engage on an organized Ph.D. training program, and appointment requires approval of the applicant’s plan for a Ph.D. study.

The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Persons with immigrant background are encouraged to apply. NTNU’s objective is to increase the number of females in scientific positions. Female applicants are therefore encouraged to apply.

Applications with CV, certificates, copy of relevant transcripts and diplomas, as well as a brief outline of possible research topics should be submitted electronically via www.jobbnorge.no, marked with ref.no. IVT-21/12 and PhD 3 (Soil variability and application of statistical methods). Application deadline: 9 March 2012. Applications received after the deadline might still be considered.

For further information on this particular topic (i.e. Risk and Reliability of Offshore Wind Turbine Foundation), please do not hesitate to contact Dr Thi Minh Hue Le (Tel +47 73 59 68 71 or Email: thi.le[ at ]ntnu.no).

The full announcement for all the three PhD fellowships can be viewed at: http://www.jobbnorge.no/job.aspx?jobid=80896&reset=1&p=1. Further information on the project and the other two fellowships can be obtained via contacting Professor Gudmund Eiksund, Department of Engineering Science and Technology, NTNU, Norway (tel + 47 73 59 45 90, http://www.ntnu.edu/bat/geotechnics).<
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