Postdoctoral Fellow in Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Structural Design job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the position

In the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, we have a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Carbon Fiber Reinforced Structural Design of an All-Electric Amphibious Aircraft – “Develop and verify a CFRP structural layout for an all-electric amphibious aircraft – a project through the Pilot-T Innovation Project – “Developing X10: the world’s first large-scale electric amphibious seaplane based on the flying boat concept”, which is led by Elfly Group. Therefore, you will be part of a project team that works closely with the aviation industry.

The postdoctoral fellow position is a temporary position whose main objective is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

The work of this project will be associated with NTNU’s Clean Aviation initiative which is currently being adopted locally at NTNU.

The X10 electric seaplane aims to bring environmentally friendly aviation to Norway and the rest of the world through a new commercial electric seaplane infrastructure. The research, development and testing of this Pilot-T project will result in the first full-scale experimental prototype of the X10 electric seaplane (X10). X10 is aligned with the goal of this Pilot-T call, as it accelerates the application of new and intelligent mobility for aviation, with enormous potential to contribute to efficient, safe and environmentally friendly transport systems. environment of the future.

The research and development covered by this project will generate industrial development and bring new knowledge to the transport sector on how to create value with low-emission aviation solutions. Planned post-project development, certification and commercialization activities will lead to the first commercial operations of electric seaplanes in Norway by 2030. The X10 project will be a crucial part of the ambition to offer new aviation infrastructure at low issues on the international market. . With the flexibility to place water-based airports almost anywhere along the Norwegian coast, it represents a more efficient aviation infrastructure alternative to standard airports. The X10 is based on the concept of the flying boat with a low center of gravity which limits the risk of tipping over (capsizing). Equipped with landing gear, the aircraft can also use airports with runways > 800 m. Fully electric, the X10 is a more environmentally friendly transportation system than existing fossil fuel aircraft. This project will contribute to making Norway the European engine of innovation in the aeronautical industry.

You will help develop and verify a CFRP structural layout for the X10 that can withstand defined stresses and loads, and can be fabricated using moldless prototyping/build methods.

You will report to the Head of Department.

Job duties

  • designing and testing details such as mounting points, wing seals, landing gear, floor support/car rails, engine subframes and as such researching metal composite assembly technologies
  • Build and test samples of critical components to ensure they meet load requirements. Verify the accuracy of analyzes and calculations
  • if resources permit, consider using new metal composite joining technologies/solutions and ensure they are thoroughly tested for durability and load-bearing capabilities

Selection criteria required

  • you must have obtained a Norwegian doctorate or a corresponding foreign doctorate recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctorate
  • you must have relevant professional training in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering or another relevant discipline other selection criteria required
  • you need substantial research experience documented by peer-reviewed scientific papers
  • you must have excellent English communication skills, both oral and written

The appointment must be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the national directives for the appointment as doctor, post-doctoral fellow and research assistant

Preferred Selection Criteria

  • real-life experience preferably in aerospace or related industries that focus on lightweight CRFP designs (Formula 1, racing, ships, etc.)
  • mastery of engineering methods in the field of design, calculation and analysis of structures
  • proficiency or at least knowledge of CAD software (Elfly AS uses SolidWorks)
  • knowledge of advanced fiber reinforced composite analysis to perform detailed FEM/FEA calculations
  • basic knowledge of force transfer in aircraft and ships is a big plus
  • basic knowledge of certification as a means of deriving design requirements

Personal characteristics

  • creative and innovative
  • independent and motivated
  • able to work independently and in a team

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a postdoctoral fellow (code 1352), you are normally paid from NOK 545,300 gross per year before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian civil service pension fund.

The term of employment is 2 years.

The engagement must be carried out in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the laws relating to the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technologies. Applicants who, after evaluation of the application and attachment, are found to conflict with the criteria of the latter Act will be barred from recruitment at NTNU. After the appointment, you should assume that there may be changes in the working area.

The position is externally funded.

This is a prerequisite for being present and accessible to the establishment on a daily basis.

About the application

The application and supporting documents to be used as the basis for assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only assessed against the information available at the application deadline. You should ensure that your application clearly indicates how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out above.

If for any reason you have interrupted your career or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the amount of your research may be reduced.

The request must include:

  • cover letter describing your motivation, relevant experience, skills and qualifications
  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. diploma
  • complete list of publications
  • most relevant publications (maximum ten publications)
  • brief search plan for the position (first 2 pages). This is just a proposal and must be coordinated with the project
  • coordinates of three references

If all or part of your training was completed abroad, we also ask that you attach documentation on the extent and quality of your overall training. The description of the required documentation can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach it as well.

Joint work will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint work, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In evaluating the most qualified candidate, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions and potential will also count in the evaluation of candidates.

NTNU is committed to following criteria for research quality assessment in accordance with the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

general informations

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified applicants to apply, regardless of gender, functional ability or cultural background.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is Norway’s innovation capital with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including health care, schools, kindergartens and general equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Subsidized professional day care for children is easily accessible. Additionally, Trondheim offers great educational opportunities (including international schools) and opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has a low crime rate and clean air. own.

As an employee of NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development of the subject implies and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, function and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to be on the list of candidates.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Bjørn Haugen, or Professor Andreas Echtermeyer, If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Consultant Linn-Cecilie Felle, email:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. The Diploma Supplement must be attached for European Master’s degrees outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of master’s degree from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for an interview, you must include certified copies of transcripts and letters of reference. Please refer to the application number IV-141/22 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.07.2022

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Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

We train graduates who can create new products, operate and maintain products, and manage projects. The Department offers a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. We conduct extensive research in areas such as technology, energy, product quality and development, and productivity. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is one of the eight departments of the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline July 1, 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Full time

Duration Temporary

place of service Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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