PhD scholarship within Development of Decision-Making Model for No-dig Methods

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The Faculty of Science and Technology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant PhD–position, non-permanent full time for three years, within the research area “Development of Decision-Making Model for No-dig Methods”

The Faculty of Science and Technology (Realtek) has 130 employees, about 1,100 students and 60 PhD students. The faculty offers bachelor, master, and PhD degrees in natural sciences and engineering in the fields of environmental physics and renewable energy, building and architecture, water and environmental technology, machine, process- and product development, geomatics, and educational sciences. The workplace is in Ås, which is 30 km from Oslo.


Research project

Development of Decision Support Model for No-dig Methods project will focus on identification and quantification of decision criteria for No-Dig technology to renovate pipeline for drinking and sewage water.  Pipeline systems in Norway have a considerable problem with leakage, corrosion and low capacity and the system has a great need for renovation and replacement. Leakage causes contamination of drinking water, pollution and a substantial overload of wastewater treatment systems.

Different methods are used to renovate pipeline systems. The most common method is conventional digging, but it is a growing interest for technology with little or no digging, called No-Dig.  The advantages of No-Dig methods are less emission of greenhouse gasses and intervention of nature and roads. The method reduces transportation of mass and traffic problems. Modelling cases show that No-Dig may reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses more than 80 % compared to conventional digging. Because of uncertainties in technology, cost, production design and lifetime, No-Dig is not the preferred method.

The project has a structure of a choice of concept evaluation (KVU), and the main focus areas are identification of need, development of concepts, evaluation criteria, uncertainty analysis and cost-benefit analysis

The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period.


Academic qualifications

The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master's degree level (candidates submitting MSc thesis by 15.6.2017 may also be considered). The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies, and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.


Required academic qualifications:

  • Master degree or equivalent in project management, civil engineering or Industrial economics  

Desired academic qualifications

  • Engineering of water/wastewater systems
  • Knowledge on statistics, mathematical modelling and programming, drilling engineering


Personal skills

Required personal skills

  • Ability for independent work displaying creativity and reflective thinking
  • Analytical and academic approach to research questions
  • Good collaborative/social skills
  • Proficiency in English, both written and spoken (please see English language requirements in PhD regulations at NMBU)

The main criteria for evaluating the applicants includes their academic records, and scientific capacity and achievements along the below outlined preferences; particularly originality, independence as well as ability to work in a team. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview or online interview as a part of the evaluation. The studies will be based at the Faculty of Science and Technology (REALTEK), NMBU, Campus Ås


NMBU offers:

  • An optimistic academic institution with focus on professional development, dissemination and competence.
  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that provides exciting research- and development opportunities.
  • Daily contact with inspiring students and skilled colleagues.
  • Various welfare schemes.
  • Beautiful surroundings just outside Oslo.



The salary for PhD-scholarship start at wage grade 50 (equivalent to annual salary NOK 435 500 at present) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Terms of employment are governed by Norwegian guidelines for PhD fellowships at Universities and University Colleges.


Further information

Please contact Associate Professor Tor Kristian Stevik: e-mail: or the Faculty Administration, Anita H. Habbestad (Head of HR), email:



To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 25.02. 2018


Applications should include (electronically) a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, full publication list, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses). Publications should be included electronically within the application deadline. The relevant NMBU Department may require further documentation, e.g. proof of English proficiency.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 25.02.2018Please quote reference number 18/00150

If it is difficult to judge the applicant’s contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant’s contribution must be included.

A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background. The workplace will if necessary be facilitated for persons with disabilities.

According to the Freedom of Information Act § 25 the list of applicants for this position may be made public irrespective of whether the applicant has requested that his/her name be withheld.


Anita H. Habbestad
Head of HR
Tor Kristian Stevik

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