Researcher code 1108 in Concrete recycling from demolition to utilisation

Deadline: 01.10.2023

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a multi-campus comprehensive university at the international forefront. Our vision is to be a driving force for developing the High North. The Northern Sami notion eallju, which means eagerness to work, sets the tone for this motive power at UiT. Along with students, staff and the wider community, we aim to utilise our location in Northern Norway and Sápmi, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio and interdisciplinary advantage to shape the future.

Our social mission is to provide research-based education of high quality, perform artistic development and carry out research of the highest international quality standards in the entire range from basic to applied. We will convey knowledge about disciplines and contribute to innovation. Our social mission unites UiT across various studies, research fields and large geographical distances. This demands good cooperation with trade and industry and civil society as well as with international partners. We will strengthen knowledge-based and sustainable development at a regional, national and international level.

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We will demonstrate adaptability and seek good and purposeful utilisation of resources, so we are ready to meet the expectations and opportunities of the future. We will strengthen the quality and impact of our disciplines and core tasks through the following three strategic priority areas.

Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology

The position

The Department of Building, Energy and Material TechnologFaculty of Engineering Science and Technolog has a position as Researcher available. The position is for a period of two years.

The position will be affiliated with the Department of Building, Energy and Material Technology, and the researcher will be part of the DeTeA "Building Materials: design-testing-application" research group within the department. The department is responsible for various study programs related to building technology, as well as renewable energy, and the number of students is approximately 400. The department organizes most research activities under research groups.

The research group activities are aligned with UiT strategy, which is focused on sustainability and climate change mitigation and further to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The objective of the position is to conduct research activities within the CIRC-BOOST project, a Horizon Europe. 

The workplace is at UiT in Narvik. You must be able to start in the position within 3 months after receiving the offer.

The position’s field of research /research project and other duties

In order to upscale circular solutions in buildings and the construction sector in general, a concentrated research effort involving multiple actors and stakeholders is needed. This includes the development and deployment of both digital and technical solutions in building urban material databanks, digital twins, as well as demolition, decontamination and recycling and reuse of waste materials. With this in mind, the Circ-Boost project proposes to become a focal point and interaction node for different emerging technologies to foster circularity in buildings and the construction sector. The project's core consists of five pilot projects, deployed in different European regions, highlighting and demonstrating at large scale novel and integrated solutions for demolition, construction waste processing, management, and valorisation in new products. Transversal activities of digitalization will allow collaboration between the pilot projects and more efficient use of digital tools and platforms. Targeted activities are envisioned for boosting and maximising the pilot projects' commercial and business potential through effective exploitation measures. Furthermore, in order to ensure that the solutions demonstrated will actually be adopted by the industry, the project will support construction and design companies in educating and training their workforce to optimally use the new technologies as part of training activities. The Circ-Boost project will also leverage the partners' existing regional and international networks and connect with new networks, initiatives, and projects to disseminate and compare project results with a wide audience of construction stakeholders increasing the overall uptake potential of circular solutions. Finally, tailor-made communication and dissemination measures will further support the dissemination of project results with policy makers, and European-wide construction industry, as well as the promotion of the project's success.

UiT is one of the Norwegian partners in the CORC-BOOST project and search for someone who can join the project and contribute to activities connected to the Norwegian pilot project.

The main objectives of the research position will be:

  • provide knowledge and support to Norwegian pilot partners (Lofotr Næringsdrift AS, Reno-Vest IKS and Lund Hagem Arkitekter AS)
  • activity connected to demolition such as ensuring selective demolition and following the sorting of CDW
  • cooperate with Reno-Vest IKS during the production of recycled concrete aggregates (RCA), ensure good practice and high quality of produced RCA
  • cooperation with Lund Hagem Arkitekter AS during the design of Gaia museum and provide needed support and materials
  • involvement in preparation and coordination of work with local construction companies and concrete produces during the utilization of RCA in the new building of Gaia museum
  • other tasks connected to CIRC-BOOST activities in other Work packages


Further information about the position and UiT is available by contacting 


An appointment as 1108 Researcher requires:

  • Master’s degree ’in engineering or equivalent from a university or a university college
  • Relevant research qualifications above the level of a master’s degree and/or relevant professional practice

This position requires a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field. It is considered an advantage to have a bachelor’s degree in Civil, Chemical, Material, Mechanical or Building Services engineering, and a Masters’s degree in engineering in a field relevant to the theme of the open position. If you are near completion of your master’s degree, you may still apply.

Applicants must document fluency in English and be able to work in an international environment. Nordic applicants can document their English capabilities by attaching their high school diploma. Working knowledge of Norwegian or a Scandinavian language is also beneficial.

In the assessment, the emphasis is on the applicant's knowledge in the field of recovery of construction and demolition waste and management skills connected to the coordination of project activities. Education in a given field, previous experience in the Norwegian industry, and communication skills will be taken into consideration.

We will emphasize the applicants motivation for the position and personal suitability.

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • Good collaboration skills
  • Haver good communication and interaction with colleagues and and Norwegian companies
  • Wants to contribute to a good working environment

At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

UiT wishes to increase the proportion of females in academic positions. In cases where two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.

We offer

  • Involvement in an interesting research project
  • Good career opportunities
  • A large degree of independence in working practice
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues 
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement 
  • Good welfare arrangements for employees
  • Good arrangements for pension, insurance and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

Norwegian health policy aims to ensure that everyone, irrespective of their personal finances and where they live, has access to good health and care services of equal standard. As an employee you will become member of the National Insurance Scheme which also include health care services.

More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here.

Work and salary conditions 

The successful candidate must be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of their department and the university as a whole.

The allocation of working hours is flexible and allocated on a case-by-case basis. In general, the working hours shall primarily be utilized for research, research-related activities and research administration. The researcher is expected to participate professionally within the department, and can be assigned to teaching, teaching related work, supervision of students, presentations for faculty and students, laboratory assignments etc., in an amount equivalent up to 25% of the position.

The remuneration for Researchers is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1108. 

A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted. UiT pays directly to the pension fund on top of the salary - in 2023 this rate is 9 %. As a state employee, you have one of the best pension schemes available. For more information see: spk.no.

Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University in Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment.

We believe that inclusion and diversity is a strength and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application.

If there are qualified applicants, we invite least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it.

Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.


The application must include: 

  • Cover letter including a short description of interests and reasons for applying for the position
  • Description of your motivation for joining the CORC-BOOST project (1-2 page)
  • CV containing a complete overview of education, experience and professional work 
  • Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees, in original language and translated) 
  • Two references with contact details 
  • The academic works (published or not) you wish us to take into consideration in the assessment 
  • Documentation of English proficiency.
  • Documentation of proficiency in Norwegian (or a Scandinavian language)

Proficiency in the English language can be documented in the following ways: 

  • Diploma from a Norwegian upper secondary school with both spoken and written English (140 hours) 
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 
  • IELTS (International English Testing Service) 
  • Completed university degree in the field of English language or literature 
  • One year of completed university studies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or USA, for which English was the language of instructions. 

Documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. The application and submitted documents must be sent electronically via www.jobbnorge.no 


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee's mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants' qualifications on the basis of the written material presented by the applicants, and the detailde description draw up for the position.

The applicants who are assessed as best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things, aim to clarify the applicants personal suitability for the position and motivations. A trial lecture may also be held.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

More information about moving to Norway and working at UiT.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence. 

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