PhD Research Fellow in Nanofluid Heat Transfer

Deadline: 15.10.2023

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

With about 17,500 students, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, spread out on five campuses Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord og Haugesund.

Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal. 

The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences (FØS) has three departments: the Department of Business Administration, the Department of Maritime Studies and the Department of Social Sciences. The academic staff at the faculty has about 140 employees, in total, there are about 2780 students on the three campuses: Bergen, Haugesund and Sogndal.

The faculty currently has eleven bachelor's programs and four master's programs. The faculty has a doctoral program in nautical operations which is a joint degree with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the Norwegian Arctic University (UiT) and the University of Southeast Norway (USN). FØS is also the host faculty for the doctoral program "Responsible Innovation and Regional Development" (RESINNREG) in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. The Department of Maritime Studies (IMS) has educations at bachelor's, master's and PhD levels and a strong and active research environment.

We have 25 permanent employees and 9 PhD students from different nations and collaborate with universities and research institutes nationally and internationally.

The Department of Maritime Studies is located in Haugesund. The research activity in the department is mainly linked to the MarSafe research program. The researchers at MarSafe work closely with the industry, and focus on risk and safety in the maritime industry, with the main focus on organizational and operational aspects related to risk and safety management.

The Department of Mechanical and Marine Engineering at Høgskulen på Vestlandet (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences - HVL), opens a position for a research fellow in Nanofluid Heat Transfer for a period of 3 years

About the Ph.D. project:

The project focuses on liquid films formed by nanofluids on heated surfaces. The project will consider cases when heating from the surface is supplemented by external thermal and magnetic radiation sources. For this purpose, the Ph.D. candidate will synthesize magnetic nanofluids and characterize their thermophysical properties. The central part of the project aims at flow experiments with thin films of nanofluids. The experiments will consider how heat- and mass transfer in the films depend on the properties of nanofluids and the abovementioned external factors. The project's overall goal is to develop empirical correlations for heat- and mass transfer in photomagnetic liquid films.

The project will be conducted in collaboration with the University of Bergen (UoB), Department of Physics and Technology. The Ph.D. study program will be allocated at the UoB. The Ph.D. research fellow will closely collaborate with undergraduate and graduate students working in this direction during the experiments.

Research environment

The Ph.D. project is allocated to the Nanofluid research group at HVL. The group conducts experimental and computational studies to facilitate the industrial uptake of smart fluids: nanofluids, ionic liquids, and phase change materials. The following research directions are within our competence area: photothermal boiling of nanofluids, nanofluid-based direct absorption solar collectors, nanofluids as coolants in engines and geothermal systems, ionic liquids in batteries, erosion in nanofluids, fluid dynamics of ice slurries. The group has access to analytical equipment and experimental systems used in this project.

Ph.D. research fellows receive annual work expense funding, which can be used for conference participation, research visits, and equipment. The place of employment is Campus Bergen, the university's largest campus. The campus has modern facilities and active student life, including a student pub. The Student Society in Bergen (Sammen), which our university collaborates with, provides student housing and access to sports facilities at favorable prices.


Formal requirements:

  • Master’s degree in fluid dynamics, thermal physics, nanotechnology, or a closely related field.
  • MSc thesis (or equivalent research) includes experimental methods in the desired fields of expertise
  • The master’s thesis grade is equivalent to grade B or better on the ECTS grading system.
  • The average grade on coursework is equivalent to grade B or better in the master-level study on the ECTS grading system.
  • Documented proficiency in English (see the link below)

To qualify for admission to the Ph.D. program at the University of Bergen, the candidate must meet the formal requirements.

Candidates who will submit a master’s thesis (but have not yet been awarded a master’s degree) may also qualify for the position, provided the master’s degree is awarded within the 31st of December 2023. The outline of the master’s thesis must, in this case, be explained clearly in the application letter or an extra attachment.

Candidates already holding a Ph.D. within this field are not eligible for this position. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation might be applied in the processing of the applications.

Additional qualifications for ranking:

A solid background in one or more of the following topics will be considered when candidates are ranked (in order of importance);

(1) nanofluids,

(2) data acquisition (e.g. Labview),

(3) flow experiments,

(4) experimental uncertainties,

(5) image processing. In addition to the required educational and scientific background, the following criteria will be evaluated (not in order of importance):

(6) competence and grades on relevant completed course work,

(7) publications & conference reports (if any),

(8) work experience in above-mentioned topics 1-5.

Personal qualifications

The candidate must be diligent and be able to work independently, supplemented with regular guidance, and is expected to carry out high-quality research and publish the results in international workshops, conferences, and journals. In addition, the candidate must be solution-oriented.

An application for enrolment to the Ph.D. studies should be submitted after an appointment is made, and the supervisor(s) will help with this procedure. The candidate must be enrolled as a Ph.D. student within three months of employment.

Application procedure:

Applications will be evaluated by an expert panel of three members.

Applicants are asked to submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job” (“Søk stillingen”).

The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment to the online application:

  • Diplomas, certificates, transcripts
  • Master thesis (or outline and main results of ongoing MSc thesis)
  • CV (with a complete list of publications, if any)
  • Copies of selected academic publications, if any (no more than 15).

If the documents are not submitted in a Scandinavian language or English, the applicants must submit certified translations of these. The transcripts must specify the topics; the course works, and the grades at the bachelor`s and master`s degree levels.

Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. It is required that the applicant enclose a review from NOKUT whether the education (bachelor and master’s degree) is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see www.nokut.no/en for more information about NOKUT’s general recognition. This may take some time and we recommend you to apply as soon as you know you will apply for this position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application.

Applicants should note that the evaluation will be based on the documentation submitted electronically via Jobbnorge within the submission deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date. It is of utmost importance that all publications to be considered in the evaluation are uploaded as an attachment with the application, since these are sent electronically to the expert panel. Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at the college.


  • Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence enhancement and development
  • Opportunities for training within the working hours 

Initial salaries will be offered at grade 54 (code 1017) in the Civil Service pay grade table scale.

There is a compulsory 2% deduction to the pension fund (see http://www.spk.no for more information). The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

General information:

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State employees Law in Norway ("Lov om statens ansatte)". Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and gender composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds.

Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.

Short-listed applicants will be called in for an interview.

Employed on condition that you are granted a work and residence permit (must be considered individually).

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation might be applied in the processing of the applications.

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