PhD scholarship for Prediction of Wildfires in Scandinavia in Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

The Ph.D candidate will be part of the fire safety research group at Haugesund Campus in the Department of Safety, Chemistry and Biomedical laboratory sciences at Faculty of Engineering and Science.

The place of employment is Campus Haugesund. The period of the fellowship is three years.

About the PhD project:

Global warming will give rise to increasing temperatures, less rain, and longer periods with dry weather conditions. Such hot and dry periods will increase the risk of large wildfires in regions unfamiliar with these types of disasters, one such region is Northern Europe where both the number and the size of wildfires are expected to increase. To prepare for and reduce the risk of disastrous wildfires, societal safety must be further developed to predict these types of disasters. This project will contribute to the prediction of wildfires risk and spread by implementing new methods for detecting risk factors together with new models for fire spread.

The candidate will work experimentally with fire spread in Scandinavian vegetation. From small-scale to medium-scale in our laboratory facilities, as well as real-scale in the field, the fire behaviour of different vegetation will be determined and analysed. The influence of different parameters such as weather conditions and topography will be also determined for the fire behaviour of the specific vegetation that can be encountered in the Scandinavian region.

Applicants should submit a project outline of maximum 5 pages, describing topic, choice of theory and method as well as plan for carrying out a potential project. The preliminary project descriptions will be used for assessing the qualifications of the candidates. The final project description will be developed together with the supervisors.


Formal qualifications:

  • The PhD research fellow should have a master’s degree in (or closely related to) fire safety engineering
  • Good understanding and writing of English language

Wanted qualifications:

  • Education or experience from fire safety is an advantage but not a prerequisite
  • Previous experience from work in fire safety engineering laboratory
  • Knowledge on instrumentation

Personal qualifications:

  • Ability for teamwork
  • Good communication skills
  • High work capacity
  • Interested to work in multidiscipline project
  • Solution oriented

In addition to the required educational background, the following criteria will be evaluated: competence and grades on completed course work, quality of the master’s thesis (excellent grade, equivalent of grade B or better on the ECTS grading system), publications (if any), communication skills, research and work experience.

The candidate must be diligent and display the ability to work independently, supplemented with regular guidance, and is expected to carry out high-quality research and to publish the results in national seminars, international workshops, conferences, and journals.

The PhD research fellow must enroll in a PhD program. An application for enrolment should first be submitted after an appointment is made and the supervisor(s) will help with this procedure. The candidate must be enrolled as a PhD student within 3 months from the start of the 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:

  • Master Thesis
  • Project outline of maximum 5 pages describing topic, choice of theory and method as well as plan for carrying out a potential project
  • Copies of selected academic publications (no more than 15)
  • A CV with a complete list of academic publications
  • Diplomas and certificates

Applicants should indicate which publications or parts of publications should be given special consideration in the evaluation. If the documents submitted are not in a Scandinavian language or in 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 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.