Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering

University of Iceland


                                      Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering

                                      School of Engineering and Natural Sciences

University of Iceland


A full time Ph.D. position in Mechanical Engineering is open for applications. The position is funded by the European Commission under the Framework Horizon 2020 Programme. The project is in the field of corrosion science and engineering with focus on testing corrosion resistance of coatings in simulated high temperature geothermal environment.

Project title and description

„Corrosion testing of cost-effective corrosion resistant coatings in simulated geothermal environment “.

The PhD project is part of a 3-year research project called Geo-Coat where the objective is to develop novel and cost-effective corrosion resistant coatings for high temperature geothermal applications. There are 11 members in the consortium of this project, from Romania, Norway, UK and Iceland. In this project various potential corrosion resistant coatings will be tested in the Materials and Corrosion laboratory at University of Iceland to identify the best coating material for critical parts of the production line in geothermal power production. The coatings will be produced by collaborators within the Geo-Coat project and then tested in simulated geothermal environment in flow through reactors (flow loop) at University of Iceland. Evaluation of the material performance will be done with conventional methods such as microstructural and chemical composition analysis of the coatings before and after testing with SEM/XEDS/EPMA analysis. Theproject will also involve development of the experimental technique, such as tuning of laboratory parameters to optimize agreement with the representative geo-fluid chemistry formulated, and analysis methods for corrosion studies in simulated geothermal environment.Mechanical and tribological testing will also be part of the materials study.

Further description of the Geo-Coat project is given on the following website:


The student will be under the supervision of Associate Prof. Sigrún Nanna Karlsdóttir and a member in her Corrosion and Materials Research Group at the Department of Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science at University of Iceland with a possibility of collaboration work with research groups abroad.


See references to related work prior to the project:


  1. S.N. Karlsdottir, S.M. Hjaltason, K.R. Ragnarsdottir. “Corrosion behaviour of materials in hydrogen sulphide abatement system at Hellisheiði geothermal power plant”, Geothermics, [70], 222-229 (2017).
  2. S.N. Karlsdottir, T. Jonsson, A. Stefansson. “Corrosion behavior of high-alloy austenitic stainless steel in simulated geothermal environment” In: proceedings of CORROSION 2017 (paper no. 9280).
  3. K.R. Ragnarsdottir, S.N. Karlsdottir, K. Leosson, A. Arnbjornsson, S. Guðlaugsson, H.O. Haraldsdottir, I. Csaki, G. Popescu, A. Buzaianu, “Corrosion testing of coating materials for geothermal turbine application”, In: proceedings of CORROSION 2017 (paper no. 9185).
  4. T. Jonsson, A. Í. Thorhallsson, A. Stefansson, S.N. Karlsdottir. “Preliminary Corrosion Testing of Nickel Alloys in Simulated High Temperature Geothermal Environment”, In: Proceedings of the 42nd Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, February 13-15, (2017).
  5. S.N. Karlsdottir, K.R. Ragnarsdottir, I.O. Thorbjornsson, A. Einarsson. “Corrosion testing in superheated geothermal steam in Iceland,” Geothermics, [53], 281-290, (2015).  
  6. S.N. Karlsdottir, K.R. Ragnarsdottir, A. Moller, I.O. Thorbjornsson, A. Einarsson. “On-site erosion–corrosion testing in superheated geothermal steam,” Geothermics, [51], 170-181 (2014).
  7. S.N. Karlsdottir. “Corrosion, Scaling and Material Selection in Geothermal Energy Production” Elsevier, pp. 239-256, Book Title: Comprehensive Renewable Energy, 1st Edition, Editor in Chief : A. Sayigh. Editor for Geothermal energy T.I. Sigfusson, date of publication: 05 May 2012, ISBN: 9780080878720. (2012).


-          M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering, materials engineering, chemical engineering, or related fields.

-          Experience in corrosion research is an asset.

-          Experience with related experimental is an asset, such as operating high temperature and pressure reactors (flow loops)/autoclaves and SEM/XEDS equipment,and mechanical and tribological testing.

-          The ability to work both independently and in a team.

-          Proficiency in written and spoken English.



Application deadline and further information

Application deadline is May 28th 2018. The project starts no later than in September 2018.


Please apply through the University of Iceland website, vacancies.


Further inquiries about the positions are welcome, please contact Dr. Sigrún Nanna Karlsdóttir Associate Professor by e-mail:


Please include the following in the application: i) 1-2 page motivation letter, which should stateinterest in the project, expectations for your Ph.D. studies and what makes you qualified for the position, ii) CV and publication list (if any), iii) transcripts from B.Sc. and M.Sc. studies, and a list of courses during postgraduate studies, iv) Two recommendation letters and contact information.


All applications will be answered and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made.Applications may be valid for six months.


Salary will be according to the current collective wage and salary agreement between the Union of University Teachers and the Minister of Finance.


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The School of Engineering and Natural Sciences employs ca. 360 people in academic positions. The School offers an international working environment, with the number of international employees and students increasing each year. Currently about quarter of all employees and graduate students are international. There are around 2900 students at the School, divided into six faculties, including approximately 350 MS students and 150 doctoral students. Research institutes at the School are the Science Institute that divides into the Institute of Earth Sciences and Institute of Physical Sciences, Institute of Life and Environmental Sciences, Engineering Research Institute and the Institute for Sustainability Studies which is an interdisciplinary institute and belongs to the five schools of the University of Iceland.

The University of Iceland is the largest teaching, research and science institute in Iceland and is ranked among the top 250 universities in the world by Times Higher Education.

More information about the University of Iceland can be found at the University of Iceland website, Relocation Service.

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