Postdoctoral Researcher in Mechanical Engineering

University of Iceland


Postdoctoral Researcher in Mechanical Engineering

School of Engineering and Natural Sciences

University of Iceland


A Postdoctoral Research position at the University of Iceland within Mechanical Engineering – Materials and Corrosion Research Group is open for applications.  The position is for one year with the possibility of an extension for another year and is funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Program of the European Union.  The project is in the field of Corrosion Science and Engineering with a focus on testing corrosion resistance of materials for novel drilling technology for geothermal systems.

Project title and description

“Experimental design and development of high temperature corrosion testing laboratory for drilling technology for geothermal environments.”


The work is part of a 3-year research project entitled Geo-Drill where the objective is to develop novel drilling technologies that will significantly reduce the cost of deep geothermal drilling, with a targeted depth of ~5 km and temperatures ~250°C and higher.

There are 12 participants in the consortium of this project, from 7 countries including the UK, Denmark, Norway, France, Italy, Spain, and Iceland.

In this project, various novel corrosion resistant materials will be tested in the Materials and Corrosion Research laboratory at the University of Iceland to identify the best material for various components for a new drilling technology for geothermal environments. The materials will be produced by collaborators within the Geo-Drill project and then tested in simulated geothermal environment in an autoclave at the University of Iceland to test the endurance and corrosion resistance.

The main focus of this position will be the implementation of high temperature and pressure autoclave for corrosion experiments in a newly equipped laboratory for high temperature material testing, located at the University of Iceland. The responsibilities of the position will include operation of autoclave and 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 the simulated geothermal environment. The results will be published in international journals in the related field.




-          Ph.D. degree in one of the following: mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, nuclear engineering, geochemistry or related fields.

-          Experience in operating high temperature and pressure autoclaves is required.

-          Experience in corrosion research.

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

-          Demonstrated research abilities in the form of publications, posters, and presentations.

-          Proficiency in written and spoken English.


Application deadline and further information

Application deadline is May 31th 2019. The position starts in August 2019. The position is for one year with the possibility of an extension for another year.


Please apply through the University of Iceland website, vacancies.


Further questions about the positions are welcome, please contact Dr. Sigrún Nanna Karlsdóttir, Professor in Mechanical Engineering ( or Dr. Danyil Kovalov, Postdoctoral Researcher ( at the University of Iceland.


Please include the following in the application: i) CV, ii) Cover letter, including description of the applicant’s future contribution, iii) Copies of education certificates (i.e., BSc, MSc, PhD degrees); Please note that the copies must be provided either in English or with English translation certified by apostille, iv) Two professional references with current contact details, including email addresses.


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


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).

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


Appointments to positions at the University of Iceland are made in consideration of the Equal Rights Policy of the University of Iceland.


The University of Iceland has a special Language Policy.


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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