Welcome, Jinjie!

Jinjie Mao has just joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at NTNU to undertake her PhD project in the field of reservoir engineering. Her main supervisor is Associate Professor Ashkan Jahanbani Ghahfarokhi and the co-supervisor is Professor Curtis Hays Whitson.

Jinjie’s project, “Advanced Modeling – Optimization Framework for Sustainable Utilization of the Subsurface by CO2 Injection” is under BRU21 program and CEORS Gemini Centre. The research will contribute to the sustainable utilization of the subsurface by developing digital solutions for modeling and optimization of CO2 injection for subsurface storage and enhanced recovery purposes.

Prior to joining NTNU, Jinjie worked as a Reservoir Engineer at China National Offshore Oil Corporation. Jinjie holds a Bachelor of Science in Resource Prospecting Engineering (Minors in English Language and Literature) from Yangtze University, and a Master of Science in Geo-energy Engineering from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Her master thesis was on “Modelling of Polymer Flooding based on Operator-Based Linearization Approach”.

Welcome, Jinjie!

Even Nikolaisen successfully defended his PhD thesis

Even Sunnanå Nikolaisen has successfully defended his doctoral work on September 26th at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Geoscience and Petroleum: « Multiscale 3D Analysis of Silicate-Hosted Magnetic Inclusions» with trial lecture: “Methods of rock fabric analysis in comparison with magnetic anisotropy methods”

Supervisors:Prof. Richard John Harrison, Department of Earth Sciences, University in Cambridge/  Department of Geoscience and Petroleum, NTNU (main supervisor), Suzanne Amy Mcenroe, Department of Geoscience and Petroleum, NTNU (co-supervisor), Prof. Karl Fabian, Department of Geoscience and Petroleum NTNU (co-supervisor).

The Assessment committee consisted of Prof. Michael Winklhofer, University of Oldenburg, Germany  (1. Opponent), Dr. Martin Chadima, Institute of Geology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (2. Opponent), Adj.Prof. Christine Fichler, Department of Geoscience and Petroleum, NTNU (administrator).     

Congratulations, Even!

We have a vacancy for an ambitious and enthusiastic  Professor/Associate Professor in Structural Geology

We have a vacancy for an ambitious and enthusiastic professor/ associate professor in structural geology at the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at NTNU.

Geology research at our department covers fundamental and applied topics and has particular focus on understanding processes leading to the formation and distribution of geological resources in the subsurface. We are looking for a candidate with strong research experience within the field of structural geology and who is highly motivated and able to contribute to cross-disciplinary work between our research teams.

The candidate should have clear scientific visions, interest in applying novel approaches, good educational and interpersonal skills, and abilities to establish and lead research projects.

Your immediate leader is Head of the Department.

The application deadline is 30th September

Read more about the position here

EIT International Autumn School «From Dredging to Deep-Sea Mining» 19-23 September, 2022 in Trondheim, Norway

Striving for independence from the import of Critical Raw Materials, the EU has been making considerable investments towards reaching marine mineral resources.

Recent EU projects such as Blue Mining, Blue Nodules, MIDAS, VAMOS, as well as numerous national and international programmes on exploration and exploitation of seabed minerals enabled making considerable progress towards the establishment of European deep-sea mining industry, which has a potential of creating a hundreds-billion market and thousands of new jobs.

The current knowledge about deep-sea mining and particularly about the impact of mining activities on the marine environment is quite diversified and often contradictory. This is not conducive to the acceptance of seabed mining by society due to the absence of a clear and holistic picture of seabed mining and its possible environmental footprint.

The DSM-School project is aiming to become a platform for the elaboration and dissemination of knowledge in deep-sea mining to increase awareness of wider society on marine mineral resources, state-of-the-art mining technologies, recent investigations on the environmental impact of seabed mining activities, as well as economic, political, social and legislative aspects. The project brings together leading universities, research organizations, and industry professionals to reach the wider society by using different communication tools such as a two-week summer school organized in Germany, the Netherlands and Norway, the Internet, and public events.

The DSM-School project assumes to be turned into a long-term, self-sustainable and Europe-wide initiative for the dissemination of knowledge and boosting research and innovations.

Read more and register here

Vil du bli studentambassadør?/ Do you want to be a Student Ambassador?

Er du stolt av å studere ingeniør-, teknologi og/eller realfag, og vil inspirere flere til å velge våre studieprogram?

Fakultet for ingeniørvitenskap (IV) skal ansette studentambassadører til å jobbe i team for å rekruttere nye studenter til studieprogrammene, og skape stolthet og eierskap til det å være student ved IV. Teamet skal bestå av studenter fra alle våre studieprogram i Gjøvik, Ålesund og Trondheim. IV ønsker å være til stede der målgruppen vår er, så en viktig oppgave vil være å lage digitalt innhold til sosiale medier og nettsider.
 Vi søker deg som:

  • liker deg foran eller bak kamera (gjerne begge deler)
  • er idérik og/eller jobber med spennende prosjekter du vil vise fram
  • trives med å holde presentasjoner
  • er god på nettverksbygging og liker å koordinere prosjekter


  • Lage stories til IVs studieprogramsider (Gobi stories) og sosiale medier
  • Presentere studiet på skolebesøk og campus, både fysiske og digitale arrangement
  • Engasjere studenter til å delta på arrangement
  • Koordinere aktiviteter i samarbeid med andre studentambassadører
  • Administrative oppgaver (planlegging, oppfølging og etterarbeid i forbindelse med arrangement)
  • Delta på oppstartssamling med opplæring og teammøter
  • Delta i studentrekrutteringskampanjer


  • Lønn etter satser for studentassistenter (u/ bachelor: kr. 169,49, m/bachelor: kr. 173,54)
  • Arbeidets omfang: inntil 150 timer i perioden
  • Tidsperiode: 1. september 2022 – 30. juni 2023


Du søker ved å sende inn en videosøknad på inntil 2 minutt til: ragnhild.n.madsen@ntnu.no  Mailen med videosøknaden må også inneholde din kontaktinformasjon: navn, e-postadresse, mobilnummer, studieprogram og årskurs.

Utvidet søknadsfrist: 31. august 2022.


Are you proud to study engineering, technology and / or science, and want to inspire more people to choose our study programs?

The Faculty of Engineering (IV) will employ student ambassadors to work in teams to recruit new students to the study programs, and create pride and ownership in being a student at IV. The team will consist of students from all our study programs in Gjøvik, Ålesund and Trondheim. IV wants to be present where our target group is, so an important task will be to create digital content for social media and websites. 

We are looking for you who:

  • enjoy being in front or behind the camera (preferably both) 
  • is creative and / or working on exciting projects 
  • enjoy giving presentations 
  • is good at networking and likes to coordinate projects  

Work tasks

  • Create stories for IV’s study program pages (Gobi stories) and social media 
  • Present the study on school visits and campus, both physical and digital events 
  • Engage students to attend events 
  • Coordinate activities in collaboration with other student ambassadors 
  • Administrative tasks (planning, follow-up and follow-up in connection with events) 
  • Attend training and team meetings 
  • Participate in student recruitment campaigns  


  • Payment according to rates for student assistants (without bachelor: NOK 169.49, w / bachelor: NOK 173.54)
  • You can work up to 150 hours during the period 
  • The employment applies for the period: 1 September 2022 – 30 June 2023

You apply by submitting a video applicationof up to 2 minutes duration to: ragnhild.n.madsen@ntnu.no Enter your contact information in the email: name, e-mail address, mobile number, study program and year/class.

Extended application deadline: August 31, 2022

Welcome, Lene!

Lene Margrethe Pallesen is 24 years old and from Stavanger. Lene will be undertaking a 3-year PhD in Engineering Geology studying and mapping quick clay deposits. The supervisor is Professor Ola Fredin. The project aims to increase knowledge of instabilities in quick clay and help bridge the gap between different discipline approaches by applying methods from geology, geophysics and geotechnics.

Lene has a BSc in Geophysics with Geology from Durham University and an MSc in Geology from NTNU. She has for the past year been studying sediment transport in Longyearelva on Svalbard with cooperation with UNIS and NGU for her Master’s project. This project focused on the influence of permafrost and climate change on sediment input from glaciers, moraines and slope processes.

Lene likes to spend her spare time on a range of activities including dance and badminton.

Welcome, Lene!

Spennende forskningsfunn om malmpotensialet i Karasjok

Doktorgradskandidat Alf André har nettopp publisert spennende resultater fra sin PhD-studie i det anerkjente tidsskriftet Precambrian Research. Funnene har implikasjoner for malmpotensialet i Karasjok Grønnsteinbeltet da denne aldersgruppen av tilsvarende bergarter i Finland er svært prospektive for Ni-Cu-PGE mineraliseringer (f.eks. Lomalampi, Sakatti og Kevitsa), som er viktige forekomster for råstoffer til det grønne skiftet.

Studien, med tittelen «Evolution of the Gállojávri Ultramafic Intrusion from U-Pb zircon ages and Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf isotope systematics, omhandler aldersbestemmelse og dannelsen av gamle magmakammere i Karasjok Grønnsteinsbelte. Artikkelen viser hvordan man ved bruk av isotop-signaturer kan sondere sammensetningen av kontinentalskorpen og belyse interaksjonen mellom magmatiske systemer og vertsbergarten den strømmer gjennom.

Det presenteres også en datering av Gállojávri-intrusjonen til 2051 ± 8 millioner år. Aldersbestemmelsen viser at Gállojávri-intrusjonen ble dannet samtidig til påvist magmatisk aktivitet i Lappland grønnsteinsbelte i Finland. Dette antyder at Gállojávri-intrusjonen er del av et mye større magmatisk system som strekte seg hele veien fra norskekysten i nord til grensen mellom Finland og Russland i sør. Studien er utført i samarbeid med Trond Slagstad (NGU), Bjørn E. Sørensen (NTNU), Harald Hansen (UIT) og Ian Millar (BGS). Lenke til artikkelen: https://bit.ly/3SuMuE8

The NTNU Drillbotics Team won the International 2021/22 SPE Drillbotics competition

Congratulations to the NTNU #rillbotics team –
Luis C Alvarez , Mikaela Solberg, Jarle Ness and Henrik Helgeland – the winners of 2022 Drillbotics competition! Drillbotics is SPE International Student Competition in Autonomous Drilling(www.drillbotics.com). The team built, programmed and operated a fully autonomous lab-scale drilling rig that successfully drilled a directional well through multiple downhole targets. NTNU wins the competition for the 3rd time and is the only university with such a track record. This success is a result of innovative education, research and collaboration between the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum and Department of Engineering Cybernetics in the #BRU21 program.

The team was supervised by Alexey Pavlov (team lead, petroleum cybernetics), Sigbjorn Sangesland (drilling engineering), Dr. Tor Berge Gjersvik (drilling engineering) and Lars Imsland (cybernetics). Special thanks to the team sponsors: BRU21, Equinor, Lyng Drilling and to the technical support from IGP Laboratories, Noralf Vedvik

Field trip Engineering Geology and Rock Mechanics Research Group

Stream crossing

The Engineering Geology and Rock Mechanics Research Group with professors, adjunct professors and PhD students went on a two days trip to Bortistu in Storlidalen valley at the entrance of Trollheimen mountains. Day 1 was dedicated to presentations and brief discussions. The PhD students gave well-prepared presentations of their work, their plans or their achievements depending on their project stage. Adjunct professor Karl Gunnar Holter and our current guest researcher Dr. Graham Swan contributed with interesting talks.

In the evening professor Krishna Panthi prepared a very delicious two-course dinner on his own recipe based on Nepali, Norwegian and Russian experience.

Dinner preparations

On day 2, we enjoyed fantastic weather and walked into the Trollheimen mountains through spots of old snow and countless meltwater streams. One group had lunch with a view towards the Gjevilvatnet water reservoir and thus discussed hydropower issues. The other group lunched with a view towards the glacier-carved alpine mountains of western Trollheimen and discussed the Caledonian orogenesis, Tertiary uplift and the Ice Age. Otherwise, the conversation went smoothly among the participants, and we learned to know each other a bit better.

Great thanks to everyone who contributed to an unforgettable trip, and especially to Jorge Terron-Almenara and Jessica Chiu who organized the event!

Krishna is so happy when he gets to go hiking

NORHED II Project – Capacity Building in Higher Education within Rock and Tunnel Engineering in Nepal

Brief Introduction

NORHED II Project 70141 6; Capacity Building in Higher Education within Rock and Tunnel Engineering in Nepal is a collaboration project between Paschimanchal Campus, Institute of Engineering (IoE-WRC), Tribhuvan University (TU) of Nepal and Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP), Faculty of Engineering (IV) of NTNU. The project is funded by the Norwegian Government through NORAD. The total budget of the project is slightly over 17 MNOK and IGP is the partner in the North and is responsible in the total management of this project. On the other hand, IoE-WRC is the south partner and is responsible in implementing activities assigned in Nepal. The project activities are managed by the project management team and approved by the steering committee meetings held annually.  

The project has 6 years period from January 2021 to December 2026. This collaboration project focuses on the implementation of MSc and PhD programs at the Institute of Engineering (IoE) of the Tribhuvan University (TU) in Nepal and at IGP-NTNU through production of MSc fellows and capacity enhancement of faculties within “Rock and tunnel engineering” at Paschimanchal Campus of IoE (IoE-WRC) located in the city of Pokhara.

Objectives of the Project

Following are the main aims and objectives of the project.

  1. Establish / strengthen MSc and PhD program within Rock and Tunnel Engineering
  2. Capacity buildup of IoE-WRC faculties/staff through PhD research and training
  3. Establish rock engineering laboratory for the enhancement of education and research
  4. Provide teaching help from IGP in order to implement the MSc program
  5. Establish solid base for future sustainability of the MSc program
  6. Establish solid base for student exchange and future research collaboration


Steering committee meeting of 2022

The first kick-off meeting of the project was held on 5th October 2021 which constituted a steering committee for the project. The first steering committee meeting was held on 15th June 2022 where review and approval of the meeting minutes of the kick-off meeting, achieved progress during the year 2021 and projected plan of activities for the year 2022 were made. On the same day a meeting was held between the Dean of Engineering Faculty (IV) of NTNU and Dean of Institute of Engineering (IoE).

In addition, on 21st June a meeting was held between Dean of IoE, NORHED II Project team and the officials at the International office of NTNU.

From left: IoE Dean Prof. Shashidhar Ram Joshi, IV Dean Prof. Olav Bolland, IGP Head Dr. Ute Mann, Senior advisor at International Office Ms. Ingvild Heggstad, Prof. Bjørn Frengstad and Prof. Krishna Panthi

Student mobility of 2022

This project aims to invite second year students of MSc program in Rock and Tunnel Engineering that started in 2020 at IoE-WRC with the help of IGP-NTNU. The first batch of 20 MSc students visited Norway with IoE Dean. The aim of the visit by the students is to observe and learn on how Norway builds tunnels and underground caverns, rock cut slopes and mining projects on a very cost effective and sustainable way. Such learning provides students an opportunity to learn about the capacity a rock mass can have, visualize on the rock support that is needed to strengthen the self-supporting capacity of the rock mass at each rock engineering project, tunnels, underground caverns and cut slopes.

In the following selected photos of the visit by MSc second year students are given.

Visiting students with IoE dean at the IGP laboratory

Visiting students with IoE dean, officials from the International Office of NTNU in front main building

Visit to Strindheim road tunnel in Trondheim. Engineering Geologist Helen Feragen from Norwegian Road Authority and Prof. Krishna Panthi explained about the Norwegian way of road tunnel design and construction. The photo was taken at the pumping cavern.

Students during the lecture by Engineering Geologist Helen Feragen from Norwegian Road Authority

Visit to Leirfossen Hydropower Project

Visit to the Powerhouse Cavern of Leirfossen Hydropower Project

Walking along the cable tunnel of Leirfossen Hydropower Project

Visit to Bratsett Hydropower Project at Berkåk.

Visit to Tunnel Museum at Hunderfossen. Thanks to Jan Rohde from NFF and Morten Reiten from Norwegian Road Museum for the wonderful receival and explanation about the tunneling history of Norway.

Visit to Gjøvik Icehockey Underground Hall, the world largest public underground arena.

Visit to the 24.5 KM long Lærdal Road Tunnel, the world longest road tunnel

Visit to Visness Kalk, a open pit marble mine located at Eide

Students listening Engineering Geologist Lars Emil Eide who is also among the owners of Visness Kalk Mine. Lars completed his study from IGB in 2015.

Visit to observe vertical rock cut at the Atlantic Highway. Students also learn about Atlantic Sub-sea tunnel located.

Students observing a road cut slope and strengthining work made along E39 at Vinjefjorden. Hlynur Gudmundson from the Norwegian Road Authority explained about the project.

Observation of the unlined Road Tunnel at Vinjefjorden. Students amazed with the unlined solution.