PhD Position within Reduction of Emissions from Hydrocarbon Production

Trondheim, Norway
Apr 29, 2021
End of advertisement period
May 21, 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

A three-year PhD scholarship is available in the LowEmission research centre for petroleum activities (, a SINTEF led research center for reducing emissions in the oil and gas industry. The PhD position is organized within the group Reservoir engineering and petrophysics at the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP), NTNU.

This PhD project is an interdisciplinary initiative between NTNU and SINTEF. The PhD student is assigned to the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at NTNU, but the PhD candidate is expected to spend considerable time at the Department of Process Technology of SINTEF Industry. 

The candidate is supervised by Associate Prof. Carl Fredrik Berg from the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum, and Research Scientist Heiner Schümann from SINTEF Industry will act as co-supervisor.

Start-update is expected to be Q3 2021.

You will report to Head of Department

Duties of the position

  • The topic of the PhD will be related to energy use in petroleum production.
  • Focus will be towards a whole system analysis with coupling between subsurface reservoir drainage, topside energy consumption, oil and gas processing and injection operations, to identify better and more energy efficient production and drainage strategies.

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in petroleum, process or mechanical engineering, physics, mathematics or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

Other required selection criteria

The candidate should have 

  • a general understanding of oil and gas processing, such as use of processing equipment, turbo machinery and thermodynamics
  • a general understanding of reservoir engineering, such as simulation and optimization
  • excellent written and oral English

Preferred selection criteria

  • Prior knowledge with reservoir simulation software such as OPM Flow, Eclipse, MRST and ResInsight is advantageous
  • Prior knowledge with multiphase flow simulators, such as Olga and LedaFlow, and process simulators such as Hysys, is advantageous
  • Programming background, e.g. in C++, Python or Matlab, is advantageous
  • Norwegian language skills is advantageous

Personal characteristics

  • a positive, balanced personality who can take initiative, think creatively and critically, work independently and consistently on the research project.
  • (S)he should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years without required duties.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in ( within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding (ta stilling til om stillinger skal være betinget av ekstern finansiering).

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English (ta stilling til dette)

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Name and address of three referees

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Carl Fredrik Berg, telephone +47 90708869, e-mail or Research Scientist Heiner Schümann, telephone +47 94244119, e-mail If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Anne-Lise Brekken, e-mail:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

Please refer to the application number IV-136/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 21.05.2021.

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Geoscience and Petroleum

We conduct teaching and research related to management of Earth’s geological resources. Norway’s rich resources of wind, water, oil, gas and minerals have been and are essential to the country’s prosperity, and will continue to be in the future. The Department plays a key role in the development of technology and the education of graduates who enable value creation based on our natural resources. The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 21st May 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Institutt for geovitenskap og petroleum

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