NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - NTNU

PhD within Process Evaluation of Biochemical Processes

Location
Trondheim, Norway
Posted
May 04, 2021
End of advertisement period
Jun 01, 2021
Ref
NV 60/21
Contract Type
Temporary
Hours
Full Time

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At NTNU, creating knowledge for a better world is the vision that unites our 7 400 employees and 42 000 students.

We are looking for dedicated employees to join us.

You will find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

About the position

A PhD position within process evaluation of biochemical processes is is available at the Department of Chemical Engineering. 

The position is part of a SFI Industrial Biotechnology which is a collaboration between, Sintef biotechnology, NTNU departments of Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering , Norce, NMBU and several industrial partner. The position is financed by Research council of Norway and the industrial partners.

Duties of the position

  • process modelling, simulation, and process design
  • techno-economic evaluation of biotechnological process concepts and benchmarking studies
  • benchmarking studies

In addition, life cycle assessment may also part of the work.

An important part of the work is to

  • develop suitable process models describing biochemical unit operations such as reactors
  • model validation against available measurement data and model regression
  • develop a toolbox containing process models, equipment cost data etc for project evaluations and feasibility studies

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 chemical engineering 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.

  • experience with process simulation software
  • interest in process modeling of biochemical engineering systems
  • good written and oral English language skills

Preferred selection criteria

  • some experience in programming will be considered an advantage
  • some background in Biochemical Engineering
  • good written and oral Norwegian language skills

Personal characteristics

The successful candidate should be:

  • creative
  • strong ability to work problem oriented
  • enjoy interdisciplinary research
  • 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 with the possibility of until 1 year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Chemical Engineering  (Department of Chemical Engineering - NTNU) 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.

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 or Norwegian.

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, transcript from MSc, certificates and diplomas
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • Name and address (e-mail) 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.

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 Professor Magne Hillestad, email magne.hillestad@ntnu.no. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR-consultant Nina Sandberg, e-mail: nina.sandberg@ntnu.no

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no 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).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number NV 60/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.06.2021

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 Chemical Engineering 

We take chemistry from laboratory scale to industrial production. This demands a wide range of knowledge, from molecular processes and nanotechnology to building and operation of large processing plants. We educate graduates for some of Norway's most important industries. The Department of Chemical Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.  

Deadline 1st June 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Gløshaugen

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