Postdoctoral Fellowship in Combustion and Emission Characteristics of Low-Carbon Biofuels

Trondheim, Norway
29 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Nov 2018
IV 258/18
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a postdoctoral fellowship in Combustion and emission characteristics of low-carbon biofuels, mentored by Terese Løvås, at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering. The position is for two years with possibility of extension. The workplace will be in Trondheim.

The scope of this project is the detailed study of low-carbon bio-fuels and their combustion characteristics when employed as pure fuels or blends in conventional fossil fuels. Concern has been raised regarding combustion stability, emissions and toxicity related to these fuels, particularly regarding particle emissions from combustion.

Fundamental experimental research on combustion of the biofuels will be carried in out in collaboration with the current research team, employing a newly equipped engine laboratory and specially designed combustion rig with optical access for optical measurements. This enables detailed studies of the ignition and flame structure in the combustion chamber as well as particle formation. Matching the experimental data with results from detailed kinetic simulations using e.g. stochastic reactor models and CFD will be an important part of the post doctoral project. In this part, close collaboration with industrial partners within Bio4Fuels will be crucial.

Job description


Secondary fuel feedstocks, such as forest residues and biogenic wastes can substantially contribute to the reduction of the use of fossil fuels, and can be applied directly in the present energy supply infrastructure or in the production of useful energy products such as gas to network, and to low-carbon transportation fuels. If biomass and waste are to be used on a large scale it will be realized that considerable amounts of these materials having quite variable compositions and containing chemical components make the conversion challenging from an operational and environmental point of view. Therefore, efficient methods for characterization are needed, followed by special care during pretreatment and conversion of such feedstock. The Post Doctoral scholarships is part of the Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME), Bio4Fuels, under the sub-project Product Design and End Use,

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral fellow:

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering Sciences or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

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, postdoctor and research assistant

Other qualifications

  • Motivation for fundamental scientific research of practical relevance is essential.
  • Genuine interest in combustion and experience with numerical research in combustion and turbulence modelling is a prerequisite, as are advanced programming skills and familiarity with computational fluid dynamics or other simulation tools.
  • Applicants are required to include a letter of motivation in their application, pointing out how the project will build upon the applicant’s previous education, research and competence.eksempel
  • Good written and oral English language skills

Personal characteristics

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 515 200 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 2 years (with possibility of extension).

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

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. Under the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Prof. Terese Løvås, e-mail

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number IV 258/18 when applying.

Application deadline: 14.11.2018

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Department of Energy and Process Engineering

We conduct research and teaching covering the entire energy chain, from resources to the end-user. We look at how energy is produced and used by humans and machines in a sustainable way with regard to health, climate change and the resource base. The Department of Energy and Process Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 14.11.2018
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Department of energy and process engineering

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