PhD Position at NTNU SUBPRO Centre

Gløshaugen, Norway
22 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD fellowship at Department of Chemical Engineering, SUBPRO Centre

The Norwegian oil and gas industry is in the forefront with respect to subsea field developments, but new and innovative solutions are still required to meet current and future challenges. To accelerate the level of innovations within subsea production and processing, SUBPRO - a Centre for research-based innovation, was established at NTNU in 2015. The Centre is supported by the Research Council of Norway and several international industry partners. For more information about SUBPRO, please visit our website:

Job description

SUBPRO is looking to hire a new PhD fellow for a period of three years, to develop a Digital Twin Library for Multiphase Separation and Transport Processes

The separation and transport of multiphase fluids, particularly liquid-liquid dispersions in the form of crude-oil and water emulsions, is an economically and environmentally crucial process in the subsea petroleum industry. Consequently, the development of fundamentally advanced, yet simply implemented, models (Digital Twins) for separation and transport of multiphase fluids would be a valuable tool for process and system engineers tasked with developing, controlling, and optimizing new subsea transport and separation processes. The key challenge for researchers in multiphase transport modelling is the compromise between computational performance and the level of physical abstraction employed in the model development

The core activity of the proposed project is to employ a population balance (PB) model framework to construct a class-library in C++ for dynamic drop size evolution in 0, 1, and 2 spatial dimensions. The class inheritance structure of the C++ language will facilitate a modular approach for development of transport and separation models with varying complexity suited to their task (control models, fluid characterization experiments, process models) while the memory handling of C++ and existing parallel computational libraries for the solution of differential equations (SUNDIALS) will ensure fast calculation speeds on modern computational platforms. The portability of C++ class libraries will allow the PB models to be readily incorporated into common general purpose simulation software packages (Matlab, Modellica) for application in other SUBPRO research projects.

For further information about the position, contact Associate Professor Brian Grimes, e-mail:

Qualification requirements

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained 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,

Other qualifications

  • The applicant must have an MSc (or equivalent) in chemical engineering or a related engineering science discipline with a documented background in computer programming and simulation.
  • Experience with transport phenomena, programming solutions of differential equations, the C++ programming language and software development is an advantage.
  • The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe should document English skills by an approved test.  Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English(CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

Personal characteristics

  • The successful candidate should be independent and structured, with ability to work problem oriented.
  • He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams.
  • 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

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Chemical Engineering. 

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

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 Associate Professor Brian Grimes, e-mail:

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 NV-30/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 30.04.2019

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 30.04.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Gløshaugen

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