Postdoctor Position in Computational Engineering

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

About the position

A PostDoc position is available in the Process Systems Engineering Group at the Department of Chemical Engineering. The appointment has a duration of 2-3 years with an estimated part of 20% teaching and 80% research.

The position is funded by the European Commission through the MarketPlace Horizon2020 project, which has the objective to provide a European computation market place available to all industry for the computational engineering activities with a focus on materials. An overall description and objectives can be found on its dedicated webpage

Job description

NTNU’s Process Engineering group is heavily involved in the theoretical aspect of the MarketPlace endeavour, with a focus on  the mathematical representation and programmatic representation of models, the formation of model libraries on different levels in the definition space starting from behaviour descriptions of elementary systems to programmed solutions of complex entities. The activities extend to help in solving various interoperability questions working towards the aim of an integrated commercial environment for software and model suppliers as well as translators acting as mediator between problem and solution suppliers.

The group has developed software for the representation of mathematical models, their compilation into various target languages and a ModelComposer tool that allows the generation of complex models by assembling ontology-defined entity models or programmed domain-specific closed solutions such as molecular modelling or computational fluid dynamics, to mention just two. Final stage is a application factory that brings together the instantiated mathematical model with solvers or injects them into a workflow manager.

The project consortium is large and involves the whole range from product-producing industry to software suppliers and designers. The project is thus highly interdisciplinary with a heavy focus on physics and software development.

The group teaches a number of courses : 3rd year process modelling that introduces the students to dynamic systems and their mathematical representation. In the 4th year it is a course in process systems engineering, which extends to model reduction, discrete-event dynamic systems and the task of process identification, mostly regression and observers. In the 5th year it is a advanced simulation course. Finally we are also responsible for the schools students’ laboratory providing the software for interfacing equipment with the computers and to some extent also in the construction of new equipment.

It is estimated that 20% of the time would be spent on these assistant activities.

Qualification requirements

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 Computational Engineering or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

  • have a PhD degree in Physics, Chemical Engineering or a similar field
  • have a strong background in computer science, physics

Other qualifications

  • The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must 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

  • be interested in modelling of physical/chemical/biological systems
  • be highly motivated to perform research and interact with people
  • The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong 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

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

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 criterias 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.

General information

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.

Further information can be obtained from professor Heinz Preisig, Department of Chemical Engineering, NTNU,                                                 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 NV-37/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 30.04.19

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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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