Phd Position, Department of Chemical Engineering

Gløshaugen, Norway
01 May 2019
End of advertisement period
03 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

At the Department of Chemical Engineering at NTNU there are two vacant PhD positions in the field of "Intelligent use of data for process optimization using machine learning".

The project is financed by the Norwegian research council through the IKTPLUSS program. The PhD students will be integrated in the Process Systems Engineering Group at NTNU, which has about 30 Faculty, PhD students and Master students.

  Main duties and responsibilities

The project aim is to utilize process data to develop machine-learning based models (also known as digital-twins), that can be used for developing optimization tools. To address the computational robustness issues of solving optimization problems, we also aim to approximate computationally intensive optimization problems using machine-learning algorithms.

Several companies are joining the project, including AkerBP, Kongsberg Digital and Perstorp (Sweden). Applications can be towards oil and gas industries, chemical production, human waste (sludge) management, fish farming  and development of generic tools for industrial use.

Position 1. Grey-box machine-learning models (feature engineering)

Position 2. Surrogate optimizers for computationally robust and fast online optimization.

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 in [subject area] 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.

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

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

Other qualifications

  • The successful candidate should have a background in process systems engineering.
  • Good written and oral English language skills

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 with possibility of until one year extension with 25 % teaching duties.

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.

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.

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-49/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 03.06.19

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Deadline 3. June 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Gløshaugen

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