NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - NTNU

PhD Position in New Reflux Flotation Cell Technology Upscaling for Ore Flotation

Location
Trondheim, Norway
Posted
27 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
26 Oct 2020
Ref
IV-205/20
Contract Type
Temporary
Hours
Full Time

About the position

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate to join the group of Mineral Production and HSE within the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP). The successful applicant will be engaged in an EIT Raw Materials project focusing on laboratory and pilot-scale beneficiation (flotation) of copper ore. The PhD position is for a three-year period funded by EIT Raw Materials project. The main objective of the project is to boost innovation in the field of flotation of minerals through the development of the new reflux flotation cell.

The successful applicant will be engaged in the EIT Raw Materials project New Reflux Flotation Cell Technology Upscaling for Ore Flotation.

The main scope of the project is the development and execution of Reflux Flotation Cell test work and comparative studies with conventional lab and pilot scale flotation equipment on a Cu ore, including the investigation of water consumption and entrainment (e.g. material balances, solids concentrations, flow rates, particle size distributions), chemical consumption and water qualities, mineralogy and chemistry of feed and products of the various experimental setups.

You will report to Head of Department.

Duties of the position

The main duties and responsibilities include developing and conducting flotation test work by using statistical (experimental) as well as mineralogical and chemical studies (a geometallurgical investigation of feeds and products in different experimental setups).

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 mineral processing, surface and colloid chemistry, 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.

Other required selection criteria

  • Background in or good knowledge of particle technology, particularly separation processes
  • Good written and oral English language skills

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience with flotation test work
  • Prior experience in dynamic process modelling and process design
  • A strong commitment to safe work practices in the laboratory and field
  • Good work ethic, time management, and organizational skills

Personal characteristics

The successful candidate must be

  • enthusiastic and highly motivated to complete the PhD in time
  • positive with good communication skills, with the ability to work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 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.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Engineering  (https://www.ntnu.edu/studies/phiv) 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.

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, certificates and diplomas
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to three works)
  • Name and address 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 Przemyslaw B. Kowalczuk, telephone +48 793709959, email przemyslaw.kowalczuk@ntnu.no or Erik Larsen, telephone +47 92285014, email erik.larsen@ntnu.no. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Anne-Lise Brekken, e-mail: anne.lise.brekken@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).

Please refer to the application number IV-205/20 when applying.

Application deadline: 26.10.2020

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 Geoscience and Petroleum

We conduct teaching and research related to management of Earth’s geological resources. Norway’s rich resources of wind, water, oil, gas and minerals have been and are essential to the country’s prosperity, and will continue to be in the future. The Department plays a key role in the development of technology and the education of graduates who enable value creation based on our natural resources. The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 26th October 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Department of Geoscience and Petroleum