PhD position in Material Flow Analysis

Trondheim, Norway
08 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


The Department of Energy and Process Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is seeking a PhD student to conduct research on historical and future raw materials use and its consequences for society and environment in order to inform industry and government strategies. The PhD student will be formally involved in the Norwegian Research Council (NRC) funded Centre for Research-Based Innovation “Metal Production”.

Companies involved in the production and use of materials are operating in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex environment: Urbanization and industrialization in developing countries lead to changes in global and regional material demand which is met with increasingly global supply chains. This results in industrial and societal challenges such as securing access to raw materials, boosting resource efficiency and recycling, and drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The ability of companies and governments to anticipate such changes and to use resulting opportunities by adapting their strategies accordingly is becoming a key for developing competitive advantages as well as for developing strategies for sustainable development.

In addition to the Centre for Metal Production, the PhD student will be linked to the EU project “Global Material Flows and Demand-Supply Forecasting for Mineral Strategies” (MinFuture), which is led by NTNU. This project aims at developing a global standard for Material Flow Analysis (MFA), which will be developed in co-operation with leading universities and geological surveys around the world, with UN Statistics, with the European Commission, and with relevant industry associations. The aim of this PhD project is to illustrate the application of this standard using a case study on metals. The results of this PhD will inform, among others, the development of the European Raw Materials Information System (RMIS).


The research involves quantitative systems analysis as well as interactions with industry and government representatives. Therefore, the successful candidate should be able to demonstrate a strong background in natural science or engineering, preferable with experience in industrial ecology, and should have strong modelling, programming, as well as communication skills. The candidate should further be willing to work both independently and in teams with other researchers across disciplines.


PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 432,300 before tax. There will be a 2 % deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

Engagement as a PhD Candidate is done in accordance with “Regulation concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident”, given by the Ministry of Education and Research of 19.07.2010. The goal of the positions is to obtain a PhD degree. Applicants will engage in an organized PhD training program, and appointment requires approval of the applicants plan for a PhD study within three months from the date of commencement.

The research position is set for a duration of 3 years towards the degree of PhD. The position is likely to be extended to 4 years with a 25% teaching duty.

For further information and informal enquiries about the position, please contact Prof. Daniel B. Müller, Department of Energy and Process Engineering, NTNU, Trondheim. Email:

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The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government's policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Women are encouraged to apply.

The application

The application must contain information of educational background and work experience. Certified copies of transcripts and reference letters should be enclosed.

Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should be submitted via this wegpage at Mark the application with IV-85/17.

Anticipated commencement: in agreement with the Department, as soon as possible.

Application deadline: 28 March, 2017.

According to the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the list of applicants.

About this job

  • Deadline 3/28/2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Energy and Process Engineering
  • Jobbnorge ID 135228
  • Internal ID IV-85/17
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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