PhD in Analysis of Computational Models and Tools for CO2 Capture Processes

Trondheim, Norway
17 May 2017
End of advertisement period
10 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

A PhD position in Consistency and Uncertainty Analysis of Computational Models and Tools for CO2 Capture Processes is available at the Department of Chemical Engineering. The appointment has a duration of 3 years with the possibility of until 1 year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department. (To undertake the teaching duties it is a requirement that the candidate speaks Norwegian or another Scandinavian language)

Information about the department
The Department of Chemical Engineering covers a wide variety of research areas including biorefinery and fiber technology, catalysis, colloid and polymer chemistry, environmental engineering and reactor technology and  process systems engineering. The Environmental Engineering and Reactor Technology group is the largest group at the department with long tradition within the research topic of CO2 capture from exhaust gases and natural gas sweetening. The CO2 capture research includes theoretical and experimental activities within screening of new absorbents, measurements and modeling of phase equilibria, thermal properties, transport properties and kinetics, characterization of environmental impacts, and testing and validation in laboratory scale and in pilot plants. Further information about the department is available at: 
Job description
The PhD research work will focus on systematic consistency testing and uncertainty quantification of key sub-models for CO2 capture processes: physical properties, vapor-liquid equilibria, and mass transfer kinetic models. The aim is to improve reliability and robustness of simulation tools used for CO2 capture process design and simulation. The work will include critical analysis of available experimental methods and data sets as well as derived mathematical models and their parameters. The goal is to propose efficient strategies to ensure consistency along the whole hierarchy of sub-models and to design a practical method for quantification of the impacts of uncertainties. We are seeking a person with good understanding of chemical engineering computation and model development.

Detailed information on our PhD programs is found at:

The candidate will be evaluated based on relevance of his/her education and achieved academic results as well as engineering experience. The applicant must have an MSc in chemical engineering (or equivalent) and a documented solid background in separation technology fundamentals, transport phenomena, and chemical engineering thermodynamics especially related to absorption with chemical reaction. Practical skills within mathematical modelling and extensive experience with programming in Fortran, C++ evt. Matlab or Python are expected. Experience with data validation will be an advantage. The successful candidate should be creative and self-driven, with a strong focus on problem solving. He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams.

The regulations for PhD program at NTNU state that a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies is required. Further requirements are an average grade of A or B for the two last years of the MSc program (within a scale of A-E for passing grades where A is best). 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 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).

Terms of employment
The appointment of the PhD fellows will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. Applicants must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the appointment and have to be qualified for the PhD-study. 

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

The position as PhD is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

Further information can be obtained from professor Jana P. Jakobsen, E-mail:

The application
Applications with CV, certificates from both Bachelor and Master, possible publications and other scientific works, copies of transcripts, (copies of documentation on English language proficiency test) and reference letters should be submitted.

Applications must be submitted electronically through

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NV-81/17

Application deadline: 10.06.2017


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    NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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