PhD Position on Environmental Analysis of Advanced Biofuels

Trondheim, Norway
23 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
06 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering 
Department of Energy and Process Engineering


The Industrial Ecology Program (IndEcol) at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), has opened a PhD position on environmental sustainability of advanced biofuels in Norway. This position is framed within the strategic research area of NTNU Sustainability. IndEcol is a well established interdisciplinary group in the field of environmental sustainability analysis, with scientists contributing to IPCC reports, UNEP/SETAC Life-Cycle Initiatives, and publications featured in high-ranked journals.

Reducing carbon intensity of transportation with biofuels is among the key strategies to achieve ambitious targets of climate change mitigation. Norway recently set ambitious goals for implementation of biofuels in the national transportation sector, especially in aviation, shipping and heavy road transport. There is an evident need for a comprehensive quantification of the climate change benefits of the expected biofuel transition, and its sustainability profile in terms of resource supply and impacts/benefits on human and ecosystem health. However, biofuel systems are intrinsically complex, and their climate benefits are to be assessed on a case specific basis. Biofuel production systems are strictly connected to land management and land cover changes, thereby involving changes in a suite of biophysical mechanisms like surface energy fluxes and water balances that are strictly coupled to local temperature and precipitation changes. Further, climate impact analysis are seldom integrated with other sustainability indicators (e.g., the UN Sustainable Development Goals), and holistic approaches are essential to discern the interlinkages of the land-climate-energy nexus and guide future sustainable transitions.


We seek a candidate that is strongly motivated to advance our current knowledge on this important topic. The candidate will perform both methodological and applied research, and will have the opportunity to attend a PhD program with access to the most up-to-date approaches in environmental sustainability research and to interact with the major global experts in the field. Tasks will include data processing and compilation, modelling, quantification of impacts, analysis and validation of model results, presentation of results at international conferences, publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the topic, we deem interest and ability to explore new fields and sub-fields important.

The successful candidate should hold a relevant master degree in engineering, environmental science, or climate science. Good programming skills in one or several languages (e.g., Python, Matlab), in addition to good understanding of fundamentals in mathematics and physics, are expected. Previous experience with LCA and environmental sustainability analysis, or climate models and NetCDF libraries is an advantage. Strong analytical capabilities are expected, as well as documented capacity to report and present research outcomes. The candidate must be a good team player while also being able to work independently. The applicant must be excellent in English both written and oral. Trondheim is the place of duty. The position is of 3 years duration. Candidates are requested to submit a one-page sketch summarizing how their scientific background and research ambitions match the requirements for this position.


PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 436 900 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 position is of 3 years duration.

For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Francesco Cherubini, 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 webpage at www.jobbnorge.noMark the application with SO IV-122/18.

Start-up date may be discussed, but tentatively 1 August 2018

Application deadline is 6 May 2018

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. 


  • Deadline Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Energy and Process Engineering
  • Jobbnorge ID 150200
  • Internal ID 2018/9031
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary


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