PhD Position in Heterogeneous Catalysis

Trondheim, Norway
24 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

A PhD position 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. The position is financed by the Research Council of Norway.

Information about the department

The current research fields at the Department includes catalysis, colloid and polymer chemistry, environmental engineering and reactor technology and process systems engineering. Information about the department is available on the Departments homepage:

Information about the research group can be found at:

Job description

The position is part of iCSI (industrial Catalysis Science and Innovation), a Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) funded by the Research Council of Norway and key industry partners together with NTNU and SINTEF. In this project we seek a candidate that will help us provide fundamental experimental data for important catalytic reactions using techniques such as microcalorimetry (measurements of heats of adsorption) and SSITKA (transient kinetic studies providing intrinsic kinetic data).

Detailed information on our PhD programs is found at:


We are looking for a candidate with a strong background in kinetics and catalysis and chemical engineering, and with good experimental skills. The applicant must have an MSc (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry. A background in catalysis is desirable.

The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work problem oriented. He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams.

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

For further information about the position contact Prof Edd A. Blekkan,, +47 73594157 or Assoc. Prof. Jia Yang,, +4773593146

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 this page. 
Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NV-51/18

Application deadline: 30 April 2018 


  • Deadline Monday, April 30, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Gløshaugen
  • Jobbnorge ID 150467
  • Internal ID 2018/9748
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary


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