PhD/Postdoctoral Position at NTNU SUBPRO Centre

Trondheim, Norway
26 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
21 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Norwegian oil and gas industry is in the forefront with respect to subsea field developments, but new and innovative solutions are still required to meet current and future challenges. To accelerate the level of innovations within subsea production and processing, SUBPRO – a centre for research-based innovation, was established at NTNU in 2015. The centre is supported by the Research Council of Norway and several major international industry partners. For more information about SUBPRO, please visit our website:

Job Description

SUBPRO is currently looking to hire a new PhD research fellow/Post doctoral fellow for a period of three years, within the following area: Mechanistic modeling of droplet breakage phenomena.

In this project we will consider dispersed liquid-liquid systems and aim at employing the population balance model (PBM) to predict the evolution of the drop size distribution locally within subsea phase separators. To enable reliable model predictions, accurate closure laws for drop breakage are required. This modelling task requires profound understanding of the breakage phenomena. The candidate will be responsible for mechanistic modelling of the drop breakage phenomena in turbulent flow based on experimental data measured by former researchers in the group. These data constitute; 1) mother drop size, 2) breakage time, 3) number of daughter drops, and 4) size distribution of the daughter drops. The number fraction of injected drops breaking also determine 5) probability of breakage. The flow has been characterized by CFD simulations and LDA measurements.

The candidate will also be trained in running drop breakage experiments and in understanding the image analysis program that has been developed, in order to run additional experiments to increase the experimental database for model validation.

For further information about the position contact: Professor Hugo A. Jakobsen, e-mail:

General Qualifications

The applicant must have a master in chemical engineering, fluid mechanics, physics, nuclear engineering, or related disciplines, and a documented background in mathematical modelling and programming relevant for this project. Experience with population balance modelling and image analysis is an advantage.

The successful candidate should be independent and structured, with 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 positions require spoken and written fluency in the English language.

Terms of employment

The appointment will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. Applicants for the PhD positions 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 is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

The application

The applicants should submit an application letter, a CV, certified copies of certificates of education, publications and other scientific works (if any), certified copies of documentation on English language proficiency, and contact details for two reference persons.

Applications must be submitted electronically through this page.
Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number for the position: NV-65/18

Application deadline: 21.05.2018

About this job

  • Deadline Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Gløshaugen
  • Jobbnorge ID 151958
  • Internal ID 2018/12485
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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