PhD within Heterogeneous Catalysis

  • Contract
  • FullTime
  • Posted 12 months ago

NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - NTNU

About the job

We have a vacancy for a PhD at the Department of Chemical Engineering.

For a position as a Ph.D. Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

The primary objective of this PhD project is to develop highly active, selective, and stable iron-based catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation towards fuels (liquid fuels, methane etc) and mechanistic investigations using kinetic and spectroscopic methods. The main research activities include catalyst preparation, characterization, and kinetic testing in a laboratory fixed bed /slurry reactor. Mechanistic investigation of CO2 hydrogenation with isotopic labelling and kinetic modelling are also important parts of the project. We are seeking a person with a good understanding of heterogeneous catalytic materials and catalytic reactions.

The PhD position is a part of the knowledge building project “DICO2F – DIRECT CONVERSION OF CO2 AND HYDROGEN TO FUELS” supported by the Research Council of Norway with 2 research partners and 5 industry partners. The research partners include NORCE and SINTEF industry. The industry partners include Equinor, Elkem, Cambi, Nordic Electrofuel, Avinor.  The PhD research work will be undertaken in close collaboration with Postdoc working on the same project and in dialogue with the industry partners of DICO2F.

You will report to your supervisor.

Duties of the position

  • Catalyst material development for CO2 hydrogenation towards different fuels
  • Kinetic studies and modeling of CO2 hydrogenation reaction
  • Collaboration with other project partners on CO2 hydrogenation process design for different scenarios, technoeconomic evaluation and life cycle analysis.

The candidate is further expected to:

  • Participate actively in group, institute, and project activities
  • Collaborate with other students and research partners

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or equivalent.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master’s level
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master’s degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty’s doctoral program.
  • Good written and oral English language skills

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate  and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant 

Preferred selection criteria

  • Knowledge of heterogeneous catalysis
  • Knowledge of kinetic studies and modeling
  • Experience with writing scientific reports and papers
  • Experience with preparing and delivering scientific presentations

Personal characteristics

  • Self-driven and persistent
  • Good communicator
  • Team player
  • Positive and enthusiastic

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 532 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in  Chemical engineering (https://www.ntnu.edu/studies/phkjpros  ) within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants , and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include: 

  • Motivation letter (max 1 A4 page)
  • CV and certificates
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor’s and master’s degrees. If you have not completed the master’s degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master’s thesis has been submitted. Documentation of a completed master’s degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Name and contact information of three referees
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor’s and master’s education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here . If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation . You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate professor Jia Yang, email: [email protected] .

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Advisor Nina Sandberg, e-mail: [email protected] .

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

Application deadline: 30.06.2023

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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Chemical Engineering 

We take chemistry from laboratory scale to industrial production. This demands a wide range of knowledge, from molecular processes and nanotechnology to building and operation of large processing plants. We educate graduates for some of Norway’s most important industries. The Department of Chemical Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.  

Deadline 30th June 2023
Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltim
Duration Temporary
Place of service Gløshaugen, Trondheim

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