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1-3 PhD fellowships in heterogeneous catalysis

 

1-3 PhD Research fellowships are available at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The fellowships are affiliated with “iCSI – industrial Catalysis Science and Innovation for a competitive and sustainable process industry”, which is a National Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) granted by the Research Council of Norway for the period 2015-22. In addition to NTNU, SINTEF Materials and Chemistry and the University of Oslo are research partners, and YARA, INEOS, Haldor Topsøe AS, Dynea, and KA Rasmussen AS are the iCSI industrial partners. The iCSI basic vision is to establish an integrated competence and technology platform that promotes world class energy and raw material efficiency and allows spin-off activities in the different directions of prime interest for the industrial partners.

The main part of the PhD research is to be conducted at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, in the laboratories of the Petrochemistry and Catalysis group (KINCAT, http://www.ntnu.edu/chemeng/kincat ). Opportunities exist, however, for performing research at other laboratories through international exchange.

iCSI joins the three major research institutions involved in heterogeneous catalysis in Norway with five industrial partners competing globally in a collaborative utilization of competence and infrastructure. Industrial catalysis links material properties on the nano-scale to the raw material efficiency, energy consumption and emission abatement of thermochemical processes. The research efforts target fundamental understanding of phenomena relevant to the productivity, selectivity and stability of the catalytic processes, and will build knowledge important to both continuous technological improvements and possible breakthroughs that may induce step changes to the industry.

6 Industrial Innovation Areas (IIA) have been defined in the project, and the PhD fellowships will be connected to these:

IIA1    21st century ammonia oxidation and nitric acid technology development

IIA2    New NOx abatement technologies for the marine market and state-of-the-art SCR catalysis

IIA3    Frontier formalin technology development

IIA4    PVC Value Chain: World class energy and raw material efficiency for the production of Chlorine and Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM) 

IIA5    The next step in direct alkane activation

IIA6    Generic competence for industrial synergy

 

Catalysis and kinetics is core research in the project, and a suitable background for the candidate ranges from chemical engineering and catalysis to physics, inorganic chemistry and materials science. Previous experimental training in catalyst testing, synthesis and characterization, as well as experience in kinetic or reactor modelling is highly advantageous. The 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.

Further information can be obtained from Centre Director Professor Hilde Venvik, (hilde.venvik@chemeng.ntnu.no), Professor De Chen de.chen@ntnu.no or Professor Magnus Rønning (magnus.ronning@ntnu.no). For more information about the Department of Chemical Engineering, NTNU, please look at our web page http://www.ntnu.edu/chemeng/

The appointments have a duration of 3 years with the possibility of 1 year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department. The position as PhD research fellow is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. The appointment of the PhD fellow 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. A contract will be drawn up regarding the period of appointment and work related duties.

The regulations for PhD programs 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). 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. See http://www.ntnu.edu/research/phd-opportunities  for details on NTNU PhD program requirements. The position furthermore adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender.

All applicants must be able to communicate fluently in English (in speaking and writing), while knowledge of Norwegian is considered an additional advantage. Applicants must indicate their level of language skills in English and Norwegian.

An application with CV, certified copies of transcripts, certified copies of documentation on English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.), and reference letters is to be submitted electronically through http://www.jobbnorge.no/.

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

 

The reference number of the position is NT-17/15.

Application deadline: 2015-04-30.


1 Postdoc/PhD Position in Fast Hierarchical Economic MPC

 

The Department of Chemical Engineering at NTNU offers an exciting full-time research position in the area of fast hierarchical model predictive control.

The Department of Chemical Engineering is one of the most productive departments at NTNU in terms of high quality research and publications. It attracts a large number of international students and provides an excellent working environment for starting an academic career.

Our international activity and collaborations with research universities world-wide lead to good opportunities for participating in international conferences and extended research periods abroad. We have very good contacts to industry, which leads to industrially relevant research and also gives possibilities for industry placements. Our multicultural working culture is built on openness and trust, and provides a large amount of flexibility and independence. The flat organizational hierarchy guarantees accessible supervisors and effective mentoring.

Further information about the Department of Chemical Engineering may be obtained from http://www.ntnu.edu/chemeng

 

About the research

This project addresses important theoretical aspects of hierarchical economic model predictive control. The planned research ranges over two areas:

Fast numerical optimization algorithms
This subproject aims at studying and improving a fast sensitivity-based path-following algorithm that was developed in collaboration with Professor Biegler at Carnegie Mellon University.
Optimal design of a hierarchical economic model predictive control system
This subproject studies methods for optimally designing the layers in a hierarchical control system for dynamic optimization.

For more information about the research contact Associate Professor Johannes Jäschke +47-735-93691, email: jaschke@ntnu.no.

 

We offer

  • Informal and friendly work place with dedicated colleagues
  • Possibility for extended research visit at Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Family-friendly work conditions
  • Excellent opportunities for outdoor activities
  • Competitive salary

 

Qualifications

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


Requirements for candidates applying for a postdoc position

A PhD in an optimization-related field will have to be received before 30. August 2015. One or preferably both of the following are required:

Documented experience in the study of SQP and Newton methods for solving parametric NLP.
Documented experience with theoretical aspects of model predictive control.

Experience in mathematical modelling, optimization and control of process systems is of advantage. We expect a commitment to a postdoc period of 3 years.

Applicants for a postdoc position are requested to enclose a 2-page research proposal draft.

 

Requirements for candidates applying for a PhD fellowship

A Masters’ degree in an optimization-related engineering field is required. We are looking for candidates with a strong background in nonlinear programming techniques (SQP, Interior point methods) and nonlinear model predictive control.

The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that a Master’s 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 and C or higher of the BSc. 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: http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/diploma-supplement_en.htm

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).

Detailed information on our PhD program is found at: http://www.ntnu.edu/nt/research/phd

 

Terms of employment

The appointment has a duration of 3 years and is financed by the Norwegian Research Council. The appointment of the postdoc/PhD fellows will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. Applicants for the PhD position 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 application

Applications with CV, authorized documentation of previous education, study records, including a list of subjects, grades and publications, work experience as well as achievements in research are to be submitted electronically through Jobbnorge.no. Please also give contact details for 3 references.

 

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

Reference number: NT-31/15
Application deadline: 17.5.2015.