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20 PHD RESEARCH FELLOW AND POST DOCTOR POSITIONS

– WITHIN SUBSEA PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING (NT-23/15)

 

Do you want to be part of an R&D team pursuing innovative solutions for subsea oil and gas production and processing? The new research and innovation centre, SUBPRO is offering up to 20 PhD and Postdoc positions.

Improved solutions for subsea processing is an enabler for many of the large oil and gas fields in deep water, remote areas and demanding environments. New, more cost-effective solutions are also needed to ensure higher recovery rates and extended life for existing fields. The oil industry on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) has been in the forefront regarding subsea technology developments. The SUBPRO centre seeks to ensure that this position is maintained in the future, for the benefit of field developments on the NCS and globally.

The SUBPRO Centre for research-based innovation is supported by the Research Council of Norway and several major international oil companies and subsea system suppliers.

For more information about the SUBPRO centre, please contact Project coordinator Jon Lippe, email jon.lippe@ntnu.no, phone +47 918 97 033 and visit the web site: www.ntnu.edu/subpro

The mission of SUBPRO is to be a leading international centre and generate knowledge to facilitate innovation within the subsea oil and gas industry. To achieve this goal we are initiating 20 PhD/Post doctor projects in the following core areas:
 

  • Processes and systems design

This core area deals with design of new process and separation units. Contacts: Professors Hallvard Svendsen (hallvard.svendsen@ntnu.no) and Sigbjørn Sangesland (sigbjorn.sangesland@ntnu.no).

  • Separation Fundamentals

Includes theoretical models and experimental studies of heterogeneous systems. Contact: Professor Johan Sjöblom (johan.sjoblom@chemeng.ntnu.no)

  • Systems engineering, control systems and operation

Topics include optimal operation, control and system dynamics, and performance and condition monitoring. Contact: Professors Sigurd Skogestad (skoge@ntnu.no) and Olav Egeland (olav.egeland@ntnu.no)

  • Reliability and safety

Topics include reliability assessment, safety barrier and prognostics and system health management. Contact: Professor Mary Ann Lundteigen (mary.a.lundteigen@ntnu.no)

 

The PhD candidates and Postdocs will work in cross-disciplinary teams in close connection with industry partners and NTNU faculty.

Please direct enquiries about any specific project in the four areas to the corresponding contact persons listed above.  

Qualifications
Applicants for PhD Research Fellow must have an MSc (or equivalent) in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering, control systems engineering or similar. Industrial experience from the oil and gas or process industry will be considered an advantage.

Applicants for Post Doctor positions must have a PhD in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering, control systems engineering or similar. Industrial experience from the oil and gas or process industry will be considered an advantage.

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.

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 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).


Terms of employment

The appointment of Post Doctor and the 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 fellowships must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the appointment and have to be qualified for the PhD-study. 

The position as PhD and Post Doctor is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale.

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. We encourage female applicants. With otherwise equal qualifications, female applicants will be preferred.

The application

Applications with CV, certificates from both Bachelor and Master and PhD, possible publications and other scientific works, certified copies of transcripts,( certified copies of documentation on English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) ) and reference letters should be submitted electronically through Jobbnorge.no.

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NT- 23/15

Application deadline:  2015-04-26


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.