PhD within CO2 capture at platforms

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NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology

8th July 2023


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The Department of Chemical Engineering has a vacancy for a
PhD within CO2 capture at platforms
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About the job

Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a PhD candidate to investigate the opportunities of CO2 capture at platforms. The research focuses on possibilities to significantly reduce CO2 emissions from platforms by implementing CO2 capture and storage by capturing CO2 from gas turbines, combined cycles used to produce required power, and from natural gas sweetening. Achieving high CO2 capture rates (~95-98%) will be necessary. Further, the work will look into how to design CO2 capture and energy production with the gas turbine/combined cycle if renewable energy is available part of the time covering various amounts of the energy requirement. Several different case studies will be studied with different boundary conditions and requirements. Chemical absorption will be the primary capture technology to be studied. The project is part of the SUBPRO-Zero initiative ( ).

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree. You will report to your supervisor.

Latest starting date for the position is 1th January 2024.

Duties of the position

Conduct independent research and publish the results in recognised scientific journals. The main activities are

  • Literature review and selection of concepts/processes to focus on, in collaboration with the project team
  • Simulation and modelling of various process concepts
  • Experimental work to close identified knowledge gaps on chemical absorption-based CO2 capture technology
  • Evaluation of CO2 emissions and preliminary techno-economical evaluation 
  • Present the performed work and progress internally and externally
  • Publish the result in recognised scientific journals
  • Take part in the mandatory PhD research education program


The candidate is further expected to:

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

Required selection criteria

  •  You must have experience in HYSYS/Aspen plus simulation tool or similar
  • You must have knowledge of techno-economical evaluation
  • You must have a professionally relevant background in Chemical Engineering, process technology 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 and experience in CO2 capture technologies, preferable in chemical absorption
  • Knowledge of gas turbines and combined cycles
  • Knowledge of heat integration and pinch-analyses
  • Experience with experimental studies
  • Experience with preparing and delivering scientific presentations

Personal characteristics

  • Self-driven and persistent– able to plan and organise own work in a systematic way
  • Team player – able to work with others
  • Curious – eager to learn new things
  • Positive and enthusiastic
  • Critical – ability to question and reflect on own and others’ work
  • Good communicator

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits

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 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.
  • 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 Professor Hanna Knuutila, 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 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.  

Application deadline: 08.07.2023

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8th July 2023


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