PhD Candidate in valorization of CO2 for low carbon cement (CO2Valorize)

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Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Nov 2022

15th November 2022

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The Department of Structural Engineering has a vacancy for a

PhD Candidate in valorization of CO2 for low carbon cement (CO2Valorize)
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About the position

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

NTNU is seeking a highly motivated graduate student to enrol in an Industrial Doctorate hosted at the Department of Structural Engineering at NTNU, Norway and the Department of Cement Process and Systems R&D at FLSmidth A/S, Denmark.

The project consists of two employment periods and an industrial secondment at CEMMAC in Slovakia is foreseen during the second period:

1) 1st period:  15 months at the company FLSmidth in Denmark

2) 2nd period:  21 months at NTNU, Norway

The project is part of the international doctoral training network entitled "Valorization of CO2 for low carbon cement (CO2Valorize)”, funded by the Marie Skolodowska-Curie Action of the European Commission. The complete programme consists of eight international PhD projects that perform individual research projects to identify technological solutions which helps to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the cement industry.

Your immediate leader at NTNU is Professor.

Duties of the position

The main goals are to identify raw materials, processes and technological solutions which help to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the cement industry.

The specific objectives are:

1) Full characterisation of selected raw materials using special techniques (e.g. XRF, XRD, thermal analysis, SEM, calorimetry)

2) Test the CO2 uptake potential for the selected raw materials.

3) Develop procedures and protocols to support the use of enhanced raw materials carbonation to achieve an optimum end product (mortar, concrete) performance.

4) Improve our understanding of chemical and hydration reactions of enhanced carbonated materials when used in cementitious systems

Required selection criteria
  • You must have a professionally relevant background in material science, chemical engineering, civil engineering, physics or chemistry
  • 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 programme 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
  • Eligible candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before their recruitment by FLSmidth (i.e. the starting date indicated in the employment contract/equivalent direct contract).
  • Eligible candidates shall, at the date of recruitment by FLSmidth (i.e. the starting date indicated in the employment contract/equivalent direct contract), be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not have been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Candidates must have a high proficiency in written and spoken English, which will be assessed with the motivation letter and interview.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with  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
  • A background in material science relevant for reinforced concrete structures or cement chemistry
  • Proven skills/track record in the relevant areas of research (theoretical, numerical and experimental), or work experience from the industry
  • Proven skills/track record in experimental work, e.g. sample preparation, SEM-EDS, XRD, TGA, etc. 
  • Desire to combine experimental work with theoretical work and thermodynamic modelling
  • Knowledge of programming/software, MATLAB, Python, ANSYS, LabView, etc.
  • Research quality and publications - journal and conference papers
  • Norwegian (or Scandinavian) language skills

Personal characteristics

The PhD Candidate should:

  • Be highly motivated and diligent
  • Have good analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Be well-organised and able to plan and conduct laboratory activities and execute experiments
  • Be able to take initiatives and work independently, but also as part of a group
  • Have good skills on multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Have good communication skills in scientific writing and oral presentations
  • Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer
  • 3-year full-time employment contract (salary according to MSCA regulations for Doctoral Candidates and their family status at the time of the recruitment).
  • Experience abroad. First employment period at FLSmidth A/S, DK for 15 months, second at NTNU, NO for 21 months. During the second period, a secondment abroad to an industrial partner for 3 months.
  • Enrolment in a PhD programme at NTNU and opportunities for participation in national and international scientific meetings.
  • Enlarged professional network and improved future scientific career perspective in academia and the private sector.
  • Shared research and innovative multidisciplinary and multisectoral training by senior scientists, experts and experienced trainers from academia and industry.
  • A structured training programme consisting of research-related courses, soft skill courses, targeted workshops, social events and networking.
  • 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 501 200 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 Engineering  within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organised 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 that you can be present at and reachable at the institution on a daily basis.

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:

  • CV and certificates
  • Letter of motivations (1 page) and indicate in your application: nationality, gender, countries where you have resided for the last three years (indicate periods), research experiences, any additional information such as awards, fellowships, internships, extracurricular activities, qualifications, etc.
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Name and contact information of three referees
  • Publications or other relevant research work, if you have any


If all or parts of your education have been spent 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.

A selection committee will rank eligible applications based on CVs and merits. The 3 best candidates for each position will be invited for a virtual interview, where the final candidates will be selected. Applicants with a positive evaluation but not selected will be included on a reserve list to cover eventual future positions and might be contacted at a later stage. Each applicant may apply to three positions out of eight available positions in the CO2Valorize programme.

The opening date of the position is 15 October 2022. Deadline date for receiving the documents via email as a single PDF file is 15 November 2022, 17:00:00 CET. Interviews will take place in November / December 2022. The tentative start of the fellowship is March 2023.

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.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.  



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 subsidised 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 organisational 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 Mette Rica Geiker, telephone +47 73594529, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Kristine Grønvold, e-mail:

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: 15.11.2022

Further information

This projects has received funding from the European Union's Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101073547.

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