PhD within CO2 solvent capture for application on board of ships

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 07 May 2021

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About the position

The announced PhD scholarship is a part of the KSP project CCShip established and lead by SINTEF Energy Research as a spin-in project of the FME center NCCS. The project is co-financed by the Norwegian Research Council under the MAROFF program (RCN project number 320260).

The main objectives of the CCShip project are: 1) developing cost-effective and retrofittable solutions for Carbon Capture and Storage from ships and 2) understanding under which conditions would CCS be the most attractive option to reduce CO2 emissions from ships compared to alternative technologies (for example, use of zero-carbon fuels). In particular, the project will design, assess, and compare the performances of mature solvent-based technologies with the potential of novel CO2 capture technologies over several case studies.

The PhD work will be particularly focused on design and analysis of solvent based post-combustion CO2 capture from ship engine exhaust gas. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with researchers from SINTEF Energy Research, SINTEF Ocean, and industrial project partners.

The PhD candidate will report to Professor Jana P. Jakobsen and be co-supervised by Dr Rahul Anantharaman at SINTEF Energy Research.

Duties of the position

The PhD research work will involve:

  • designing, sizing, and evaluating a "standard"-solvent based post-combustion capture process including all associated units for case studies selected in early phase of the project.
  • designing, sizing, and evaluating possible advanced-based post-combustion capture processes and associated units for selected case studies of the project. This will include, for example, solvents or configurations able to reduce heat requirement for solvent regeneration, enable lighter or more compact solutions, minimize water consumption and waste, alternative way of achieving temporary CO2 storage on the ship.
  • collaborating with other project partners on integration of the capture processes with the ship facilities and evaluating the overall performances of the solvent-based capture solutions.

The candidate is further expected to:

  • participate actively in the group activities
  • collaborate with the other research and industry partners of the project
  • mentor and co-supervise MSc students
  • present project results at project meetings, workshops, and conferences
  • write scientific papers


The candidate will be evaluated based on relevance of his/her education and achieved academic results as well as acquired engineering experience. We are seeking a person with good understanding of chemical engineering computation, operation unit modeling, and process design and simulation.

We specifically require:

  • knowledge of absorption process fundamentals (fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer processes, thermodynamics, chemical reaction kinetics)
  • knowledge of process design and simulation principles
  • experience with Aspen Plus process simulator
  • solid programming skills
  • good written and oral English language skills

Experience with solvent-based CO2 capture technology will be considered an advantage.

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in chemical engineering or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale . If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

Personal characteristics

The successful candidate should be:

  • enthusiastic and positive
  • self-motivated and pro-active
  • creative and innovative
  • good communicator and a team player

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Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 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 with the possibility of up to 1 year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in chemical engineering (Department of Chemical Engineering - NTNU ) 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 applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 3 works)
  • Name and address of three referees

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation. In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability. 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

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

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.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Jana P. Jakobsen, telephone +47 90847746, email: . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR-consultant Nina Sandberg, e-mail:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. 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) .

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number NVD-nr 51/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 07.05.2021

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