PhD-position in Industrial De-carbonization

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 21 Jun 2023

24 May 2023
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Chalmers University of Technology
Research Field

Technology » Energy technology
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First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

21 Jun 2023 - 22:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

You will work to electrify the heavy industries and to phase out their fossil fuel dependency. Innovative and novel high temperature solutions will be required where changed heat transfer conditions will play a key role in the optimization of the new process concepts. You will work in close collaboration with industrial partners and your work will include modeling as well as experimental parts.

Project description
As an employee at the Division of Energy Technology you are an important part of a group of researchers with the general aim to optimize and reduce environmental impact of our energy use. Your part is related to electrifying industrial high temperature processes. Many industries are still emitting vast amounts of greenhouse gases and must rapidly switch their processes to lower their environmental impact. Phasing out carbon intense combustion is necessary; however, some industries still require high temperatures to produce products demanded by society. Examples of such heavy emitting industries are producers of cement and iron and steel, for which alternative heat sources can be of hydrogen combustion or electrically generated plasma.

The research group in which you will be active has developed heat transfer models of these alternative high temperature process steps for some time and are now in the stage where the full process line should be modeled and optimized. The project is performed in direct collaboration with industrial partners including technology providers as well as end users.

Your work will involve both planing, execution and evaluation of experimental campaigns as well as modeling with tools like Aspen Plus and in-house developed models (Matlab, Python). Part of the work will be based on methods of which there is extensive experience in the research group at Energy Technology, but the project will also involve development of new methodologies. Your work will be performed in collaboration with industrial partners as well as other researchers and it will be part of your responsibilities to keep contact with the project partners. An important part of your responsibilities is also to efficiently communicate your results through scientific conferences and journals as well as project meetings and reports.

Major responsibilities
As a PhD student, your major responsibility is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 % of working hours. You are expected to write a licentiate thesis within 2-3 years and defend your doctoral thesis within 4-5 years. In addition, the PhD program includes taking courses, corresponding to 60 ECTS credits. The majority of your time will, however, be devoted to the research..

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in a relevant field. To qualify for this position, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education (ECTS) credits in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil or Environmental Engineering, Engineering Physics or equivalent.

Excellent writing and communication skills in English are required.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Contract terms
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg . 
Read more about working at Chalmers  and our benefits  for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence . Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20230346 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV:(Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter:(Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. 

Application deadline: 2023-06-22

For questions, please contact:
Professor, Klas Andersson, Energy Technology, , phone +46 31 772 52 42

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!


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Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent


Research Field
Technology » Energy technology
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

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Chalmers University of Technology
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Chalmers Tekniska Högskola

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