PhD position - SINTEF industry

Deadline: 03.03.2021


SINTEF is one of Europe's largest research organisations, with multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of technology, the natural sciences and the social sciences. SINTEF is an independent foundation and has conducted contract research and development projects for the private and public sectors since 1950. SINTEF has 2000 employees from 75 countries and annual revenues of three billion Norwegian kroner.

Vision: Technology for a better society.

SINTEF Industry is a contract-based institute delivering research-based solutions and services that generate wealth for its clients both in Norway and overseas. On the basis of our multidisciplinary knowledge and advanced laboratories, we develop, in close collaboration with our clients and partners, technology and cross-disciplinary solutions within a wide range of technical and market segments.

PhD position - Advanced thermal energy storage solutions, multiphase flow, and phase change materials

SINTEF industry seeks candidates for a PhD position in the research area “Advanced thermal energy storage solutions, multiphase flow and phase change materials”.

Energy for heating and cooling accounts for a large share of the total energy usage, additionally, heat surplus from industry and other processes are rarely captured and reintroduced into the energy grid. A key technology for better utilization and management of this part of the energy sector is efficient and economic solutions for thermal energy storage. This PhD project aims to create novel knowledge on advanced solutions for thermal energy storage, specifically systems which rely on phase change materials, multiphase flow, and dispersions. Furthermore, the project aims to contribute to new concepts for thermal energy storage, sustainable development, and flexible energy systems. Solutions within these research areas can significantly contribute to better utilization of waste heat and to the storage energy originating from renewable energy sources.

The PhD work will involve experimental work in setups both at the system and at the detailed level of thermal energy storage solutions with phase change materials, i.e. droplet-fluid interaction and phase change heat transfer using advanced laboratory instrumentation (PIV/LIF, high-speed camera). Additionally, the candidate will work on data analysis and model development. The candidate is expected to gain good overview of thermal energy storage technologies and to contribute in the development and promotion of new concepts and solutions.

The PhD candidate will be a Department Fellow at SINTEF Industry and is financed by the Research Council of Norway. The academic institution supervising the position will be the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) at the Energy and Process Engineering Department (EPT).

We are looking for a candidate with a relevant background in one or more of the following areas:

  • Fluid mechanics and thermodynamics
  • Chemistry and materials technology
  • Experience in experimental work and analysis of experimental data

In addition, emphasis is placed on:

  • Previous knowledge within multiphase flow and heat transfer
  • Experience with and/or motivation to connect scientific work and results to applications
  • Good written and oral presentation skills in Norwegian and/or English
  • Capability to work independently and proactively.

Applicants for the position are required to have completed a five-year master's degree or other equivalent education with a grade corresponding to B or better in the Norwegian grade system.

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.

Funding is provided for a 3-year doctoral scholarship and the position can start immediately.

The application must include the following:

  • A short statement explaining the experience and the interest of the candidate for the research topic and describing the relevance of the candidate’s background to the research project (maximum 1/2 page)
  • A CV that includes information about education background and work experience
  • Certified copies of relevant transcripts and diplomas. Candidates from universities outside of Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or similar documentation that describes in detail the study program, the grading system, and the rights to further studies associated with the degree obtained.
  • If possible, a copy of the master thesis.
  • Any relevant publications. Joint work will only be considered provided that a short summary outlining the applicant's contributions is attached.
  • Contact information for two references.

Applications can be in both Norwegian and English.

Applications will be assessed continuously.

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