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PhD Research Fellow in Bioelectrochemistry

Deadline: 18.02.2020

Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences have a vacancy for a position as PhD Research Fellow in Bioelectrochemistry

About the position

University of South-Eastern Norway

University of South-Eastern Norway has about 18 000 students and about 1500 employees. The university is organized in four faculties, with instruction and R&D activities on eight campuses. The main profile of the university is to provide socially relevant education,

geared towards specific professions, and adapted to the requirements of the workplace, as well as to produce applied research and development.

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has a vacancy for a position as PhD Research Fellow in Bioelectrochemistry 01.04.2020.

The position is attached to the Department of Process, Energy and Environmental Technology and reports to the Head of Department Professor Klaus-Joachim Jens. The place of employment is Porsgrunn, Norway.

About the PhD-project

The doctoral research fellow will be involved in a research project funded by the University of Southeast Norway – “Climate and Energy”, and it will be part of the PhD programme in Process, Energy and Automation Engineering at the University of South-Eastern Norway. This project will deal with bioelectrochemically mediated ammonium & sulphide removal in biogas processes. The PhD candidate will closely collaborate with faculty members from Department of Process, Energy and Environmental Technology. She/He will be involve in the design, operation and optimization of bioelectrochemical reactors. Additonally, the candidate will assist other patners to construct and integrate the studied electrode solution into a protype of engineering system for CO2 reduction. The PhD work includes: Setting up laboratory scale batch and continuous flow experiments, investigating operational conditions and reactor designs. This includes work to define key parameters and development of methods to study the performance of such reactors, including mathematical modeling. The position requires theoretical and practical skills and laboratory experience.


Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree or equivalent higher education qualifications in Enviromental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Process Technology or equivalent An average grade B or better from Master’s degree, in addition to grade B or better on the final master thesis project, is required.The applicant must have gained the degree within the commencement date.

It is a requirement that the successful applicant is granted admission to the university’s doctoral programme in Process, Energy and Automation Engineering. Admission to the doctoral programme is a condition for appointment as a research fellow.

The staff at the faculty work within subject teams to a large extent, and the candidate must be motivated to share his or her knowledge and cooperate. Personal suitability for the position will be emphasized.


- A Master degree in chemical/environmental/process engineering.

- Knowledge and experience on chemical processes, mass balance analysis, kinetics, bioreactors design and operation

- Laboratory experience regarding safety, routines, chemical analysis and instrumentation.

- Relevant mathematical modelling insight and experience.

- Track record of scientific publication is a strong advantage.

Appointment is for a period of three years. The position does not include teaching duties.

We offer

  • We offer
  • A professionally stimulating working environment.
  • Good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills.
  • A good social environment.
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan.
  • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours.


PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 479 600 a year. Further promotion will be based on service in the position. In special cases, employment in code 1378 may be considered. Salary NOK 479 600 – 600 200 a year. A statutory contribution will be made from the employee’s salary to the state pension plan.

Other information

Appointments for the position will be carried out by The Appointments Board for PhD fellows. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. Short-listed candidates will be called in for interviews and must be prepared to present and discuss their projects.

The successful applicant must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply to the position.

As an equal opportunities employer USN follow and support the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Act.

There are few women employed in research positions at the Department, and consequently women are especially encouraged to apply.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information act § 25 2 paragraph, information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even though the applicant has requested non-disclosure. The applicant will be informed if his/her request has been declined.

Contact information

For further information concerning the position please contact:

  • Associate Professor Carlos Dinamarca ([email protected], tlf: +47-35575245) at Department of Process, Energy and Environmental Technology, Porsgrunn, Norway

For questions about the application process please contact Senior HR Consultant Inger Lill Evensen ([email protected]) tlf: +47 35 57 52 83.

How to apply

University College of Southeast Norway uses online applications. We therefore ask applicants to register their application and CV online by clicking on the “Send application” link to the right.

The application must include the following documents:

  • Certified diplomas and certificates from university college/university.
  • Master’s thesis.
  • A 1-page project description.
  • Any scientific publications or presentations and a list of these.
  • Three references (contact information).

Please note that all documents must be translated into English or a Scandinavian language by an authorized translator.

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