PhD Research Fellow in Environmental Process Technology

Deadline: February 15, 2019

Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge

Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge har om lag 18 000 studenter og ca. 1500 ansatte. Universitetet er organisert i fire fakulteter, og har undervisnings- og FoU-virksomhet på åtte campus. Universitetets hovedprofil er å tilby profesjonsrettete, arbeidslivsorienterte og samfunnsrelevante utdanninger, samt anvendt forsknings- og utviklingsarbeid.

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has a vacancy for a position as PhD Research Fellow in Environmental Process Technology from 01.09.2019.

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.


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.

Co-operation between staff members is an integrated part of the working atmosphere at the University of South-Eastern Norway. The candidate must be motivated and demonstrate a proven ability to work effectively within a team and in a collegiate manner to formulate and realise common objectives.

Personal suitability for the position will be emphasized.

Information about the position

The doctoral research fellow will be involved in a research project funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, 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 “process integration between syngas fermentation and bioelectrochemistry” in the biogas production context. 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 syngas fermentation reactor solutions. The PhD work includes: Setting up laboratory scale batch and continuous flow experiments, 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 high practical skill and laboratory experiences.


- 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.

- Track record of scientific publication is a strong advantage.

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

For further information concerning the position please contact Associate Professor Carlos Dinamarca ([email protected], tlf: +47 41041989 at Department of Process, Energy and Environmental Technology, Porsgrunn, Norway.

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 449 400 a year. Further promotion will be based on service in the position. In special cases, employment in code 1378 may be considered. Salary NOK 442 400 – 607 700 a year. A statutory contribution will be made from the employee’s salary to the state pension plan.

Additional information

Appointment to the position will be carried out by The Appointments Board for PhD Research 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 we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

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.

How to apply

University of South-Eastern 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:

  1. Certified diplomas and certificates from university college/university
  2. Master’s thesis
  3. A 5-page (maximum) project description Any scientific publications and a list of these
  4. 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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