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PhD position in "Optimal operation and control of flexible heat-to-power cycles"

A PhD position is available at the Department of Chemical Engineering. The appointment has a duration of 3 years with the possibility of until 1-year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department. (To undertake the teaching duties it is a requirement that the candidate speaks Norwegian or another Scandinavian language). The position is financed by the Norwegian Research Council.

Information about the department

The current research fields at the Department includes biorefinery and fiber technology, catalysis, colloid and polymer chemistry, environmental engineering and reactor technology and process systems engineering. Information about the department is available on the Departments homepage: http://www.ntnu.edu/chemeng

Job description

The project is part of the HighEFF research project at NTNU and SINTEF, which includes a large number of energy-saving projects. It is funded by the Norwegian Research Council, together with a large number of industrial companies. Possible industrial links within HighEFF is the offshore power production. We also aim at cooperating internationally, for example with Oulu University in Finland on power plant operation.

The main research challenge to be answered through this project is “How do we design the control strategy for heat-to-power cycles so that energy-efficient operation with low CO2-emission can be achieved, and at the same time have fast response to load changes and disturbances?” The issue is not only to design the controller (e.g., PID versus MPC), but to decide on what to measure and control, and how to pair the variables if single-loop control is used (PID). Dynamically, an important decision variable is the location of the throughput manipulator.

Although there is a large literature on optimal design and thermodynamics of heat-to-power cycles, there is little published work on a systematic approach on how to operate and control such cycles. The focus will initially be on steam cycles, but this may be extended to other fluids, such as CO2 or other, including organic Rankine cycles.

Detailed information on our PhD programs is found at: http://www.ntnu.edu/nt/research/phd


We are looking for a candidate who combines a strong systems background with knowledge and interest for processes. The applicant must have an MSc (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering or Control Engineering (cybernetics). Experience with and knowledge of power cycles and optimization, simulation and control will be considered an advantage.

The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work problem oriented. He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams.

The regulations for PhD programmes at NTNU state that a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best). Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree: http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/diploma-supplement_en.htm

The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language.

Terms of employment

The appointment of the PhD fellows will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. Applicants must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the appointment and have to be qualified for the PhD-study.

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

The position as PhD is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Sigurd Skogestad, e-mail: sigurd.skogestad@ntnu.no

The application

Applications with CV, certificates from both Bachelor and Master, possible publications and other scientific works, copies of transcripts, (copies of documentation on English language proficiency test) and reference letters should be submitted.

Applications must be submitted electronically through this page.
Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NV-61/17

Application deadline: 01.05.2017

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