PhD Candidate in Safe Operations in Hydrogen-based Industry

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
December 01, 2022
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The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering has a vacancy for a

PhD Candidate in Safe Operations in Hydrogen-based Industry This is NTNU

NTNU is a broad-based university with a technical-scientific profile and a focus in professional education. The university is located in three cities with headquarters in Trondheim.

At NTNU, 9,000 employees and 42,000 students work to create knowledge for a better world.

You will find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

About the position

Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions requires fundamental transformations for the industrial sector. However, decarbonisation pathways are less well- defined. In particular, the use of hydrogen for heating processes may carry a number of operational uncertainties given its emerging character and the relatively reduced safety-related experience.

This PhD position is funded by the European project HyInHeat on “Hydrogen technologies for decarbonization of Industrial Heating processes” and will involve internationally renowned research institutes and industries. You will work in collaboration with Aachen University (Germany).

Widespread deployment of hydrogen technologies in society must be accompanied by the development of a workforce with training, competence and skills that fulfil the needs of the prospective labour market.

You will investigate conditions and define support for safe operations within industrial heating processes. Emphasis on hydrogen hazard awareness and overarching societal and environmental aspects will require an interdisciplinary approach, ranging from consequence analysis to risk perception.

You will have the chance to collect and use first-hand data from industry, and thus liaise with relevant sector companies

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

Your immediate leader is Professor

Duties of the position
  • take part in the mandatory PhD research education program
  • conduct independent research and publish the results in recognised scientific journals
  • Required selection criteria
  • you must have a professionally relevant background in chemical engineering, energy engineering or RAMS engineering
  • you must have competence in the topic of hydrogen systems and technologies. This can be proven by the attendance of study courses or other relevant activities, such as a master's thesis
  • your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • you must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education. If you have not completed your master's degree yet, you must prove its imminent completion.
  • you must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program
  • you must have good written and oral English language skills
  • The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant

    Preferred selection criteria
  • ability to identify patterns or connections between interdisciplinary domains that are not obviously related, and to identify key or underlying issues in complex modelling cases
  • ability to transfer an idea to others in an understandable and effective way
  • adherence to moral and ethical principles of scientific integrity
  • ability and confidence to self-manage and execute tasks individually
  • manifest drive and determination
  • openness to feedback and input from others as well as the ability to collaborate, negotiate and influence others
  • Personal characteristics
  • ability to work independently and in a team
  • good communication skills
  • strong writing capabilities
  • honest
  • hard working
  • Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

    We offer
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits
  • Salary and conditions

    As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 501 200 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.

    The period of employment is 3 years.

    Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in engineering within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

    The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

    The position is subject to external funding.

    It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

    About the application

    The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

    Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

    The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted
  • a copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position
  • research plan
  • name and contact information of three referees
  • if you have publications or other relevant research work
  • If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

    We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

    In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates.

    NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

    General information

    Working at NTNU

    NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees' needs.

    NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.

    The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

    As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

    A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

    If you have any questions about the position, please Professor contact Nicola Paltrineriemail nicola.paltrinieri@ntnu.no. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Consultant Elisabeth Halvorsen, e-mail: elisabeth.halvorsen@ntnu.no

    If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.

    Application deadline: 01.12.2022

    NTNU - knowledge for a better world

    NTNU - knowledge for a better world

    The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

    Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

    We educate graduates who can create new products, operate and maintain products, and manage projects. The Department has a variety of bachelor's and master's degree programmes. We conduct wide-ranging research in fields such as technology, energy, product quality and development, and productivity. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

    Deadline

    1st December 2022

    Employer

    NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology

    Municipality

    Trondheim

    Scope

    Fulltime (1 jobs) Fulltime (%)

    Duration

    Temporary

    Place of service

    Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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