Candidate to work on research, modeling and simulation of mass and heat
The Department of Environmental Technology at IFE focuses on the research and development of new technology to reduce the environmental impact related to the production and utilization of energy. The areas of focus are: CO2 capture, use and storage, thermal conversion processes, hydrogen production, bioenergy, mineral-based industrial processes and tracer and isotope technology applied to geological and environmental systems.
The Department of Chemistry is one of eight departments organized under the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Bergen (UiB). The department is organized into eight research groups reflecting the range of research activities within the department. The research group of Inorganic Nanochemistry and Catalysis focuses on synthesis and characterization of inorganic materials and organometallic compounds for energy related applications, e.g. carbon capture and utilization, sustainable green catalytic processes, gas adsorption and separation such as hydrogen and hydrocarbon carrier systems, materials for use in batteries, fuel cells, sensors and photovoltaic devices.
- We are looking for a highly skilled and motivated candidate to work on research, modeling and simulation of mass and heat transfer phenomena at particle and reactor scale and materials synthesis and characterization. The objective is to develop new materials for environment-friendly process technologies. The focus will be an innovative technology for hydrogen production with CO2 capture by combined Chemical Looping Combustion (CLC) and Calcium Looping (CaL) cycles. You will be part of an interdisciplinary research team for:
- Modeling heat transfer and chemical reactions of the CLC-CaL processes at particle and reactor levels.
- Develop new synthesis methods for novel CLC-CaL materials.
- Improve the materials chemical and physical durability at relevant process conditions.
- Benchmark the novel vs existing materials in terms of energy and costs savings and CO2 emissions avoidance.
- Your chemical engineering modeling skills must be complemented with a strong will on performing material science studies - such as preparation and characterization of solid powder and particles - and experimental tests of the prepared materials at laboratory and small bench scale.
- The PhD thesis will be based at IFE (Kjeller) with temporary internships at University of Bergen. As part of the PhD program, the candidate will be required to spend two research periods (3 months each) in Eindhoven, Netherlands (Chemical Engineering Department of Eindhoven University of Technology) and Zaragoza, Spain (Instituto de Carboquimica), respectively.
- The candidate should have a master degree in chemical, environmental, mechanical or process engineering, ideally already focused on novel process technologies for clean energy generation with proven modelling skills. It is a prerequisite, however, that the formal admission requirements for the PhD programme are met before appointment can be made.
- If the candidate has a Master's degree from a foreign institution, she/he must attach a list of the syllabus for the Master's programme. Foreign exams and degrees will be evaluated pursuant to the normal procedures for recognition of foreign higher education qualifications overseen by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education.
- Availability for travelling national and internationally, including internships and stays at four different institutions during the project.
- Ability to take initiatives, creative and solution-minded
- Self-driven and quality-minded
- Good cooperation skills
- Exciting and challenging work in an interdisciplinary and international environment
- Participation in scientific projects of high international level.
- A workplace that will promote the employees’ health, environment and safety
- Social benefits including pension, life insurance and accident insurance
- Travel: More than 150 days travel
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