PhD Candidate within Process Engineering/Artificial Intelligence/Process Control job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the place

For a place as a PhD Candidate, the purpose is a accomplished doctoral training as much as an obtained doctoral diploma.  

This undertaking proposed creating a disruptive technological framework powered by Artificial Intelligence that connects the elemental scale of a chemical course of to the method scale. It shall be potential to optimize these two scales concurrently by way of the developed strategy. Furthermore, the undertaking seeks to suggest a framework that autonomously finds novel operational and chemical routes to attain the perfect course of efficiency. In a modular strategy, the AI framework will use the system’s constitutive parts to outline the perfect course of construction given an utility case.

The framework shall be utilized to develop a brand new course of for changing CO2 into CH4. Hence, addressing two essential issues, trendy society faces the power and environmental crises. Converting CO2 into gas may be a extra environment friendly technique to deal with greenhouse fuel emissions. This could be accomplished by hydrogenation of the CO2. Therefore, inexperienced H2 can be utilized within the course of. The straight employment of H2 as gas is related with a number of issues, equivalent to storage and distribution. Hence, that is additionally a technique to leverage the potential of the inexperienced H2 whereas utilizing the already current infrastructure for storing, distribution, and consumption of CH4. On the opposite hand, producing CH4 from CO2 may shut the gas consumption and CO2 emission cycle, creating a round financial system for gas manufacturing.

This new course of shall be based mostly on a easy mounted mattress adsorption and response unit. Such a unit shall be a sort of “lego block” following a modular technique. The AI ​​fashions and optimization algorithms shall be free to discover new modes of operation. The system can have as resolution variables the mixtures of those primary items, the working circumstances, and the financial and environmental standards. Such an strategy shall be guided by supervised (in an optimization mesh) and unsupervised studying (the agent additionally acts as an optimization algorithm). On the opposite hand, the method adsorbent/catalyst can even be designed by the molecular scale AI instruments and built-in into the method scale fashions.

Your supervisor is Associate Professor Idelfonso Bessa.

Duties of the place

Develop the method’s phenomenological mannequin
Develop the AI algorithms to generate adsorbents and catalysts buildings
Integrate the AI algorithms and the method mannequin
Development of non-supervised AI algorithms for course of design
Build a software program-in-the-loop framework to validate the proposal
Carry out qualitative analysis actions equivalent to systematic literature evaluations utilizing bibliometrics instruments
Take half in mentoring undergraduate and grasp’s college students
Take half within the necessary Ph.D. analysis training program, conduct unbiased analysis, publish the end in acknowledged scientific journals and current them at worldwide conferences.

Required choice standards

You will need to have a professionally related background in Chemical Engineering, cyclic adsorption processes, synthetic intelligence, optimization principle, synthesis of catalysts, modeling of dynamic methods, or related
Your training should correspond to a 5-12 months Norwegian diploma program, the place 120 credit are obtained at grasp’s degree
You will need to have a powerful tutorial background out of your earlier research and a mean grade from the grasp’s diploma program, or equal training, which is the same as B or higher in contrast with NTNU’s grading scale. If you should not have letter grades from earlier research, it’s essential to have an equally good tutorial foundation. If you have got a weaker grade background, chances are you’ll be assessed in the event you can doc that you’re notably appropriate for a PhD training.
You want a powerful background within the matter of the analysis undertaking
You want robust expertise in utilizing methodologies and instruments requested by the undertaking (Preferred Methodologies: Mathematical modeling for system design and utilized synthetic intelligence; Preferred Tools: simulation software program, programming)
You should meet the necessities for admission to the school’s doctoral program Chemical Engineering (
Good written and oral English.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with  Regulations regarding the levels of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in inventive analysis nationwide pointers for appointment as PhD, publish physician and analysis assistant  

Preferred choice standards

Strong analytical abilities and curiosity in quantitative approaches
Competence in utilizing programming languages Python, Matlab, Julia, and gPROMS
Experience in mentoring undergraduate college students
Experience in uncertainty evaluation of optimization process
Knowledge of the next AI approaches: Generative, Classification, and Reinforcement
Experience in each multi-goal and single-goal optimization
It is helpful if the applicant has some earlier expertise in analysis
You want robust expertise in utilizing methodologies and instruments requested by the undertaking

Preferred Methodologies: Mathematical modeling for system design and utilized synthetic intelligence; Preferred Tools: simulation software program, programming

Personal traits

Ability to work independently in addition to in groups
Good communication abilities
Strong writing capabilities

Emphasis shall be positioned on private and interpersonal qualities.

We supply

Salary and circumstances

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you might be usually paid from gross NOK 501 200 each year earlier than tax, relying on {qualifications} and seniority. From the wage, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The interval of employment is 3 years with 25 % educating duties.

Appointment to a PhD place requires that you’re admitted to the PhD programme in Chemical Engineering ( within three months of employment, and that you just take part in an organized PhD programme through the employment interval.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the rules in drive regarding State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts regarding Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by evaluation of the appliance and attachment are seen to battle with the factors within the latter regulation shall be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment it’s essential to assume that there could also be modifications within the space of labor.

It is a prerequisite you could be current at and accessible to the establishment every day.

About the appliance

The utility and supporting documentation for use as the idea for the evaluation should be in English.

Publications and different scientific work should comply with the appliance. Please observe that your utility shall be thought-about based mostly solely on data submitted by the appliance deadline. You should subsequently be sure that your utility clearly demonstrates how your abilities and expertise fulfil the factors specified above.

The utility should embody:

Motivationletter (Max 1 A4-web page)
CV and certificates
Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor’s and grasp’s levels. If you haven’t accomplished the grasp’s diploma, it’s essential to submit a affirmation that the grasp’s thesis has been submitted. Documentation of a accomplished grasp’s diploma should be offered earlier than taking on the place.
Project proposal
Name and call data of three referees
If you have got publications or different related analysis work

If all, or elements, of your training has been taken overseas, we additionally ask you to connect documentation of the scope and high quality of your whole training, each bachelor’s and grasp’s training, along with different larger training. Description of the documentation required could be discovered right here. If you have already got an announcement from NOKUT, please connect this as properly.

We will take joint work into consideration. If it’s troublesome to determine your efforts within the joint work, it’s essential to enclose a brief description of your participation.

In the analysis of which candidate is finest certified, emphasis shall be positioned on training, expertise and private and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential can even rely within the evaluation of the candidates. 

NTNU is dedicated to following analysis standards for analysis high quality in accordance with The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

General data

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and variety is our energy. We wish to recruit folks with totally different competencies, instructional backgrounds, life experiences and views to contribute to fixing our social duties within training and analysis. We will facilitate for our staff’ wants.

The metropolis of Trondheim is a contemporary European metropolis with a wealthy cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a inhabitants of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, together with healthcare, faculties, kindergartens and total equality, might be the perfect of its variety on the planet. Professional sponsored day-care for kids is well out there. Furthermore, Trondheim provides nice alternatives for training (together with worldwide faculties) and potentialities to take pleasure in nature, tradition and household life and has low crime charges and clear air high quality.

As an worker at NTNU, it’s essential to always adhere to the modifications that the event within the topic entails and the organizational modifications which are adopted.

A public listing of candidates with identify, age, job title and municipality of residence is ready after the appliance deadline. If you wish to reserve your self from entry on the general public applicant listing, this should be justified. Assessment shall be made in accordance with present laws. You shall be notified if the reservation just isn’t accepted.

If you have got any questions concerning the place, please contact Associate Professor Idelfonso Bessa, e mail: [email protected]. If you have got any questions concerning the recruitment course of, please contact HR-advisor Andrea Sommervold, e-mail: [email protected]

If you assume this seems to be fascinating and in line with your {qualifications}, please submit your utility electronically by way of with your CV, diplomas and certificates hooked up. Applications submitted elsewhere won’t be thought-about. Upon request, it’s essential to be capable of acquire licensed copies of your documentation.  

Application deadline: 01.10.2022

NTNU – data for a greater world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates data for a greater world and options that may change on a regular basis life.

Department of Chemical Engineering 

We take chemistry from laboratory scale to industrial manufacturing. This calls for a variety of data, from molecular processes and nanotechnology to constructing and operation of huge processing crops. We educate graduates for a few of Norway’s most vital industries. The Department of Chemical Engineering is certainly one of eight departments within the Faculty of Natural Sciences.  

Deadline 1st October 2022
Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim

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