PhD Student Position at Division of Energy Technology on Emission Control

Chalmers University of Technology has an opening PhD position. This fellowship is available for all students around the world. Applicants should apply before September 22, 2018.

The Department of Space, Earth and Environment contains five divisions, with research and education spanning from global challenges related to sustainability and energy supply to astronomy and space sciences. The department is host to two major infrastructures, Onsala Space Observatory and Chalmers Power Central, and consist of about 250 employees.

Information about the research/the project/the division

As an employee at the Division of Energy Technology you are an important part of a group of researchers with the general aim to optimize and reduce environmental impact of industrial energy use. You will be part of a research group in Combustion and Carbon Capture Technologies that consists of six PhD-students and three senior researchers. In total Energy Technology has around 60 employees out of which 30 are PhD-students.

The overall aim of your project is to develop a new concept for cost efficient removal of NOx and SOx from combustion generated flue gases. The emissions of NOx and SOx is yet a major environmental concern and emission legislation is now targeting smaller and more deversified emission sources that has previously operated without emission control. Examples of such sorces include small to medium heat and power boilers, industrial processes, and marine applications. These sources will most likely require a different type of emission control than what is conventional for large power plants. The concept persude in this project is bellieved to be cost effective for these new applications. The research group in which you will be active has developed this technology for some time and are now in the stage of technical to commercial scale testing. The project is performed in direct collaboration with industrial partners including technology providers and end users.

Your work will involve both planing, execution and evaluation of experimental campaigns as well as modelling with tools like Aspen Plus and in-house developed Matlab modells. Part of the work will be based on methods of which there is extensive experience in the research group at Energy Technology, but the project will, however, also involve development of new methodologies. Your work will be performed in collaboration with industrial partners as well as other researcher and it will be part of your responsibilities to keep contact with the project partners. An important part of your responsibilities is also to efficiently communicate your results through scientific conferences and journals as well as project meetings and reports.

Major responsibilities

As a PhD student, your major responsibilities is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers’ undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 % of working hours. You are expected to write a licentiate thesis within 2-3 years and defend your doctoral thesis within 4-5 years. In addition, the PhD program includes taking courses, corresponding to 60 ECTS credits. The majority of your time will, however, be devoted to the research.

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.


To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master’s level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in a relevant field. To qualify for this position, you must have a master’s level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education (ECTS) credits in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil or Environmental Engineering, Engineering Physics or equivalent. Excellent writing and communication skills in English are required.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180450 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
- CV
- Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
- Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
- 1-2 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
- Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
- Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.
- Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Application deadline: 22 September, 2018

For questions, please contact:

Fredrik Normann, Energy technology,, phone +46 31 772 14 86


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