PhD position in Energy Technology - Thermal Process Chemistry

Umea University


November 8, 2021


Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

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The Department of Applied Physics and Electronics currently has around 100 employees and conducts research in fields such as Energy Technology, Laser spectroscopy, Medical Technology, machine learning and embedded systems, as well as robotics.

We are recruiting a PhD student in Energy Technology with specialization in Thermal Process Chemistry for a project focused on fundamental and applied studies on the fate of trace elements in cement clinker production and reactivity of cement clinker from new production technologies. The aim is to support the development of novel processes for sustainable production of cement.

Project Description The project is part of the activities within the Centre for Sustainable Production of Cement and Quicklime at Umeå University and is carried out in close collaboration with Cementa AB and the Industrial Doctoral School at Umeå University. One of the overall goals with our research in this area is to find new process engineering solutions that enable CO2 neutral cement production.

As a Ph.D. student, you will develop new knowledge related to the fate of trace elements in cement clinker production and new methods to characterize reactivity of cement clinker produced by novel production technologies; knowledge that is necessary to optimize new technologies, likely to include new heat sources and higher levels of carbon dioxide in the process gases which probably affects the overall process chemistry.

The research project includes laboratory experiments with high temperature reactors, full scale industrial tests, and conventional analytical methods such as e.g. scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence, thermal analysis (TGA-DTA-DSC), and titration.

Qualifications To be admitted for studies at third-cycle level the applicant is required to have completed a second-cycle level degree, or completed course requirements of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are at second-cycle level, or have an equivalent education from overseas, or equivalent qualifications.

To fulfil the specific entry requirements to be admitted for studies at third- cycle level in energy technology with specialisation in thermal process chemistry, the applicant is required to have completed course requirements of at least 120 credits within the field of energy engineering, closely related areas of application or other subject areas considered to be directly relevant for third-cycle studies. Applicants who have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in any other system, either within Sweden or abroad, are also eligible to be accepted. The requirements must be fulfilled at the time of admission to postgraduate education but need not be met at the time of application.

The applicant should be highly motivated, goal-oriented, and have the ability to work with mainly experimental tasks both independently, as well as in collaboration with a research team. The applicant must have a strong interest in development of new directly useful knowledge. The project includes handling of chemicals and experiments at high temperatures, which means that carefulness and high safety awareness are important. The applicant must be fluent in English (Proficient user), both in speaking and in writing.

Meriting qualifications: i) specialization in high temperature inorganic chemistry relevant for production of cement clinker, either by the applicant's degree, by complementary education or by industrial experience; ii) specific knowledge on the Ca-Si-Al-Fe-O system and its high temperature phases; iii) documented experience from lab-scale studies using high temperature reactors: iv) competences in the application of powder XRD as well as SEM-EDS.

Terms of employment The employment is expected to result in a doctoral degree and the main assignment for the doctoral student is thus to be active in research, study doctoral courses, and possibly participate in teaching of courses at undergraduate level. The employment is limited to four years at full time or up to five years if teaching or other departmental work is performed. The salary is fixed according to the established salary level for doctoral students at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå University.

Application Your application should include the following:

  • A cover letter with a brief description of your qualifications, research interests and motivation for applying, and your contact details (max. 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Certified copies of relevant degree diploma(s) and certificates.
  • A list of university courses with grades. Note that for international applicants the grading system should be explained in brief.
  • A copy of your Master's thesis and other publications (if any).
  • Contact information of two reference persons.
  • The application, including attached documents, must be written in English or Swedish. The application is made through our electronic recruitment system. The closing date is November 8 th 2021. The position will open on January 1st 2022 (exact start date can be negotiated).

    Information For more information contact Matias Eriksson, tel.: +46 70 271 32 74, e-mail: or Markus Broström, tel.: +46 90 786 59 71, e-mail:

    We look forward to receiving your application!

    Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment.

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    Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months

    Contract type Full time First day of employment 2022-01-01 eller enligt överenskommelse Salary Månadslön Number of positions 1 Working hours 100 % City Umeå County Västerbottens län Country Sweden Reference number AN 2.2.1-1423-21 Contact

  • Markus Broström, 0907865971
  • Matias Eriksson, 0702713274
  • Published 08.Oct.2021 Last application date 08.Nov.2021 11:59 PM CET

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