Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology
Umeå University is one of Sweden's largest institutions of higher
education with over 35,000 students and 4,200 faculty and staff. We are
characterised by world-leading research in several scientific fields and a
multitude of educations ranked highly in international comparison. Umeå
University is also the site of the pioneering discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9
genetic scissors - a revolution in genetic engineering that has been awarded
the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
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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
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.
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
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
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.
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)
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).
For more information contact Matias Eriksson, tel.: +46 70 271 32 74,
e-mail: email@example.com or Markus Broström, tel.: +46 90 786 59 71,
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.
We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.
Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2022-01-01 eller enligt överenskommelse
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
County Västerbottens län
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1423-21
Markus Broström, 0907865971
Matias Eriksson, 0702713274
Last application date 08.Nov.2021 11:59 PM CET
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