Postdoctoral Fellow in Liquid Hydrogen Technologies

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
February 21, 2023
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The Department of Energy and Process Engineering has a vacancy for a

Postdoctoral Fellow in Liquid Hydrogen Technologies This is NTNU

NTNU is a broad-based university with a technical-scientific profile and a focus in professional education. The university is located in three cities with headquarters in Trondheim.

At NTNU, 9,000 employees and 43,000 students work to create knowledge for a better world.

You can find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

About the position

The Process and Power Program, Department of Energy and Process Engineering (EPT) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is seeking a Post-Doctoral Scholar to research liquid hydrogen technologies as a part of the HYDROGENi Initiative. One of the key goals is to identify the most promising technologies for commercialization and integration into a Norwegian, European, or global hydrogen economy, and subsequently make recommendations to governments for development based on critical analysis and data.

The research will require the use of eco-technoeconomic analysis (eTEA) methodologies to evaluate candidate liquid hydrogen production and/or storage processes and systems in order to quantify their potential economic, environmental, or sociopolitical value of various technologies in comparison to alternative solutions. Key research elements will include the conceptual design, synthesis, and simulation of candidate commercial scale liquid hydrogen production and/or storage processes currently at technology readiness level 6 or lower; bottom-up economic analyses to estimate costs as a function of geography and markets; dynamic life cycle assessment (LCA) of commercial supply chain implementation; and big-picture assessments made within the context of the triple bottom line of sustainability.

The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

It is also an exciting opportunity to work with an elite team of researchers who are tackling the most relevant and urgent problems in sustainable energy systems. The EPT department contains a diverse range of expertise in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, energy systems engineering, process engineering, industrial ecology, industrial economics, life cycle assessment, and other specialities. We are looking for someone to join our team and contribute their expertise to high-impact research that has the potential to change our world for the better.

Your immediate leader is Professor Thomas A. Adams II.

To see how this position fits into the research objectives of Prof. Adams' program, read the article at https: //

Duties of the position
  • Perform academic research relating to the project, including proposing new ideas and directions.
  • Interact and collaborate with our team of academics across multiple disciplines
  • Communicate results effectively through research journal publications, conference presentations, explanatory videos, lectures, social media posts, or other forms of communication to a diverse range of audiences
  • Assist with mentorship of students and other related scholarly activities in the Process and Power group such as providing advice and feedback on manuscripts, presentations, or research; assisting with research proposals; and attending, leading, or organizing talks and meetings
  • Participate in academic community activities as a part of training for senior academic positions (reviewer or editorial activities with scholarly journals, conference organization, assist with development of teaching materials, etc.)
  • Required selection criteria
  • You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD in chemical engineering, energy process systems engineering, or a closely related field
  • If you can document that the PhD thesis has been submitted, your application can be assessed even if you have not yet defended your dissertation. Documentation of the obtained doctoral degree must be presented before you can take up the position
  • A strong research publication record in chemical process systems engineering, energy systems engineering, or a closely related field
  • Demonstrated expertise in chemical or energy process design concepts and methodologies
  • Demonstrated expertise in chemical process modelling and simulation software such as Aspen Plus, Aspen Hysys, ProMax, Pro/II, gProms, or similar packages
  • The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate (in Norwegian).

    Preferred selection criteria
  • Experience using ISO 14040 series LCA methodologies.
  • Experience with LCA software and databases such as SimaPro or OpenLCA
  • Experience using techno-economic or eco-technoeconomic analyses methodologies in a professional or research setting
  • Demonstrated expertise in the application and theory of stochastic and deterministic global optimization methods, such as mathematical programming, swarm methods, etc.
  • Proficiency in at least one common programming language (Python, C++, Matlab, etc.)
  • Experience with exergy analysis and its applications to conceptual process design
  • Good written and oral English skills
  • Personal characteristics
  • Sees the big picture and takes broader considerations into account
  • Develops effective, sensible and practical solutions to problems
  • Communicates information with clarity and ease, both orally and in writing
  • Adapts behaviour quickly and efficiently to achieve goals, overcome setbacks or solve a challenge
  • Operates independently and thinks critically.
  • Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

    We offer
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment (in Norwegian) with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits
  • Salary and conditions

    As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 584 700 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

    The period of employment is 3 years.

    The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants (in Norwegian), and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.

    After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

    The position is subject to external funding.

    It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

    About the application

    The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

    Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

    If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

    The application must include

  • CV and certificates
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees. If you have not yet completed your Ph.D, you must provide confirmation on your estimated date for the doctoral dissertation, or that your PhD thesis has been submitted
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 items)
  • Research plan – Provide a 2 page proposal (max 1 page text including references plus 1 additional page with a figure or sketch) on something original and interesting related to the hydrogen economy. The proposal should briefly: identify an unsolved problem or research question (a small problem or incremental contribution is fine); propose a research methodology that would help solve the problem or answer the question (what would you actually do to solve this problem); indicate the kind of metrics or information you would need to make your conclusions; and identify the potential benefits and drawbacks
  • Name and contact information of three referees
  • If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

    Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

    In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates.

    NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

    General information

    Working at NTNU

    NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway's culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.

    NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.

    EPT has established EPT Women in Science. The group is focused on supporting female PhD Candidates, Postdoctoral Fellows and permanent academic employees currently within the Department. This support aims to help develop the careers of female PhD Candidates and Postdocs and is also made visible to our student body to encourage them to consider an academic path. As part of the EPT Women in Science initiative we are building an international network, inviting prominent female academics within and beyond the field of Engineering to speak at our events.

    The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

    As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

    A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to remove yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the request is not accepted.

    If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Adams, email: [email protected] If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Emmy Høiseth, e-mail: [email protected]

    If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.

    Application deadline: 21.02.2023


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