PhD Research Fellow in “Computational particle fluid dynamics (CPFD) and process simulations modell”


The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has a vacancy for a position as PhD Research Fellow in ““Computational fluid dynamics and process simulations modelling of biomass gasification reactors” from 1.1.2021.

The position is attached to the Department of Process, Energy and Environmental Technology and repor ts to the Head of Department. The scholarship is financed from the Norwegian Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME), Bio4Fuels.

The place of employment is Porsgrunn.

About the PhD-project

As a partner Bio4Fuels, USN will contribute in the study of preparing for piloting and upscaling of gasification reactors. Gasification is used for thermal conversion of biomass to synthesis gas, which again will be converted to biofuel or other highly valuable chemicals. Particularly biomass from lignocellulosic and organic residues will be used. Developing gasification technologies, which enable operation at maximum thermodynamic efficiency and optimal yield, is one of the ambitions in Bio4Fuels. Developed CPFD and process models are needed to select appropriate process combinations from a wide range of options. The models will be validated by experimental data.

The aim of this PhD project is to establish computational particle fluid dynamics and process simulation models to generate insight into the framework needed for process design and pilot plant planning. This will be used as basis for successful piloting of gasification technology for production of biofuels/ valuable chemicals from biomass. 

The appointment is for a period of three years. The position does not include teaching duties. The position will include cooperation with
partners in Bio4Fuel.


Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree or equivalent higher education qualifications in Chemical engineering, Process Technology or Energy and Environmental Technology.

It is a requirement that the successful applicant is granted admission to the university’s doctoral programme in Process, Energy and Automation Engineering. According to the formal PhD regulations, an average grade B or better from the Master degree, in addition to a grade B or better of the final master project, is required.

The staff at the faculty work within subject teams to a large extent, and the candidate must be motivated to share his or her knowledge and cooperate. Personal suitability for the position will be emphasized.

Other requirements are experience in computational fluid dynamics and process simulations. Knowledge about thermal and/or biological treatment of biomass and understanding of industrial process systems is an advantage. Work experience is an advantage. The successful candidate should also master written and oral English, and have skills for independent work and work in team with scientists, industry partners and students.


We offer

  • A professionally stimulating working environment.
  • Good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills A good social environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
  • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours


PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 482 200 a year. Further promotion will be based on time served in the position. In special cases, employment in code 1378 may be considered. Salary NOK kr 482 200 – 618 600 (LT 54-68). 

A statutory contribution to the state pension plan will be deducted from the employee’s salary.

Other information

Appointment to the position will be carried out by The Appointments Board for PhD Research Fellows. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. Short-listed candidates will be called in for interviews and must be prepared to present and discuss their projects.

The successful applicant must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply to the position.

It is an aim of personnel policy that the academic staff of University of South-Eastern Norway should reflect the composition of the general population. It is therefore a personnel policy objective to achieve a balanced age and gender composition on the faculty and to recruit people from ethnic minority backgrounds. People from ethnic minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the position.

There are few women employed in research positions at the Department, and consequently women are especially encouraged to apply.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information act § 25 2 paragraph, information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even though the applicant has requested non-disclosure. The applicant will be informed if his/her request has been declined.

Contact information

For further information concerning the position please contact Associate Professor Marianne S. Eikeland, phone: + 47 35 57 52 36, email: at Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences/Department of Process, Energy and Environmental Technology.

For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact: HR, Ruth Helen Haugerud, email:

How to apply

The University of South-Eastern Norway makes use of online application management. Applicants to the post must register their application and CV with enclosures online via the Jobbnorge recruitment portal by clicking on the link on the right-hand side –  “Søk stillingen” (Apply for the post).

The following documents shall be attached to the online application:

  • Certified diplomas and certificates from university college/university
  • Master’s thesis
  • A short presentation (max one page) of the motivation for a PhD study
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these
  • Three references (contact information)                 

Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or in English. Any translations must be certified.

Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the required documentation has been uploaded with the application.

The University has been awarded a Charter & Code certificate by the European Commission, and is entitled to use the HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) logo. The University is also a member of the EURAXESS network, which contributes to good working conditions for mobile researchers.

The University of South-Eastern Norway, USN, is one of Norway’s largest higher education institutions, with around 18,000 students and 1,900 employees across eight different campuses.

We offer studies, research and knowledge dissemination, all targeting various professions and working life and with a high level of quality internationally. Our goal as a University is to create value both for the individual student and for business and commerce, the public sector and society in general. We achieve this by utilising the best tools we have: education and research.

USN is a University with a strong social commitment where studies and working life are integrated. At USN, we focus on practice-relevant, profession-oriented and applied research and education.The students shall benefit from innovative educational methods and challenging studies closely associated with society’s requirements and needs. They will learn how to adapt to a society and working life that is constantly changing. The University shall meet major social challenges with knowledge and expertise, helping to promote practical solutions, structural changes and new ways of thinking. USN’s academic activities shall be embodied by a clear dedication to the UN’s sustainable development goals. The University aims to realise this main profile in close cooperation with society and working life.

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