PhD position in Multi-Scale Modelling

A PhD position is available int the Systems Engineering Group at the Department of Chemical Engineering. The appointment has a duration of 3 years
with the possibility of until 1 year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department.

The position is financed by MoDeNa, a Framework 7 EU project dedicated to multi-scale modelling involving the universities Prague, Trieste, Turin,
TU Eindhoven, and Stuttgart and the companies BASF and WIKKI, latter being one of the main contributors to OpenFoam CFD software and DIN
(Deutsches Institute für Normung). The project's objective is to integrate the computational tools required to compute the properties of polymer foams
from the quantum mechanics up to the mechanical properties. NTNU is the leader of the project.

The theme of the PhD research is Multi-scale Modelling. We are seeking a person with good background in physics and computer science. Our part of
the project consists of two major parts: 1) Nonlinear design of experiments, where the experiments are the computations of lower-scale models and the
target model is the meta-model for the larger scale. 2) Generation of ontologies for the various scales aiming at a global representation for all scales
working towards a standard to be administrated by DIN.

The applicant must have an MSc (or equivalent) in physics, chemical engineering or a degree in nano-technology with a strong emphasis on physics and
a documented background in applied computer science. Experience in the use of CFD and computational thermodynamics code will be considered an
advantage but not a requirement.

The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work problem oriented. He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take
keen interest in learning and working in teams. Females are encouraged to apply.

The regulations for PhD programmes at NTNU state that a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B
within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best) for the two last years of the MSc is required and C or higher of the BSc. Candidates from universities
outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the
rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must
document English skills by a TOEFL test. Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English(CAE) or Cambridge
Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

The appointment of the PhD fellows will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general
regulations regarding university employees. Applicants must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the
appointment and have to be qualified for the PhD-study.

The position adhere to the Norwegian Government’s policy of equal opportunity regardless of ethnicity and gender.
The appointment will be made according to the general regulations regarding university employees. PhD research positions are remunerated according
to the Norwegian State salary scale.

Starting date 1. January - 1. February 2014

Further information can be obtained from professor Heinz A Preisig, Tel. +47 73 59 28 07, E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Further information about the Department can be found at

Applications with CV, certificates from both Bachelor and Master, possible publications and other scientific works, certified copies of transcripts,
(certified copies of documentation on English language proficiency, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) and reference letters should be submitted electronically
through the page

JobID is 97331

The reference number of the position is: NT- 74/13

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

Application deadline: November 11, 2013


Heinz A Preisig
Professor of Process Systems Engineering
Øvre Bakklandet 62 B, 7013 Trondheim, Norway
Department of Chemical Engineering
Norwegian University of Science and Technology      
N – 7491 Trondheim, Norway
Tel direct:         +47     735 92807
Tel mob:           +47     9754 1334
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