PhD Candidate within microfluidics for water treatment

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Trondheim, Norway 🇳🇴

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About the job

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

The Ugelstad Laboratory (https://www.ntnu.edu/chemeng/research/ugelstad) at the Department of Chemical Engineering has a vacant PhD position, in which microfluidics will be used to investigate the treatment of water via gas flotation. The main goal of the research will be to: (i) identify process conditions that will improve the efficiency of removing contaminants at high temperatures and pressures and (ii) understand the physical mechanisms by which these process conditions act to improve this efficiency. The candidate will have the possibility to collaborate with researchers within the Ugelstad Laboratory as well as project partners in industry.

The main supervisor of the candidate will be Associate Professor Nadia Shardt, and the co-supervisor will be Professor Gisle Øye.

Duties of the position

  • Pursuit of the project goals in investigating gas flotation using a microfluidic platform
  • Presentation of research findings at meetings and conferences
  • Dissemination of research results in the form of peer-reviewed manuscripts
  • Mentoring/co-supervision of MSc students

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, or similar
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master’s level
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master’s degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the to the Faculty of Natural Sciences program (www.ntnu.edu/nv/phd)
  • You must have excellent written and oral English language skills

The appointment is to be made in accordance with  Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience with droplet-based microfluidics
  • Experience with Matlab or Python for image processing and object detection
  • Good knowledge of fluid mechanics

Personal characteristics

  • Demonstrated interest and ability to work in a collaborative setting
  • Proactive mindset for conducting innovative research
  • Excellent communication skills

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 501 200 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 (which can be extended to 4 years with teaching duties in agreement with the Department).

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Chemical Engineering within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, 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 daily.

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.

The application must include: 

  • Letter of motivation, highlighting your interests and research experience
  • CV and certificates
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor’s and master’s degrees. If you have not completed the master’s degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master’s thesis has been submitted.
  • An abstract of your Master’s thesis. Documentation of a completed Master’s degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Name and contact information of two referees
  • Abstracts of any publications or other relevant research work

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, both bachelor’s and master’s education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short 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 our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

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 reserve 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 reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Nadia Shardt, email nadia.shardt@env.ethz.ch.

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Advisor Nina Sandberg, e-mail: nina.sandberg@ntnu.no

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no 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.  

A start date for the position is anticipated to be August 2023.

Application deadline: 31.03.2023

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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development