Post-Doctoral research fellow within life cycle assessment and sustainable metallurgy (IV-66/19)

About the position

We have a vacancy for a two-year Postdoctoral position at the Industrial Ecology Programme, in life cycle assessment of utilization options for bauxite residue (red mud) from primary aluminium production.

The Industrial Ecology Programme is an interdisciplinary research group specializing in environmental sustainability analysis, with the following main research areas:

  • Ecosystems and bioresources
  • Energy, transport and buildings
  • Circular economy and resources
  • Sustainable production and consumption

We contribute to major international reports and working groups, and publish in highly ranked journals. Our research group consists of Professors, Researchers, Post-Doctoral Fellows and PhD candidates, and currently numbers around 45 people. We have a dedicated Industrial Ecology Digital Laboratory. In addition, we host 2-3 guest researchers on a continuous basis. We are hosts of the NTNU Sustainability office, which represents one of four strategic research areas at the university.

The research fellow will support the area of circular economy and resources, specifically our participation in the H2020 project RemovAl – Removing the waste streams from the primary aluminum production in Europe (2018-2022). The objective of RemovAL is to combine, optimize and scale-up developed processing technologies for extracting base and critical metals from primary aluminium residues and valorising the remaining materials in the construction sector. Bauxite residue (BR) is a major byproduct from alumina production, with around 1.5 tonne appears as a waste flow per tonne final aluminium. Current treatment of BR is mainly stabilization and deposit management.

The Industrial Ecology Programme is a part of the Department of Energy and Process Engineering. The head of the department is Professor Terese Løvås. The positions day-to-day project management and supervision is by Associate Professor Johan Berg Pettersen.

Job description

The Postdoctoral position is expect to increase the understanding of environmental implications from valorisation of mineral residues in a wider perspective. The technologies in RemovAl include pyro- and hydrometallurgy, multiple value-chains and combinations of waste streams with the purpose of producing construction materials, ferrometals and rare earth elements.

The Postdoctor will contribute to methods for evaluation of sustainable metallurgy, with particular focus on mineral residue utilization and circular economy in the primary metals industry using life cycle thinking and life cycle assessment.

While metals often appear as important contributors in life cycle assessments for product systems, there are remaining gaps in translating process knowledge of mineral processing and metallurgy in primary metal production into data for life cycle assessment. One way to achieve this is by linking tools and models from process metallurgy and industrial ecology domains (including life cycle assessment), and the Postdoctor should contribute to such integration. Experiences and interest in modelling and simulation in both fields is highly recommended. 

The RemovAl project is a large project with 26 partners. The candidate will cooperate actively with the RemovAl project network, both for conducting their own research, fulfil project deliverables and support the other partners.

The candidate will contribute actively to develop research activities within circular economy and resources, particularly under the theme of sustainable process metallurgy. She/he will also contribute to dissemination activities and publications, as well as participate in the existing international networks of the group and contribute to expanding these networks for research collaboration.

Qualification requirements

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in either i) industrial ecology and life cycle assessment in relevant applications, or ii) sustainable process metallurgy, or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

We are seeking a motivated candidate with experience in life cycle assessment of metallurgy or minerals processing, with a keen interest in modelling and simulation. The candidate must show ability to apply and combine modelling tools, and abstract from these to technology assessment and societal change within the paradigm of industrial ecology.

Other qualifications
• Experience in programming in Matlab, Python or other, for scientific purposes.
• Experience in research application of process simulation tools in metallurgy.
• Excellent knowledge of written and oral English.

Personal characteristics

• A high level of personal responsibility, initiative, and ability to work in a project team.
• Interest in modelling and simulation.
• Ability to consider and discuss processes and technologies on a societal scale.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 515 200 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Associate Professor Johan Berg Pettersen, e-mail

About the application:
Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant’s contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number IV-66/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 10.02.2019

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