PhD Early Stage Researcher in Efficient Operation of Process Industries

BASF

Location:
Ludwigshafen, Germany
Trondheim, Norway

We have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher (PhD) at BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany within an European Commission Industrial Doctorate Initial Training Network, “PRONTO”. The successful ESR will take up a three year appointment at BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany to undertake research, leading to a PhD, into efficient and sustainable operation of Europe’s process industries. He/she will develop a framework for the monitoring, modelling and optimisation of a network of batch reactors to provide a measure of degradation effects.

Whilst employed by BASF where the ESR will spend 50% of his/her time, the successful ESR will also receive high level training and enrol in an industrially-relevant PhD programme at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway where he/she will spend the remaining 50% of his/her time. The ESR will undertake a comprehensive personalised development programme with targeted training measures and participate in a range of network events with the consortium partners as well as in workshops and conferences.

Candidates should have an internationally recognized degree at masters level (or equivalent) in Process, Process Systems Engineering, Mechanical or Control Engineering (or closely related field). In addition the candidate is expected to have good programming skills and have experience in using MATLAB for optimisation, modelling, simulation data processing. You must be highly motivated and able to work independently and as well as part of an interdisciplinary international team. He/she must meet entry requirements for NTNU PhD programme.

Applicants must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training. Working knowledge of German would be appreciated.

To be eligible, any candidate must be an Early Stage Researcher. They must not have a PhD and must have fewer than 4 years' research experience. Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility when taking up the appointment. At the time of the selection, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work or studies) in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the starting date. These eligibility requirements for Marie Skłodowska-Curie ESRs are non-negotiable and ineligible candidates will not be considered.

PRONTO (PROcess NeTwork Optimization for efficient and sustainable operation of Europe’s process industries taking machinery condition and process performance into account) is a European Industrial Doctorate funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions scheme under Horizon 2020, co-ordinated by Imperial College London, UK. The project runs from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2019. PRONTO aims to develop innovative technologies to enhance the operation and optimization of process plants within Europe. The overall research topics are (i) data analytics for assessment of the condition and performance of networks of equipment used for production in the process industries, (ii) optimization of use of resources in process networks taking account of real-time information about the condition and performance of the process equipment, and (iii) new concepts for process operation identified as having high potential for impact by industrial partners.

How to apply and further information about this post

Interested researchers can apply following the instructions provided in the web page:

https://basf.jobs/europe-pe/job/Ludwigshafen-Early-Stage-Researcher-%28mf%29-67059/324091601/?feedId=111101

Further information about PRONTO

PRONTO’s consortium partners include the following leading universities and well-known companies with high reputations for innovation:-

  • IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON, UK (Co-ordinator)
  • ABB AG, Germany
  • ABB AS, Norway
  • ABB SPZOO, Poland
  • ACCIAI SPECIALI TERNI SPA, Italy
  • AKADEMIA GORNICZO-HUTNICZA IM. STANISLAWA STASZICA W KRAKOWIE, Poland
  • BASF SE, Germany
  • CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY, United Kingdom
  • NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU, Norway
  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND, Germany
  • UNIVERSIDAD DE VALLADOLID, Spain

Further information about the Horizon 2020 funding scheme can be found on the European Commission’s webpages. Please see this link. http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/198507_en.html

For informal enquiries about the post or the project, please contact a.lonergan@imperial.ac.uk.