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Civil Engineering : A PhD scholarship is available at DTU (Denmark)

Drapeau DanemarkPhD scholarship in In-Situ Burning of Crude Oils under Arctic Conditions

A PhD scholarship is available at DTU Civil Engineering in the field In-Situ Burning of Crude Oils. The project is funded by a grant from The Danish Council for Independent Research – Technology and Production Sciences to investigate the ignition and burning mechanisms and assess the environmental impact of In-Situ Burning.
The anticipated starting time is December 2013.

Responsibilities and tasks The PhD project will include both the “fire science” and the “environmental science” aspects of ISB in cold climates. The primary objectives are to evaluate the ignition mechanisms and the burning rate of oils on ice experimentally and to assess the environmental impact (e.g. on microorganisms, wildlife) of the residues through sample analysis. The goal is to improve the strategies and the net environmental benefit of, and thereby the success of, oil clean-up after an accidental spill. It is expected that a forecasting model that enables assessment of the feasibility of the technique at full scale will be developed based on the experiments.
The project will be supervised by Associate Professor Grunde Jomaas (main supervisor), Dr. Janne Fritt-Rasmussen (DCE, co-supervisor) and Associate Professor Ali Rangwala (WPI, co-supervisor).
Qualifications Candidates should have a master’s degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering.
A strong experimental background is preferred, and a full command of the English language is required.
Approval and Enrolment The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.
Assessment The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Grunde Jomaas.
We offer We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.
Salary and appointment terms The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.
Further information Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Grunde Jomaas (DTU Civil Engineering),
Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below. Application Please submit your online application no later than 15 October 2013.
Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link « Apply online, » fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
The Department of Civil Engineering – DTU Civil Engineering has around 200 employees (80 scientific, 70 PhDs and 50 technical and administrative personnel).
DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 9,000 students are educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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