Postdoctoral fellow within Carbon Capture in Molten Salts (CCMS)

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

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About the position

The Faculty of Science and Technology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant two year Post-doctoral–position related to Carbon Capture in Molten Salts.

At REALTEK, an innovative high temperature CO2 capture concept has been developed since 2009; namely Carbon Capture in Molten Salts (CCMS). The method is based on similar principles as the Calcium Looping technology (CaL), but with the active substances (CaO/CaCO3) dissolved or partly dissolved in molten salts. The CCMS concept has been validated in laboratory scale showing that the method is applicable for capturing CO2 from a variety of flue gases related to both energy intensive industry and power generation.

The Post Doc will contribute to a project funded by POLNOR CCS 2019 Call (CCMS – Prototype, 2020-2023). More information about the project can be found here - .

The candidate will be part of a team of researchers at REALTEK, as well as AGH University of Science and Technology (Poland). The main aim of the project is to construct a two-chamber prototype reactor. NMBU’s role in the project is to perform chemical characterization of the molten salt systems, evaluate and test construction materials suitable for the prototype, and investigate the effect of real flue gases on the sorption capacity.

Main tasks

As part of the project, the Postdoctoral researcher is expected to

  • Do theoretical and experimental investigation of the effect of real flue gases (including N2, CO, H2O, SOx and NOx) on the CO2 sorption and desorption capacity in the CCMS process
  • Investigate the influence of gaseous pollutants on the cyclability of reactor operation
  • Evaluate and experimentally test potential construction materials in molten salts
  • Participate in the development of the reactor design for a two-chamber prototype reactor
  • Lead the writing of research articles for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals

The main purpose of the post-doctoral position is to qualify for work in high-level scientific positions. A PhD degree is required.


Required Academic qualifications

  • PhD degree in applied physics, inorganic chemistry, material science or equivalent topics
  • Experience from laboratory work
  • Experience in analytical chemistry techniques such as FTIR, SEM and XRD

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Experience in inorganic molten salt technology
  • Experience in thermodynamic modelling of chemical reactions

You need to:

  • Have a strong motivation for developing new and environmentally friendly technologies
  • Have an analytical and academic approach to research questions
  • Be able to work independently as well as to be a good team player
  • Have good communication skills
  • Be proficient in English – both written and oral

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, wage framework 24, salary grade 59-67 (NOK 523.200-605.500), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position.

For further information, please contact Professor Espen Olsen ( ) or Associate Professor Heidi S. Nygård ( )

general Information to applicants


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 01.11.2020

Up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 01.11.2020. Please quote reference number 20/03931.

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

About The Faculty of Science and Technology

The Faculty of Science and Technology (REALTEK) develops research-based knowledge and educates civil engineers and lecturers needed to reach the UN's sustainability goals. We have approximately 150 employees, 70 PhD students and soon 1500 students. The education and research at REALTEK cover a broad spectrum of disciplines.

This includes data science, mechanics and process engineering, robotics, construction and architecture, industrial economics, environmental physics and renewable energy, geomatics, water and environmental engineering, applied mathematics as well as secondary school teacher education in natural sciences and use of natural resources such as in agriculture, forestry and aquaculture. The workplace is in Ås, 30 km from Oslo.


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