PhD Position in Luleå University of Technology Sweden

2 Ph.D. Vacancy with research focus Sustainable induration and oxidation of iron oxides


2 Ph.D. Vacancy with research focus Sustainable induration and oxidation of iron oxides is available for master’s degree candidates in Process Metallurgy, Chemical Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering, Engineering Chemistry, Materials Engineering, Metallurgy or comparable at the Lulea University, Sweden 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 years
Salary: According to standard norms

Process metallurgy research group

Luleå University of Technology (LUT), Sweden


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Qualification Details

You must have an MSc in Chemical Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering, Engineering Chemistry, Materials Engineering, Metallurgy or comparable. Knowledge of metallurgical processes and mineral processing, experience of high-temperature experimental work and knowledge of reaction kinetics and thermodynamic modelling is desirable. Since much of the work will be done in close collaboration with other researchers and industry partners, the ability to work collaboratively in larger groups is an important asset. You must have good proficiency in written and spoken English.

For further information about a specific subject see General curricula for the Board of the faculty of science and technology

Responsibilities/Job Description

We are looking for two PhD students in Process Metallurgy who will conduct research studies, within the project “Oxygen as an enabler for energy-efficient and climate -neutral iron oxide production process”. The project is a collaboration between Luleå University of Technology and the companies LKAB, Kaunis Iron AB and Metso Outotec. Take the opportunity to study for a PhD in a dynamic, international research environment in close collaboration with industry. For information about the other position, please see the other ad.

We “the Process metallurgy research group” conduct research and education within the subject areas iron and steel metallurgy, base metal metallurgy, hydrometallurgy and recovery of minerals and metals from residual and end-of life products. The division has access to well-equipped laboratories for hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical studies, materials characterization and thermodynamics.

Subject description Process Metallurgy is concerned with the sustainable extraction of metals from primary and secondary raw materials using both pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical processes.

Project description In the transition to a fossil-free society, hydrogen is expected to become increasingly important. The production of fossil-free hydrogen through electrolysis of water will generate a large amount of oxygen that can be used in the production of iron ore oxides agglomerates to further be used in iron-making. The oxidation that occurs during that production is an exothermic reaction affected by the oxygen content and the overall goal of the project is to investigate to what extent it is possible to use oxygen and thus reduce or eliminate all supply of external fuel in the iron oxide product processes. The project will investigate several different aspects of oxygen usage and we now have two open PhD-positions in two subprojects. This subproject will focus on the effect of using high oxygen content during pelletizing (sintering and oxidation) and study the effects primarily related to material properties. The subproject will be based on experimental work on a lab scale, characterization of materials, theoretical calculations using thermodynamic and kinetic modeling tools and mapping of materials and methods via literature and communication with experienced engineers and researchers in industry and at research organizations. The project will run in close collaboration with industry and senior researchers and PhD-students from both industry and academia will take part in the project.

Duties As a PhD student you are expected to perform both experimental and theoretical work within your research studies as well as communicate your results at national and international conferences and in scientific journals. The majority of your working time will be devoted to your own research studies.

In addition, you can have the opportunity to try the teacher role. As a researcher, you work as a neutral party in many contexts, which provides a great opportunity to be involved in challenging development projects. The research will include experimental work in the form of high temperatures experiments in lab scale, thermodynamic calculations and characterization of materials using various analytical equipment including Thermal analysis, XRD, SEM, LOM, etc. Some parts of the investigations will take place at the industry partners.

The PhD-studies covers 4 years at 100%. The work is mainly carried out at Luleå University of Technology in Luleå but experiments and investigations with industrial partners will also be included.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 1458-2022

Application Procedure

We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply buttonThe application should include a CV, personal letter and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities. Mark your application with the reference number below. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish.

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Note or Other details

Employment as a PhD student is limited to 4 years, teaching and other department duties may be added with max 20%.

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

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Contact details

For further information about the position, please contact: Associate Professor Charlotte Andersson +46 920-49 3682, [email protected], Associate Professor Hesham Ahmed, +46 920-49 1309, [email protected]

Union representatives: SACO-S Kjell Johansson (+46)920-49 1529 [email protected] OFR-S Lars Frisk, (+46)920-49 1792 [email protected]

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