Process, Energy, and Automation Engineering

PhD in Process, Energy, and Automation Engineering

We offer a phd programme with highly dedicated supervisors, visionary research projects, and team-oriented activities organized in research groups lead by internationally recognized experts.

Programme information

  • Duration: 3 years, full time
  • Campus: Porsgrunn
  • Teaching Language: English
  • Credits: 180
  • How to apply: How to apply
Admission requirements:
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Applicants must have an excellent command of written and spoken English. Norwegian or another Scandinavian language will be an advantage. Applicants must have achieved grade B or above to qualify for the programme. Please find more information in the specific job advertisement when PhD-positions are available

Academic background:
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Applicants must hold a Master of Science degree relevant to our research projects.

PhD candidate in Process, Energy, and Automation Engineering

About the programme

The aim of the PhD programme is to educate candidates with knowledge and skills that make them competent to improve production processes and reduce environmental impacts of such processes. This may be achieved through new or modified equipment and procedures, and through improved process control. The ultimate goal is to increase the industrial sustainability.

The successful candidate will typically find employment in companies, universities or research institutes working on design, operation, control and measurements of industrial processes.

Academic content

The PhD programme activities are the backbone of the research conducted at the faculty. The research done by the PhD students is an integral part of the activities in the five faculty research groups. The PhD program comprises implementation of independent research work in active cooperation with supervisors and other researchers, an approved training component, participation in active research groups and academic dissemination that is closely relating to the ongoing PhD work.

The aim of the PhD program is to educate candidates of the highest international standards who can acquire knowledge, skills and general competence to carry out high-level research suitable for publication in leading academic journals and other outlets. Our candidates should be capable of addressing research issues important to both academia and business practice.

Study Plan

A study plan describes the content, structure and organization of a study programme. To each study plan there is a set of subject plans that describes the different subjects. In the subject plan you will also find a reading list. Below you will find a study model that shows you which subjects that are taught each term. In the study model you'll also find links to each subject plan.

Latest published study plan for phd in process, energy, and automation engineering

Elective courses

  • Our elective courses

Our elective PhD courses are currently not published on our webpage. Please ask the PhD coordinator Mariken Kjøhl-Røsand to receive information about our elective courses.

Doctoral projects and candidates

Research groups

PhD students enrolled in the program are involved in one of the following  research groups:

Examples of research areas are (in alphabetic order):

  • Alternative fuels
  • Catalysis
  • Biogas production
  • Chemometrics
  • CO2 capture
  • Gasification
  • High-voltage power systems
  • Hydrogen safety
  • Hydro power
  • Multiphase flow processes
  • Process control
  • Sensor technology
  • Smart houses

The faculty research groups cooperate with many international partners, mainly through joint research projects.


The PhD research fellows in Process-, Energy-, and Automation Engineering are mainly employed at one of our departments and administrated at the Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences at Campus Porsgrunn. Porsgrunn is a middle-sized city in Norway, and the campus is surrounded by sport facilities including soccer pitches, a stadium, tennis hall, swimming pool, skate park, handball court and horseback riding facilities. Campus is also close to the city centre, student residences, train station and a beautiful forest with way-marked walking paths (Norwegians loves nature and it is normal to go for a walk)

Students walking outside campus Porsgrunn