The Department of Electric Power Engineering has a vacancy for a
PhD Candidate in Data-driven Load Disaggregation and Building Load Profile
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About the position
The Department of Electric Power Engineering (IEL), at the Faculty of
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Norwegian University of
Science and Technology (NTNU), invites applications for a PhD Candidate
position in “Data-driven load disaggregation and building load profile
classification”. This PhD position is associated with the Electricity Markets
and Energy System Planning (EMESP) research group at IEL and a part of
COFACTOR project funded by the Research Council of Norway.
Electrification of all end‐use sectors, including transportation and
buildings, is identified as a key enabler in the transition to a sustainable
energy system. This will lead to increased electricity demand, increased peak
load and modified consumption patterns, challenging traditional grid planning
COFACTOR project will provide new knowledge on current and future load
profiles for typical Norwegian buildings and establish a methodology for
calculating their peak load considering coincidence factors of different
energy services. The project will collect a comprehensive data set of detailed
energy measurements for approximately 400 buildings. However, most Norwegian
buildings have meter values for hourly total net energy use, but detailed
measurements of energy use separated on different energy services behind the
meter are usually not available.
COFACTOR will develop new data-driven methods for load disaggregation.
Detailed knowledge on disaggregated load profiles behind the meter provides
the basis to evaluate how these technologies interact and how buildings can
become active nodes in the electricity grid, thus playing a key role in the
transition to a sustainable energy system.
In this context, the main task of the PhD candidate in the doctoral work will
be two-fold. First, to develop a modeling framework and methodologies for load
disaggregation to specially account for energy demand services and energy
technologies (domestic hot water, space heating, EV charging, PV panels,
other appliances, etc.) using advanced statistics and machine learning.
Second, to use disaggregated load data for classifying building load profiles
and providing insights into the relationship between different buildings
categories and their energy demand services.
The prospective candidate will be part of the Electricity Markets and Energy
System Planning (EMESP) research group. The candidate will also cooperate
closely with the Cofaktor research team. The PhD candidate will have the
opportunity to collaborate with researchers in project partner institutions
and benefit from collaborative research and education activities.
The duration of the PhD employment is 3 years.
Main supervisor: Associate Professor Jayaprakash Rajasekharan - NTNU
Co-supervisor: Associate Professor Karen Byskov Lindberg - NTNU
The position's working place is NTNU campus in Trondheim.
The candidate will report to the Head of the Department at IEL.
We are looking for PhD candidates from all nationalities, who want to
contribute to our quest to create knowledge for a better world.
Duties of the position
The candidate is expected to work towards
combining knowledge from statistics, data science and machine learning to
develop data-driven load disaggregation and building load profile
classification for Norwegian buildings.
publishing the results in scientific journals and conferences.
undertaking the necessary courses (30 ECTS) as part of the PhD
submitting an application for admission and a research plan no later than
3 months after employment.
conducting high quality research and reporting progress on a regular basis
and in agreement with the supervisors.
Required selection criteria
Education requirements: 5 years of higher education (BSC and MSC) or
education equal to (300 ECTS). The grade requirements are B or higher
(based on NTNU's grading scale). Education will have to be documented by
diploma supplement or equivalent documentation in English and include a
description of the educational system. International Relations do require
Chinese diplomas to be verified using CHSI. The NTNU Office of
International Relations will evaluate degrees and diplomas.
Language skill requirements: The applicants will be asked to provide
evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken. The
following certificates may be used as such evidence: TOEFL, IELTS or
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate
of Proficiency in English (CPE).
Export of Knowledge Control: The PhD candidates who, based on a
comprehensive first-hand assessment, might come into conflict with
legislation governing exports of knowledge, technology and services will
not advance further from the first stage in the recruitment process. For
further information, please refer to the Export Control Act.
In addition, the candidate must have:
A Master's degree in electrical engineering or other relevant programmes
such as computer science, physics, information systems, etc.
Excellent programming skills
Good written and oral communication skills in English
Expertise in following technical areas is an added advantage
Knowledge of energy use, load profiles and technical systems in buildings.
Understanding of Norwegian energy policy.
Experience in data management of buildings and handling of large data sets
The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the
degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in
artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and
Preferred selection criteria
CV and cover letter
Research interest description
Oral and written English language skills
highly motivated and proactive in research
ability to work independently but also in a team,
commitment and delivery with respect to deadlines
exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic
an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
Salary and conditions
PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017 and are normally remunerated at
gross from NOK 491 200 per annum before tax, however it may be negotiable
(increased) depending on high level of qualifications and research
experience of the candidate. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution
to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
The period of employment is 3 years.
Appointment to a PhD position requires that the candidate is admitted to the
PhD programme in Electric Power Engineering within three months of employment,
and that candidate participates in an organized PhD programme during the
The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to
Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates
who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with
the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.
After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of
It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution
About the application
The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the
assessment must be in English. Please note that applications are only
evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline.
Application must clearly highlight the candidate's skills and experience that
meet the criteria set out above.
Please submit your application electronically via Jobbnorge website.
Applications submitted elsewhere/incomplete applications will not be
considered. Applicants must upload the following documents within the closing
A research interest description (maximum 2 pages) that includes a short
presentation of the motivation for a PhD study, suitability for the
position and the applicant's view towards listed research challenges as
well as the theoretical and methodological approach to the challenges.
CV including information relevant for the qualifications, submitted
together with an identification document.
Name, current affiliation and email address of at least 2 persons that
will provide reference.
Certified copies of academic diplomas and transcripts.
Applicants from universities outside of Norway will be requested to send a
diploma supplement (or a similar document) which describes in details
the study and grading system, and the rights for further studies
associated with the obtained degree. Chinese applicants are required to
provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification
Scientific publications (if any).
In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be
placed on education, experience and personal suitability. Incomplete
applications will not be assessed.
NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality
according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.
Working at NTNU
A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified
candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or
The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural
scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of
200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools,
kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the
world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available.
Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including
international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family
life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.
As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the
development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are
According to the Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position
and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have
your name entered on the list of applicants.If you have any questions about
the position, please contact XXX, telephone XXX, email xxx. If you have any
questions about the recruitment process, please contact xxx, e-mail: XXX
Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV,
diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be
considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master
Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide
confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Prof.
Jayaprakash Rajasekharan (Jayaprakash.email@example.com). If you have
any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Bodil Wold
Application deadline: 04.02.2022
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Department of Electric Power Engineering
The Department of Electric Power Engineering is one of the seven departments
at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. Our
department is Norway's leading in the field, and our vision is to be at the
centre of the digital, green shift. We have excellent collaboration with
business and industry as well as other universities and research organizations
internationally. This gives us outstanding opportunities for interdisciplinary
research with high relevance for the society, addressing industrial needs and
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