The Department of Electric Power Engineering has a vacancy for a
PhD Candidate in Utilization of Flexible Hydropower in 100% Renewable Power
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Research Collaboration Sustainability
In 2015, the 2030 agenda with the 17 sustainability goals was adopted by all
UN member states. The sustainability goals see the environment, economy and
social development in context. The time horizon for necessary changes is
short, and it is challenging to combine different considerations without
conflicts of objectives and unintended consequences of measures.
NTNU is now announcing 43 individual PhD positions that will contribute to a
greater understanding of system effects, societal changes and conflicts of
interest related to the sustainability challenges. These positions are divided
into 9 interdisciplinary projects with mainly 4-7 PhD positions in each
project. Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research - Calls - NTNU
In this position, the candidate is expected to cooperate with the other PhD
students in the project Sustainability - Hydropower and reservoirs by SusHydro
About the position
The Department of Electric Power Engineering has a vacancy (100% position)
as PhD candidate within the area of: Utilization of flexible hydropower in 100
% renewable power systems.
For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education
up to an obtained doctoral degree.
The appointment is financed by NTNU through its call for interdisciplinary
research collaboration in sustainability. The position is part of the SusHydro
project that seeks to find innovative and cross-sectoral solutions that shed
light on a wider range of services that hydropower and water reservoirs can
contribute and shed light on how synergies and conflicts between different
sustainability goals can be identified and balanced. SusHydro will do this by
putting together a team of experienced professionals and talented young
researchers with a background in hydrology and water resource analysis, life
cycle assessment, modeling of the energy system, economics, biology and social
sciences. Solutions will be developed through case studies in Norway and areas
of Africa with rich hydropower resources.
The main supervisor of the PhD candidate will be Professor Magnus Korpås,
Department of Electric Power Engineering. Co-supervisors will be Professor
Francesca Verones of the Industrial Ecology Programme at Department of Energy
and Process Engineering and Professor Stein-Erik Fleten at Department of
Industrial Economics and Technology Management.
The prospective candidate will be part of the Electricity Markets and Energy
System Planning (EMESP) research group.
The position reports to the Head of Department.
Duties of the position
Variable renewable energy sources like wind and solar power plays a central
role in the efforts to reduce climate gas emissions from the power sector
around the world. To reach regional and global emission reduction targets,
many places in the world need to rely on very large shares of wind and solar
power, which are weather dependent and thus needs to be combined with
different sources of flexibility to ensure balance in the power system. This
PhD will analyze how reservoir hydropower can contribute as a flexible storage
and energy provider in future power systems based entirely on renewable energy
sources. The research is planned to be targeted towards regions in Africa with
existing hydro reservoirs and potential for expansions of both solar-, wind-
The research will be based on principles for power system optimization and
will cover both capacity expansion planning and optimal system operation. The
study will incorporate different setups for environmental constraints and
impacts in close cooperation with other PhDs in the SusHydro project analyze
the effect on hydropower output and reservoirs handling, as well as the need
for supplementary battery storage capability in cases of limited hydropower
flexibility in the region that is studied. The Phd results are expected to be
relevant for different stakeholders in the field of renewable energy
development in areas with established or potential reservoir hydropower
Required selection criteria
The objective of the PhD education is to qualify for scientific research of
high international standard. The PhD education has a nominal duration of three
years of full-time study and includes required coursework or similar academic
training comprising a minimum of 30 credits. The most important component of
the PhD education is an independent scientific research project carried out
under academic supervision, which results in the PhD thesis. The PhD degree is
conferred based on these two elements and the doctoral examination, which
consists of a trial lecture and a public defense of the scientific thesis.
The candidate is expected to fully complete the course work and the PhD thesis
within the period of employment, which could be 3 or 4 years. The doctoral
examination may take place after the period of employment. The option of
4-year employment would imply 1 year of duties as teaching Assistant for the
Department and may be offered to a candidate with clear motivation and ability
for such work, if the Department sees the need. This will be clarified during
and after any interview.
The qualification requirement is completion of a master's degree with strong
academic background with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU's grading
The prospective candidate should have a scientific, technical or technical-
economical background that gives sufficient background knowledge for the
project. This background could be, for example, a Master's degree in
electrical engineering, sustainable energy engineering, physics, mathematics
or industrial economics with a suitable technical specialization. A degree in
economy and acquired research experience in the field could also be relevant.
The candidate must have a genuine interest in sustainability and renewable
energy. Furthermore, the candidate must – as part of the application – write a
minimum 1-page draft project proposal with basis in state-of-the-art and their
own background, as well as the description above. The draft should indicate
concrete research questions and methods to be used, while also suggesting a
delimitation of the project. A cover letter must also be submitted, where the
personal motivation for undertaking the project is explained.
The PhD project requires excellent analytical and communication skills.
The applicants for the position must be able to work independently, but also
to collaborate with the other project participants and other colleagues at the
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
Applicants must have very good English language skills, written and spoken.
Applicants from non-English speaking countries outside EU/EEA/Switzerland must
provide preliminary documentation of English language proficiency, in terms of
an approved test. The following tests can be used: TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge
Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of
Proficiency in English (CPE).
Further assessment of both written and oral English language skills and the
ability to communicate fluently will be conducted in the continued selection
process and during any interviews for all applicants.
In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be
placed on education, experience and personal suitability.
Be structured, targeted and solution-oriented
The successful candidate will be a team player in a group with the project
consortium, professors, researchers, PhDs and scientists from the
Self-driven with a strong ability to work independently when required
Proven ability to work with an interdisciplinary team
Have good dissemination skills
Personal skills like a positive and friendly attitude, and contributing to
a sustainable social environment will also be valued
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. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a
contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
The employment contract is for three years; however, there is a possibility
for extension up to four years if selected for assistantship.
Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in
Electrical Power Engineering. Applicants must be qualified for admission as
PhD students at NTNU. See https: // www. ntnu.edu/ie/research/phd for information
about PhD studies at NTNU.
As a PhD candidate, you will have to successfully complete the PhD academic
training programme; the training includes mandatory course work and other
obligatory activities. Within the first three months of your employment, you
must formally qualify for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.
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.
Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please
note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available
on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows
clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out
The application must include:
A cover letter where the applicant describes the personal motivation,
summarising scientific work, and how the applicant sees her/his background
A draft research proposal (1 page) for the PhD study, where the
candidate presents her/his own ideas for the PhD-work and how it can be
applied, based on the project description given in this advertisement.
This proposal will be neither final nor binding for the project.
CV (summarising education, positions, pedagogical experience,
administrative experience and other qualifying activity).
Copies of educational certificates (both bachelor and master) academic
transcript of records and letters of recommendation. Applicants from
universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma
supplement (https: // ec.europa.eu/education/diploma-supplementen ) or a
similar document, which describes in detail the study programme and
The required documentation of English language proficiency.
Names and contact information of at least two references (name, relation
to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).
If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to
attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both
bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education.
Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already
have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.
Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your
contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your
In assessing the applications, emphasis will be placed on the documented,
academic qualifications, the cover letter and the ideas and/or originality of
the draft research proposal in shortlisting of candidates. Interviews with the
best-qualified candidates will be arranged.
Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
The Department of Electric Power Engineering works closely with key players in
the Norwegian electricity supply sector, which manage critical infrastructure.
A comprehensive risk assessment of the candidates' research interests and
potential activities related to national threat assessments will therefore
also form basis for the final selection of candidates.
In the final assessment of the candidates also strategic considerations at the
Department of Electric Power Engineering will be taken into account.
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
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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
In accordance with The Public 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.
Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Magnus Korpås ,
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).
Please refer to the application number 2021/59139 when applying.
Application deadline: 07.01.2022.
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