The Department of Energy and Process Engineering has a vacancy for a
PhD position in assessing the environmental impacts of future global
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Research Collaboration in 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. Read more about the Research Collaboration and the projects here.
In this position, the candidate is expected to cooperate with the other PhD
students in the project SusHydro – Sustainable hydropower development and
reservoir management as an enabler of the renewable energy transition and an
accelerator to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
About the position
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
The topic of this specific PhD project is the development of life cycle
assessment (LCA) models and applications related to hydropower production.
The idea is to use life cycle assessment (LCA) to make a global impact
screening of planned and possible hydropower reservoirs on a global scale. The
project will build on previous work of the Industrial Ecology Programme which
quantified the impacts of land use, water use and greenhouse gas emissions of
reservoir operations on biodiversity. In addition, the project should consider
impacts from the dam construction, other ecosystem impacts, as well as impacts
on human well-being. The LCA results can inform other PhD projects in the
SusHydro project about potential hotspots of impacts and will highlight where
detailed local studies can be performed. We will develop scenarios for
transformative electricity market changes and analyse the differences in
impacts, based on input from the other PhD projects to calibrate the model.
These scenarios and storylines of the scenarios will be adopted throughout the
Interdisciplinary collaboration within the SusHydro project and the Industrial
Ecology group are envisaged.
The Industrial Ecology Programme (IndEcol) is a well-established
interdisciplinary group in the field of environmental sustainability analysis.
Researchers at IndEcol participate in international expert groups, such as the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the International Resource
Panel (IRP), the Life Cycle Initiative hosted by UN Environment, as well as
international collaborative projects.
The Head of Department is Professor Terese Løvås. The position's supervisor is
Professor Francesca Verones, the co-supervisors are Professor Tor Haakon
Bakken (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) and researchers
Irja Ida Ratikainen (Department of Biology) and Martin Dorber (Industrial
Duties of the position
Designing scenarios for transformative changes influencing the hydropower
Collect data and develop life cycle inventory models for the construction
and operation of hydropower dams
Update and further develop impact assessment models related to impacts
from hydropower dams
Application of the inventory and impact assessment models in a global
screening and the scenarios
Dissemination of results in scholarly journals and at international
Required selection criteria
Professionally relevant background in hydrology, industrial ecology,
environmental science/engineering, ecology or similar. Bachelor's and
master's degrees in other disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case
Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme,
where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
Strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade
from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal
to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale.
Proven analytical and computational capabilities, in courses and or/thesis
Proven written and oral English communication skills
Experience in GIS systems (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS)
Experience in use of programming for environmental data (Python)
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
Good understanding of the role of hydropower in the energy system
Completed courses in life cycle assessments
Study background or courses in hydrology or ecology/biology/ecosystem
Experience in use of another programming language for environmental data
(e.g. R, Matlab)
Experience in performing LCA with Brightway
Knowledge in Norwegian language
Self-motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated
Ambitious and goal-oriented
Excellent collaboration and communication skills
Open to inter-disciplinary scientific cooperation
Interested in interdisciplinary research and adopting new perspectives
Motivated to solve environmental problems and advance sustainability
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, depending on qualifications and
seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian
Public Service Pension Fund.
The period of employment is 3 to 4 years (with possibility for 1 year
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD
programme in Industrial Ecology within three months of employment, and that
you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.
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:
CV, certificates and diplomas
transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have
not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the
master's thesis has been submitted.
Name and address of three referees
If you have publications or other relevant research work
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 the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be
placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities.
Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the
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
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.
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor
Francesca Verones, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any
questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR-consultant Renate
Fjellheim, e-mail: email@example.com.
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. If you have education from China, you are required to
provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification
If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of
transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number
IV-243/21 when applying.
Application deadline: 07.01.2022
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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge
for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.
Department of Energy and Process Engineering
We conduct research and teaching covering the entire energy chain, from
resources to the end-user. We look at how energy is produced and used by
humans and machines in a sustainable way with regard to health, climate change
and the resource base. The Department of Energy and Process Engineering is one
of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.
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