The Department of Energy and Process Engineering has a vacancy for a
Postdoctoral Fellow: Combined Cooling, Heating and Power System for
Renewable Multi-energy Supply
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About the position
The Department of Energy and Process Engineering is seeking a Postdoctoral
Fellow in Combined Cooling, Heating and Power System for Renewable Multi-
energy Supply. The position is part of the research project “Key technologies
and demonstration of combined cooling, heating and power generation for low-
carbon neighbourhoods/buildings with clean energy - ChiNoZEN” jointly funded
by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in China and the Research
Council of Norway (RCN). This announcement relates to position funded by RCN
and will be hired by NTNU.
The Norwegian part of the project is linked to the four Research Centres on
Environment-friendly Energy (FME Centres): FME ZEN, FME HighEFF, FME
SuSolTech and FME Cineldi, hosted by NTNU, SINTEF Community, SINTEF Energy
Research, and Institute for Energy Technology (IFE). The Chinese consortium
comprises prominent universities and industry partners: Beijing Jiaotong
University, China Academy of Building Research, Gree Electric Appliances, Inc.
of Zhuhai, Solareast Holdings Co. Ltd., Lanzhou University of Technology,
North China Electric Power University (NCEPU), Qingdao Somir Energy Science
and Technology Co. Ltd., Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tsinghua University,
Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology.
The commitment of the ChiNoZEN project is to contribute to a significant
increase in the share of low-carbon buildings and neighbourhoods through
research cooperation between leading Chinese and Norwegian scientists. The
ChiNoZEN project supports the transition to a reliable, affordable, publicly
accepted, sustainable built environment, aiming at reducing fossil fuel
dependency in the face of increasingly scarce resources, growing energy needs,
and threatening climate change. The project delivers new knowledge, solutions
and innovative technologies
for low-carbon buildings and neighbourhoods.
The research is carried out in five work packages (WPs): WP1 Performance of
grid-connected photovoltaic technologies (PVT) with Thermal Energy Storage
(TES), WP2 High temperature heat pump (HTHP) and dynamic performance, WP3
Simulation platform and control strategy of CCHP, WP4 Key CCHP technologies of
low carbon neighbourhood and buildings with multiple energy sources, and WP5
Demonstration of low carbon neighbourhood and buildings with clean energy.
The Norwegian part of the ChiNoZEN project is managed by FME ZEN and hosted by
the Faculty of Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology -
Two PhD and four postdoctoral fellow positions for the Norwegian part of the
ChiNoZEN project are located in various departments at NTNU and IFE, ensuring
the cross-disciplinary research needed in order to reach the aim of the
project. All PhD and postdoctoral fellows will stay minimum six months with
one of the partners in China.
The Head of Department of Energy and Process Engineering is Professor Terese
Løvås. The day-to-day position management and supervision is by Professor
Duties of the position
We are looking for postdoctoral fellow related to WP4 Key CCHP technologies of
low carbon neighbourhood and buildings with multiple energy sources: Combined
Cooling, Heating and Power System for Renewable Multi-energy Supply (WP4
A combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) system generates cooling,
heating and power at the same time. A typical CCHP system
consists of the power generation unit (PGU) that provides electricity to
cover the user demand. Heat, produced as a by-product, is collected to meet
cooling and heating demands via the absorption chiller (ABC) and the heating
unit (HU). In this way, three types of energy, i.e., cooling, heating and
electricity, can be supplied simultaneously. Compared with conventional
separate generating plants, a CCHP system has three advantages: higher
efficiency, lower GHG emissions and higher reliability.
In this research work different CCHP systems comprising a clean energy driven
PGU, ABC and the HU will be compared. The electricity and heat from other
renewable energy systems, such as the PV/T, HP and TES developed in WP1, will
also be connected to form a smart energy grid, and the electricity, heating
and cooling will be balanced in view of the requirements from demand side. The
control strategy developed in WP3 will be used. The energy related human
behaviour relevant to low-carbon neighbourhoods and buildings should be taken
into consideration when designing the system. The performance will be studied
using dynamic simulations where both the design (e.g. temperature levels and
components sizes) and the overall system control will be optimized. Two main
performance indicators are the energy efficiency and the peak-shaving
Determine the best components (PGU, ABC and HU) to form the CCHP system
Define the optimal design and operation strategy of the CCHP system
coupled with the PV/T, HP and TES system (e.g. sizing and system layout)
Develop methods for user-centric design and operation of distributed
energy generation systems based on renewable sources.
Compare the overall system performance with other standard heating
Essential selection criteria
A Postdoctoral Fellowship is a qualification position in which the main
objective is qualification for work in academic positions. The
candidate must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree, or corresponding
foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral
degree, in thermal and energy systems engineering or equivalent education
Furthermore, the candidate should have excellent communication skills in
English (oral and written)
The candidate should be able and willing to work in an inter-disciplinary
The candidate must enclose a research project description (max. 3 pages
incl. references) indicating his/her view of the main research challenges
in the area of the position, how they suggest to do the research work and
how this is relevant for their own background and the above research
objectives and questions
The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for
appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant
Desirable selection criteria
Research or professional experience in one or several of the following
domains will be highly appreciated: CCHP, analysis of thermal systems
using dynamic simulations (typically TRNSYS or Modelica), data pre- and
post-processing in tools like Python or MATLAB, energy related human
Knowledge of the Norwegian language will be considered as an advantage
Candidates familiar with the domain of ZEN and experienced with
international cooperation, particularly with China, would be preferred
Confidence in working independently
Ability and willingness to work in inter- and transdisciplinary teams
Excellent communication skills
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
As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK
553 500 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From
the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service
The period of employment is 2 years.
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
The position is subject to external funding (ta stilling til om stillinger
skal være betinget av ekstern finansiering).
It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution
on a daily basis.
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
If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical
career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee
will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research
may be reduced as a result.
The application must include:
CV, certificates and diplomas
List of publications
Research project description (max. 3 pages incl. references) indicating
the applicant`s view of the main research challenges in the area of the
position, how they suggest to do the research work and how this is
relevant to their own background and the above research objectives and
Name and address of three referees
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. If you
already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.
Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV,
diplomas, certificates and other required documents. Applications submitted
elsewhere will not be considered. Applicants with European Master`s
qualifications from outside Norway are required to include a Diploma
Supplement. Applicants with Master`s qualifications from China are required
to include confirmation of Master`s Diplomas from China Credentials
Verification (CHSI): https:// www. chsi.com.cn/en/.
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
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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
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 ChiNoZEN Project or the position should be directed to the
ChiNoZEN Project Manager Professor Vojislav Novakovic,
firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about the recruitment process should be
directed to Renate Fjellheim, email@example.com.
If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of
transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number
IV-47/22 when applying.
Previous applicants need not apply.
Application deadline: 21.01.2022
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