The Department of Energy and Process Engineering has a vacancy for a
Postdoctoral Fellow: Development and demonstration of energy efficient
refrigeration and heat pumping systems for climate neutral food business
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About the position
We have a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Fellow within the Refrigeration research
group on the topic of " Development and demonstration of energy efficient
refrigeration and heat pumping systems for a climate neutral food business ".
The appointment has a duration of 4 years.
The Refrigeration research group has a well-established expertise and network
as regards of advanced heating and cooling systems applying natural working
fluids for various applications within different industrial sectors. In close
cooperation with SINTEF the group is involved in several national and
international research projects.
The background and framework for the research work is the ongoing EU project
ENOUGH. SINTEF and NTNU are leading demonstration tasks, related to advanced
heating and cooling technologies for the food chain.
Therefore, fundamental numerical modelling is required to develop systems and
to analyse and validate experimental results from the demonstrators. Process
integration and dynamic system modelling is the main research focus area.
Dynamic system modelling using Dymola and the object-oriented language
Modelica is a flexible and powerful tool to study different thermal processes
and systems. It allows to perform parametric studies to optimize the
dimensioning and layout of the system including different kind of systems and
thermal storage devices. Dymola/Modelica is currently used within the research
team in Trondheim.
The latest start up time for the position is 1 December 2021.
The Head of Department is Professor Terese Løvås. The position reports to
Professor Armin Hafner.
Duties of the position
The scope of the research work of the postdoc is dynamic modelling on both the
fundamental and system integration level of a combined absorption-compression
heat pump using an ammonia-water mixture as working fluid. Experimental
investigations will be performed by the postdoc and a team of students to
demonstrate that outlet temperatures of up to 160°C can be achieved. The
disseminated results (journal papers made by the postdoc) will be based on
both numerical work and experimental investigations conducted in the advanced
laboratory at NTNU and other demonstrator sites of ENOUGH.
Required selection criteria
A postdoctoral research fellowship is a qualification position in which
the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. You
must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree related to refrigeration
technology / systems or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized
as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree
The candidate must be able to perform the above-mentioned experimental
work based on previous documented experience
The candidate must be able to perform the above-mentioned dynamic
simulations based on previous documented experience
Experience with refrigeration system design and relevant scientific
publications within the field of high temperature heat pumps, absorption-
compression, and relevant CFD simulations are counted as an advantage
Excellent English skills, spoken and written are required. Applicants from
non-English speaking countries outside Europe must document English skills
by an approved test. Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge
Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of
Proficiency in English (CPE)
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
Preferred selection criteria
Expertise and experience from experimental laboratory work and analyses
related to refrigeration and heat pumping systems
Experience in Dymola Modelica (dynamic simulations)
Experience with refrigeration system design and modelling
Number of published journal papers within the field of refrigeration and
heat pump technology
Enthusiastic and motivated
Able to work in a structured and goal-oriented manner
Able to work efficiently both independently and in a team
Able to work in a multi-cultural environment and project
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
545 300 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 4 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.
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 accompany the application. Please
note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available
by 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
Research plan or project proposal for a thorough investigation of an
energy system (freezing, chilling and heat pumping) of a demonstration
site within the food chain
Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be
considered in the assessment (up to 5 works)
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.
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
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 Armin
Hafner, email@example.com. If you have any questions about the recruitment
process, please contact Megan Norris, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV,
diplomas, certificates, referee details 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/.
If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of
transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number
IV-221/21 when applying.
Application deadline: 24.10.21
This position is funded by the European Union
Horizon 2020 Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Research and
Innovation in support of the European Green Deal.
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