Postdoctoral Fellow in Stormwater Quality Modelling

About the job

At the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, there is a PhD position available in modelling of urban stormwater quality and urban diffuse pollution. The candidate will be a member of a well-established and dynamic research team with mix between young and more experienced scientists working on urban water systems, stormwater management and modelling. The research team is designed in collaboration with National and International partners and other faculties at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).  NTNU represents academic eminence in engineering, technology, and the natural sciences in Norway as well as in other academic disciplines ranging from the social sciences, the arts, medicine, teacher education, architecture to fine art. Cross-disciplinary cooperation results in innovative breakthroughs and creative solutions with far-reaching social and economic impact.

The research group of water and wastewater engineering, has a wide portfolio of national, European, and international projects that addresses the challenges of sustainable stormwater management, resilient urban water systems, treatment technology and resource recovery. Risk assessment, hydraulic and water quality modelling, and data driven analytics are overarching research interests for the group.

This postdoc position is a part of the Horizon Europe funded project StopUP. The goal of StopUP is to minimise pollution from urban runoff by better understanding pollutant sources and pathways. StopUP will provide innovative monitoring, treatment technologies and tools to enable end-users to apply existing and new SUDS practices. Progressing the use of SUDS with a focus on water quality supports achieving ambitious environmental quality targets as required by the Water Framework Directive (WFD). In particular, StopUP will equip drainage engineers and supporting experts with better solutions for managing urban surface water runoff, while taking into account the project pressures due to climate change.

The postdoc position will focus on modelling of urban runoff with a water quality focus. The modelling will explore temporal and spatial resolutions on modelling the expected impact of CSO reduction and improved water quality leaving the catchment. Rethinking how we model water quality parameters and innovative approaches to modelling water quality parameters can also be included in position. Water quality measurements with online IoT based sensors combined with selected pollutants will be used to explore data driven modelling approaches as input into a mass balance-based model from source to sinks. Question of stationarity and non-stationarity in long time series, and innovative sampling strategies to account for a changing performance over time for different stormwater management structures.

Your immediate leader is a professor.

Duties of the position

In the context of the research team project portfolio, the candidate will:

  • conduct quantitative and qualitative research in the specified topic
  • contribute to the reporting of the project and relevant project deliverables
  • publish and present results both at international conferences and in scientific journals
  • interface and collaborate on a technical level with research partners and will deploy the models in the solar energy to support the transition towards energy positive districts
  • contribute to building a collaborative and interactive local and international research team
  • support the common group activities and departmental duties as needed

Required selection criteria

The Postdoc-position’s main objective upon completion is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement for the postdoc position is that the candidate holds a PhD degree in Civil Engineering in the field of urban water systems, hydroinformatics or environmental engineering or equivalent.

The candidate should have prior knowledge, research and/or professional experiences in:

  • the candidate must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD within civil or environmental engineering with a specialization in urban water systems
  • the candidate must have a strong academic background both from a research and course work perspective
  • experience with research and practice-based work in urban drainage modelling and design is essential
  • solid knowledge of the Python programming language 
  • experience with advanced calibration and performance assessment of relevant urban drainage models 

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate and Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Preferred selection criteria

  • prior knowledge or professional experience in catchment scale modelling tools and modelling software in an urban context
  • good coding skills across several platforms and coding languages is considered an advantage
  • experience from research from field data collection and quality control
  • international collaborations and relevant experience from joint research project with several international partners is considered as an advantage

Personal characteristics

  • honesty and high ethical standards
  • highly motivated for research work
  • team worker
  • ability to work independently
  • creative
  • focus and goal oriented
  • good communication skills
  • critical thinking

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 563 500 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 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 (e.g., candidates from Russia, Iran, North Korea, China).

Please note that the candidate holding the announced position is expected to work with critical national objects and infrastructure in Norway. Candidates with the potential of not fulfilling requirement for security clearance, access clearance and authorization as described in the Act Relating to National Security, cannot be considered for the position.

After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

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 above.  

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 and certificates
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and doctoral degree. If you have not completed the PhD degree, you must submit a confirmation that the PhD thesis has been submitted
  • a copy of the PhD thesis. If you recently have submitted your PhD thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed PhD degree must be presented before taking up the position
  • a two page (strict limit) project proposal outlining your approach to urban water quality modelling
  • name and contact information of three referees
  • an updated and complete list of publications and 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. 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 participation. 

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 candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA. 

General information 

Working at NTNU 

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.


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 continually maintain and improve your professional development and be flexible regarding any organizational changes.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Tone Merete Muthanna, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Consultant Alexander Skomakerstuen, email:

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. 

Application deadline: 19.05.2023 


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