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PhD position in Citizen-led energy projects to curb the sustainable energy transition


Norway – Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Environmental Sciences has a vacancy for a PhD position in citizen-led energy projects to curb the sustainable energy transition


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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: -
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Faculty of Engineering and Science,
Department of Environmental Sciences
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), Norway


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Qualification Details

Applicants must have a completed master’s degree (120 ECTS) in energy system analysis, economics, climate change management, or similar fields, including a master thesis of at least 30 ECTS with grade “B” or better in the Norwegian grading system.

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of the energy transition in general and citizen-led projects in the energy sector  in particular, through academic courses and exams, topical integration in master’s thesis or practice experience. Furthermore, the candidate must have experience from using qualitative and quantitative methods for data collection and analysis.

Scientific publications beyond a master’s thesis will strengthen the application. Considering the nature of the collaboration between the research lab “Data-driven energy system analysis” at HVL and the “Center of Study and Research on International Development ” at UCA, we seek candidates willing to work interdisciplinary.

The candidate must be able to work independently, be flexible and self-motivated, and demonstrate good collaborative abilities. Good communication skills in English, both written and oral, are mandatory.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The PhD candidate is expected to enroll in the HVL PhD program Responsible Innovation and Regional Development (RESINNREG)—an innovation study program encompassing public sector innovation, green innovation, and industry innovation. It is a prerequisite that the PhD candidate fulfills the admission requirements for the selected PhD program within the first three months of employment.

The PhD candidate will furthermore collaborate with the Center of Study and Research on International Development (CERDI) at the University of Clermont-Auvergne and ERASME Jean Monnet Center of Excellence on Sustainability. The PhD is a temporary, three-year position, which can be extended to four years with an additional year of teaching duties at the Department of Environmental Sciences depending on the qualifications and interests of the applicant.

We offer a stimulating, interdisciplinary academic environment and a team of supervisors located in Sogndal (Norway) and Clermont-Ferrand (France). The position is affiliated with the Department of Environmental Sciences at campus Sogndal.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

The application must include a short note (max. 6000 characters) outlining the applicant’s perception of challenges with the ongoing energy transition and the role of citizen-led initiatives therein, pointing out knowledge needs, and placing the applicant’s own competence in this picture.

Applicants with an education from outside of Norway must include a certified translation in English (or a Scandinavian language) of their diploma(s) and transcript(s) of grades. Furthermore, applicants with an education from outside of Norway must include an assessment of their education from the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT), confirming that the applicant’s education corresponds in scope and level to a Norwegian master’s degree.

Please see www.nokut.no/en for more information about NOKUT’s general recognition. This may take some time and we recommend you to apply as soon as you know you will apply for this position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application.

The following elements will be emphasized in the evaluation of applicants:

  •  Academic qualifications within the advertised area
  • Quality of master's thesis
  • Knowledge of the energy transition in general and citizen-led projects in the energy sector in particular
  • Demonstrated ability to produce scientific reports, papers and conference contributions
  •  English written and oral communication and presentation skills
  •  Personal characteristics

Applications will be evaluated by an expert panel of three members.

Applicants are asked to submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job” (“Søk stillingen”).

The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment to the online application:

  • Master Thesis
  • Copies of selected academic publications (no more than 15)
  • A CV with a complete list of academic publications
  • Diplomas and certificates

Applicants should indicate which publications or parts of publications should be given special consideration in the evaluation. If the documents submitted are not in a Scandinavian language or in English, the applicants must submit certified translations of these. The transcripts must specify the topics, the course works, and the grades at the bachelor`s and master`s degree levels.

Applicants should note that the evaluation will be based on the documentation submitted electronically via Jobbnorge within the submission deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date. It is of utmost importance that all publications to be considered in the evaluation are uploaded as an attachment with the application, since these are sent electronically to the expert panel. Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at the college.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

  • Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence enhancement and development
  • Opportunities for training within the working hours

Initial salaries will be offered at grade 54 (code 1017) in the Civil Service pay grade table scale.

There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see http://www.spk.no for more information). The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

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Contact details

1) Supervisor and professor, Valeria Jana Schwanitz (HVL),
email: [email protected]o, tel +47 95764411

2) Co-supervisor Arnaud Diemer (UCA, HVL), email:  [email protected]

3) Head of department (HVL), Tarald Seldal, e-mail: [email protected]

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