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PhD position in indoor environment quality and energy monitoring – NTNU, Norway 2022


The Department of Energy and Process Engineering has a vacancy for a 3-year PhD position in indoor environment quality and energy monitoring with different advanced building envelopes – NTNU, Norway 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
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Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: -
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Department of Energy and Process Engineering
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

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Qualification Details

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in  in mechanical engineering (HVAC), civil/building engineering, measurement technology, physics or other relevant fields
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • You must have a 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. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program

Qualifications in at least two of the following:

  • Strong background in indoor environmental and building energy performance assessment.
  • Previous experience with data acquisition and monitoring systems for thermal/civil engineering or environmental physics.
  • Strong background in experimental measurements of indoor environment parameters, ventilation and energy consumption.
  • Fluent English skills, both in speech and in writing

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 research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • Knowledge and first-hand experience with sensing, monitoring and control technology for built environment
  • Competence in ventilation, indoor environment quality and building operation/automation
  • Design and execution of monitoring systems for building energy and indoor environmental performance
  • Familiarity with latest concepts, systems and architectures for IoT, machine learning of indoor environment, monitoring platform and digital-twin in the built environment.
  • Fluency in one or more software language for either general programming (MatLab, Python) or data acquisition (Labview)
  • Knowledge of the relevant international standards concerning the performance assessment/measurement of different phenomena in buildings in the field of energy and indoor environmental performance.

Personal characteristics

Emphasis will be placed on personal qualities such as being an academic team player, creative, independent, analytical, self-driven, flexible and an engaged scholar.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The purpose of this PhD project is to develop, test, and validate long-term monitoring approaches for building envelope components targeting the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and energy performance using living laboratory facilities.

The PhD candidate will primarily work on research activities carried out as part of the research project iClimabuilt. The position will focus on developing, testing and validating new long-term monitoring approaches for the assessment of final prototypes and the demonstration of test cases in living laboratories. For example, a non exhaustive list of duties/tasks to be carried out in this PhD research covers:

  • to collect experiences from previous living laboratory experiments on building envelope systems
  • to define and develop new measurement and monitoring procedures, instrumentation and data acquisition systems suitable for long term monitoring of IEQ and energy performance in living laboratories
  • to verify the long-term monitoring approaches, methodologies and tools by testing them on selected test cases
  • to cooperate with other research groups at partner universities/research institutes for the evaluation and optimisation of the experimental methods

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

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.

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.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Project proposal
  • Research plan
  • 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 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.

About the Employer: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

Note or Other details

Please submit your application electronically via 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. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number IV-240/21 when applying.

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Contact details

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Guangyu Cao, email: If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Ingrid Wiggen, e-mail:

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