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Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied physics, Mathematics, Computer science – NTNU, Norway

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The Norwegian Research Centre for Hydropower Technology, HydroCen, has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Fellow. HydroCen is hosted by the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, and it is funded by the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian hydropower industry.

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
No. of Positions: 1
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Deadline to Apply:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: 545 300 NOK/Year

Department of Energy and Process Engineering
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Trondheim, Norway

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Qualification Details

  • You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD
  • You must have a professionally relevant background in applied physics, mathematics,  computer science, or equivalent education
  • Programming skills in LabView, MATLAB, Python, or similar
  • Strong theoretical background in mathematics and physics
  • Experience with Image recognition and/or machine learning algorithms
  • Good written and oral English language skills.

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

  • Experience from numerical analysis
  • Experience from programming design and opimization algorithms
  • Experience from laboratory and/or prototype experiments on hydro turbines

Personal characteristics

  • Strongly motivated and ambitious
  • You are structured, targeted and solution oriented
  • Are motivated to work interdisciplinary
  • The successful candidate should be creative and actively contribute in the team he/she will be part of
  • Have good dissemination skills
  • Contributing to a sustainable social environment will also be valued.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Pelton turbine will be used to develop monitoring methods and verify numerical analyses. Visual investigations of the flow in Pelton turbines will be carried out in the Waterpower Laboratory. High-speed camera has been used to visualize the flow in a Pelton turbine and measurement techniques were developed through earlier studies in the Waterpower Laboratory at NTNU. Further work is needed in order to verify numerical analyses of the flow inside the Pelton turbine runner. The technique will also be used to monitor sediment erosion in the Pelton turbine. This requires in-depth studies on how to interpret visual images from eroded surfaces in the Pelton turbine runner. The goal is to develop a machine learning algorithm that will compare images from the turbine up to images of a new turbine, and thus estimate its condition. With such a system, maintenance can be planned in relation to the actual wear and efficiency loss on the turbine, as well as for minimizing downtime and optimizing maintenance time.

The position reports to Professor Ole Gunnar Dahlhaug at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering.

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page

Reference Number: IV - 239/21
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees.
  • A copy of the master's thesis or draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position
  • Brief project proposal (1 page maximum)
  • 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. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

About the Project/Department

The candidate will work on surveillance and optimization of Pelton turbines for future flexible operation. It involves both numerical and experimental work in the laboratory. The work will be part of work package 2 in HydroCen. More information can be found here.

We conduct research and teaching covering the entire energy chain, from resources to the end-user. We look at how energy is produced and used by humans and machines in a sustainable way with regard to health, climate change and the resource base. The Department of Energy and Process Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

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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 Pension Fund.

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Contact details

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Ole Gunnar Dahlhaug telephone +47 918 97 603, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR-consultant Renate Fjellheim, e-mail:

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