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Postdoctoral Fellow in Decarbonized Energy Systems at NTNU, Norway, May, 2022


Applicants are invited for a two-year position as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Electric Power Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: NOK 553.500 per annum

Department of Electric Power Engineering

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway


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Qualification Details

A postdoctoral research fellowship is a qualification position in which the main objective is the qualification for work in academic positions.

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in electrical power engineering, managerial economics, energy engineering or physics and mathematics, technical cybernetics or similar. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defence are eligible for appointment.
  • Applicants must demonstrate research ability in electricity markets, smart grids, and operations research or optimisation of related fields
  • Excellent programming and modelling kills
  • Experience from interdisciplinary research can be advantage.
  • Academic results, publications, relevant specialisation, work or research experience, personal qualifications, and motivation and a desire to make an impact on critical societal problems will be considered when evaluating the applicant

Further assessment of both written and oral English language skills and the ability to communicate fluently will be conducted in the continued selection process and during any interviews for the shortlisted applicants.

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, recognising that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Applicants must have excellent English language skills, written and spoken. Applicants from non-English speaking countries outside EU/EEA/Switzerland must provide preliminary documentation of English language proficiency, in terms of an approved test. The following tests can be used: TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:
    • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
    • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)

Personal characteristics

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

  • Be structured, targeted and solution-oriented;
  • The successful candidate will be a team player in a group with the project consortium, professors, researchers, PhDs and scientists from the industrial sector
  • Self-driven with a strong ability to work independently when required
  • Proven ability to work with an interdisciplinary team
  • Have good dissemination skills
  • Personal skills like a positive and friendly attitude, and contributing to a sustainable social environment will also be valued

Responsibilities/Job Description

About the position

Applicants are invited for a two-year position as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Electric Power Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. The candidate will be part of an Electricity Market and Energy System Planning (EMESP) research group.

The postdoctoral position is connected to the NTNU Energy Transition Initiative which NTNU Energy Transition is a multidisciplinary hub of researchers and industry members. We are advisors on the transition to future energy systems, and we provide strategies that move sustainable solutions to the marketplace. Innovators and decision makers in industry and government offer research opportunities, and in turn participate in research activities that advance shared objectives and work towards realizing sustainable future energy systems.

NETI covers several research fields related to the world’s energy challenges, and the Department of Electric Power Engineering has a key role in the research areas pertaining to electric power systems, and in particular:

  • Electrification of the energy system (moving from fossil energy carriers to electricity)
  • Integration of renewable energy sources and energy storage in the power system
  • Design and analysis of electricity markets for power systems with high penetration of renewable energy

The Postdoctorl Fellow will conduct research in one or more of these areas, which also are core research areas of the EMESP group at the department.

You will report to the Head of Department.

Duties of the position

Expectations for the position

The expectations of the position include the following items:

  • During the employment period, the candidate will be part of research teams within the NTNU Energy Transition and the EMESP research group, and therefore good interpersonal skills and the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams is expected.
  • The candidate is expected to work with computer models for energy system optimization. This can include expansion of existing energy system models as well as development of novel methods and models
  • The results of the project are expected to be published in high-quality scientific journals and conferences and presented to research partners and user partners in NTNU Energy Transition.
  • The candidate may be involved in teaching duties, and supervision of Master and PhD students upon mutual agreement if required.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 1352

Application Procedure

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:

  • A cover letter where the applicant describes the personal motivation, summarising scientific work, and how the applicant sees her/his background suitable
  • A draft research proposal (3-5 pages) for the postdoctoral career, where the candidate presents her/his ideas for the postdoctoral work and how it can be applied, based on the project description given in this advertisement. This proposal will be neither final nor binding for the project.
  • CV (summarising education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity).
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records and letters of recommendation. Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement ( ) or a similar document, which describes in detail the study programme and grading system.
  • A publication list, including citation rates according to Google Scholar or Web of Science. Highlight up to five of the most significant and relevant publications.
  • The required documentation of English language proficiency.
  • Names and contact information of at least two references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).

In assessing the applications, emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the cover letter and the ideas and/or originality of the draft research proposal in shortlisting of candidates. Interviews with the best-qualified candidates will be arranged.

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

The Department of Electric Power Engineering works closely with key players in the Norwegian electricity supply sector, which manage critical infrastructure. A comprehensive risk assessment of the candidates' research interests and potential activities related to national threat assessments will therefore also form basis for the final selection of candidates.

In the final assessment of the candidates also strategic considerations at the Department of Electric Power Engineering will be taken into account.

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.

About the Department

Department of Electric Power Engineering

The Department of Electric Power Engineering is one of the seven departments at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. Our department is Norway’s leading in the field, and our vision is to be at the centre of the digital, green shift. We have excellent collaboration with business and industry as well as other universities and research organizations internationally. This gives us outstanding opportunities for interdisciplinary research with high relevance for the society, addressing industrial needs and global challenges.


About the Employer:


Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated from NOK 553.500 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 employment period is two years.

The position is fully funded by ZEN Centre, coordinated by NTNU.

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


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Contact details

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Magnus Korpås: [email protected]

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