PhD Candidate within the area of Real-time analytics on high Fidelity Synchronized Measurements

Trondheim, Norway
Thursday, 1 July 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 8 August 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Electric Power Engineering has a vacancy in the field of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems for a PhD candidate within the area of “Real-time analytics on high fidelity synchronized measurements”.

The described position is part of innoCyPES, a project funded under H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Innovative Training Networks. InnoCyPES targets the key bottlenecks of digital transformation of the current energy system, where the Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) are expected to study, investigate and improve various facets of digitalized and interconnected energy systems. Supervised by a consortium of prominent and experienced academic institutions, research institutes and industrial partners, they will collaboratively develop a cutting-edge system management platform that covers the entire lifecycle of data for energy system planning, operation and maintenance, based on an understanding of the energy system as a cyber-physical system.

The selected PhD candidate will be enrolled in an intensive doctoral training program that is both intersectoral – involving key stakeholders – and interdisciplinary, including information science, energy systems engineering and social science. 

For more information about InnoCyPES see the pre-announcement of 15 Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) positions for the European Training Network in the field of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems (

Duties of the position

High-frequency disturbances from power converters on system operation call for high fidelity measurements. Synchronized waveform monitoring (SWM) is an emerging technology that extends the scope of synchrophasor technologies by providing wider bandwidth measurements including harmonics and electromagnetic transients across wide geographical areas. Today with the help from 5G wireless and fiber optics, it is possible to acquire waveform measurements from the meters in real time. The technology has great potential however the application is in its infancy. 

The PhD candidate will develop a real time data analytic workflow for offshore wind and O&G platforms, and through historical and formulated disturbance patterns, the algorithm will detect disturbances and identify the root cause. Both field and simulated measurements will be exploited through real time data platform and stream data analytics. Applications will be developed for monitoring and protection of weak AC systems and O&G platforms.

The PhD candidate will be enrolled at NTNU, and Trondheim will be the main basis of her/his activities, however, she/he is expected to have a high international exposure, including the following planned secondments: 3 months at the “Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores – Investigação e Desenvolvimento (INESC-ID)”, 3 months at the “Austrian Institute Of Technology (AIT)” and 4 months at “Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE)”.

The prospective candidate will work in the research group Power Electronic Systems and Components (PESC) at NTNU. 

The supervisors of the PhD student will be will be Prof. Elisabetta Tedeschi at NTNU, Dr. Francesco Marra at Equinor A.S. and Profs Hugo Morais and Rui Henriques at INESC-ID.

The position reports to the Head of Department at NTNU.

PhD program 

The objective of the PhD education is to qualify for scientific research of high international standard. The PhD education has a nominal duration of three years of full-time study and includes required coursework or similar academic training comprising a minimum of 30 credits. The most important component of the PhD education is an independent scientific research project carried out under academic supervision, which results in the PhD thesis. The PhD degree is conferred based on these two elements and the doctoral examination, which consists of a trial lecture and a public defence of the scientific thesis.

The candidate is expected to fully complete the course work and the PhD thesis within the period of employment. The doctoral examination may take place after the period of employment. 

Required selection criteria

The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree with strong academic background with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale.

Applicants for the PhD position must hold a:

  • M.Sc. degree on Data Science and Engineering – or Computer Science and/or Engineering with consolidated curricular units on data science or machine learning – and previous exposure or  competence on electrical power systems; or 
  • M.Sc. degree within Electrical Engineering – or Power Engineering or an equivalent –, strong interest in data analytics, and solid programming skills. 

Competence on power quality, signal processing or experience with real-time simulations (especially with OPAL-RT) will be an advantage. 

Relevant scientific publications in international journals and peer-reviewed conferences are merited. 

Applicants for the position are required to submit a one-page research proposal within the proposed research area. 

The PhD project requires excellent analytical and communication skills. 

The applicants for the position must be able to work independently, but also to collaborate with the other project participants and other colleagues at the department.

Other qualifications: 

Applicants must have very good English language skills, written and spoken (minimum C1 or equivalent). 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).

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 all applicants.

Special employment conditions for this position

The applicants for this position must also fulfill the following conditions:

  1. Early stage researchers: Applicants must be early-stage researchers, which means at the date of start, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree;
  2. Mobility Rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host institute (i.e. NTNU) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account. For international European interest organizations, international organizations, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) or an 'entity created under Union law', recruited researchers must not have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date at the same appointing organisation.

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.

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

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 within 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.

We offer

  • Extensive training in technical and transferrable skills
  • Participation in network events, workshops and conferences
  • A prestigious three-year MSCA Fellowship
  • A competitive salary including mobility and family allowances
  • Intersectoral secondment experience
  • Exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • An open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

Salary and conditions

During the employment period at NTNU, the PhD candidate will be remunerated at gross NOK 482 200 per annum. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The PhD candidate will also receive mobility and family allowances, as applicable according to the Innovative Training Networks guidelines.

The employment contract is for three years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Electrical Power Engineering. Applicants must be qualified for admission as PhD students at NTNU. See  for information about PhD studies at NTNU.

As a PhD candidate, you will have to successfully complete the PhD academic training programme; the training includes mandatory course work and other obligatory activities. Within the first three months of your employment, you must formally qualify for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

The position is fully funded under H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Innovative Training Networks.

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. 

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 (1 or 2 pages) for the PhD study, where the candidate presents her/his own ideas for the PhD-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 (both bachelor and master) 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.
  • 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. 

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.

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.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or 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 at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organisational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Elisabetta Tedeschi , or to Head of Department Prof. Ole-Morten Midtgård

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).

Application deadline: 08.08.2021

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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.

Deadline 8th August 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Campus Gløshaugen

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