PhD Position in Indoor Environment Quality and Energy Monitoring

Trondheim, Norway
Tuesday, 16 November 2021
End of advertisement period
Monday, 6 December 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

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.

The position has reservation on financial support from the H2020 iClimabuilt project: Functional and advanced insulating and energy harvesting/storage materials across climate adaptive building envelopes (EU project number 952886).

The Department of Energy and Process Engineering is seeking a PhD candidate for a research project within the area of long-term monitoring approach for indoor air quality and energy performance with different advanced building envelopes.

The position as a PhD candidate is a fixed - term position.  For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree, which requires a high level of research-based competence. The starting date for the position February 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will be part of the Sustainable Energy Systems research group at EPT.

The Head of Department is Professor Terese Løvås. The PhD candidate will be supervised by Professor Guangyu Cao and Prof. Hans Martin Mathisen, Prof. Francesco Goia, and will form part of the team of researchers from NTNU.


EU 2030 targets aim at least 40% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions (from 1990 levels), at least 32% share for renewable energy, at least 32.5% improvement in energy efficiency, and 80% reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. Therefore, an urgent need is present for a deep market transformation by deploying efficient materials and technologies in the construction sector to support the real implementation of nearly zero-energy/ emission and plus-energy buildings with high indoor environment quality across Europe. Many of the current materials and technical systems still have varying degree of difficulty in accomplishing a circular perspective. Material and technical system development in a ZEB framework should focus on building thermal performance improvement, high quality of indoor environment (IEQ) according to occupants’ comfort and health needs, while reducing the emission intensity in terms of production, maintenance, assembling and operation.

Duties of the position

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

Required selection criteria

  • 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.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 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 period of employment is 3 years without duty work.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Engineering (Link to website, ) within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

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: 

  • 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.

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 organizational changes that are adopted.

In accordance with The Public 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.

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:

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.

Application deadline: 06.12.21

Further information

The position is funded from the H2020 iClimatbuilt project: Functional and advanced insulating and energy harvesting/storage materials across climate adaptive building envelopes (EU project numer 952886).

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Energy and Process Engineering

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.

Deadline 6th December 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Department of Energy and Process Engineering

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