Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Transportation Engineering

About the position

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering provides competence and technological solutions within the areas of civil and transportation engineering, structural engineering, water and wastewater engineering, and hydraulic engineering. Students and researchers graduating from our programs provide our partners with sustainable and competitive expertise, for application in both the public and private sectors.

The research group of Road, Transport and Geomatics is recruiting a postdoc within transportation engineering.

We have a vacancy for a 100% position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Transportation Engineering at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (IV). The position is affiliated with the Transport Group. The position requires training and expertise in transportation engineering, operation research, computer science, or statistics.

The Head of Department is Professor Vikas Thakur. 

The Postdoctoral position has a duration of two years (From June 2020 to May 2022).

This postdoctoral fellowship is financed by “Sustainable mixed urban transit system with electric and conventional buses” (SMUrTS). SMUrTS is a research collaboration between Norway, Sweden, and China with support from the RCN, SEA, and NSFC. Through a common effort, SMUrTS contributes to the solutions for sustainable urban transit system with electric and conventional buses. SMUrTS is hosted by NTNU and BJTU.

The position reports to Dr. Chaoru Lu

Main duties and responsibilities

The successful candidate is expected to work closely with Associate Professor Trude Tørset and Dr. Chaoru Lu of the department, to:

  • Conduct research activities in the domain of electric vehicles (EV) operations and infrastructure planning. This includes EV users’ charging choice, EV traffic operations, charging station planning and operations, operations of e-taxis and e-buses, and related topics
  • Actively assist in proposal writings
  • Publish scholarly papers in top-tier journals in the transportation field

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral fellow:

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in transportation engineering, operation research, applied math, computer science, electrical engineering, econometrics, data science or other relevant topics is required.

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, postdoctor and research assistant

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

We are looking for a person who enjoys writing and has experience from scientific publishing. Programming, language and statistics skills will strengthen the application.

The successful candidate should have ability of conducting high quality research and publishing research findings in top-tier journals in at least one of the areas in: 

  • transportation modelling;
  • electric vehicle energy consumption modelling;
  • Life-cycle cost-benefit analysis;
  • Battery management system;
  • infrastructure planning;
  • traffic operations and traffic flow theory;
  • public transportation systems; and
  • data analytics

In addition to doing research, the postdoc is expected to contribute in teaching, supervising master students and PhDs.

Other qualifications:

  • Demonstrated high level interpersonal, academic writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Good understanding of traffic engineering.
  • Good understanding of public transportation modelling and planning.
  • Strong research background within at least one of the aforementioned fields.
  • Evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken.
  • Strong programming and modelling skills.

Personal characteristics

The successful candidate should be capable of:

  • Working independently, and with a problem solving mindset.
  • Learning and working in teams in a structured manner, and able and willing to take initiatives for personal and team growth.
  • Enjoy interdisciplinary research.

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

We offer

Salary and conditions


Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 523 200 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

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 criterias 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.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent, NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life ( Having a population of 200 000, Trondheim is a small city by international standards with low crime rates and little pollution. It also has easy access to a beautiful countryside with mountains and a dramatic coastline.

Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Chaoru Lu, phone number +47 40187192, e-mail or Associate Professor Trude Tørset, phone number +47 97038649, e-mail

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

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): invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number IV-259/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 31.01.2020

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 Civil and Environmental Engineering

We conduct research and teaching in civil and transportation engineering, technical planning, structural engineering, water and wastewater engineering and hydraulic engineering. Graduates from our programmes become employees – in both the public and private sectors – with a sustainability mindset combined with competitive knowledge and skills. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 31st January 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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