Researcher in NTNU Energy Transition Initiative

Trondheim, Norway
Oct 25, 2020
End of advertisement period
Nov 22, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Electric Power Engineering has a vacancy for a 100% position as researcher within the field of Electricity Markets and Energy System Analysis.

The researcher position is connected to the NTNU Energy Transition Initiative (NETI), which is established in order to build a world-leading research programme focused on strategies for the transition to future sustainable energy systems.

The researcher will work in the research group Electricity Markets and Energy System Planning (EMESP),

The position reports to the Head of Department, Prof. Ole-Morten Midtgård.

Main duties and responsibilities

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 researcher position will cover these research topics, which are also core research areas of the EMESP group. The researcher will be involved in the NETI research activities as well as other research projects within the group. It is expected that the researcher will be closely involved in new research proposals and seek opportunities for collaboration internally and in the NETI network (such as SINTEF, MIT, University of Maryland, TU Berlin, RWTH Aachen, and Imperial College London). The researcher will be a full member of the scientific staff at the Department of Electric Power Engineering, and will take part in activities beside research, such as teaching and relevant administrative tasks, approximately 20% over time.

Qualification requirements

The qualification requirement is a PhD within power systems, power markets, energy systems modeling, energy economics or similar. It is required that the researcher is well acquainted with power systems, operational research and renewable energy sources. The candidate must have proven skills in publishing research articles in international journals of high standards, and must be able to formulate problems into mathematical models, and implement them in computer programs, such as Matlab, Python, Julia, and Gams. The researcher will play an important role in the EMEPS group. We seek a person who has good collaborative skills and who likes to share knowledge with colleagues, collaborators and students.

Other qualifications

Applicants must have very good 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) . 

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.

Proficiency in a Scandinavian language will be rated positively. New members of the academic staff who do not master a Scandinavian language are expected to achieve proficiency in Norwegian within three years of employment. This proficiency should correspond to level three in the Norwegian for Foreigners courses provided at NTNU. 

Personal characteristics

  • Independent
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Cooperative

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

The gross salary for the position of researcher code 1109 is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 523 000 - 680 000 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. 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.

The Department of Electric Power Engineering works closely with key players in the Norwegian electricity supply sector, who 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

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.

Questions about the position can be directed to Prof. Magnus Korpås,, or
to the Head of Department Prof. Ole-Morten Midtgård,

The Application must contain:

  • A cover letter where the applicant describes personal motivation and a brief description of the scientific/technological relevance of the candidate's research with respect to the requirements of this advertisement.
  • A draft research proposal for the first few years of employment.
  • CV including information pertaining to the given qualifications and a full list of publications with bibliographical references.
  • Testimonials and certificates. 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 most important publications that are relevant for the evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications (maximum 10 publications). 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. NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.
  • Information about teaching/pedagogical experience.
  • Names and contact information of at least two references.

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

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

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.

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

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number 2019/35477 when applying.

Application deadline: 22.11.2020

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 Electric Power Engineering

Our department is Norway’s leading university environment 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 academic environments internationally. This gives us outstanding opportunities for interdisciplinary research with high relevance to society, while we meet industrial needs and address global challenges at the same time. The Department of Electric Power Engineering is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

Deadline 5th January 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service NTNU Gløshaugen