PhD Candidate in Integrated Design and Performance Evaluation of Positive Energy Buildings

Trondheim, Norway
May 20, 2021
End of advertisement period
Jun 13, 2021
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD in the area of Sustainable Positive Energy Buildings and Neighbourhoods as a part of the H2020 project syn.ikia.

Positive Energy Buildings (PEB) are buildings that generate more energy than they use. In Norway, several projects have been realized with the ambition of positive energy performance, such as the Powerhouse projects and several projects within the FutureBuilt program. However, for the projects to be considered sustainable, it is not sufficient that they have high energy performance. They also need to have minimal greenhouse gas emissions from materials use and operation, have good indoor environment, be resilient, have high architectural quality, be economically sustainable, etc.

The PhD work will focus on exploring the realized PEB projects in Norway, and to evaluate to what degree they have been able to address and fulfil different sustainability criteria. The work should include both quantitative and qualitative methods, such as physical measurements and calculations, interviews with owners and users of the buildings, simulations etc. The results should be the development of new or improved methods and tools for design, follow-up and evaluation of such buildings, and provide guidelines for practice.  

You will report to the Head of Department.

Duties of the position

The PhD research will pursue the following objectives: 

  • Evaluate the performance of realized PEB projects in Norway, assess to what degree they have been able to fulfil different sustainability criteria
  • Develop new or improved methods and tools for design, follow-up and evaluation of such buildings, and provide guidelines for practice.

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in Sustainable Architecture or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

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.

  • Master’s degree in Sustainable Architecture, Building Physics or in Energy,  Environmental or Civil Engineering, or a relevant subject.
  • Knowledge in integrated energy design of Zero emission/energy buildings

Preferred selection criteria

  • A strong interest for multi-disciplinary analysis of building components, as well as, for integrated design,  modelling and monitoring of energy/environmental performance of buildings and neighbourhoods. 
  • Knowledge about the domain of Zero Emission/Positive energy Buildings
  • Experience from international cooperation would be preferred. 
  • Ability to work as part of cross disciplinary research team
  • Good written and oral English language skill

Personal characteristics

  • Self-driven
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 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.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Architecture and Technology  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:

  • A cover letter where the you describe your personal motivation and how you intend to fill the position
  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • List of publications
  • Research plan or project proposal  (max 3 pages incl. references), indicating your view of the main research challenges in the area of the position, how you suggest to do the research work and how this is relevant to your own background and the above research objectives and questions. 
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 3 works)
  • Name and address of three referees

Uncomplete application will not be considered.

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 suitability.

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  Associate Professor Niki Gaitani, email and Professor Inger Andresen . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Natalia Swahn, 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.

Application deadline: 13.06.2021

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

Department of Architecture and Technology

Our goal is to develop coherent and sustainable architecture of high quality. We work with form, theory and history, building materials and building structures, and energy-efficient and sustainable buildings. Our activities also include the preservation and development of traditional building craft skills. The Department of Architecture and Technology is one of four departments in the Faculty of Architecture and Design.

Deadline 13th June 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service

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